It was only a matter of time before my Lensbaby velvet 56 got a friend. As I love swirly bokeh, often use 35mm, and always add a vignette when I edit, the choice was easy. Burnside 35.
I got it yesterday, and this is the very first photo:
I have read that some photographers have had a hard time adjusting to the Burnside 35, but (as I almost already knew) we became instant friends.
So far, I have only had the aperture set to the largest: f/2,8. It gives the perfect effect for my taste. The “golden slider” that controls the vignette is set as dark as possible. I love, love, love how it looks!
As you can see, the swirlyness is dependant on the background. It gives a nice creamy bokeh, beautifully matte colours, and is crisp and sharp with a painterly feel at f/2,8. It’s very different from the velvet56, a perfect complement!
I also found it much easier to focus. Then I realized that:
- I had my lenses on = my eyes function properly
- f/2,8 instead of f/2
- And i’s easier to see what’s sharp when there is no glow – but the glow and supersoftness is what I love about the velvet 56.
My lensbaby obsession continues…
And so does my obsession with the magnolia in the garden. These are with the velvet 56.