Blame it on a Zinnia
And, then, the Velvet 28 was announced. I admit that I was slow to consider it and wasn’t in a race to be the first to buy it. Remember the roller bag… For me, I saw it as a wider-angle lens limited to a single focal length that I wouldn’t normally reach for. When I’m out in the field shooting, my preference for flexibility and ease of an AF-zoom lens is more like 24-120mm. So, I waited and watched and watched and waited.
In late June, however, I had the opportunity to put the Velvet 28 on my camera and “test” it. Five frames in – yes, five – and I was sold. Frames 4 and 5 were of a pink zinnia. I sat down in front of it (a flower less than three inches wide) and nearly filled the frame from two inches away without adding any diopters or close-up accessories. That, for me, was a game changer. Yes, I could do wider angle scenes, and at “normal” apertures, but I could also take a single lens on a walk and capture larger subjects as well as the smaller ones AND get close enough to fill the frame with just what I wanted. Not only that, these images could “feel” the way I wanted them to with minimal post processing. What I once again saw in this Lensbaby was creativity and flexibility.
With that brief experience and revelation, the Velvet 28 joined the arsenal in late August. We are still getting to know each other, and I continue to see potential for different subjects. I cannot wait to take it on a trip with me to some of my favorite barns and rural landscapes as well as my coastal haunts. In fact, I’m looking forward to using it this coming week on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. No telling what I will discover!