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  1. #11
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    Re: Post Your Lensball Photos!

    Post Your Lensball Photos!
    This looks interesting. Amazon sells a combo package with the 80mm Lensball and a suction cup tripod mount. Obviously the tripod head isn't included, but the first image gives an indication of how it works. Plus the combo price is less expensive than buying the two items separately. The tripod mount costs $23.97 when purchased alone.

    I'm thinking of putting the mount on my Platypod so it could sit low to the ground.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L3RX638...ing=UTF8&psc=1

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  2. #12
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    Re: Post Your Lensball Photos!

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    I got MerryNine's 80mm K9 with a funnel stand and a mini tripod. It seems working well and works with most other tripods also. I may get a crystal stand for a nicer look (but less stability). Now have to find some good scenes to shoot with it.

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    Seriously, be careful how you display or store the ball. This is a local story from a month ago.

    From MSN and found on other news services:
    Ornamental crystal ball starts fire in Wisconsin home

    Samantha Kubota 3/11/2021



    Sunlight streaming through a window and into a crystal ball apparently caused a couch to catch fire in a Wisconsin home, fire officials said.
    It happened Monday afternoon in the town of Delton, about an hour northwest of Madison near the Wisconsin Dells.
    © Delton Fire Department Officials said the main floor of the home was significantly damaged in the blaze. (Delton Fire Department / Facebook) According to the Delton Fire Department, the owner came home to discover their house was on fire. An investigation determined the fire started on a couch in the living room.
    “The cause of the fire was determined to be from a glass ‘crystal ball’ ornament,” Delton Fire Department said in a post. “The crystal ball had been located on a table near the couch and in direct sunlight. When sunshine came through a large set of windows and through the glass ball, it ignited the couch.”
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    Re: Post Your Lensball Photos!

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    Here is the first try with the night-sky scene:

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    This was shot with infinity in focus, but the new moon had trailed during 1 sec exposure. The problem is that the lensball wasn't in focus. I wonder if the lensball moved farther away from the camera could make it? as seen in the online image example below: (but it looks like the ball is pretty much close to the camera?) Any comments?

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    Re: Post Your Lensball Photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackstar View Post
    Here is the first try with the night-sky scene:

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    This was shot with infinity in focus, but the new moon had trailed during 1 sec exposure. The problem is that the lensball wasn't in focus. I wonder if the lensball moved farther away from the camera could make it? as seen in the online image example below: (but it looks like the ball is pretty much close to the camera?) Any comments?

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    blackstar, to get the ball's image in focus, you need to focus on the image inside the ball. It might throw the background out of focus since you are so far away from the scene. Make sure the aperture is somewhat stopped down as that will offer a greater depth of field. A wide angle lens such as what you are using will allow a greater depth of field than a macro lens - so you made a good lens choice.

    EDIT: by the way, manual focus works well for these balls.
    Last edited by hark; 04-16-2021 at 01:48 PM.
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  6. #16
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    Re: Post Your Lensball Photos!

    Thanks, Cindy.

    I tried (in daylight) and knew to focus on the ball for a good lensball image, but the background will be out of focus (e.g., STM's first image). For the night-sky scene, we always want to focus on infinity (the stars). So if we add a ball in the scene, what expected is to maintain star clarity and add the crystal ball image. Much more like the online example (the Aurora+ball scene) and STM's second image. Maybe the aperture is the key to accomplish this as seemed shown in STM's images. Mind STM to reveal how far away the ball was located from your camera in the second image? Thanks

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    Re: Post Your Lensball Photos!

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