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Lensbaby 50mm Spark Selective Focus Lens for Nikon

by Lensbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Sweet spot, selective focus lens (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur)
  • Squeeze to focus, and tilt to move the “sweet spot” of focus around the image
  • A manual focus lens that provides a fun, tactile shooting experience
  • Includes unique 50mm multi-coated glass doublet optic
  • Compatible with Lensbaby Optic Swap System and all Lensbaby 37mm threaded accessory lenses

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Lensbaby 50mm Spark Selective Focus Lens for Nikon + Lensbaby Creative Aperture Kit 2 + Lensbaby Case - Composer/Muse
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.3 x 7.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: LBSPN
  • ASIN: B008FXYH4O
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Sep 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,453 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

    

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The Lensbaby Spark - made for youthful and adventurous photographers

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Lensbaby Ignites Creativity with Spark – a Fun and Affordable Selective Focus Lens

The Lensbaby Spark is a fun and affordable addition to the creative effects camera lenses in the Lensbaby lens family. It is a perfect entry point into the Lensbaby system for photo enthusiasts who want a fun way to break out of the box.

Spark is a great way to capture selective focus images with a digital SLR. It features a unique selective focus optic and a tilting lens body, allowing the aspiring enthusiast photographer to capture creative images in-camera that have a sweet spot of focus, surrounded by beautiful artistic blur.

This new Lensbaby speaks to youthful, adventurous photographers looking for fun, creative tools to help tell their unique story. Indomitable photographers who harness energy and inspiration by capturing the magic of fleeting moments through their camera lenses will find a kindred spirit in Spark. Whether documenting their experiences on holiday or their daily escapades in their own hometown, Spark is designed to help aspiring creative photographers express themselves.

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Sleek and modern design

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Spark is a manual focus lens that provides a fun, tactile shooting experience. Photographers squeeze to focus, and tilt to move the “sweet spot” of focus around the image. It is a lightweight, all plastic (except for the optic, which is a multi-coated glass doublet) 50mm selective focus lens with a f/5.6 fixed aperture available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Spark is compatible with the rest of the optics in the Optic Swap System, and with all Lensbaby 37mm threaded accessory lenses.

“Spark sprouted from Lensbaby’s fun and creative roots,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder.  “We crafted Spark for photographers who look to go beyond their predictable kit lens and experiment with visual spontaneity in-camera.”

Spark, like all Lensbaby lenses, is a non-electronic, manual focus lens. Spark works in either Manual or Aperture Priority mode. It is important to make sure the diopter on your camera is set for your eyesight as this will help ensure that what looks to be in focus through the viewfinder is actually in focus. The diopter dial on most SLR cameras can be found right next to the viewfinder. Correctly setting the diopter on your SLR camera is easy, just put any normal lens on the camera, and then rotate the diopter dial until the grid in your viewfinder appears sharp.

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Produces top quality and vivid images

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Some cameras will work with Spark in Aperture Priority mode, reading the amount of light coming in and automatically adjusting the shutter speed accordingly (you’ll just need to set your camera’s ISO). If your camera will not meter with Spark, change to Manual mode and look at the preview and histogram on the back of your camera after you’re taken a test shot, then manually adjust the shutter speed for a good exposure. For a starting point, try ISO 1600 at 1/60 shutter speed indoors, ISO 400 at 1/250 shutter speed outside on a cloudy day, and ISO 200 at 1/500 shutterspeed outside on a sunny day, and then make small tweaks until the exposure looks correct.

Adjusting the diopter and shooting in manual mode can take a little practice initially but the payoff of being able to shoot fun, creative, unique images with the Lensbaby Spark provides great reward.

Lensbaby’s top tips: getting started…

· Start with an easy subject - something with texture so that you can clearly see the area of focus.

· Point your lens straight ahead. Whilst holding the camera with your thumbs on the back and finger tips from each hand on the front of your Spark, slowly squeeze straight back. Practice getting your sweet spot sharp. In this position, it will always be in the center.

· Look sharp through the viewfinder? Take a few extra shots, just to make sure. Try compressing just a tiny bit more or less each time – the odds are that at least one of these photos will be in focus.

· Once you feel comfortable getting a center-focus shot in focus, try tilting – this will move the sweet spot of focus in the direction you’re tilting. Just remember that a little tilt goes a long way!

Box Contains

Spark
User Guide
Microfibre Cloth


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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have toy for any photographer 13 Aug 2014
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This is a really cool piece of kit with lots of upsides. It's the cheapest prime lens you'll ever own. Very shallow Depth of Field and the focusing technique takes about three seconds to master.

The only downside is that judging exposure becomes slightly random. You have to pull a lot of "old school" guesswork into getting stuff exposed right.

Basically, it's a really fun addition to any photographer's kit bag.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple photographic fun. 1 July 2014
By sakkask
Not the sharpest or fastest lens you will ever buy, but might t be one of the most fun ones, plus the restrictions imposed are good for breaking away from the auto modes.

Works smoothly on my D600, images render beautifully!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friends daughter. 16 Jun 2013
By C. Fox
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My friend asked me to purchase this on his behalf for his daughters birthday. She is really happy with this Lensbaby and is using it on her photographic course. Would by again from this supplier.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to play with 11 Feb 2013
By Mike Vande Ven Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Been playing around with my new Spark quite a bit. Overall, it's rather quick to learn, but it's going to take a while to master. This is one of those things that will take a lot of practice to understand the lens and the operation. One of the biggest learnings is hold to hold it. I'm so used to holding the camera in one hand and the lens in another. But that just won't work here, it's too unstable. Instead, you need to learn how to hold the camera and the lens with both hands at the same time (watch the videos on the lensbaby site).

Some other notes from my shooting with this:
* It's super super light. You barely know it's on the camera.
* Exif Data there are no electrical contacts, which means the lens and aperture (even though it's fixed) are not in the photo file
* According to the lensbaby website, this isn't compatible with the Edge 80 optics because that optic is too heavy. I would kind of like to try it out to decide that for myself...
* The minimum shooting distance is a rather long 13 inches. But I am planning to toss on some cheap extension tubes to see if I can get some macro style shots out of this.

I have gotten some nice tack sharp photos, starting on the second day of using the lens. Now I just need to figure out how to reliably repeat that.

Update: I have since upgraded from a crop to a full frame camera. This lens really shines on full frame! The effect was minimal in most photos using a crop sensor. So minimal that I had to often use post processing to accentuate it. But with full frame, the area of focus takes up much less of the frame, and thus provides a much better effect. PLus, with a full frame you get a bigger viewfinder, which helps tremendously with the manual focusing.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to camera bag. 23 Feb 2013
By R. Blasi - Published on Amazon.com
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Didn't think much about this item except that I wanted to try an item from LensBaby that wouldn't break the bank. This was that item. For under $80 dollars you get a pretty decent lens to play with. I used it on my Canon 7D and T2si with no problems at all. You can get some great shots from it. I would recommend this for any photo bag. Fun lens to play with.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat product, but be patient 12 Jan 2013
By TexasGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really neat lens, allowing you to take some really cool pictures. It's easy to install and use.

BUT...be patient, it takes awhile to figure out how to make it take te pictures you see on the website. It's really best for spots or movement, not still shots. The movement makes the blurry part show up more.

THis is a great lens to have in your bag, and good as a starter.

I bought this as a gift, and I have the Lensbaby Composer for my Nikon. The Composer is a bit easier to use and has a lot more nice features (at over twice the price), but still takes time to learn to use it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect entry-level add-on! 6 April 2013
By michael a. perkins - Published on Amazon.com
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My photography covers too wide a range of styles for the Lensbaby effect to be used more than rarely: still, I like what the company's products can do and was interested in learning how they would blend in to what I envision about selective focus. Frankly, however, I always thought most Lensbaby models were overpriced for what they could be expected to do, so I was delighted to see a truly economical version hit the market recently in the Spark. Doing the combined framing and squeezing for the "sweet spot" of focus is definitely something that will aggravate you until you just put in the practice time, and I'm sure that fewer shots are lost on more advanced models, since the focus can be set and locked in position. Still, if you have good manual dexterity and patience, you can create some interesting work with the Spark. And for this price, you don't have to feel you paid too much for what is essentially a novelty effect. Well made and sturdy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love! 3 April 2013
By Rachael Arbogast - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm new with using lens baby. but it seems to produce amazing photos when used right. I use it often.
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