So I recently purchased a Lensbaby Composer with Optics Kit. I’d played around with one before but frankly played is the key word. I hadn’t really dedicated myself to learning the lens at that time because it was borrowed. Now that I own one, I’m much more compelled to seeing what I can get out of the whole thing. I bought the kit off of Craigslist, which I’ll be honest, is a great source for the more esoteric stuff photography wise.
The first thing I realized is it’s not a Tilt Shift lens in the traditional sense, it’s more of a variable focal point lens based upon how you aim it on it’s ball joint. The manual focus is a bit tricky too and by tricky, I mean you really have to figure out how the the selected focal aperture disc is going to effect the size of the sweet spot.
So today’s location was the Bradley Museum in Mississauga. It’s dedicated to representing early life on the shores of Lake Ontario. The best part about it for me were the above cauldrons. I was pushing about two stops under for most of my shots because of the sunlight on the snow. I don’t have a ND filter for the Lensbaby yet and I was worried about blowing things out. The Lensbaby is a 50mm lens on a full frame and 80mm equivalent on a 2/3rds sensor like the 7D.
To give some comparison, the next shots were done with my Sigma 17mm to 70mm F2.8, F3.5-4.5 Zoom. I really do love this lens and it’s my general workaday unit of choice. I’m still using the shutter speed to step things down a bit.
Right behind this museum is a Suncor Energy Refinery. The Refinery is surrounded by green space and the green space is full of Deer. They’re pretty used to humans and because nobody is hunting them, not that afraid. Cameras don’t bother them at all.