Collin J Örthner – Photographer

September 4, 2010


Filed under: Agriculture, Lensbaby, Nature, Plants — collin j örthner @ 4:12 am

My first go with a Lensbaby Composer. What a unique optic!! Had a riot playing with this lens this past weekend. I can imagine this one will be in my arsenal real soon! This first image of the wheat is a crop from a horizontal image but otherwise pretty much as shot. It has a sweet spot of great sharpness that falls off quickly, but… you can move this sweet spot anywhere in the frame you like.

[Canon 5dmkII, Lensbaby Composer]

The sharpness starts out like you see being sharp in the middle, but then it changes into a donut shape of sharpness as you focus creating a very unique look to many images. The second image here of the text shows off the circle of sharpness nicely. I messed a bit with this image in Photoshop, adding more contrast and the vignette.

This lens can be made into a really great macro by purchasing the Macro Kit, which is really just a couple of close-up filters. One is a +4 and the other a +10 diopter. Here I stacked the two and am very impressed how sharp this lens is as a macro. I also changed the aperture, which are small magnetic discs that you manually remove and replace with a small magnetic tool – very unique – that word unique seems to be in this post a lot. The lens is shipped with the f/4 disc installed and I opted for a smidge more depth of field and put in the f/5.6 disc for this image. Image presented as shot.

Mmmm, smell the coffee. Makes me want to run to Second Cup for a Vanilla Bean Latte!! Another macro image with the two diopters installed. This is pretty much straight out of the camera.

This final image made in my front yard using the +4 diopter by itself on the Lensbaby. These macro shots at first appear just as ordinary macro images made with an normal macro lens with the very shallow depth of field, but on closer inspection I notice that the field of sharpness isn’t the same. It’s more a circle of sharpness and messes with my mind enough that it has an appealing difference from the ordinary macro images I am so used to. Again, virtually straight out of the camera.



  1. Fun! I will definitely try one of those babies. (no pun intended)

    Comment by Judy — September 4, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

  2. I love how sharp the image is

    Comment by wanini — September 20, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

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