I was the lucky winner of a Lensbaby Composer Pro II and Edge 50 optic a couple months ago from the Clickin Mom's Blog! I couldn't believe my lucky stars, because it seems I never win anything cool!
It arrived just before Thanksgiving, and I put it on my camera to play around with it. When I pulled the pictures up on my computer, I was seriously dis-heartened. What I thought was in focus, really wasn't. Though the pictures were okay, they weren't what I was expecting. I was taking a workshop at the time I took these and we were doing black and white conversions that week...thus they're all in B&W.
I quietly put it away for another few weeks, due to the craziness of Christmas. I managed to pull it out once while trying some in-camera double exposures, bokeh Christmas lights and some macro. They turned out okay, but not spectacular.
A few days after Christmas, I decided to pull it out for the 3rd time. In fact, I put it on my camera and then left home taking no other lenses with me so I had no fall-backs. I was a bit more pleased with the results, though I used it for taking pictures of my kids sledding...so I think the moving subjects made it a bit hard. But I did discover that shooting into the sun made the coolest rainbow flare--I'm so going to be using that a lot more in the future!
These are not anywhere near where I want them to be, but I just wanted to share my journey! I hope to get proficient at my Lensbaby before the end of the year. *thumbs up!* (I bought this Clickin Mom's breakout during the Black Friday sale, and need to read it when the kids go back to school!)
Have you tried a Lensbaby yet? If so, what tips and tricks have helped you?