Following up on an earlier post, I realised I hadn’t covered the use of one of the more esoteric lensbaby lenses (are there any other sort?) – the Zoneplate.
It’s not really a lens as there’s no glass – more a sophisticated pinhole. The effective aperture is f19 (according to their website). Not that it matters that much as you can’t change the aperture anyway.
The ‘hole’ bit is on a small sliding metal plate which also has a pinhole cut into it at the other end, so you’ll get 2 ‘lenses’ in one. I haven’t used the pinhole much but I’ll make sure I do next time we have a bright day in the UK. I’ll need a lot of light – the pinhole’s effective aperture is f177 – yes f177.
There’s no focussing required, and it produces images which are very different – dreamy and ‘sort of ‘ in focus but not.
Maybe an example :-
As there’s no detail at all, simple, bold shapes with lots of contrast are the best subjects. Even with live view, it’s all very ‘hit and miss’ which I rather like!
I found centre weighted metering, aperture priority to be the best exposure mode, shooting in raw and spending a lot of time postprocessing.
So there you have it – lots of hard work, lots of reject shots, but the ‘keepers’ are unique!
I must start using this lens again.