A Refractique lensball is a K9 hardened, ultra clear crystal ball which acts like a wide angle lens and creates a refraction effect, whereby the image in the ball is flipped over - in the right setting it creates some stunning visuals.
Our Lensball 80mm Vivid is the most popular, however the Lensball 60mm Mini is great as a second ball as it is lighter and provides greater mobility. The 80mm Vivid is about 650g while the 60mm Mini is just 250g.
In general, stand closer to your subjects as the wide angle of the lens makes everything appear farther away than they actually are. We have some great blog material which has a heap of free advice on how to take the best lensball photos.
While you can use the lensball for usual types of photography such as taking a photo of family and friends refraction photography (which lensball creates!) is particularly well suited to landscapes and scenery. Some examples are shown on the site - beaches, the horizon, rainforest, farmland and other outdoor scenes are particularly successful. Taking photos where reflective surfaces such as water are also involved are particularly fascinating as the otherwise inverted image will face up again while the rest of the image can be inverted. People have done all sorts of funky things with the lensball so be creative and most importantly try out your lensball in as many types of spaces as possible!
Absolutely! Our lensballs have been tested with both camera and smart phone functionality and they definitely both capture images just as well - your smart phone functions like autofocus also won't freak out. Rest assured there are customers without cameras using our products and still getting great outcomes.
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Hope onto our Facebook (/refractique) or Instagram accounts (@refratique) we love when people share photos and it provides an opportunity for others to recognise or provide feedback on work. Its also a good opportunity to get ideas and discuss them with others.