Sharp as a Lensbaby

By | 2017-12-03T12:17:05+00:00 May 18th, 2010|6 Comments

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Canon 7D, Lensbaby Composer, Double Glass Optic
LEFT: 1/400 sec at ƒ/4, ISO 100
RIGHT: 1/160 sec w/ Star aperture, ISO 100

Everyone knows that the Lensbaby can create beautiful blur, but did you also know that they can be really sharp, too? I will admit that takes some practice to get tack-sharp in-focus shots every time, but I thought it would be good to show you guys that yes … it can be done.

I try to use my Lensbaby often, and I’m getting to the point where I can focus pretty quickly and accurately … well, I at least get it close. :) Whenever I achieve the level of sharpness like the images above it reminds me of the potential of that little lens. I plan on integrating my Lensbaby into my photo-shoots much more frequently in the near future, especially with my stock and food images.

The images above are a cropped-in area of the full-res file when viewed at 100% to show the level of sharpness that can be achieved with the Lensbaby Composer & Double Glass optic. They are both only very lightly edited using Adobe Lightroom, and no sharpening was added to either images.

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  2. Sina Farhat May 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Lens Baby + Live view = great combination!

  3. Mark Coleman May 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Last week I was playing with mine and noticed how sharp it is. I will be using it a lot morenow

  4. Jo Garrett May 25, 2010 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Were these hand held shots? A very shallow dof and manual focus can be very challenging.

  5. Nicole May 25, 2010 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Yes, they were all hand-held. I rarely use a tripod with my Lensbaby.

  6. risamay June 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Great post. I love my Lensbaby also and like the challenge that getting a tack-sharp image with it presents. I’m not able to get it every time, but that’s part of the fun (the challenge)!

    Congrats on getting published, too. You go, girl!

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