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Lensbaby Control Freak Pentax Lens

RRP: £300.00
Price: £177.60 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Selective focus lens with flexible lens tubing, locking and fine focusing capabilities
  • Features the Lensbaby Optic Swap system
  • Magnetically-suspended disk aperture system
  • Allows f/2.0, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8.0, f/11, f/16, f/22 aperture settings (all included)
  • 37 mm threads allow you to attach Lensbaby™ Macro Kit lenses, wide angle and telephoto conversion lenses, and other filters and accessories

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The Control Freak model is optimized for table-top and macro photography due to the fine degree of control if offers. It ships with the Double Glass Optic installed and is compatible with all other optics in the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, though it has limited functionality with the Fisheye Optic (when focusing from about 3 inches to infinity, the metal rod knobs will often be visible due to the Fisheye Optic's 160 degree angle of view) and is therefore best suited for macro work.

With the Control Freak, photographers compress and bend the lens to find the desired focus, and then lock it in place with the push of a button. Once locked, the barrel focusing ring can be rotated to fine tune focus, and tilt (placement of the Sweet Spot of focus) can be altered by rotating the knobs on the end of the Control Freak's three metal posts.

The Control Freak focuses from 18 inches at rest to infinity when compressed. Pushing out on the focusing collar allows the user to focus as close as 9 inches away from their subject matter. Another unique feature of the Control Freak is the option to shoot in either free form or locked mode. Photographers can easily switch from shooting in locked mode with fine focus and tilt control for a table-top shoot, to shooting street photography quickly and seamlessly by choosing not to lock the Control Freak in place. The ability to choose modes can also be particularly helpful when shooting video due to the very dreamy and surreal look the Control Freak produces when shooting in free form mode, as compared to the more controlled blur when shooting with the Control Freak locked down.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Cool little lens! 18 Sep 2010
By -=BlackStrike=- - Published on
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I heard a lot of positive and negative about this lens. From complains about quality of manufacture (cheap glass and plastic etc) to superb photos it produces. I decided to bite and buy one. Now, I'm a professional photographer and graphic designer - Nikon cameras and Photoshop are my best buddies so I know what I'm talking about that this lens is worth having.

First of all, this lens is MANUAL focus. Period. On top of all, it has FIXED aperature. Yep, you CAN'T change it - at least not in a way you are used to. It actually has built-in f2.0 aperature that you can change by adding a metalic ring in front of the glass - all the way to f22. Ring is held in place by 3 magnets and it looks pretty secure. Neat, huh? There's something you don't see every day.

Once you put lens on your camera, then it gets tricky. When you check the user guide, you will find one interesting thing - you are supposed to use BOTH hands to use this lense. I mean, both hands on the lens, that is. So, unless you're a freak with extra arms you will need something to support your camera with. If you have tripod (or monopod) that solves the problem but if you don't, you better hope your fingers are long enough to manage this baby. With professional cameras with flash, grip, gps, etc you can imagine how difficult it can be sometimes to handle everything. Still, no worries, eh? :) With my hands (5'8", 240 pounds, medium sized hands) I did pretty well, although I'm trying to use one hand only. Getting there, albeit slowly ;)

I won't go into details what is what on this lens, although looking at a picture of it you will find it looking kinda freakish. Believe me, it's very intuitive. Once you go through SMALL (tiny, rather) users manual it will explain all you need to know, everything else is just practice. And, here it goes - the trickiest part. This lens requires you to put some effort to learn how to get the best result. If you're pro with decades of experience and you used film camera, manual focus lenses and you can do color correction with your eyes closed and you snort at people using any lens cheaper than $1500, yes, you will immerse yourself into this little thing and start getting good stuff almost right away. For all others (me included), it takes some time to skill up. But you don't have to be PhD in photography or serious pro to work with it. Good heavens, no!

Word of caution - this is not a lens to SNAP a photo in a second - it takes time to focus properly and get a result. What is so nice about it is that result you will get will make people go WOW!

Tricky to use, but darn fun lens, if you ask me and if you are into photography and want to add some flavor to regular (and somewhat boring) photos, here's your solution. Anybody with kids around your home, try this lens and you will see that your photo albums will change completely - to better!

All in all, this review is more than positive on this lens. You will find here and there some "professional" which has $40k Hasselblad, Mamiya or Leica whining about how this lens is cheaply made and how glass isn't perfect quality and blahblahblah. Well, tell ya what - if you prefer $40k camera with $8k lens and you can afford it, go for it.

But bottom line for this lens is - it's fun, it gives a new dimension to your photos and it might teach you a trick or two about aperatures and similar. If you buy it, do yourself a favor and buy LENSBABY CREATIVE APERATURE KIT (it's $10 so you won't bankrupt). Get a heart shaped ring and your sweetheart as a model and see her/him melting when they see photos! I had my whole team of professioanl photographers (13 of us) drooling over the photos I took with my junky old Nikon D200 as a test camera. If we are impressed, hey, do you need any more convincing? By the way, this is a 4th lens of this type that came in this team, and not the last one. We'll be buying more...lot more.

Do yourself a favor and get one. It is far from cheapest (I'd say it's a bit on expensive side) but it's worth it. You live only once, right?
Spectacular! 17 Feb 2014
By jen123 - Published on
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I completely love this lens! I can't believe lens baby discontinued them. If you are looking for a tilt shift with ultimate control capability this is the one for you! You can see some pictures I took in Savannah with this lens here [...]
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Happy as a baby 15 Feb 2011
By Alejandro Lavalle - Published on
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Not as easy to use as it seems but once you get how to take the most of it, you will be happy as a baby and you will expand your creative possibilities in any shoot you are in.

Maybe this is not the profesional choice but it sure get's the work done.

Really recommend it.
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