Gave as a gift and she was very happy!
I bought this for my photographer daught-in-law and it was shipped directly to her. She was quite pleased and looking forward to having fun with it.
I bought a 80mm Vivid lensball as a gift for my wife. When it arrived, I was a bit disappointed by the physical size, but being a stupid american using antiquated measuring systems, I decided that 80mm was smaller than Id expected.
At some point, I probably would have checked, but just after the lensballs' arrival, I received an email from Refratique saying they'd sent the smaller one, and were shipping the correct one out right away.
Several days later, the larger ( and WAY cooler in my view) lensball arrived) And, as if that great proactive customer service wasn't enough, they said keep the smaller (60mm) ball.
Although I bought this for my wife, now I feel that I might bug her to let me use them as well for experimental 3d and macro photos which are MY passion.
The lensballs are just awesome. I havent used them yet, as I want my wife to have first bragging rights, but her pics are gorgeous. Crisp as can be, and really unique.
Thank you so much, Refractique, Ella, an all! You 'guys' are the best,!
I do an in depth review of the lens ball on my website theframequeen.com/the-blog
I'm the proper light you can take some really cool pictures. Also arrived very quickly. Very happy.
Only the highest quality K9 Crystal is ethically sourced from our vetted and trusted supply partners and mines.
Diamond blade cutters are utilised to cut larger sourced raw materials into cubes.
Strong heat is utilised with a modulating furnace which can moderate the heat output and air velocity nearly continuously, for the optimal heat required.
Lapping or grinding of the cube occurs between two metal surfaces of a precision lapping machine which combine for approximately 40 minutes for the ball to start to take shape.
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