YEARS AGO, I bought a specialty lens to play with. Unfortunately, this lens has a fairly steep learning curve and I soon became frustrated and put the lens away for another time when I had the patience to really learn what it could do. That day was today when I remember my Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens!
The main problem I have with this lens is it requires manual focusing. With my older eyes, manually focusing presents some difficulties in of itself! On top of focus issues, it also creates spherical aberrations. In other words, the point of focus, regardless of the aperture used, is centered. For someone like myself who focuses an image and then moves the camera to frame my composition, well, this doesn’t work with this particular lens. There is a definite learning curve when using this lens!
Still, I thought it would be fun to try something different. My first “subject” was my little pot of succulents.
Meeting with a bit of success and still trying to figure out if I like the look of this lens, I tried shooting another little pot with succulents planted. I love this little donkey pot; I found it on Etsy about a year ago and just knew it would be a perfect home for a tiny plant:
Being more interested in “action” shots, I thought I would try shooting something that moved. My Zebra finch made not only the perfect subject but it also allowed me to use the macro feature of this lens (Zebra finches are very small; about 2 inches in height!)
This lens is known for its “velvet” blur reminiscent of film cameras from long ago. Besides preferring to shoot action shots, I also prefer tack sharp images. The “blur” is something I definitely need to get used to! Regardless, I am keeping this lens on my camera for a while and will continue to practice using it. It will probably never be my “go to” lens but for shooting a different style and learning something new, it has been fun! And seeing signs of spring… So excited for warmer weather and more flowers blooming!