Often I get the question what is the difference between all these LB optics and lenses with Macro filters and converters. I could explane it, but it's better to show you all the differences. So I bought some tulips in 3 different colors and started to shoot with almost all the optics and a few different lenses from Lensbaby.
I started with the populair Composer pro Sweet50 F 2.5 and used the 16mm converter.
After that I took the Composer pro with the Sweet35 F2.5 optic and 16mm converter.
Next one was the Composer pro with the Edge80 F2.8 and the 16mm converter.
You see already a huge difference between these 3 optics. I shoot with all in the smallest F. With the Sweet35 you get very close by, Sweet50 is a little bit further away and you can't that close with the edge80, but still gives you a perfect macro shot. With the Edge80 you have to bend the lens! Otherwise you don't get a LB effect.
So after that I took the Composer plastic optic F4 and the 10mm macro filter on it. This optic gives you a creamy and dreamy look. You can get very close by with this optic.
Next optic was the Single glass F4 with the 10mm macro filter. Of course in the Composer pro. The Single glass optic gives a clearer view than the plastic optic or the double glass/sweet50.
I also have the Spark and took that lens with the 10mm macro filter. The Spark is totally different from the Composer pro. You always have to squeeze and bend the lens to get a sharp piont in you images. So this is working with your hands all the time. It's quite fun to do, but in the beginning a surprise if you get the result that you want. With the Spark you need a lot of practice.
In the next blog about Macro with the Lensbaby I will show you my set up and how I use the light, ISO and shutterspeed.