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Lensbaby Spark for Canon
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
Style Name: Canon
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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
Style Name: CanonVerified Purchase
Didn't think much about this item except that I wanted to try an item from LensBaby that wouldn't break the bank. This was that item. For under $80 dollars you get a pretty decent lens to play with. I used it on my Canon 7D and T2si with no problems at all. You can get some great shots from it. I would recommend this for any photo bag. Fun lens to play with.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
Style Name: CanonVerified Purchase
This is a really neat lens, allowing you to take some really cool pictures. It's easy to install and use.

BUT...be patient, it takes awhile to figure out how to make it take te pictures you see on the website. It's really best for spots or movement, not still shots. The movement makes the blurry part show up more.

THis is a great lens to have in your bag, and good as a starter.

I bought this as a gift, and I have the Lensbaby Composer for my Nikon. The Composer is a bit easier to use and has a lot more nice features (at over twice the price), but still takes time to learn to use it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2013
Style Name: NikonVerified Purchase
My photography covers too wide a range of styles for the Lensbaby effect to be used more than rarely: still, I like what the company's products can do and was interested in learning how they would blend in to what I envision about selective focus. Frankly, however, I always thought most Lensbaby models were overpriced for what they could be expected to do, so I was delighted to see a truly economical version hit the market recently in the Spark. Doing the combined framing and squeezing for the "sweet spot" of focus is definitely something that will aggravate you until you just put in the practice time, and I'm sure that fewer shots are lost on more advanced models, since the focus can be set and locked in position. Still, if you have good manual dexterity and patience, you can create some interesting work with the Spark. And for this price, you don't have to feel you paid too much for what is essentially a novelty effect. Well made and sturdy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2013
Style Name: NikonVerified Purchase
I'm new with using lens baby. but it seems to produce amazing photos when used right. I use it often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2013
Style Name: CanonVerified Purchase
I have this paired with the Edge 80 optic. Fits and works well on both my APS-C frame camera (T3i) and full-frame (5D Mark II).

This has seriously become my favorite setup to just walk around with, supplanting the 40mm f/2.8 STM (which is an excellent walk-around lens, btw). I'm not a fan of the school of "this a great camera because it forces you to slow down and really compose" thought. However, the Spark will force you to make conscious decisions and really play with focus and composition.

I really like using the Spark + Edge 80 + T3i for covering events, as the selective focus helps me to really isolate my subjects when there's a whole lot of other stuff going on.

I don't see the Spark being useful for video - but I have a Control Freak for that.

Not a big fan of the glass optic it came with - I will probably get the Sweet 35 at some point, to get wider shots than can be afforded by the Edge 80. But in any case - the Spark is serious fun that can turn out some great images very spontaneously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
Style Name: CanonVerified Purchase
It's tough to focus if you wear glasses, but fun to play with. Honestly though, while I didn't have high expectations, I'm not super pleased with the quality. My lens appears to focus to the left of center instead of center focus. Not sure it was worth the investment, as I would definitely qualify it as a "toy" lens. Produced poor to mediocre quality photos on my Canon MkII.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2013
Style Name: CanonVerified Purchase
This lens takes some getting used to, but it's fun to experiment with this lens.
I would buy it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Style Name: CanonVerified Purchase
This is the best money I have spent on anything photography related in years! Its a little more challenging to use than the typical auto focus lenses but when you get it right all your pictures become works of art. Just when I was getting tired of my camera setup and getting some new gear lust, the lensbaby lit the "spark" (bad pun!) for some new creativity!
Best $75 I've spent in a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
Style Name: CanonVerified Purchase
Got this for my momma for Christmas, she enjoys the thing. Fun to play around with, a unique and quirky toy.
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