A friend loaned me his Lensbaby Twist. Thank you, Alex!
I took the lens out for a spin.
I confess a personal bias against anything that feels like a fad or a gimmick, and the Lensbabies kinda feel this way for me. I’m of the camp that prefers to leave well enough alone and the Lensbabies seem to go out of their way to swirl and sweep and redecorate the content of the frame.
It’s not that I have anything against the latest – say the newest version of a smartphone – or the greatest – say an InstaPot. It’s just that I have a terrible history of buyer’s remorse when it comes to gadgets. I get swept up in hype, convinced by a friend’s success, or deluded by my own wishful thinking, and inevitably the much desired gadget ends up on a shelf – unused and unwanted. Benign neglect would be bad enough, but worse still, these purchases mock me. Seeing them reminds me that I don’t know myself nearly as well as I’d like; that I make the same mistakes repeatedly; that I sway like the wind, falling for anything. Or that I went along instead of going against the grain, just because I wanted to avoid being different or difficult.
That’s a lot of pressure to put on a little lens.
Here’s my unedited review.
I had a dang hard time with the manual focus but it was fun spinning the focus ring back-and-forth, blurry-unblurry, to make fine adjustments. It takes a while to get the hang of it.
The naturally occurring vignette makes for a dramatic image. And I do love the vintage feel.
All that swirling around the subject, like the vortex of a tornado, makes me feel a kind of motion sickness.
When I transferred my photographs from the camera to the computer, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed. At least, at first, the pictures felt unfamiliar. Not my usual style.
I didn’t fall in love with the Lensbaby Twist right away, but I’ll give a few more tries.
I’ll try to keep an open and curious mind.
I wonder what would happen if . . .