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Lensbaby Spark 50 mm f/ 5.6 Lens

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Lensbaby Spark 50 mm f/ 5.6 lens

Lensbaby Spark 50 mm f/ 5.6 lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S, Sony A / Minolta A, Nikon F (FX, DX), Pentax K, Samsung NX, Micro 4/3, Sony E, FujiFilm XF

First year of production: 2012

Optical design: 2 Elements 1 Group (Glass lens)

Features: Shift lens, Tilt lens, Soft lens
User reviews (1)

Photos (2)

Tests (0)

Owners (1)

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Average price: $89

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
50mmf/5.6f/5.6no0.333796/3,463.5/2,5

Additional information:

Lensbaby Spark is basic lens with multi-coated unique selective focus optic. 

Aperture is fixed (F/5,6)

Tilt/shift and focal change body.

Sweet Spot.


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Posted by: Milos Stradiot   Date of publication: 12.03.2016



Photos taken with this lens Lensbaby Spark 50 mm f/ 5.6:


Sirena at 30mm
Autor: NerveNet
5 0 242

Sirena closeup
Autor: NerveNet
4 0 310

Mechanical quality1.001
Optical quality1.001
Usability2.001
Pricing / Value2.001
Bokeh1.001
Overall lens rating
1.40

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Owner reviews: Lensbaby Spark 50 mm f/ 5.6

NerveNet 11.03.2020 22:57:01
Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
  • Cheap
  • Light
  • Tilt
  • Interesting blurred effect outside the focused area

Weaknesses:

  • Fixed f/5.6 aperture
  • No lens hood provided
  • Cheaply build, all plastic
  • Difficult to use on a DSLR

Comments:

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.