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The Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone Plate Optic is part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System that allows you to swap the optics in your Lensbaby lens to achieve the exact result you wanted. The Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone Plate Optic creates softer focus, dreamy images that have equal sharpness from edge to edge in both the pinhole and zone plate modes, and is easily switched from one to the other with a sliding toggle at the bottom of the optic. Although not for everyone, fans of the bizarre and unusual will love the effects the Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone Plate Optic gives. More
To see what kind of images this Lensbaby Optic can create, check out the Lensbaby Photo Gallery. You can view images taken using a particular optic and see what effect the Lensbaby accessories offer. Alternatively, you can directly compare Optics and their apertures by viewing the Lensbaby Optic Comparison.
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Comments about Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone Plate Optic:
Difficult to frame and exposue, might be with not having a compatible light meter for my camera, would be better with a fill frame SLR, but creates nice effects when used at the sun with a fash shutter speed. fun but annoying.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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lens baby pin hole zone plate
still getting used to this optic but love it loads, will be getting some more shots soon when the weather improves but so far s good.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
good fun lens
By the druid
from tonbridge kent
I like this to use for fun photography, just something different from the norm
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Fun, quirky, but frustrating
By Paul Mason
OK, first I'll start by saying that if you've read this far, you probably know what this is, and you probably know why you want one, so I won't talk about the features or the 'style' of images it produces (the Lensbaby site has some great examples of the effect that this lens can give)What I will talk about is how it is to use...Firstly, the lens offers either pinhole or Zone-plate on the same lens - this is achieved by a physical switch 'inside' the lens - move one way for pinhole, the other for zone-plate. It's really obvious, and really easy to do (Lensbaby suggest using the aperture tool, but I find my fingertip can slide it OK)In Pinhole mode, it has an aperture of f/177 - that's *very* small, which leads to three issues:1 - exposure times are long. If you follow the sunny 16 rule of 1/250th @ ISO 200, then you'd be running at 0.5seconds with the Pinhole lens in place... So a tripod is pretty much mandatory of this lens, even in bright conditions. 2 - if using on Digital, because the aperture is so small, you will see *every* bit of dust on your sensor! So be prepared to clean it well, or spend some time in post cloning out the dust. 3 - the viewfinder is so dark, it's very hard to compose the shot. On my camera, Liveview helped a little, but it was still very, very dim. To solve #3, I tend to compose with the lens set to zone-plate, which is f/19 and offers a far brighter image, then move the switch back to pinhole for the shot. The optic is supplied in a strong plastic case, which also doubles as the lens removal tool for swapping optics. There is a lens cloth too. In both zone-plate and pinhole modes, the DoF is so great that there is little need to focus (and indeed, the viewfinder is so dark that focussing would be almost impossible with the pinhole optic selected). That said, despite the oddities and difficulties in use, the effect is lovely (particularly when converted to black and white, IMHO). If you like the tactile approach to photography that a lensbaby gives, then this may be a really useful addition to your kit for very little money. Overall, I'm happy to recommend it.
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