I've had the new Lensbaby trio 28 for my Fuji XT-1 and XE-1 about 10 days now, so thought I'd write a small review of my first impressions.
The Trio 28 is the latest lens from Lensbaby and is thankfully available in a Fuji X-Mount. Not all of their lenses are X-Mount compatible, which is the main reason I haven't owned one yet. I really like the Spark, but it doesn't yet come in an X-Mount (hint, hint Lensbaby) However, the Trio 28 seemed quite an intriguing little package, with it's 3 different optical effects.
Upon opening the box, I was a little surprised by it's size - it's like a giant pancake lens - but given it's design this was inevitable. It's obviously doesn't have the signature look of the Fuji lenses, but it certainly has character. It comes with a little soft bag too should you need it.
The lens is straight forward to use. It has a 28mm focal length (hence the name) and has a fixed aperture of f3.5. The moving part on the front of the lens contains 3 different optical elements which create the various effects, and you rotate it to make the selection. Each one is named on top of the lens, so it's very easy to see which is selected. So far, so easy.
It's not the type of lens likely to be used on a tripod, but due to it's size, you may experience difficulty in mounting it without using the battery grip. I have this issue with most of the Fuji lenses, so it isn't specific to the Lensbaby by any means.
Overall, if you're looking for something that has a different look and as an alternative to the standard Fuji lenses, I highly recommend the Trio 28. I like having options in the field - it's not always about sharpness and precision for me - and the Trio 28 certainly gives me that.
Here are a few shots taken with the Trio 28, using all 3 of the different effects.
Thanks for reading.