A big part of the joy of Photography for me is play. Like lots of other hobbyists, I think. My "kit" is made up of a mish-mash of things. Much of it used or "not pro." Including my camera. And there is nothing wrong with that.
The money I don't spend there and the various used market places allow me to try things I normally wouldn't. Like a Lensbaby Sol 45. It's fun to use. But can be a bit frustrating at first. It has a fixed aperture. So hello manual mode. It's also manual focus. Diopter adjustment anyone? And as I discovered it works best if I under-expose a half-stop up close. And a full-stop on a far shot. On a partly cloudy day or in shade anyway. I suspect I will need to adjust that in bright light.
These are some more successful shots. The first two are more heavily processed because that was the look I had in mind when I shot them. The others got more of a darkroom treatment with basic adjustments.
Have you tried or do you used creative lenses? What has been your experience? Do you prefer "in-the-box" or "out-of-box" creativity. Or a mix of both?