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08-07-2018, 04:16 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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Lensbaby announces new lens - Sol - available for Pentax

Typically Lensbaby...but if you like their stuff, this does look fun. And cheap. And available in PK from launch.

Lensbaby SOL Creative Effect Camera Lens – Tilt. Focus. Shoot.

08-07-2018, 05:10 AM   #2
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It looks quite interesting. I like my Composer, but I may have to try this.
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It's always good to see more lenses for Pentax, but this one is not for me. But more lenses can do only good to relatively small system like ours.
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It's always good to see more lenses for Pentax, but this one is not for me. But more lenses can do only good to relatively small system like ours.
Lensbaby are good on this front - nearly all of their lenses have a PK option. I guess it helps that they are all full-manual non-electronic lenses so it's just a matter of screwing on a mechanical mount. But all the same, those Canikony users all see Pentax in the drop down, so it's sure to have some positive effect.

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It looks quite interesting. I like my Composer, but I may have to try this.
It seems fairly similar in principle to the composer, but with the added 'bokeh blades' on the front. Still looks fun and cheap enough to give it a go without losing too much if you don't like it and decide to sell.

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Are Lenbaby lenses fully mechanic? That is to say, do they communicate lens info to the camera? Does SR make any sense for tilt-shift lenses? So many questions....
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Just wondering if one couldn't accomplish the same thing with a regular lens and a Photoshop plug-in or LR preset? I get it, some of us might be purists but just asking from a practical perspective?
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Are Lenbaby lenses fully mechanic? That is to say, do they communicate lens info to the camera? Does SR make any sense for tilt-shift lenses? So many questions....
Yes. No. Yes...just input the correct focal length.

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Just wondering if one couldn't accomplish the same thing with a regular lens and a Photoshop plug-in or LR preset? I get it, some of us might be purists but just asking from a practical perspective?
In some cases, yes fairly easily with lens blur effects. But very time consuming to get natural looking falloff and transitions. Impossible in some cases, particularly with foreground and background elements overlapping. People said the same thing about the Velvet 56 and I have never seen a convincing looking example done with PP.
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Yes. No. Yes...just input the correct focal length.

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In some cases, yes fairly easily with lens blur effects. But very time consuming to get natural looking falloff and transitions. Impossible in some cases, particularly with foreground and background elements overlapping. People said the same thing about the Velvet 56 and I have never seen a convincing looking example done with PP.
On one hand I will agree, somewhat. I have 3 different optics for my composer, double glass, glass and plastic, all which have varying degrees of blur. With a lot of time spent in photoshop, which I’ve done, you can get sort of close to the double glass, but it just wasn’t the same.

You can create some very interesting results with photoshop, but the lensbaby is unique. Plus it’s straight out of the camera.

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More detail and a 'first look' video here, plus pre-orders (in the UK)
Lensbaby Announces Sol 45 and Sol 22
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I really like and use my Velvet 56, for food and travel stories, but the new Sol looks like a bit different cup of tea, and worth the small price to play...
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QuoteOriginally posted by victormeldrew Quote
Typically Lensbaby...but if you like their stuff, this does look fun. And cheap. And available in PK from launch.

Lensbaby SOL Creative Effect Camera Lens – Tilt. Focus. Shoot.
Hmmm, this could be a fun toy on the Q7...
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Looks enticing. And the price is right. It's already in stock at B&H too.
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Looks pretty cool for folks wanting that near standard length bokeh monster but you can't afford the new D FA 50 1.4!
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Looks like a fun lens. Cheap too.
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Looks like they've sold half a dozen just here! Good to reward them for supporting Pentax!
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