Sony NEX-VG20EH Review

September 17th, 2011 125 Comments   Posted in Digital Video Cameras

Enjoy a level of creative freedom unimaginable with the use of interchangeable lenses. Its 16.1 Effective Megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor lets you record beautiful Full HD video with high-quality audio and with dramatic background defocusing effects.
E-mount System for Lens Interchangeability
Progressive recording: 50p / 25p
Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone Records High-Quality Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound
Full Manual Control Capability for Video Recording
3.0 Type Xtra Fine Touch-Panel LCD Monitor with TruBlack Technology
Includes SEL18200 telephoto zoom lens (with Optical SteadyShot Active Mode )

Enjoy a level of creative freedom unimaginable with the use of interchangeable lenses. Its 16.1 Effective Megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor lets you record beautiful Full HD video with high-quality audio and with dramatic background defocusing effects.E-mount System for Lens InterchangeabilityProgressive recording: 50p / 25pQuad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone Records High-Quality Stereo and 5.1 Surround SoundFull Manual Control Capability for Video Recording3.0 Type Xtra Fine Touch-Panel LCD Monitor with TruBlack TechnologyIncludes SEL18200 telephoto zoom lens (with Optical SteadyShot Active Mode )

Lensbaby Scout With Fisheye Optic Review

May 28th, 2011 101 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

Scout, the first Lensbaby lens that does not bend, features the Fisheye Optic, which delivers an ultra-wide 12mm focal length capable of capturing a 160 degree angle of view from infinity all the way down to 1/2 inch from the front of the lens. The Fisheye Optic can also create unique flare effects in an image.

“The Scout is for adventurous photographers wanting an easy to use fisheye lens combined with the creative freedom of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby president and co-founder. “We chose to combine the straight-shooting, non-bending Scout with our 12mm Fisheye Optic so that Lensbaby users could have a simple, affordable, and fun way to play with the Fisheye’s creative flare and eye-opening close focus.”

Due to the extremely wide angle of view of the Fisheye Optic, full frame shooters will generally see a black circle around almost the entire image, and APS-sized sensor shooters will see black at the corners of their images. With Scout, the Fisheye image is always ideally situated in the center of the frame.

Lensbaby The Composer

June 19th, 2010 22 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

The Optic Swap System provides even more creative freedom by allowing users to pop-out the crisp multi-coated double glass optic and replace it with a softer, more dream-like single glass optic or with a plastic optic that provides a very ethereal look with strong chromatic aberration. There’s even a pin-hole/zone plate optic that can easily be swapped in or out.

All three Lensbabies now feature the ability to swap out the optics in order to change the overall look and feel of their images. As mentioned above there are three additional add-on optics that are currently available, each with their own special look and feel. The sample images below were shot with each of the optics that are available, starting with the included double-glass optic. The double glass, single glass, and plastic optics create the traditional Lensbaby look with a defined sweet spot of various clarity (depending on optic used). The Pinhole / Zone Plate optic creates images that are softer from edge-to-edge with no defined sweet spot.

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The test images below were shot indoors under traditional incandescent lighting. The relatively low lighting created quite a challenge when trying to frame and focus the shot using the Pinhole / Zone Plate optic as the small f/177 (pinhole) and f/19 (Zone Plate) apertures made the scene look completely dark through the viewfinder. I ended up shooting blindly and hoped for the best and had to use long exposures to capture each of the scenes. When shooting through the pinhole lens I even had to bump the ISO to 1600 in order to keep the exposure to 30 seconds.

Lensbaby The Composer