Lensball Review – Travel Photographers’ Must-Have Accessory
What is Lensball? Is it just an ordinary lensball like other lensball? or is it made differently? What really makes it special from the rest of the lensball accessories that can be found in the photographers’ world?
First and foremost let’s define Lensball. Lensball is an ultra-clear sphere made of K9 crystal. K9 crystal is incredibly hard, scratch resistant and most commonly used in lenses and optics.
Generally, the 80MM Lensball gives you the best possible result but its weight 650 grams. The smaller version is 60MM Lensball weighs only 250 grams. The smaller one opts to be perfect for traveling because of its convenient weight but the same effect of the bigger lensball.
According to lensball team, they make a photography accessory that helps both professional and amateur photographers get more creative in their shots. They are based in Enschede, the Netherlands, with a small team but definitely growing they were the first to create and sell a crystal ball specifically for photography.
Why Lensball was created?
People photograph and share more and more of their life. Because so many people share so much content, it’s sometimes hard to not be boring.
The camera only points one way, but often it’s the whole experience you want to capture. It’s so easy to take your phone out, point it in the best direction and shoot, but with Lensball you need to go out there, find beautiful environments, and get creative.
We love creative photography, and seeing more and more people use our tool to get creative is an amazing experience.
Unboxing of the product
I made this post to really share what I think about this product. Since now you know a bit of information what lensball is. It’s time to share with you my own experience using this product.
This month of September, my birthday month I have received this gorgeous Lensball. I have received the package myself in the morning (luckily, I didn’t go out yet). I didn’t have time to unbox it that day since I have an important “rendez-vous”.
The day after, I decided to unbox my parcel and make a quick video about it. You can see here below my video posted on my YouTube Channel.
Unboxing the package was super exciting! while my hubby is taking the video with my phone. It was a pleasure for me to unbox this wonderful product. For the record, I never had any kind of ball or lensball as an accessory even before this is my first time to have one.
The packaging and the content were pretty nice. I love the fact that Lensball team added some sample photos which contains the information about the photographer and a code to get a discount.
This photos also serve as an inspiration to those who will buy this product. At least through this, you’ll get some great ideas on how to portray your envisioned result photos.
Taking photos with Phone
Later on, the unboxing was done and it’s time to test the product by taking photos from a simple phone. I took some photos with my Samsung S7 Edge phone and this was the result. A view from the window of our apartment on the sixth floor.
I made a close-up photo to see how it looks like using a phone with no specs on lenses just an automatic mode of Samsung camera.
Because of its spherical effect, you’ll actually get to see 180° degree view of your surroundings which is quite unique and impressive to see.
The next photo was a bit far than the first one, the distance of the phone and my hand with the ball was a little far. My purpose is to see how is the result of taking a photo putting some distance.
I used auto-focus of the phone features and took a random shot and it came out like this. It’s really cool and amazing to see the result even without using your DSLR or special lenses.
As I’ve mentioned in my review on my Instagram account of my experience of Lensball. Honestly, at first, I already thought about what kind of photo (result) that I should get.
I went downtown to get some great site to experiment with the ball. My hubby and I went to the Grand Place to take some photos and see what can we to improve the outcome.
In my mind, I already thought of taking a photo of “Hotel de Ville” or “City Hall” which is a huge and the longest building that you can find in the Grand Place. I thought of using the lensball to get a full reflection of it.
There were many people at that place all I thought was to take a good angle with the ball and get the ideal photo I’m searching to have. I used a different approach with the camera and used various kind of features but I still haven’t got that perfect reflection.
Minutes later I gave up photographing the City Hall and just get some photos around the Grand Place itself. Afterward, we went to eat our lunch and there I visited Lensball page and search how can I get that perfect photo I wanted to have.
Finally, I saw tons of photos on Instagram and it made me realized that I was wrong. I take closeup photos and it doesn’t work when capturing a huge building or area.
Trial & Error
As we went back to the Grand Place late in the afternoon before sunset. We searched different places and angles to get the whole reflection of the City Hall. After a bunch of trial and error, I finally found the right timing to get the perfect photo.
My Perfect Shot
Using lensball had made me realized a lot of things. By using this accessory I’ve opened a new door to a new innovation world of photography. To get to that envisioned result I’ve given a lot of patience, imagination, and truly let my passion work to achieve that goal that I wanted to fulfill.
Perhaps you’ll tell me that “my perfect photos” aren’t perfect to your eyes but these are only the beginning I’ll surely improve and make some impressive raw photos in the future.
I’m so thankful to have a lensball that is surely a must-have accessory of travel photographers and other aspiring photographers as well.
Some Inspirational Photos
Perspective of an Amateur Photographer
Though I cannot and will not compare myself to professional photographers, all I can share with you as tips is to be patient. As part of our passion “Photography” patience plays a big role.
When using lensball always bear in mind that it’s a surprising accessory that can let you experience whatever you like to experience. It’s a whole new evolution of a new photography world.
Don’t be afraid to fail, at first, I was so upset about not getting what I want to with lensball but after thinking of a solution I found the right path. Use your creativity and imagination. With lensball, it will surely come out naturally.
Lastly, I recommend you to use DSLR camera for higher quality and more options for taking photos of the lensball and your subject. You can use different lenses as well or different cameras. Finally, Bring this ball with you whenever you travel and take tons of photos whilst on your travels!
I give this product a 10/10
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