Lensbirdie & Lensbaby

lensbirdieHeisann, jeg er Birgit. Kallenavnet for denne bloggen — «Lensbirdie» — oppsto naturlig, etter at jeg har blitt kalt birdie mer enn halve livet og har vært en ihuga fotentusiast omtrent like lenge. Jeg bor i Arendal, sammen med samboeren min og de to snart voksne sønnene våre. Jeg jobber som UX-designer for Asplan Viak, og foto er min altoppslukende fritidsinteresse.

Jeg kjøpte min første Lensbaby Composer delvis på impuls i en lunsjpause høsten 2010. Den kom med en optikk kalt Double Glass, med tilhørende magnetiske blenderskiver. Jeg må jo innrømme at jeg sleit litt i starten med å finne ut av dette nye systemet — spesielt med å finne en balanse mellom riktig mengde uklarhet og fokus — men jeg ga ikke opp. Mens noen strever for å få bildene sine så perfekte og skarpe som mulig tiltrekkes jeg mer av bilder som kanskje vil betraktes som uperfekte, og slik sett: kanskje nærmere livets realiteter enn de teknisk perfekte? Den magiske bøyde og uklare «looken» man kan oppnå med Lensbaby er spot on for mine erfaringer med livet — og for min fotostil.

My Lensbaby gear has become my regular go-to optics; I only use «normal» lenses for volunteer assignments, most often of the documentary type (music festivals, concerts, TEDx talks). Even then, I make sure to add a little LB magic..!

An eager amateur, I am of course a member of a camera club. I am the deputy chairman of the Norwegian Photographic Society, as well as the editor in chief of the society’s online magazine. I’m also a member of the Board of Norsk Naturfotofestival; the largest nature photography festival of the Nordic countries. Occasionally, I compete in national and international salons, and I am rather proud to say that I have managed to get Lensbaby photos accepted. During the fall of 2017, I opened my very own photo gallery, where I showcase my own as well as other hobbyist photograpers’ work. The gallery has gathered a group of likeminded enthusiasts — we have weekly meetups, where we either photograph something together or teach each other some nifty editing tricks, and we start off the weekends by having coffee together every Saturday morning.

One of my photos is published in the 2017 Lensbaby calendar — an incredible honour and highly regarded acknowledgement!

My Lensbaby gear

I shoot using a fullframe Nikon camera (Df) and a 1.5x crop sensor one (D500), as well as a m4/3 Olympus EM-10. Over the years I’ve added quite the Lensbaby stash to my bag — as of fall 2020 I only lack the Sweet 50 optic to have a complete Lensbaby optics line-up..!


  • Composer (Oct 2010)
  • Composer Pro (Aug 2014)
  • Circular Fisheye (Aug 2015)
  • Composer Pro II (July 2016)
  • Velvet 56 (Feb 2017)
  • Burnside 35 (June 2018)
  • Lensbaby 2.0 (Oct 2018)
  • Sweet 80 (June 2020)
  • Velvet 28 (Sep 2020)
  • Velvet 85 (Oct 2020)
  • Sol 45 (Oct 2020)

For micro 4/3:

  • Composer/Tilt Transformer (Nov 2017)
  • Sol 22 (July 2018)
  • Trio 28 (Dec 2018)
  • Muse for 4/3 (June 2020)

Swap optics:

  • Double glass (Oct 2010)
  • Edge 80 (Feb 2013)
  • Sweet 35 (Aug 2014)
  • Optic swap kit: Zone/Pinhole, Single Glass, Plastic (Aug 2015)
  • Soft Focus (Dec 2015)
  • Edge 50 (July 2016)
  • Twist 60 (Oct 2016)
  • Edge 35 (Jan 2019)
  • Sweet 80 (June 2020)


  • Macro kit (Aug 2014)
  • Omni creative filter system + color expansion pack (March 2020)
  • Creative Aperture kit (Aug 2014)

For mobile phone:

  • LB-M10 (through Kickstarter Aug 2014)
  • LB-M20
  • LB-M30
This blog is dedicated to my Lensbaby photos only, and I will add older photos to the archive as I stroll along. You can see some of my Lensbaby photos on flickr through this link. I also have a couple of photo blogs in Norwegian, one general, and one urbex themed.
Mama? My first Lensbaby, Oct 29, 2010.
Published! Jan 2017
Pusterom fotogalleri
Outdoor photography meetup
Saturday morning coffee


It’s no big secret that I am a devoted fan of the Lensbaby optics and lenses. For the last six or seven years, I have been shooting almost 100 % exclusively with LB for my personal work. On a few occasions, I have been a test shooter for not-yet-released optics. There is no monetary pay for this, but I have gained two lenses and my pictures have been published on the official LB website. Test shooters are always encouraged to be frank and honest in their feedback — well, there would be no point in doing tests otherwise, right?

For transparency: I was invited to join the LB Affiliate Ambassador program when it opened in July 2020 — this means that if you click a link from my website to lensbaby.com and make a purchase within 30 days from doing so, I will be rewarded a 10 % affiliation bonus. Use the code Wfostervold for a 10 % off of your LB purchase — valid for all items, but can not be added to sales or new products launch campaigns.

I will undoubtedly come across as an avid advocate and (self-appointed) promoter for LB, but neither the content of this site nor my opinions are in any way or means dictated or edited by the LB company. Although being a solid fan, I do realize that the «imperfect» and blurry result the lenses produce is not fitted for all photographers. I will do my best in answering any questions you might have about the different optics. Please don’t hesitate in getting in touch — or simply come join the Lensbaby Unplugged facebook group, where both the company employees and other photographers are striving to be of help and assistance for newbies! It is my claim that the Lensbaby company is a leader not only in creative innovation, but also in the way they treat their customers.