Spark is a perfect entry point into the Lensbaby system for young photo enthusiasts, photography students or newer photographers who want a fun way to break out of traditional photography. It's a fun and affordable way to capture selective focus images with a DSLR.
Spark features a unique selective focus optic and a tilting lens body, allowing the aspiring enthusiast photographer to capture creative images in-camera that have a sweet spot of focus, surrounded by blur. It is a lightweight, all plastic (except for the optic, which is a multi-coated glass doublet) 50mm selective focus lens with a f/5.6 fixed aperture available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
Spark is compatible with the rest of the optics in the Optic Swap System*, and with all Lensbaby 37mm threaded accessory lenses.
*All current Lensbaby optics will fit but Spark is not recommended for use with the Sweet 35, Fisheye and Edge 80 optics as these optics are heavy and it is difficult to hold the lens steady and focus.
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Posted by C on 28th Jul 2013
I've been using my Spark in my makeshift (outdoor) studio for a couple of days now, my initial thoughts:
- it's quite fiddly so I don't think it'll get much use outside the studio (but that's what I initially said about my 35mm prime which is now my most used lens!)
- f5.6 is VERY slow for a non-VR lens, and tilting the lens reduces the amount of light coming in, so this leans can ONLY be used under bright light (direct sunlight or studio lighting - but people who own studio lighting probably don't use $80 lenses!)
- my Nikon d3100 doesn't recognise this lens, so I have to use full manual mode (not aperture priority mode)
- I couldn't get my diopter to work (perhaps because I'm very short-sighted), but that doesn't matter because focusing is easier in live mode (which allows you to zoom in on the focus point)
- even though I've never used manual focus or manual exposure before it didn't take me very long to figure out how to properly focus and expose with this lens (but I learned exposure triangle theory earlier - figuring out how to properly expose might take a while if you haven't learned that yet)
- this lens weighs next to nothing, but I was charged $45 to have it shipped to Australia.
- with the exception of being overcharged for shipping, Lensbaby's service has been great - my package arrived in under 2 weeks; and I got a welcome email with some usage instructions, directions to the Lensbaby forums, and an invitation to write a review.
Posted by Leah Nash on 21st Sep 2012
If you have always wanted to try out a Lensbaby, the Spark is a super affordable way to get that distinctive look. Simple and fun to use it is a great way to add a new look to your photography and get your creative juices flowing!
Posted by Boone Speed on 17th Sep 2012
The simplicity of the Spark makes it a perfect lens to begin developing a personal photographic style.
It's also a great way to learn and master shooting with the whole range of Lensbaby lenses. I recommend it.