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Fun to play with
on February 11, 2013
Been playing around with my new Spark quite a bit. Overall, it's rather quick to learn, but it's going to take a while to master. This is one of those things that will take a lot of practice to understand the lens and the operation. One of the biggest learnings is hold to hold it. I'm so used to holding the camera in one hand and the lens in another. But that just won't work here, it's too unstable. Instead, you need to learn how to hold the camera and the lens with both hands at the same time (watch the videos on the lensbaby site).
Some other notes from my shooting with this:
* It's super super light. You barely know it's on the camera.
* Exif Data there are no electrical contacts, which means the lens and aperture (even though it's fixed) are not in the photo file
* According to the lensbaby website, this isn't compatible with the Edge 80 optics because that optic is too heavy. I would kind of like to try it out to decide that for myself...
* The minimum shooting distance is a rather long 13 inches. But I am planning to toss on some cheap extension tubes to see if I can get some macro style shots out of this.
I have gotten some nice tack sharp photos, starting on the second day of using the lens. Now I just need to figure out how to reliably repeat that.
Update: I have since upgraded from a crop to a full frame camera. This lens really shines on full frame! The effect was minimal in most photos using a crop sensor. So minimal that I had to often use post processing to accentuate it. But with full frame, the area of focus takes up much less of the frame, and thus provides a much better effect. PLus, with a full frame you get a bigger viewfinder, which helps tremendously with the manual focusing.