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Now Rich, if you've been around sort of specialties kind of fun lenses for a while. >> Yep. >> No doubt you probably heard the name Lens Baby. >> Yeah. >> What is a Lens Baby? Well, they've been around for a long time. And the original Lens Babies were sort of a bellows type system. And you literally bent the lens. You could push in or out. >> Yeah. >> It was a lot of fun. It was kind of like in an accordion. >> Yeah. >> And it would produce weird looking results except when you let go, it didn't hold its shape. >> Right. In sort of the, the look that you got from original lens baby was kind of part tilt shift, part toy camera.
They gave you very out of focus areas, some noticeable sort of corner distortion in the image. And it created some very cool looks, but it was hard to repeat what was going on in the shot. >> Yeah, and they've sort of stepped that up. So now they make what's called the Composer. >> Yep. >> Which is essentially what holds the Lensbaby. >> Okay. >> And you see that we've got a lens in there already. >> Of course. Let's start by attaching it to the camera >> Okay. >> I'm using a Nikon here, same idea. And it's got a little dot so you just line up the dots. >> Okay >> There we go. And then, you can swap out the center optic by just taking the tool.
Lining that up and twisting. >> Yeah, the cool part about this Rich. Is that the actual cap for the sort of container that it comes in, is actually the ability to twist on the lens itself. >> Yeah and in the middle there, this is really old school. Like you want to understand aperture. >> Yeah. >> You actually have physical aperture ring. So take a look through that. >> Yep. >> Nice wide lens, right? >> Absolutely. >> But shooting outdoors? >> Going to overexpose the image. >> So we have here a whole collection of actual, magnetic aperture rings.
>> And this is such a cool way to visualize aperture. In other words, sort of the you know, higher apertures. Guess what? The circle's getting smaller, right? >> Yeah. >> Wider apertures, the circle's getting bigger. >> So we can just take that and essentially just drop it in. >> Yep. >> And it snaps into place with a magnet. >> Absolutely. That's really cool. >> Now we do the same thing here. This is a very similar lens to which you have there. I'll just put a smaller aperture in. There we go >> Okay. >> Drop that into the middle, now you want to be careful, because this is essentially a direct path to the sensor at that point. >> Absolutely. >> So, don't do this outdoors where it's dusty.
>> Sure. >> And you line that up and then just take that lid and turn it in. Go ahead. >> Okay. So just kind of line this up, right here? >> Yep, and turn it a quarter turn that way. >> There you go. >> And it should lock in. Yep, it locks into place, you see the notch is lined up. >> Yep. >> Now, what's interesting about this. Is that this is designed to bend. >> Yeah. >> And so, if you have this straight it just behaves like a cheap prime lens. But if I tilt it to the left there, well then one area is going to be in focus while the other side is really shallow. >> Yeah and this is kind of a, a tilt shift type effect.
And again, the whole sort of you know, theme about all these cheaper lenses is that. That give you kind of fun look, and this is definitely a fun look. I'm sure you've seen tilt shift type photography and tilt shift type video even on the Internet. It's become very popular over the past couple of years. >> I use it with time lapse a lot. >> Yeah. >> And I'll tilt it down like that, so that the nearer things are sharp, while farther away or tilted up. >> Absolutely. You know, the reason that this is much cheaper than you know, sort of traditional tilt shift lens is because it just doesn't offer the precision. In terms of, you know, moving about the lens by a millimeter to the left.
>> Right. >> Or up and down. That kind of stuff. It manually requires you to do it, but the thing that I find really interesting too about this, Rich. Is not only can you position and move the lens however you want. But then with this ring right here on the inside of the camera, you can just twist that. >> And lock it. >> And lock it down so that way the lens doesn't actually move. So it has a high level of repeatability for getting a shot. >> And what's nice there is once you've locked it down then you can start to manually pull focus with this which will work in a video situation. And that's nice because with it locked down you're not going to accidentally bump it.
>> Absolutely. >> So a fun system with basically exchangeable innards, if you think of it that way. And they sell a variety of different inserts so you can build your kit out over time. Now, we've got one more cheap lens to look at. It's from a company called SLR Magic and we'll take a look at two of their offerings next.
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