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Lensbaby Spark for Nikon

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  • Nikon F Mount
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture: fixed f/5.6
  • Focus type: manual
  • Sweet spot, selective focus lens (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradually increasing blur)
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Dimensions 3 inches x 3 inches x 0.12 inches 2.76 inches x 2.52 inches x 2.76 inches 2.5 inches x 2.2 inches x 2.5 inches 76.2 inches x 2.75 inches x 70.1 inches
Item Weight 5.33 pounds 0.61 pounds 0.43 pounds 0.66 pounds
Lens Interchangeable lens Prime lens 35mm Fisheye lens
Maximum Aperture 5.6 f 22 0 3.5 f
Max Focal Length 50 mm 80 mm 35 mm 5.8
Min Aperture 5.6 f 22 2.5 f 22
Min Focal Length 50 mm 80 mm 35 mm 5.8
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Product Description

Style: Nikon

Product Description

Introducing the Spark from Lensbaby, a fun and affordable way to capture selective focus images with a digital SLR. Spark features a unique selective focus optic and a tilting lens body, allowing the aspiring amateur photographer to capture creative images in-camera that have a sweet spot of focus, surrounded by blur. Spark is a lightweight, all plastic (except for the optic, which is a multi-coated glass doublet) 50mm selective focus lens with a f/5.6 fixed aperture available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Spark is the perfect entry point into the Lensbaby system for photography students or newer photographers looking to expand their experiment and add a creative lens to their camera bag. Spark is compatible with the rest of the optics in the Optic Swap System, and with all Lensbaby 37mm threaded accessory lenses.

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Lensbaby Spark Description:

Fun, expressive, creative and exhilarating - Spark is all of these things, and more. If you're a hands-on photographer always up for a little adventure, you'll find a kindred spirit in Spark. Spark is a fun way to capture unique photos with your Canon or Nikon DSLR.

Looking to capture the magic of everyday, fleeting moments, in a way that's different and unique? Spark will ignite your imagination.

Spark photos will have a snappy "sweet spot" or round spot of focus, surrounded by melt-in-your-mouth, beautiful blur.

Available in mounts for Canon EF (EOS) and Nikon F.

 

Lensbaby Spark Product Specs:

  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture: fixed f/5.6
  • Optic: multi-coated glass doublet
  • Focus type: manual
  • Sweet spot, selective focus lens (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur)
  • Compatible with Lensbaby Optic Swap System and all Lensbaby 37mm threaded accessory lenses
  • Available for Canon and Nikon mount DSLRs
  • Minimum focusing distance: approximately 13” (33cm)
  • Maximum focusing distance: Infinity

 

Lensbaby Spark How-to:

Simply squeeze to focus. Tilt in any direction to move the sweet spot of focus to a different area of your image.


Product Information

Style:Nikon
Product Dimensions 3 x 0.1 x 3 inches
Item Weight 5.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B008FXYH4O
Item model number LBSPN
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,074 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com September 18, 2012

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By Mike Vande Ven Jr. on February 10, 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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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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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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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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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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Its good for play, is not easy focus at the begining, but after that you only enjoy. I like street photography and it add a special look for my pictures. If you are a photographer who looks for the perfection its not for you. Is a toy very cheap.
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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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I have a canon 7d which is an aps-c format sensor. This causes the field of view to be cropped very closely to the portion of the lens's sweet spot with only a small portion of bokeh in the corners. Since the lens is a fixed focal length and f ratio there is not much you can do to change the size of the sweet spot. Moving the sweet spot towards the extremes of the field of view is somewhat helpful. That being said the sharpness of the sweet spot is something more than I was expecting for such a low cost lens. I plan on trying out one of the other lensbaby's systems that supports interchangable apertures in order to change the f ratio of the lens.
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