Lensbaby Burnside 35mm F2.8


The Burnside 35 is a fully manual lens.

Manual Focus

Manual focus with the Burnside is surprisingly pleasant. The focus ring is easy to find and provides a smooth movement. The level of friction is adequate and there should be no accidental movements. The lens of course comes at hard stops at both ends of its range, however the stop at infinity is slightly beyond the infinity mark.

The focus throw is long enough, at about 200°, to provide a good level of accuracy. Most of the movement is dedicated to distances closer than 1 meter. The front element does not rotate when focusing.


The Burnside’s manual focus operation meets our expectations, with an satisfactory throw on the focus ring and a pleasant level of friction and dampening.

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