Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic Mini Review
Disclaimer: Firstly and again I have no affiliation with Lensbaby or any of their partners. Now, that I have that out of the way…
I recently acquired two new Lensbaby Optics, the Soft Focus and Sweet 35, both of which I will be reviewing, the first in this post. For full disclosure, this was tested on a Canon EOS 7D with a Lensbaby Composer attached.
First shock, is how soft the Soft Focus is. The aperture is controllable as with most Lensbaby Optics using normal Lensbaby disks or 3 of these multi-hole disks that are specific to the Soft Focus. I found that focusing with it is a bit a of a challenge, you never quiet sure if it’s correct or if you missing the point but I think that also brings some charm to the process. However, the Soft Focus, unlike most of it’s siblings is focused across the view finder, and photograph, in pretty much the same way, there does not seem to be a sweet spot as such.
The dreamy soft look may appear to be Photoshoped but I can assure you that the sample photograph was not altered beyond some exposure correction. I assume you could get the same results in Photoshop in post-processing but would it be as much fun? I do not think so.
Pascal's day job is as a technologist but you can mostly find him behind a camera after hours. As a passionate photographer he regularly shares his experiences with the world. From how-to to reviews you will find it all in his regularly updated blog and other places.