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Owner reviews: Lensbaby Spark 50 mm f/ 5.6
- Interesting blurred effect outside the focused area
- Fixed f/5.6 aperture
- No lens hood provided
- Cheaply build, all plastic
- Difficult to use on a DSLR
This is a 100% toy lens for pure fun. Don't expect to get great results starting from the first time you use it, you will need some time to get it used to.
This is the cheapest Lensbaby you can find on the net.
The spark is a 50mm f/5.6 lens, no lens hood provided.
The Spark is difficult to use, you need to press and hold it steady for tilt and focus before taking any picture, any single error and the picture taked will end up in the trashcan.
It also only has a fixed f/5.6 aperture so you cannot control the amount of blur like on Lensbaby Composer with the Glass/Plastic/Double Glass optic. So you always have the same DOF and blurred area.
One interesing thing is that you can screw on the spark lens add-ons like the wide angle, tele or macro converter from Lensbaby. Used with a wide angle converter you will reach something near 30mm focal length, but with a strong barrel distortion and aberrations. But in the other hand you will get a nice vintage looking shot right out of the camera, no Photoshop needed.
Mine was cheap prized, but a bit overprized compared to more serious lenses like the Helios 44-2 but of course a Helios doesn't tilts in any case.