Lensbaby on GF1 – Great combination

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ethno New Member • Posts: 11
Lensbaby on GF1 – Great combination

Today it is a cold and miserable day so I decided to stay at home, have a nice cup of tea and play with my cameras. One lens that I have not used for a long time is the Lensbaby for FourThirds that I have been using with my Olympus.

As you can see from the photos below – it fits the Lumix DMW-MA1 adaptor nicely. I took a few test shots and it works fine. I find the idea of being able to capture tilt-shift HD movie clips very exciting indeed.

MarconiQ Forum Member • Posts: 97
Re: Lensbaby on GF1 – Great combination

Nice - please let us know when you have made some with this combo.
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Teski
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Same here...

Would love to see some shots with this combo. I remember seeing a couple some time ago from someone, but we haven't seen a whole lot of m4/3 with the lensbaby.

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Diane B Forum Pro • Posts: 20,697
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I had the LB 2.0 with EF mount and bought the EOS to m4/3rds adaptor to use it and my 45 TS lens on the G1GF1, but in the ned, I bought a new LB Composer with 4/3rds mount and am using it with the MA-1 adaptor. Works nicely. I debated off and on whether to buy it in EF mount also so I could use it with 5D, but KNEW in the end LOL--that I would only really like it with liveview of the m4/3rds so bought the 4/3rds mount. I added the UWA which gives me about same FOV as the 20 f/1.7--and just bought the FE optic. I'm looking forward to using LB with the Gs. Hope to see some shots from you soon.

Diane
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Diane B Forum Pro • Posts: 20,697
Re: Same here...

Here are a couple--with constant rain, I've mainly shot interiors--and low light at that. I opted not to embed but rather give links.

Here are a few experiments with the Composer wide open (f/2.0) and UWA converter (.42 which gives me about same FOV as 20 f/1.7)
http://www.pbase.com/picnic/image/119599185
http://www.pbase.com/picnic/image/119599183
http://www.pbase.com/picnic/image/119599182

and some with the FE optic--which is spherical on FF, but closer to my linear 15mm FE on my 5D with the m4/3rds. Its a 12mm so FOV of 24mm wide open which is f/4.0
http://www.pbase.com/picnic/image/120171064
http://www.pbase.com/picnic/image/120171063
http://www.pbase.com/picnic/image/120171062

and one with the Composer/UWA and creative aperture

Hope to get out and do some interesting shooting with it.

Diane
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Steven Wandy Veteran Member • Posts: 5,424
Re: Lensbaby on GF1 – Great combination

Ethno,

Like Diane I also had the LB 2.0 and decided to sell it and get the Composer in 4/3 mount. It is much easier to control and get the focus point where you want it. Though a lot of LB users will say that it is unpredictability of the LB that is part of its appeal. Your decision.
Enjoy the lens on the GF1,
Steve

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Activatedfx Contributing Member • Posts: 957
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I had a LensBaby ... for about 2 weeks. After the initial "wow" factor wore off, I realized that what I was getting were basically "blurry" images. Every once in awhile, you can get a shot that really "works" with the LensBaby look, but 99 out of 100 are throwaways. I can't tell you how many people said they were glad I stopped using the LB, because they were tired of the look.

12photosayear Junior Member • Posts: 34
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Nice setup. Do you remember where you bought your wrist strap? It looks sturdy!

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Diane B Forum Pro • Posts: 20,697
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I find the look I got from the LB 2.0 as opposed to the Composer quite different. I'm able to use selective focus much more easily--and with the addition of the better/larger set of aperture disks (able to stop down further) I can control the focus area a lot more.

I do think, and of course this is a personal decision, that many people twist the lens too far. Since I've shot with a tilt shift for a good while I know that its only a matter of a few degrees to change the focal plane of the lens. Experimenting with the lens you find that you can get a focus area that is very sharp--and by moving the lens in the direction of an off center subject--but very gradually and not nearly as much as one would think--you can keep that focus area quite sharp---and by stopping down, increase that area quite a lot. I'm spending some time with it to determine just how much I need to 'bend' to get the look I want. I think it takes a bit of time to become accustomed to shooting with it. Having a focusing ring on the lens makes a huge difference over the LB 2.0--and I guess the successor to that lens. Then again--some prefer the more 'randomness' of the twisty LB like the current Muse.

With the FE--you don't get that blurred edge as much---even wide open at f/4.0--but a different look than I get with my linear 15mm FE.

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Steven Wandy Veteran Member • Posts: 5,424
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I am not the OP, but I have been using the Op Tech wrist strap and very comfortable with it on the EP1 (and now 2).

http://www.optechusa.com/product/detail/?PRODUCT_ID=6&PRODUCT_SUB_ID=&CATEGORY_ID=4

What I also like is I got the one with the quick release so that I can change it to a neck strap when I wish very quickly.

http://www.optechusa.com/product/detail/?PRODUCT_ID=20&PRODUCT_SUB_ID=&CATEGORY_ID=4

They are both rated at up to 2.5 lbs so even with the Lensbaby Composer and the FE Optic they are still good - though I am a bit more careful with that combination on the EP2.
Steve

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12photosayear Junior Member • Posts: 34
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Thanks for the info on the wrist straps.
Steve

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Bill Harris Senior Member • Posts: 1,945
Interesting.

I like the effect, in particular the picket fence and more so the 'earth from above' book photo. Nice Diane.

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