Rating: 7 out of 10

Optically, this 50mm is even more “suspect” than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II — but it’s so much more fun. Mounted on a miniature bellows, the 3G is focused by manually pushing or pulling the lens toward or away from the camera body. If you do this asymmetrically, you’ll create some bizarre selective focus effects. Want to change the aperture? Just insert some magnetic washers!

Although a bit awkward for handheld use, the 3G’s ergonomics improve drastically when the camera is mounted on a tripod. The optional “close up” adapters let you apply its glorious fuzziness to the macro domain. Totally useless for photojournalist work and, like the fisheye, a bit wearisome if used too often, the Lensbaby 3G succeeds by putting a little fun back into photography.

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