Today I wanted to talk a little about the Lensbaby Twist 60 lens! Recently, Lensbaby sent us the Twist 60 lens to test out for our readers. If you aren’t familiar with Lensbaby, they offer a range of unique SLR lenses which allow for a more artistic way of viewing your photography subjects. I have personally been a fan of Lensbaby since I first started my photography journey over 10 years ago. I love all things ethereal, light drenched, and soft so Lensbaby lenses has been a favorite for adding those qualities to my work. I wasn’t as convinced that the Lensbaby Twist 60 would be for me, but I am happy to say I absolutely LOVED this lens! Let me tell you all about it!
The Lensbaby Twist 60 was created to be give your images a more vintage 1960’s vignette–think of the Petzval radial effect. That effect offers a beautiful radial bokeh which creates a more dramatic vignette. The radial blur vignette are great for composing your subject in the center of your frame. I have not been drawn to that twisted blur look previously so, as I mentioned earlier, I was a little skeptical that I would like it in my work. I shot these with my aperture set at 2.5 (its widest setting) as I really wanted the radial blur to be more pronounced to help me form my opinion. I couldn’t really gather from the back of my camera whether or not I liked the look, but as I went through the images on my computer I fell absolutely in love with it. It is not a lens that I would use for snaps of my children around the house as I don’t feel like the blur would fit that aesthetic personally, but I will definitely use it outdoors. Quite honestly, I plan to use it A LOT! The lens is light weight. It is a manual focus lens which doesn’t bother me in the slightest. If you are wanting to use it to photograph small children it can be done, but there will be a learning curve with the manual focus. Any aperture over 5.5 was really too subtle to notice the blur so I would keep that in mind as well. I could keep going on and on, but I’m going to let these images speak for me instead.
It’s pretty great if you ask me! AND because 90% of my client sessions are on the beach, I had to try it out on the beach as well.
So what do you think? I loved the texture of the Lensbaby Twist 60 with the water and sunset! I went ahead and rated this lens below. I gave it a 4 out of 5 for ease of use, just because it’s a manual lens. I personally had no trouble, but others that might not be used to that may need a little practice. To purchase your very own Lensbaby Twist 60 click here! If you have any questions about this lens leave a comment below and I will get back to you!