The second Lensbaby in our line-up adheres to a more traditional form...
It’s a 60mm lens with an aperture range of f/2.5-f/22 and a minimum focusing distance of 18in. Lensbaby describes this as having a ‘twisty, swirly blur’, and as the name suggests, it creates a twist at the edge of the frame, akin to the Petzval lens from Lomography. It also creates a very heavy vignette, which makes subjects in the centre of your frame really stand out.
The lens has two parts to it – a focusing ring, which acts in the same manner as any modern lens, and the brass barrel, which extends when focusing. You twist the latter to change the aperture, though we find the effect works best at wider apertures.
Overall, this gives a very pleasing effect, but you’ll need to make sure you have a busy enough background to take advantage of it, as shooting against anything plain will diminish the overall effect.
Simple to focus
Great colour rendition
Lesser effect on APS-C
Focal length: 60mm