Lomography Petzval VS. Lensbaby Twist 60

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I have been eyeing the Petzval for AGES now, but couldn't bite for various reasons. A- the price tag, B- I was worried about the removable aperture blades on a windy day, and I was originally telling myself I was waiting for it to finally be released in black)

This morning I stumbled upon the Lensbaby Twist 60. Honestly, I can't splurge on it anytime soon but it really has me intrigued! I'm not a huge fan of the heavy vignette it produces, but I think I could work around that in post? And for around $600 less- it seems like a steal.

Has anyone used it?
Can anyone comment on the quality of lens baby's in general?
Bonus points if you've used both! :giggle:
 

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Sorry, I bought a Lensbaby a couple years ago and have never used it. If you get one and post some photo's it might encourage me to try mine. :02.47-tranquillity:
 
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Sorry, I bought a Lensbaby a couple years ago and have never used it. If you get one and post some photo's it might encourage me to try mine. :02.47-tranquillity:
lol. I have never fallen in love with a lens baby before. Most of their effects just aren't my thing. But I AM in love with the wonderland-y goodness that these two lenses create. Its like falling down a rabbit hole every time I follow the swirl around the frame!
 

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Sorry, I bought a Lensbaby a couple years ago and have never used it. If you get one and post some photo's it might encourage me to try mine. :02.47-tranquillity:
lol. I have never fallen in love with a lens baby before. Most of their effects just aren't my thing. But I AM in love with the wonderland-y goodness that these two lenses create. Its like falling down a rabbit hole every time I follow the swirl around the frame!
Well, this could get interesting then. I had the same view you did now I'm interested.
 
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Sorry, I bought a Lensbaby a couple years ago and have never used it. If you get one and post some photo's it might encourage me to try mine. :02.47-tranquillity:
lol. I have never fallen in love with a lens baby before. Most of their effects just aren't my thing. But I AM in love with the wonderland-y goodness that these two lenses create. Its like falling down a rabbit hole every time I follow the swirl around the frame!
Well, this could get interesting then. I had the same view you did now I'm interested.

I found this (very short) comparison article, but it does have a few good visuals. I see that there's more control over the bokeh with the petzval- but is it worth the price jump and dealing with removable plates?....although the removable plates do have cool shape options!

First look at the Lensbaby Twist 60 - DIY Photography


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Sorry, I bought a Lensbaby a couple years ago and have never used it. If you get one and post some photo's it might encourage me to try mine. :02.47-tranquillity:
Here's some of mine from the basic LensBaby:

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Petzval > Lens Baby

It costs more because its a better build quality all around and gives a specific "look" that lens baby does not quite get. You're also paying for cool factor.

If price is a concern (always is) try the lens baby. If it doesn't get you the results you want, toss it on craigslist.

A Petzval for my 4x5 is next on my list :D
 

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