Lensbaby 56mm f1.6 Soft Focus Macro

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by tkbslc, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

  2. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I think Lensbaby offers a lot of rather weird things that are a tough sell in this day and age of super powered post-processing software. This lens has some really cool effects, but who would pay $500 for a single effect that can be replicated in half a dozen different software offerings?
  3. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    I think that this one is more than a one-trick-pony, though, given that it sharpens up when stopped down and does macro.

    $500 buys some pretty nice "real" lenses though.
  4. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    While it does have some interesting characteristics, as tkbslc says, I think it has a lot more appeal for the DSLR crowd than for mirrorless.

    For $500, it's a hard sell on Micro Four Thirds. If I want a soft, ultrafast lens, I can get a 55mm/f1.2 Canon FD or Nikon Ai for $300. If I want a macro lens, I can get a 55mm/f2.8 that goes to 1:1 for $100. If I want a fast macro lens, I can get an 4/3 Olympus 50mm/f2 for $350 (or the older OM version for $500).

    But if you want a very specific effect (and aren't interested in spreading vaseline on a filter to get it), this can definitely do the job...
  5. IvanK

    IvanK Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 18, 2015
    I have Konica Hexanon 57 1.2, its pretty much "soft focus" @ f1.2 :)