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JonAustin

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #45 on: April 07, 2015, 07:38:50 PM »
I never did get the appeal of the Lensbaby line. I find it reassuring that I'm in good company here. And I really don't get what made that one huckster cry. Sheesh.

Still in all, it's a free country, and if Lensbaby wants to manufacture this stuff, and people want to shell out their hard-earned bucks for it, more power to all of them.

Personally, I'd rather save the $500+ and put it towards an EF 50mm f/1.x IS USM ... that is, if Canon ever gets around to producing one!
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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #45 on: April 07, 2015, 07:38:50 PM »

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #46 on: April 07, 2015, 08:42:46 PM »
the images look like what you get with the 50l if it is front focused.

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #47 on: April 07, 2015, 08:45:31 PM »
Yeah, I never understood the lensbaby obsession. But if people want to buy this stuff more power to them.
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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #48 on: April 07, 2015, 08:57:15 PM »
It appears to me that this is a "girls only" lens.  Men don't use this lens, evidenced by the fact ALL their sample images are credited to women......................

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #49 on: April 07, 2015, 09:29:04 PM »
From the looks of their samples, I can pretty much get the same thing with my $25 Helios 44M-6 (58mm f/2).

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #50 on: April 07, 2015, 10:35:03 PM »
And the shamelessly melodramatic "I cried!" and effusive testimonials in their press release just makes me want to retch.  It betrays the fact that some photographers are complete hypocrites, on the one hand talking about how "it's not the gear but the photographer," and on the other talking about how "Lens XXX is the most special and uniquely-rendering lens with better microcontrast blah blah blah and if you're not using one your images automatically are not as good as mine."

And I wonder whether the effusive testimonials are by people who paid for the the lens with their own money, or by people who got it for free, i.e. in exchange for a testimonial.  People tend to be *just a little* less enthusiastic when their own money is at stake.  It's the same for lenses, software, etc.

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #51 on: April 08, 2015, 06:37:14 AM »
Save some money.  Buy a cheap filter for your current lens and just rub petroleum jelly over it. 
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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #51 on: April 08, 2015, 06:37:14 AM »

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #52 on: April 08, 2015, 10:09:45 AM »
I think I"ll save my $500 towards the new 50L...and maybe a pair of socks.

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #53 on: April 08, 2015, 02:50:16 PM »
By the way, if you were at high school in the 80's then you're now old enough to know better - a gentleman wears socks everywhere except the beach. Hmmm, maybe no socks on a yacht but it would have to be one with teak decking...hmmm, crap, I'll have to go and make a list now.  >:(

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The no sock thing was 2014.

Good grief, what a fanny. See, this is what happens when you get dressed in the dark or don't own a mirror.

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #54 on: April 09, 2015, 07:49:39 AM »
By the way, if you were at high school in the 80's then you're now old enough to know better - a gentleman wears socks everywhere except the beach. Hmmm, maybe no socks on a yacht but it would have to be one with teak decking...hmmm, crap, I'll have to go and make a list now.  >:(

Hipsters wear socks now



The no sock thing was 2014.

Good grief, what a fanny. See, this is what happens when you get dressed in the dark or don't own a mirror.
Aw bless, his mother loves him.  Probably...
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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #55 on: April 09, 2015, 08:58:00 AM »
Actually, I quite like their products; When I started out with my first DSLR (350D) and on a very limited budget, the lensbaby system was (and still is) something you could add to your kit for about the price of the nifty fifty and which allows you to experiment with the shape of the background blur and selective focus. I wouldn't say it is a professional tool, but it is a nice add-on when you have to make do with what you can afford and are learning. It was one of those things to which you could treat yourself if you managed to save up a little at the end of the month to extend your kit. (I only had the kit 18-55 and then saved for a speedlite followed by the nifty fity and a second hand 28-135). And when you had saved up a little more you could replace the plastic optic by the double glass and later on with the softfocus optic and just have fun with it. I remember shooting lego figures with it and running around after the kids in the garden and maybe keeping one out of every ten pictures because of what was in them.
I don't think this 500 dollar optic is in that same target audience though. But as a company, their products are a nice, cheap way to have fun with your camera.

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #56 on: April 09, 2015, 09:19:28 AM »
but it is a nice add-on when you have to make do with what you can afford and are learning.

That's a great viewpoint.  Thanks for bringing up the practical aspects.
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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #57 on: April 09, 2015, 10:39:18 AM »
My wife is an eye doctor and says you can get a similar affect in your everyday life if you just don't fix your cataracts.  The people who enjoy this lens are going to be so happy when they get older and everything can have that "dreamy" look  ;)
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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #57 on: April 09, 2015, 10:39:18 AM »

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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #58 on: April 11, 2015, 09:37:58 PM »
DPReview has some "real world" samples, if you're interested -

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/lensbaby-velvet-56-samples-gallery
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Re: Lensbaby Announces Velvet 56
« Reply #58 on: April 11, 2015, 09:37:58 PM »