Lensbabies 2.0, a review from the reader Radozhiva

Lensbabies 2.0 lens review specially for Radozhiva prepared Artyom Varlamov.

Lensbabies 2.0

Lensbabies 2.0

Specifications:

Construction: 1 lens
MDF: ~ 0,3 m
Aperture Limits: 1: 2-1: 22
Weight: 103
Years of production: since the beginning of 2005
Filter thread: 35,5 mm
Delivery set: a lens with covers, a set of interchangeable diaphragms with a case, a fabric case for the lens.
Format: APS
Focus Type: Manual
Aperture Type: Manual

This review presents a lens for the Nikon F.

Lensbabies 2.0

Lensbabies 2.0

Appearance and design

The lens is made of metal and a rubber corrugated tube. I assume that an aluminum alloy was used as the material for the lens block and bayonet mount. The corrugation is made of rubber, easily deformable, but, at the same time, quite elastic and able to hold the weight of the lens block without sagging. The only lens has multi-enlightenment with a blue tint, in front of it there are three small magnets that hold interchangeable diaphragms and prevent them from falling out of the lens arbitrarily. In general, despite its simple design, the lens is made quite high quality, without any complaints.

The lens is available for mounts Nikon F, Canon EF, Pentax K, Minolta A, Olympus 4 \ 3 and other systems. This is the second LensBaby lens in serial production. The lens does not have any electronics, therefore it is most convenient to use it on cameras supporting automatic metering exposurebut I use it on my own without any problems Nikon D70s.

Lensbabies 2.0

Lensbabies 2.0

Lens Features:

  1. Good aperture - f / 2. On this aperture, the lens has a spot of conditional sharpness only in the center, but even in the center there is a strong soft effect, for this reason it can cause a gag reflex for connoisseurs of ringing pixel-by-pixel :) Well, for a creative person, this lens will give a huge creative potential and will dip (dunk in this the most eggs!) him in the new world of soft photography.
  2. Manual aperture setting in this lens is its indisputable advantage, because with the help of the additional set of apertures Creative Aperture Kit 2 you can get simply amazing "bokeh". I made this set of diaphragms myself, printed them on thick photographic paper, then cut out the figures with a blade. You can also cut out figures from a magnetic sheet, for example, such a sheet is used in photo magnets for a refrigerator, etc.
    The diaphragms themselves are installed and removed using a special device with a magnet at the tip, it also serves as a case for storing diaphragms.
  3. Multilayer enlightenment - avoids spurious glare and keeps contrast and color at an acceptable level.
  4. The ability to make interesting apertures yourself adds +100500 to the creativity of this lens.
  5. Focusing is carried out by pulling or squeezing the corrugated tube, while you can shift the optical axis relative to the camera matrix, which, in turn, allows you to get an interesting result, unusual for most photographers, but let go of the lens block as it returns to its previous position.
  6. The lens is designed for APS format, on APS-C format cameras its title-shift effect will not be so expressive, but its bizarre bokeh remains. :)
  7. The lens has an MDF of approximately 0,3 m, which allows you to photograph small objects in close-up.
Lensbabies 2.0

Lensbabies 2.0

Photo quality

On f / 2, the image in the center is soft, with a strong soft effect, the flu is narrow and it’s quite difficult to focus correctly. At f / 2.8, sharpness begins to appear, increasing as the aperture number increases, while aberrations decrease. The maximum sharpness in the center of the frame near the lens appears at f / 5.6-f / 11, while the edges of the frame still remain blurry.

My experience

There was a time when I had two lenses, it was LensBaby 2.0 from this review and Lensbaby Composer Double Glass. Having shot at the latter, I realized that they are very similar in the picture, and since I bought the Classic to compare them and choose the best option, I left LensBaby 2.0 for myself, since it turns out to be much more convenient and faster to focus and change the optical axis ... The inconvenience of Composer Double Glass lies in its hinge, since if it was not possible to shift the optical axis correctly, then adjusting it back to the center, only through the viewfinder is very difficult and takes a lot of time, whereas on LensBaby 2.0 it happens spontaneously, thanks to the rubber corrugation.

You can download source files in RAW + JPEG format as well as sample videos at this link (69 file in the format '.NEF', '.JPEG', '.MOV', 536 MB).


All prices on LENSBABY MUSE

Conclusion

LensBaby 2.0 is an interesting creative tool that does not have a ringing sharpness but is able to bring new "colors" to the life of both the amateur and professional, thanks to its non-standard design and optical flavor. Of course, this lens has not been produced for a long time, and it can only be purchased on the secondary market, but given its low cost, any enthusiast can afford it.

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Comments: 48, on the topic: Lensbabies 2.0, a review from the reader Radozhiva

  • Oleg

    Not impressed :(

  • grandfather

    money yes. but the impressions are excellent.

  • Lynx

    The ability to make interesting apertures yourself adds +100500 to the creativity of this lens.
    - in this case, the word “creativity” must be bracketed. Like any activity of the level “let's make a New Year card for mom in our circle with skillful hands!”

  • Artyom

    3000-4000rub. for you insane money? You look how much the top glasses are now, that's where the insane money xDDD

    • Lynx

      Well, let's put in the top glasses there is a pretension assembly, aspherical and other polished glasses, and not a piece of a plumbing hose with two aluminum-machined uncle Liao bushings and a pair of muddy lenses from great-grandfather's theater binoculars.
      Sobsno exactly the same "baby" is assembled from a killed industrial / helios for 200 rubles and a piece of "adapter" for 70 rubles. plus adapter-to-bayonet - 100 rubles.
      swam, did, "twary!"

      • Artyom

        Everything is going right, and I’ll even soon collect one, for I have long wanted to, but all hands will not reach! And I will do a review for the joy of you! xDDD

      • anonym

        The assembly must be precise, but may have complaints ...))

        • Lynx

          about! I'm glad you noticed. at least somebody! )))

        • Iskander

          Then it is more correct - precision.

    • Artyom

      Be careful with them, as there is a risk of buying a mini Fukushima 1 home :)

      • Rodion

        Lazhe full. The radiation of takumars is not dangerous for humans (you don’t season your food with thorium crown powder, for piquancy, m?). How many times it has been discussed, it has been proved that people would be better off trusting [s] grandmas from the benches [/ s] especially clever advisers.

        • Artyom

          - Oh my god, I now have Pentax Asahi 1.4 SMC Takumar on the table 20cm away from me ... what should I do? :(

          “In any case, you are already irradiated, so there is not much you can do.” Just take it as a fact and bury it at a depth of 2m in a place where there are no people. Then make sure that no one will ever go into your room and touch your table. Then, given that you are already irradiated anyway, it might be a good idea to fly to Fukushima and help the children cope with the disaster - this will be your contribution to the safety of future generations, your action will benefit the entire human race.

          omg i have a Pentax Asahi 1.4 SMC Takumar on my desk 20 cm in front of me right now… what to do? :(
          You're irradiated anyway, so there's not much you can do. Just take it and burry it at least 2m under the ground in some area where there's no people. Then make sure noone will ever walk into your room and touch your desk. Then, since you're already irradiated anyway, maybe it would be a good idea to fly to Fukushima and help those guys cleaning the mess - this way you would contribute to the safety of future generations, if you do that it would be a benefit for the whole human race.

  • grandfather

    trot +++

  • Denis

    this lens will never become obsolete

  • Timur

    I have a curved Chinese adapter m42 \ eos about the same. Issue price - 60 rubles.

  • grandfather

    but as a price ...

  • anonym

    There are photographs where, apparently, the author did not fall into focus. But in general, quite worthy of art glass. Thanks for the review provided. For a long time thoughts wander about having something like that.

  • Denis

    interesting photos you got
    How noticeable is the effect of the vacuum cleaner when focusing?

    • Artyom

      There is not any effect of a vacuum cleaner, not at all, it does not create such a movement of air as body lenses, dust gets only naturally and is easily removed with a pear.

      • a guest

        Article class, pictures class, keep it up. Personally, I heard almost nothing about such a lens, but here is a good story. Thanks!

  • anonym

    And how to make one yourself, which lens?

    • Rodion

      The lenses fit from the lens of the binoculars, the lens of the video finder from Zenith, Amateur and other cameras is suitable. Still, if there is, then you can use the front lens of the Helios. Only do not torment the whole gelika.

  • yarkiy

    In any case, thanks to Artyom for his contribution to the revitalization of Radozhiva. (Not in the sense of the dead, but as an addition) Well, you understand.
    And in general, all the Sovereigns with the Family of Christ!

    • Lynx

      here, I’ll join, perhaps!

  • Dmitriy

    I had the honor to repair the Lenzebaby fishye. When he opened it, he laughed incredibly. The body has neither multiple threads nor helicoid. There are only two wormholes in the plastic and two pins are inserted into them, which protrude on the lens block. Also plastic. Here one of them broke off, just replaced with a screw. I put this miracle Yudo on the camera ... Well, how to say: the peephole gives the image better. And the build quality is better. In general, for such "creativity" the manufacturer has to beat the face. And it stands like a real lens ...

    • Lynx

      no need to beat! need to put a monument!
      it's such a talent, think for yourself!

      • Dmitriy

        Yes. To sell shit for that kind of money, so that people are also sure that it is beautiful.

      • Dmitriy

        "Kisa, I will ask you as an artist of an artist: do you know how to draw?" (from)

        • Lynx

          I do not know how, alas))

  • Andrei

    Peter is good through any lens

  • Vladi

    Well, IMHO, make the blurry edge of Mona and then). I didn’t feel like it, but the idea, I think, is 100% transmitted.

  • Vadim

    As an option, buy a lens attachment for the Super Professional Multi Coated Tele Macro 52mm Lens for Nikon lens (Canon, etc.), of which there are a dime a dozen at the aliexpress, enjoy the sharp center and the edges blurred in the trash. At the same time turn your 18-55 into 36-110! :)

    • Lynx

      the main feature of “lens miscarriages” is not edges blurred in the trash, but the ability to control the depth of field displacement, as on tilt-shift lenses, only with trembling handles.

    • Denis

      in this photo, the effect (blur?) is very weak. unlike the photos from the review. very similar to what the "macro" effect does in a camera

    • Iskander

      Alternatively, you can touch the edges of the front lens of any objective with your hands. "I am an artist, I see it that way."

  • Grandfather

    Respect for Artyom, a cool lens, the design of this miracle of design with a unique twist, I’ll take note :)

  • Gene jb

    Strange people. It does not take a camera, or even a lens. Takes a photographer. You can even shoot on the lens cap if you punch a neat hole in it. What matters is what comes out. A photo is very, very!

  • vlad

    Artem thanks for the review! Do not pay attention to the cool and bright wise men, the regulars of this site, they need to watch something for at least a poem. Once again, thank you for not too lazy to write, I liked the photo! And creative or not, a moot point! Merry Christmas to all!

  • anonym

    Hello, thanks for the article. I liked the idea very much, I even came up with a plot for this glass, can someone tell me how to do it myself (from which lens to stick out which lens, how to fix it in the corrugation, the distance from the lens to the lens mount) in general nuances .

    • Rodion

      Look a little higher. the rest is already determined experimentally.

  • anonym

    about the next garbage. fair. when I started reading Radozhiva, it was 10 times more interesting like that. The characteristics of optics were described. carcasses, examples of photos. etc. and now, as I don’t drop one on top of the other. and sheer trash. Some sewer tubes with two couplings are positioned as mega-super. It’s ridiculous. Of course not to Arkady, but for such piderastical lenses it is necessary to create a separate branch, with a note about everything, or a joke. Fair. to read the desire will disappear altogether. as well as writing reviews of optics (but there are thoughts!). A toy is not worth that kind of money. You can be glad of interest to buy a piece of black corrugation for 100 r (the same boot from the CV joint) and experiment on grandfather's industry or Helios. And to spend 4-6 thousand rubles on this stuff, guys, I'd rather buy myself another memory card for 4 GB or a couple of batteries in the batlock, albeit Chinese, than this stuff.

    • Igor

      Do not like it, do not read. I was interested in the review. Thanks to the author.

      • Dim

        In vain you are so, the person tried, strained to read, and you on the move - do not like it, do not read. And how could a person understand whether he liked it or not before he read it? He understood only by the end of the reading, and his strength had already been spent ...

        • anonym

          Are you his mind?

    • Iskander

      We are waiting for you to review the lens from the CV joint boot and 4 GB of pictures on it).

  • Rollercoaster

    Anyway. That aside, what about optical quality? The answer is they re okay, but I have sort of mixed feelings about the utility of the diopters. The fun aspects of the Lensbaby are that you can wiggle and bend the lens around and that you get tons of blur around the edges of a picture.

  • orenkomp.ru

    Anyway. That aside, what about optical quality? The answer is they re okay, but I have sort of mixed feelings about the utility of the diopters. The fun aspects of the Lensbaby are that you can wiggle and bend the lens around and that you get tons of blur around the edges of a picture.

  • Alexander

    They also have another lens - Lensbaby Circular Fisheye, which gives a full circle on the crop. It would be interesting to see a review on it. And then there is almost nothing in Runet.

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