how to use a lensbaby: your starter guide

  • how to use a lensbaby by nina mingioni

how to use a lensbaby: your starter guide

You may be seeing photographers share photos with delicious blur – they very well may have been taken with one of the many Lensbaby lenses. Whether you’ve never heard of these before, just getting started with yours, or looking for more tips on using a Lensbaby, this post is for you!

I never leave my house without one of these. It’s true – my camera bag is my purse, and even if I leave my camera at home, I will usually find a Lensbaby nestled next to my iPad and my wallet. Lensbaby lenses let your creativity soar. The images you make with them are so unique that it is difficult to reproduce them by yourself.  Eventually, you will learn to pre-visualize your scene in “Lensbaby,” knowing where you want the focus to fall, and what part of the frame will disintegrate into blur.

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Edge 80

What is a Lensbaby?

Lensbaby makes a line of tilt-focus lenses that create very unique images with an area of sharp focus, surrounded by fading blur. Lensbaby lenses are different from traditional tilt-shift lenses in that there is no shifting mechanism – you cannot slide the lens up, down, or sideways while it is mounted on your camera. However, you can tilt the lens (like a tilt-shift lens) which allows the photographer to shift the area of focus in the image they make.

Lensbaby lenses do not communicate with your camera in any way. This means that you will have to manually set the aperture of the lens and manually focus your lens.

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Sweet 35

Understanding the equipment

Lensbaby lenses have two parts, lens body and optic.

Lensbaby used to manufacture several different lens bodies, but at this point they are focused on making and selling their best, the Composer Pro. The Composer Pro has a part that attaches to your camera (they make mounts that suit all major brands), a part that attaches to the lens optic, and a tilting mechanism between them (which is really a ball joint).

Lensbaby makes many different optics, but the most popular ones are Sweet 35 (35mm), Double Glass (50mm), and Edge 80 (80mm).

Both Sweet 35 and Double Glass optics give you a circular area of focus (the so-called “sweet spot”), while the Edge 80 gives you the slice of focus.

The biggest plus of the Sweet 35 and Edge 80 optics is that you can control the aperture by simply twisting a ring on the optic. Double Glass optic has aperture discs that you can exchange using a little magnetic tool.

Lensbaby sweet 35 photo by Nina Mingioni

Sweet 35

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Edge 80

You need just one Composer Pro lens body;  all the optics are interchangeable.

Is Lensbaby for you?

Just because you love looking at images with lots of blur, it does not necessarily mean that you will love making them. Enter the Lensbaby Spark, to which I frequently refer to as the “Gateway Lensbaby.” The Spark is a one-piece Lensbaby that has an optic already attached to an accordion-type tilting mechanism.  It is a 50mm lens with a fixed f/5.6 aperture.  At $90, it is most certainly a bargain.

The Spark is how I started out. I had mine for exactly 3 days before I realized that I loved the images I was making and I was ready to jump all in. I then bought a Composer Pro with Sweet 35 optic. Thus, my love affair with Lensbaby began.

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Lensbaby Spark

Practicing Manual Focus

As I mentioned above, Lensbaby lenses do not communicate with your camera, and you will need to focus them manually. While this sounds daunting at first, learning manual focus will improve your photography, period. It is a great skill to have, and it is most certainly something that improves with practice.

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Sweet 35

Here are some simple tips to make manual focusing easier:

  1. Remember which eye you focus with and adjust your diopters to that eye. Lots of people have different vision in both eyes – this difference may be subtle, and you may or may not be aware of it.  However, this slight variation will make a big difference when focusing manually, so take notice of which eye you prefer to focus with.
  2. Consider a new eye cup.  Some time ago, I got a Hoodman HoodEYE cup, which is bigger than the standard eye cup that is included with cameras. It does a great job preventing stray light from entering the viewfinder and, because it is not symmetrical, it reminds me to use my left eye to focus.
  3. Many photographers prefer to use Liveview and zoom in when focusing with the Lensbaby lenses. While this is not my preferred method, I have certainly used it more than once. When previewing your scene on the LCD in Liveview, the brightness of this image is determined by your camera (this is called “Exposure simulation”). If your LCD image appears too dark when you are using Liveview, you will have to disable exposure simulation under your menu options to get a nice, bright image.
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Sweet 35

Practice, practice, practice

This part is obvious, right? Very few photographers, even if quite experienced, make amazing Lensbaby images straight out of the box. When I got my Sweet 35 optic, I loved it right away. However, my Edge 80 took some time getting used to: to be exact, a month of shooting exclusively with the Edge 80! Ultimately, it was worth it, and the Edge 80 is my favorite optic of the two.  You will make some great images by accident in the beginning, but the real skill that comes with practice is making a Lensbaby image that truly matches your vision.

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Edge 80

My final – and perhaps most valuable- tip is this: don’t practice on uncooperative models. Just don’t do it! You will hate your Lensbaby, your children, or both! Start off with inanimate subjects or (willing) adult models.

Lensbaby edge 80 photo by Nina Mingioni

Edge 80

For a more in-depth discussion of Lensbaby lenses and how to use these one-of-a-kind lenses and optics in different photography genres, join me at Click Away. I will be leading a small group session, as well as hands-on practice sessions, and a Lensbaby photowalk in Salt Lake City.

Lensbaby edge 80 photo by Nina Mingioni

Edge 80

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***Disclaimer: Nina’s thoughts are her own and were not influenced by this article being sponsored.  Her love for Lensbaby lenses began in January 2013.

 

About the Author:

Nina is a hobbyist photographer who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She loves many genres, including street, urban, macro, and nature photography, and, of course, capturing the details in lives of her two boys. She shoots mostly prime lenses, but never leaves her house without one of her Lensbaby lenses. In imagery, she is drawn to lines, patterns, details, textures, and light – and capturing the geometry, order, and beauty these elements bring into the chaos of life. Visit Nina Mingioni online.
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232 Comments

  1. AnnaVanDemark Jul 22 2014 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed all the tips and wonderful imagery in this article, Nina! I use a LB Composer w/ Double Glass Optic thus, that is my fav at the moment 🙂 I’m one of the folks that likes to use Live View – tripod mounted, to help with focusing. To remedy the sometime too dark screen, I’ll often focus at an incorrect exposure level (that would give me an overexposed image) then change to the proper exposure before taking the shot. I think that the charm of a good LB image is very endearing!

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      thanks Anna! for the dark screen, try disabling liveview exposure compensation, it works really well and you don’t have to keep playing with your exposure. since i don’t use liveview for really anything else, keep this option on permanently. thank you for taking time to comment!

  2. Kim Peterson Jul 22 2014 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Nina, I was so excited to see this post from you. I have been wanting to know how to get started with a lensbaby, from shopping to shooting. I hope to get one someday and feel like I have a little direction now!! Awesome post!

  3. Caroline Rayman Jul 22 2014 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I’ve come across mentions of Lensbaby from time to time, but assumed that it was to advanced for me to experiment with. I got so much out of this post, including the manual focusing tips. I am ready to take the leap into Lensbaby too, and I am excited about the possibilities!

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      I am so glad this was helpful, Caroline! when i first got interested in the lensbaby lenses, i was so confused by different options, and it took me a while to get the manual focusing down. i hope you take the leap soon!

  4. Jeanette Verster Jul 22 2014 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I’ve been dying to get a Lensbaby!! Maybe it’s time I did

  5. Sabrina Williams Jul 22 2014 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Wonderful tips! I look forward to experimenting more with Lensbabies as I love the look of the photos. I bought the Lensbaby Scout which came with a fisheye optic but I would love to try out one of the other lensbaby’s where you actually bend it. The scout does not bend so everything is always centered.

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      i’m glad you enjoyed the article, Sabrina! the scout and fisheye are on my list!

  6. Samantha King Jul 22 2014 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Great, now I need a lensbaby. My husband will not be impressed. Haha! Love this blog post! 🙂

  7. Courtney Wilson Jul 22 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    My fav is currently my 50mm 1.8. I love it but honestly I love all of my lenses for different reasons. I certainly can’t use my 50mm for everything (especially because I’m using a crop sensor and so it acts more like an 80mm).

  8. Emma Jul 22 2014 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I love the 50mm 1.8. I tried it out once and it is wonderful!

  9. Amy Schuff Jul 22 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Now I want a lensbaby even more!! Great article 🙂

  10. Amy Schuff Jul 22 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Oh! I forgot to mention my favorite lens is the 50mm 1.4f

  11. Karen Jul 22 2014 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Great article, especially since I’m heavily considering buying one!

  12. Natasha Jul 22 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Love Lensbaby!

  13. Davina Jul 23 2014 at 4:09 am - Reply

    I could not live without my 16-35, but I love my Composer Pro and Sweet 35 duo. The Edge 80 is on my list!

  14. Stephanie Jul 23 2014 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Lovely tutorial, Nina!

  15. Carole Jul 23 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    This blog post made it much easier for me to understand what “lensbaby fever” is all about. I love your image shares. The image with the woman lying down is a gorgeous capture.

  16. Aryn Jul 23 2014 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    I’ve been intrigued by all these lensbaby posts! I might just grab one (or, perhaps WIN one?!?!)

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      good luck! if you don’t win, consider getting one, they are so fun!

  17. Kathleen Collins Jul 23 2014 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Great opportunity! Love your tips Nina and I love lensbaby!

  18. Michele Yon Jul 23 2014 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I’m patiently waiting for the Lensbaby for cell phones from their kickstarter project. I thought that might be a fun way to dip my toe in the Lensbaby water :0)

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      i think it’s coming out really soon! Caroline Jensen got a “try-out” copy and she loved it!

  19. Reena Jul 23 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this great article on the Lensbaby and explaining so well about it.

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      i am glad this made things clear! when i first started out, i found the lensbaby system really confusing!

  20. Reena Jul 23 2014 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    PS: my current and all time favorite lens is the 70-200mm

  21. Ariel Jul 23 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Nina, thanks for the awesome tips. I’ve recently received a new to me composer and I can’t wait to start creating some awesome images.

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      I am glad you enjoyed the article, Ariel! just be patient with it, the learning curve is steep, but when you get it, it is so worth it!

  22. Ariel Jul 23 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I forgot to mention my favorite lens. It’s the Sigma 30mm! 🙂

  23. Lindsay Garwood Jul 23 2014 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Lensbaby just make he images look so magical! I’m dying to try one!

  24. Melinda Wilkinson Jul 23 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens right now is my Sigma 30 1.4!

  25. Heather Jul 23 2014 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is my Sigma 35 1.4… Cause it’s my only lens! 😉

  26. Catherine Jul 23 2014 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I love my 50mm 1.4

  27. Laken Jul 23 2014 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens is the 50 mm 1.4!!

  28. abrianna Jul 23 2014 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is my Sigma 18-250mm. I like the versatility and the fact that I can do macros with it too.

  29. Melinda Jul 24 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

    So obsessed with getting a Lensbaby!
    My favorite lens is my 50mm 1.4!

  30. Carol D Jul 24 2014 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Great tutorial Nina!

  31. heathermommy Jul 24 2014 at 1:14 am - Reply

    would love this. My favorite lens is my 28mm 1.8

  32. Lexie Jul 24 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

    I love playing with my Lensbaby Spark! I definitely need more practice – love your idea of exclusively using it for a month. I would never have considered doing that with a lensbaby!!

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      yes, the spark is a tough little lens. it can be hard to get the hang of focus/tilt while wielding a dslr; it just takes practice. i actually find the composer pro and either edge or sweet 35 easier to shoot.

  33. Jamie S. Jul 24 2014 at 3:04 am - Reply

    My 50 mm 1.8 is my fave, but mostly because it is all I have right now. 🙂

  34. Hollie S Jul 24 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    My current favorite is the 85 mm 1.8.

  35. Yan Liu Jul 24 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    My favorate lens is.the 50mm f1.4

  36. christineb Jul 24 2014 at 8:31 am - Reply

    love my 50 1.4

  37. Carissa Jul 24 2014 at 8:46 am - Reply

    My favorite is my sigma 30 1.4! (SO sharp!)

  38. Rebeccah Jul 24 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    been meaning to try a lens baby out- this post is super helpful!

  39. Deidra Jul 24 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    The Spark is such a fun and inexpensive way to get started with Lensbaby! Some of my favorite images I’ve taken over the last few months have been with my Spark. Like you Nina, it’s not often I leave home without it. It’s so light it doesn’t way me down or get in the way. It definitely is a gateway lens too. I better warn my husband early that the Composer Pro, Edge 80 and Sweet 35 are going to comprise my entire Christmas list!

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      oh, that would be an awesome X-mas gift, Deidra! maybe an early X-mas gift? please share your images when you get these!

  40. Deborah Lindenberger Jul 24 2014 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I am currently in love with my Prime 50mm lens, love the low aperture I can get and the great crisp images it produces.

  41. Jessica Lysse Jul 24 2014 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this chance! I have always thought I would like to try one of these!

    • Jessica Lysse Jul 24 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Oh and my current fav lens is my 70-200 f/2.8 for outdoor and my sigma 35mm f/1.4 for indoors!

  42. Shanna Jul 24 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I’m planning to buy a spark this week or next! Super excited! Right now my favorite lens is my 50.

  43. Sammy Russo Jul 24 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial

  44. Shawna Sweeney Jul 24 2014 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    awesome!

  45. Melissa Sanchez Jul 24 2014 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Great article! I would love a Lens baby lens! They are so creative and fun!

  46. Melissa Sanchez Jul 24 2014 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    my fav. lens so far is my canon 50mm 1.4

  47. Kathleen Jul 24 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Wonderful article, Nina! I keep going back and forth about the LensBaby. It’s not my style, but I really like the images I see with it, but it’s not my style, etc. What am I talking about? I don’t have a style yet. I should just get one and try it out. 🙂

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 24 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Kathleen, and i am glad you enjoyed the article. i think styles change. i definitely go through phases. even though i love my lensbabies, depending on my mood i shoot them less or more.

  48. Snow Jul 24 2014 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    My current favorite is my 28mm, would absolutely LOVE to add a lens baby to my collection!

  49. Sara Hilton Jul 24 2014 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    I love my 24-105 lens. A lensbaby would be divine!

  50. Bonnie Craig Jul 25 2014 at 12:24 am - Reply

    great timing! I just ordered a lensbaby actually for fun.. definitely saving this article! it arrives saturday I think 🙂

  51. Amanda Kuklinski Jul 25 2014 at 1:08 am - Reply

    This was the best possible post for me to read. I’ve been wanting to give a lensbaby a try and you just have me that extra push I needed. Thanks!

  52. krista taylor Jul 25 2014 at 7:04 am - Reply

    my current favourite lens is my 50mm 1.4

  53. Jennifer Jul 25 2014 at 11:54 am - Reply

    The Lensbaby never ceases to amaze me. It seems like the effects you can achieve with this lens are endless.

  54. Allie Jul 25 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I love my 24-70 but really want the 35 mm!!!

  55. Valerie Jul 25 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    My current favorite is my Canon 35 mm f/2.0

  56. Melodi Jul 25 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Great post! I always love seeing Lensbaby images and now I really wish I had one. 🙂

  57. Nikki Jul 25 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Love the 35mm 1.8

  58. Amy Stevens Jul 25 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I love my Tokina 100mm

  59. Elizabeth Jul 25 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I would love to try out a lens baby!

  60. montesa bryant Jul 25 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is the Canon 50mm 1.4. I use it almost all the time.

  61. Samantha H Jul 25 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is my canon 50mm 1.4!
    I have been eyeballing lensbaby lens for a while now & would love to add one to my collection!

  62. Tonya Jul 25 2014 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    My 50mm 1.4.

  63. Kristina Gorokhova Jul 25 2014 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I love my 24-70 lens!!!!!

  64. Kristen H Jul 25 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    My current favorite is my 50mm 1.4

  65. Thelma Jul 25 2014 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    My fave is my 35mm f/2

  66. Ashleigh Lauber Jul 25 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    My 50mm!

  67. Kristin Jul 25 2014 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Such a great post!! My current favorite lens is my 50mm 1.8, but that’s because it’s the only non-kit lens I own! :giggle

  68. Meggie Jul 25 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Loving my 100mm macro right now 🙂

  69. Nicol Jul 25 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I love blurred images. Can’t wait to get my hands on one. This is definitely on my must get list.

  70. Joyce Jul 25 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this post! My current favorite is my 50mm 1.8

  71. Jenn Jul 25 2014 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Nina! I have wanted a Lensbaby for a long time and now I know exactly what I want to buy! Soooo helpful.

  72. Shari S Jul 25 2014 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    this would be awesome!

  73. Melissa Harms Jul 25 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Canon 85mm 1.8!

  74. Amanda Jul 25 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is the 24-70!

  75. Aubrey Dettmer Jul 25 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Canon 50 1.4!

  76. Kasey W. Jul 25 2014 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens in my 50mm 1.8.

  77. Elaina B. Jul 25 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is my Sigma 30mm 1.4

  78. Anna Jul 25 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens is Sigma 35mm b/c of the speed and sharpness. Love!

  79. margot jones Jul 25 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    My current favorite is my tamron 28-74 but only because I only have 2 lenses right now. My dream favorite is an ultra wide angle.

  80. cherise gow Jul 25 2014 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    I use my 50mm f1.4 the most but would love a lensbaby.

  81. missy Jul 25 2014 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    my 85mm! I love it!

  82. Emily Annette Benson Jul 25 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens right now is probably my Nikon 35 2.8; I have a crop sensor so the 35 is the perfect length!

  83. Rachelle V Jul 25 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I like them all, I love macro in general, but I don’t know too much about it. I am still learning and would love to experiment with it all.

  84. Corinne Burke Jul 25 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Use my 50 1.4 most of the time, but hoping to branch out!

  85. Tiffany M Jul 25 2014 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    50 1.8

  86. Shawna Biletski Jul 25 2014 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Would love the Sweet 35!

  87. Alison Jul 25 2014 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    This post may have pushed me over the edge to purchase…

  88. Alison Jul 25 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Canon 85mm 1.8

  89. Sarah Jul 25 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Was just checking into Lensbaby. Timely and helpful info! Thanks!!

    • Sarah Jul 25 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      And my current fave lens is the 50 1.4!

  90. Patsy Lander Jul 25 2014 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Having a Lensbaby on my camera would be the best thing ever!

  91. Jillian Jul 25 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I always wondered how so many photographers got that perfect blur!

  92. Jillian Jul 25 2014 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens is my 50 for the crisp eyes and blurry bokeh.

  93. Holly E. Jul 25 2014 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    My {current} favorite lens right now is my 50mm.

  94. Carol Jul 25 2014 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I Love lens baby images and my favourite lens right now is my 50mm free lensed. The lens baby would be much safer lol

  95. Kim Jul 25 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    50 1.4 nikon

  96. Clara W Jul 25 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Oh what a fun giveaway!

  97. Clara W Jul 25 2014 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I love the 70-200mm currently. 🙂

  98. Michelle Kersey Jul 25 2014 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Great post and I wish I had one to play with! *finger crossed for the giveaway*
    My current favorite lens is my 50mm 1.4. So versatile.

  99. Felicia Murray Jul 26 2014 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I just got a lensbaby and this info is so helpful!

  100. rebecca Jul 26 2014 at 12:26 am - Reply

    I would LOVE to try one of these out!!

  101. Vicky Jul 26 2014 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Current use 24-70 f2.8 & 70-200 f2.8. Love them but would love the chance to get really creative with a lensbaby!!!

  102. Kari Jul 26 2014 at 2:00 am - Reply

    I love my canon 24L and sigma 35!

  103. Mieke Breuls Jul 26 2014 at 5:56 am - Reply

    in love with canon 100 f2.8, but I think I’ll like a lensbaby even more!

  104. Jeana Jul 26 2014 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I would LOVE to win one of these!!

  105. Nicole Martin Jul 26 2014 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I love my canon 100/2.8 macro!

  106. Tram Patam Jul 26 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I guess I’ll have to try one out!!

  107. alicia zimmerman-geist Jul 26 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    well. i still am in love with my 50 prime, not that i use it as much as i used to but its still my fav!

  108. Jennifer H Jul 26 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    My Canon 16-35L is my favorite right now.

  109. Angela Jul 26 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I love the effect and mood that the Lensbaby creates! It is still on my wish list 🙂

  110. Megan Edwards Jul 26 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    I am in love with my 35 2.0 and 85 1.8!

  111. LisaB45 Jul 26 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I love my helios 44-2 and would love to win a spark!

  112. Courtney Jul 26 2014 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I love my 50mm. 🙂

  113. candy kempsey Jul 27 2014 at 12:45 am - Reply

    My 35!

  114. Kim Reed Jul 27 2014 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I can not live without my 50 mm lens!

  115. Kristin Jul 27 2014 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I would love to win one!! My favourite lens would have to be my 50 as it rarely comes off my camera!

  116. Rebecca Jul 27 2014 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I’m loving my new 50mm 1.8 but Lensbaby lenses look amazing!

  117. Jamie S. Jul 27 2014 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    I love my 50mm. Thanks for the giveaway!

  118. Penelope Jul 27 2014 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is my 85 1.4

  119. Amanda Jul 27 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I have been dying to get a Lensbaby! My favourite (and only) lens is my Sigma 35 1.4 🙂

  120. LIsa R Jul 27 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens is my 70-200, but I would so love a Lens Baby to further push myself creatively.

  121. Jess Jul 27 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Love my Zeiss 50mm, but miss my lensbaby 2.0 since I sold it a few years ago. Would love to try a lensbaby again.

  122. Michelle Jul 27 2014 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    I don’t have too many lenses so my favorite is the nifty 50. I can see why you say not to practice with a Lensbaby on a moving subject as it is hard enough to get my 2 year-old in focus sometimes with this lens. I would love to try one though as I love me some good bokeh!

  123. Paula Jul 27 2014 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I love my 50mm 1.4 but have enough love to spread to a lens baby as well 🙂

  124. Lauren Jul 28 2014 at 9:09 am - Reply

    My favorite lens is my 50mm

  125. Jennifer B Jul 28 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I would love to try this!

    • Jennifer B Jul 28 2014 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Oops hit enter before being finished. My favorite lens changes a lot, but my 40mm is almost always on my camera.

  126. Samantha Jul 28 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I Love my 70-200!

  127. valerie Jul 28 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    16-35mm!!!

  128. Whitney Jul 28 2014 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I would love to win an Edge 80! Lensbaby lenses really push creativity and help you look outside the box (or frame).

  129. Erika Jul 28 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I love my 100mm Macro! So beautiful! Thanks!

  130. Danielle B Jul 28 2014 at 10:53 am - Reply

    My current fav lens is my Canon 85 mm 1.8.

  131. Nicole Endres Jul 28 2014 at 10:53 am - Reply

    My favorite lens is my 50mm 1.8. I love the detail shots I can create with it!

  132. Cheryl Jul 28 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

    50mm 1.8

  133. Jennifer Jul 28 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    These are great!

  134. MK Jul 28 2014 at 11:12 am - Reply

    My Canon 85 1.8 🙂

  135. Kate Jul 28 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Loving my 100 macro! Thanks, Nina!

  136. Nicole Hanner Jul 28 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I love my Canon 2.8 24-70 and 50mm! But I NEED a creative lens just for ME!

    Nicole Hanner

    Hanner Studios
    http://hannerstudios.com

  137. Colleen Jul 28 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    50mm f1.2

  138. Alison Bridges Photography Jul 28 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Great article! Can’t wait to get one’

  139. Alison Bridges Photography Jul 28 2014 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Oh and my current favorites are the 50mm for portraits and 24-70 for my creative work

  140. Heather S. Jul 28 2014 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Right now my favorite lens is the Nikon 24-70 2.8. Great post!

  141. Chrissy Jul 28 2014 at 11:30 am - Reply

    How lovely! Another thing to add to my wishlist! I’ve been wanting to try a Lensbaby! Thanks.

  142. leanne Jul 28 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    My current favorite lens is the Canon 100mm macro

  143. Alison Ingle Jul 28 2014 at 11:32 am - Reply

    50 mm 1.4

  144. elaina Jul 28 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

    oh please I would so love to win this! I am ready to dive into the Lensbaby world for sure!!!! Thank you!

  145. elaina Jul 28 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

    My favorite lens right now is my 85mm 1.8!

  146. Melanie F Jul 28 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Oh I have always swooned over Lens Babies & this would be A-mazing! My fav lens/bff this far is my 85 mm, but also adore my 50. Thanks for the super sweet chance!

  147. Elizabeth Jul 28 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Current favorite is Canon 24-70 2.8L – for it’s verisitility, however I’m currently longing for a more “creative” lens. 🙂

  148. Machelle Anderson Jul 28 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens is my kit lens. I really want a nice one but not in the budget.

  149. Lucy Jul 28 2014 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    That last shot is just stunning Nina! Gorgeous work and great tips! <3

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 29 2014 at 12:14 am - Reply

      thanks Lucy! that building is in Chinatown 🙂 can’t wait to see you next week!

  150. Vero Lamas Jul 28 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    loving my 50mm!

  151. Nuala Jul 28 2014 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I just love the look that lensbabies give to photos. They seem like a lot of fun 🙂

  152. Jamie Jul 28 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    80mm f/1.4

  153. Faye Sevel Jul 28 2014 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens is my 85mm!

  154. Iviana Jul 28 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    I LOVE my 50mm 1.8!

  155. Kellie Jul 28 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Love seeing the differences. Thanks for the great article! Hoping to add a lensbaby to my gear soon! My current favorite lens is the 135L.

  156. nancy Jul 28 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    my Macro Lens!!!! As a high school photo teacher, I bring it in for the kids to use and it forces them to GET CLOSE which results in awesomeness!

  157. Caneel Jul 28 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is my 50mm 1.4.

  158. Kristi Zobrist Jul 28 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Oh, I would love a lensbaby! I have been trying out a tilt-shift, but I would absolutely love a lensbaby!

  159. Courtney Jul 28 2014 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    My favorite for now is my nifty fifty until I get to try some new ones. 🙂

  160. Carrie Jul 28 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens right now is my 100 Macro. Love it!

  161. Stephny Jul 28 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I have yet to try a lensbaby and can’t wait until I can!! 🙂

  162. Stephny Jul 28 2014 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I have yet to try a lensbaby and can’t wait until I can!! Current favorite lens is probably my 50mm 1.8 🙂

  163. Sarah Morace Jul 28 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens in my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro. Double duty and amazing for newborn photography. It clearly captures tiny details like new baby fuzz and captures sweet portraits with beautiful bokeh.

  164. Katherine A. Moore Jul 28 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I can NOT WAIT FOR CLICKAWAY! I am signed up for your small group but am wait listed for the trip (hope I get in!). Fabulous things ahead!

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 29 2014 at 12:12 am - Reply

      i can’t wait for the clickaway either! i am looking forward to meeting you!!! i thought my trip was wide open and my small groups are full. if you PM me on CM, i will figure it out!

  165. Rebecca Drake Jul 28 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Composer pro!! Love my spark too.. It was my first 🙂

  166. Kerry Howe Jul 28 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    My 50mm 🙂

  167. Jamie Jul 28 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I am dying to try a lens baby! My current fav lens is 70-200.

  168. Bernadette Jul 28 2014 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I love my 24-70mm lens. So tack sharp 🙂

  169. Kim Jul 28 2014 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    I am currently loving my 35mm!

  170. Sadie Jul 28 2014 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    My favorite right now is my 35mm.

  171. Cassidy Jul 28 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    My current favourite lens is my Nikkor 50mm 1.4! I would love to try a Lensbaby Spark!!

  172. Kirsten Ashley Photography Jul 28 2014 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    This article was so helpful!!! I have always wondered how a lens baby worked and this post was so informative!! I look forward to working with one soon!!

  173. Leslie Bowen Jul 28 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens is my 85mm Nikon

  174. StephanieHammond Jul 28 2014 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Actually for awhile my favorite lens was my Tamron 55-70mm…. I recently purchased the composer I believe…. It’s like rediscovering photography all over again for me. I have had such a massive 3 years of “life”. When I bought this lens and really took it to work it was a therapy in its self. I plan to purchase another and at some point some accessories. If you are into doing Art photography, this lens is the cats meow. If you are a people photographer this lens is the slice of cheese your looking for in a wow statement to your clients. What I like most of all is the quality of the pictures. I have a thing against photoshop and if I don’t have to take it is there then Im happy…. All I do is lightroom and some tweak. I can go on and on about how amazing this lens is, so just go buy one and you’ll know its awesomeness. If someone tells you no don’t do it…. slap them….. I wish I would of haha.

    I take pictures every night….. Yesterday we “taught” (natural) him how to fish.

  175. Kathy R. Jul 28 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Current favorite is 24-70L. Would love to have a Lensbaby!

  176. rachael myers Jul 28 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Current fave (but I do not own) is 85 1.4G.

  177. Jessica Jul 28 2014 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    How fun! Thank you for a chance!

    • Jessica Jul 28 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      P.S. Lately I’ve been using my 18-55

  178. Vivien Jul 28 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I love the special look Lensbabies can give. My current favorite lens is a Nikon 35mm f/1.8.

  179. Miranda Schindler Jul 28 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I love my 70-200 lens!

  180. Katherine A. Moore Jul 28 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Lately it’s been my 35mm; it’s great for the rescue cat photos I take. I am also newly discovering my Composer Pro with Double Glass. Looking forward to ‘attempting’ to photograph cats with it!

  181. Lisa Jul 28 2014 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    My fav lens is my 100mm! Would love to try a lensbaby!!

  182. Laura Jul 28 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I love my legacy Minolta 50mm f/1.7. It was under $50 and is super sharp.

  183. Stephanie B Jul 28 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    My favorite lens would be my 35mm 1.8. I can’t wait to try a lensbaby. I am sure it will quickly become a favorite!

  184. Stephanie Woodward Jul 28 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    My current favorite- and only- lens is my 35mm!

  185. Connie Jul 28 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Love my 50mm f/1.2, but am craving something more creative.

  186. ashley Jul 28 2014 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    LOVE my 35 and 85mm 1.4!!!

  187. Lori A Jul 28 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Great article. Trying to learn to use my sweet 35. Would love to try out the spark!

  188. Lori A Jul 28 2014 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Oh and I love my sigma 35!

  189. Amanda Walker Jul 28 2014 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Great article and explanation! I have always wondered what the difference was with the various optics. You have cleared it up. Thank you! My favorite (non-Lensbaby) lens is my 35mm. My favorite Lensbaby, at least in appearance anyway, is the Edge 80, followed by the Sweet 35. Either one of those would be fantastic to have!

    • Nina Mingioni Jul 29 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

      i’m so glad this was helpful, Amanda! i agree, edge 80 is the way to go!

  190. Emily Jul 28 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    My current favorite lens is my Tamron 28-75mm! I’d love to win a Lensbsby Spark. They make me swoon!

  191. Michelle Huber Jul 28 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    My current favorite is my Sigma 35mm 1.4

  192. Melanie Jul 28 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I would so love to try one of these! my fav currently is my 35mm

  193. Menucha S Jul 28 2014 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    my 85mm 1.8 lens 🙂

  194. Kimberly Jul 28 2014 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    I love my 50 1.4 and 100 2.8 macro. Those are both my faves, I can’t choose just one! 😉

  195. Faren Jul 29 2014 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Favorite lens: 70-200mm

  196. Kristen Jul 29 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos!

  197. Natasha Jul 29 2014 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I love the image taken with the Lensbaby Spark!

  198. Melissa Butler Jul 29 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips in this article!

  199. Reva joyce Jul 29 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I have seen pictures with them and wanted to get for a very long time now. I just never have the money.

  200. Marie Nov 03 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I have a D7200 and trying to figure out which lens would work good on it. I read that their Sweet 35 is actually a 56mm on a crop sensor. Is this true for all of their lenses, that the focal length is like a regular lens for Nikon?

    Would the Spark be like a 50mm Nikon lens?

    I want professional lenses and then have a few fun lenses (like Lensbaby).

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