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Fun with the Lensbaby 2.0

So you've spent lord knows how much money on a Canon 5D, a carbon fibre tripod, and a bag full of L glass. What's next? Why, a device that will help you to take inconsistently focused pictures on a very consistent basis, of course. And that is exactly what you'll get with the Lensbaby 2.0, a 50mm lens like you've never seen before. Think of it as a bellows lens, a tilt shift lens, and a piece of flexible plastic tubing combined in some b movie mad scientist experiment. It bends, extends, and contracts to whatever controtion your hands desire, and affecting your plane of focus accordingly.

After a quick neighborhood tour with my new found toy, I took my new purchase to my favorite testing ground: Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Baltimore. It's a place I know very well from a photographic point of view, so its a good place to put new equipment through its paces. Overall, I would have to say I am impressed with this odd little accessory. The strange bokeh and blurred areas give your images a surreal, dream like quality that would be hard to duplicate through other means. best of all it's fun to operate. Throw in the aperture disc of your choice and off you go.

All in all, I am pretty happy with my lensbaby. It's not something I'm going to use every day, but it's a helluva way to kill an afternoon.
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