Today I am sharing Refractique lensball review – a niche photography accessory. It is a straight forward review of my experience using this lensball during one of many beautiful Sydney sunsets.
If you want to know what it is, where to get it, how to use it, and the pros and cons of this lensball, read on.
Review of Refractique Lensball
What is Refractique lensball?
If you haven’t caught up with the craze online, Refractique lensball is a high quality, ultra-clear K9 lensball for photography. When I say photography, it can be used on any type of photography really but personally I enjoyed using it especially during sunsets and landscape/nature type photography. For this review, I am sharing the images I took at sunsets using this lensball.
Refractique lensball is a small Australian business which is exciting because I believe in supporting local businesses. On saying that though, this review is 100% based on my own experiment.
Where to buy Refractique lensball?
The best place to buy it is directly from the source which is their website. That way if you ever have any feedback or problems with postage, the communication can be direct and fast.
How to use Refractique lensball?
Just point the lensball at an object or view. It is simple and easy to use but make sure your fingers are not blocking the see-through glass of the lensball. Also, you will notice it acts as a fisheye lens with a 180 -degree angle as well as it inverts the image upside down! How cool is that!
Pros of Refractique lensball
Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty of it.
I find Refractique lensball as a type of niche photography accessory that you can take anywhere. Perhaps on your sunset, sunrise or day photography sessions, try different ways/angles to play with it and you wouldn’t know how many hours go by! It is really fun to use.
As a digital creator and blogger, I enjoyed coming up with different ideas and I like how it made me think more creatively.
Another pro is that the images with this lensball offered something unique to see than just the plain image itself because of the upside-down image inside the lensball. I felt like that conveyed stories behind the images interestingly.
And the best part is you don’t have to be a professional photographer to use this accessory. You may be an amateur photographer, be fairly active on social media by sharing pictures and/or a traveller/explorer like myself. It really is made for everyone in mind.
Cons of Refractique lensball
These are not really cons, more like heads up. Refractique lensball has a magnifying effect so it can cause burns or even fire especially if left for prolonged periods in the sunlight. All you have to do is always keep the ball in the microfiber bag (comes with the ball) when not in use. Another thing I found was it is a little heavy to hold with one hand while taking pictures with another. So I recommend bringing the stand that comes with it which doesn’t cost extra by the way as it’s included with the lensball!
I loved the unique upside-down feature which happens because of the refraction and 180-degree angle this lensball offered. The latter provided different images every time you moved the camera which was interesting. Hence these two reasons alone makes this accessory a must-have for photographers, travelers, and hobbyists.
And like I mentioned earlier, I also like the fact that it made me think outside the box and more creatively.