Lensbaby 3G A-mount lens review by yellowballoon

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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35-70mm/4
28-80mm/4.5-5.6 xi
Sigma 18-50mm/3.5-5.6
Sigma 400mm/5.6

price paid:
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!

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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