Lensbaby 3G A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 4   
reviewer#4983 date: Mar-8-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm F/2.8 macro
Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 macro
price paid:250 USD (new)
positive:versatile
bokeh
colour
3D feel
compact
negative:expensive
comment:Capable of producing beautiful, dreamy "paintings" if properly used. It could be very sharp, but the best results are achieved when not used like ordinary lens. Excellent colours, extraordinary bokeh, endless possibilities. I use it always at F/2 for maximum effect. Sometimes I use it's macro kit (close-up filters) for enhancing the effect even more.
reviewer#3131 date: Jan-5-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL 50mm 1.4
SAL 85mm 1.4 CZ

price paid:200 USD
positive:- Fun to use
negative:- The line between real distorsion and beautiful images is really short.
comment:This lens is a must in any semi pro bag, this lens is not very sharp, is not easy to use but it's fantastic to play with it. I used it always at f2.8. I have also the wide angle and tele convertor, I have also the macro lenses... the wide angle is very useful and the macro lenses are very good, the lens achieve a good sharpness even using those extra lenses.


reviewer#3014 date: Dec-1-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 100-300 APO f/4,5-5,6
Minolta AF 24-105 D f/3,5-4,5
SONY 70-200 f/2,8 G SSM.
price paid:2200 DKK
positive:Sharp. Sharp. Sharp.
I can easily print A3+ from 6 MP files.
Very fun to use.
Actualy a fine "Macro" lens.
negative:Filterthread.
comment:I highly recommend this lens. Just as sharp as SONY 70-200G
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reviewer#3012 date: Nov-30-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-70mm/4
70-210mm/4
28-80mm/4.5-5.6 xi
Sigma 18-50mm/3.5-5.6
Sigma 400mm/5.6

price paid:
missing
positive:Very versatile.
Gives fantastic results wihtout the need for PP.
Good looking.
Fantastic quality optics.
Accepts filters.
Well built, good packaging.
Handy aperture disk case and lensbaby bag (all included).
Can be used on fullframe (35mm) aswell as APS-C frame.
negative:Full user guide only available over the net.
Aperture can only be changed by inserting/removing discs.
Filter thread too small, thus compatable filters are rare.
Needs to be 35mm focal length as standard.
comment:An absolutly essential piece of kit for any advanced-amateur or professional. Great for getting a new aspect on objects, especially product shots. It was extreemly well packaged and came with a good quality lens cap and a soft, but well finished holder bag. The optics are truly fantastic and supress any of my lenses for sharpness and resolution. Colour reproduction could be improved though, with saturation lacking.
The greatest advantage this lens poses over conventional lenses, is that it gives the photographer almost unlimited creative options. One can either use it as an almost conventional lens using an aperture of around f5.6 onwards or choose to use it in a "holgaesque" manner, with vignetting, blown out highlights and very selective focus.
Highly recommended!
reviews found: 4   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.25
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 3.75
  • overall: 4.28

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