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Lensbaby adds Spark to creative lens range – let the blurring begin

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September 18, 2012

Lensbaby's new Spark lens allows photographers to get shots with one 'sweet spot' of focus...

Lensbaby's new Spark lens allows photographers to get shots with one 'sweet spot' of focus, surrounded by blurring

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Although there’s an almost infinite number of effects that can be added to already-taken photos using software, there’s definitely something to be said for the on-location creativity that comes with good ol’ optical in-camera effects. That’s why Lensbaby designed the Spark, a new lens that it announced today. Spark is intended to capture images “that have a sweet spot of focus surrounded by beautiful artistic blur.”

The Spark lens

The somewhat accordion-like 50mm lens, which is available in versions for Nikon or Canon DSLRs, has a fixed aperture of f/5.6. Focus is adjusted fore and aft by squeezing the front of the lens in toward the camera, or allowing it to push itself back out. That area of focus can then be moved within the frame, however, by hand-tilting the lens’ optical glass surface, independent of the rest of the lens.

The result will be a shot in which the selected area is in focus, with everything else kind of smearing away from it.

Lensbaby previously released a similar product, the Composer Pro. It can accept interchangeable optical surfaces, making a wider variety of effects possible. The f-stop can also be adjusted, by swapping in aperture discs of various sizes.

While the Composer Pro starts at US$300, however, the Spark is priced at $80.

Source: Lensbaby

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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