I hooked up my Fuji X-T2 to a Lensbaby Trio 28 lens and took it on my daily commute into London.
The Lensbaby Trio 28 is an interesting product that consists of a small lens with a rotating front element that features three seperate lenses. These lenses are designed to create image effects across the most popular of Lensbabys lens offerings.
The Aperture is fixed at f3.5 and the lens is manual focus...
Lensbaby Trio 28 - Sweet
For my initial outing I set the X-T2 to shoot ACROS film Simulation JPG's and switched the Trio 28 to 'Sweet' - Sweet creates a sharp central sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradually increasing blur.
London South Bank
I found this scene near Shoreditch in East London. I asked before taking some shots. The blur from the centre is an interesting effect but not sure it makes this type of composition stronger.
The Lensbaby works well for symmetrical compositins although a stronger focal point might have helped in this example from London Southbank
Off Center Focus
In this simple composition of a chain on the banks of the River Thames I attempted to bring focus away from the centre of the fame. Interesting effect
I think that the symmetrical composition works well with the Lensbaby Sweet effect. I think on the whole I'd have liked the dome of St Pauls not to blur out. The effect when used like this gives a miniature world effect. This is reminisent of the effect from the original Lensbaby Composer
I quite like the shot of the Shard from London Bridge. The softness top and bottom is strong enough not to look accidental.
In summary I enjoyed using the Lensbaby Trio 28 on this days commuting. I didn't have a lot of time to explore too many opportunities but I am seeing some potential creative opportunities. I like the ACROS Film Simulation in combination with the lensbaby.
I'll be adding more real world examples with this lens in the coming weeks. Including hopefully some shots of St Pauls interior at night.