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Lensbaby Tilt Transformer photos & mini review

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I picked up the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer with Composer this weekend, after B&H opened from its long holiday closure. The store employee that helped me thought it was an awesome product once he learned about the Nikon lens compatibility and felt it would be great for shooting video. (He hadn't seen or heard of it before me ordering it at the counter.)So far I've been using a couple of very old Nikon 50mm AI lenses with it, a f/1.2 & f/1.4. It'll definitely take some time to master using the tilt focus shift properly (for more subtle effects), but it is a lot of fun pushing it as far as it can go to get the miniature feel that's all the rage these days.The build quality overall is very good on the Tilt Transformer. It looks pretty good with the big old Nikon glass (both have scalloped metal rings), and it is sturdy enough not to drift with either a heavy 50mm f/1.2 or 85mm f/1.8 mounted on it, without locking the position down. The composer is nicely made out of metal, and it is a lot easier to focus than my old Lensbaby 3G, but doesn't feel quite as 'extreme.'There is one issue with my copy that will probably make me see if I can swap it for another copy. The post that locks the lens on the mount might be a tad bit too thick; on a couple of my lenses (the 50mm f/1.4 and a 35mm) it doesn't really want to lock unless you rotate it all the way to the fully open aperture position. If you aren't careful, the lens can pop off when you're adjusting the focus or aperture via the rings on the lenses! I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is between the ones that lock perfectly and the ones that almost lock.Here are some early photos I've taken with it on my G1...Photo above shot from inside of a moving train...It is a sharp combination, at 100% in Aperture I can see the individual bricks of the buildings in the middle...The aperture was much smaller for the picture above, which helps minimize the tilt effect.I like the dreaminess of shooting with the 50mm f/1.4 wide open...-- hide signature --

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