The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.


I was interested in the Twist 60 the minute I read about it in the Lensbaby Newsletter. I’ve had a Composer Pro mount for a few years now and have a pretty full collection of their lens inserts to go with it. About my only complaint is I wish the focus ring had a stiffer action.

I usually purchase my lenses through Henry’s here in the GTA but apparently the supplier for the Lensbaby line of products is in flux so I had to purchase my Twist 60 through B&H in New York City. Which meant a bit more money because of the exchange rate  but even with that, it was still a reasonable price.

One think I like about Lensbaby products is their chromatic signature. Their glass seems to push color a little more in the image. It may be that when you’ve got many multiple elements in a more advanced range of lenses, some color is lost as the light works it’s way through the lens.

I also understand that because of Lensbaby line’s use of only manual focus, if you lack patience, this or any of their lenses probably aren’t for you. These are definitely not for shooting anything with a lot of action going on.

It was a good week before I had a chance to bring the lens out and try it out. The occasion was a small local car show. I like cars, my autistic son Colin loves cars, especially the older ones, so the venue was a lock for me (and it was free).


This was my very first shot. Not my best work but I do like how it isolates the subject from the background. It does take a bit of fiddling to get your exposure levels right.


In this next shot you can start to see why the Twist 60 gets its name from what’s happening in the background. I pretty much muffed the white balance here though.


I do like the way the lens frames your subject though. Because of its particular effect, this is not a lens you can effectively use for tilt shift imagery. The lens is designed to be use in only the central position.


It really does do a nice job in the stills department. 




I took one of Colin, just to see what sort of portrait potential the lens holds. Not a bad shot considering he never stops moving…


Tried some close up stuff with fairly decent results.


Would I recommend this lens? Yes I would but with the caveat that it’s not for the impatient shooter. Having experience with older film cameras would probably be an asset for any of the Lensbaby line. But I like the bokeh on this lens and I appreciated the color I got out of the images. If you like to compose within the camera and not in post then you’ll enjoy using the Twist 60.

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