One of my many distractions over the years has been photography. And not just in a professional manner, but before that. I liked to take pictures. Didn’t matter what the camera was, or how the image actually turned out, I liked to take pictures. A few years ago I purchased my first Digital SLR camera. The most exciting thing to me about this was the idea of being able to use different lenses. For the first year I owned it, I had the two lenses that came with it. Then I bought a used 50mm. Meaningless to many of you I am sure. But anyway….
Last Winter, while at a photography convention for work, I discovered the coolest toy on earth for my camera. The LENSBABY. No, seriously, this little contraption it great! There was previously a fad in photography of Tilt-Shift Lenses. That is not what a Lensbaby is. And thank goodness, because that sounds complicated and hard to use. The Lensbaby is more of just a tilt lens. What the best part was, not only could I make images have an entirely different look, it had swappable optics and accessories to transform a standard lens into a macro, a wide angle, a zoom, a holga (plastic lens), or a pinhole. The pinhole was one of the most fascinating to me since I had loved making my own pinhole cameras out of oatmeal containers and making prints in my photography class in college. I had looked up how to make a pinhole cover for my camera at one point but chickened out. The Lensbaby was truly my all in one solution for my new photography toy. It was able to give me everything I wanted…..for the time being.
Over the past 9 months, the company introduced new toys to go along with my Lensbaby. I had known a few of them were a possibility, so I was excited on each launch day, but waited patiently. Today, a Lensbaby package came in the mail. My awesome husband purchased all of the new toys for me as a birthday gift. There are 4 new accessories for my Lensbaby and we have 4 days until we leave for San Diego. So we will experiment with one new toy a day.
Tonight, the first, and the biggest…..the fisheye lens. This is an optic for the Lensbaby that is really the entire lens itself and then clicks into the shell that attaches to the camera. I have wanted a fisheye for a long time, and what better way to have one than to pair it with my Lensbaby. Not only is it WAY more affordable, it is smaller, and I can do a bit more with it. The only downside is that everything with the Lensbaby is manual focus, and since I can’t focus anything….my whole life is a blur But alas, I love it! And now, when we get the focus right, we can take arms-length shots of us with the Lensbaby! Cannot wait to explore San Diego with my new toy.
Tomorrow night…Super wide angle adapter.