A product built keeping in mind the quality standards a professional photographer needs, for a price everyone can afford. Your smartphone will perfectly autofocus and other smart camera features work with the Crystal Lensball, just like you like it.
*Due to the high volume of orders, shipment may take up to 12 - 20 days.*
How it's made, step by step:
Big, high quality, crystal bars are cut up into perfect cubes using diamond cutting blades.
The cubes are placed on a heat resistant conveyer belt that runs through an oven, gradually heating them up to a temperature of 1600 °C (3000 °F). This makes the cubes soft and slightly mouldable.
One by one the heated cubes are pressed to their round shape using a big hydraulic mould press.
To avoid imperfections and bubbles, the crystal balls are very gradually brought down to room temperature (20 °C (70 °F)).
Multiple polishing steps create a flawless surface. At the end of these steps the balls are perfectly round, but still have a matte white finish.
Two disks with a fine polishing surface spin at high speed with the crystal balls in-between. After 40 minutes in this machine, they are completely transparent.
Every ball is extensively inspected for imperfections. Only one out of four pass this test, the others get recycled and start again at step one.
It arrived right on time for a short trip. The ball and stand are in perfect condition, no scratches or smudges. Even the box was undamaged. The cleaning cloth and carrying pouch were accounted for as well. I tried it out and the first few pictures were a little iffy. However, once I got a hang of it, using it was a blast! I was able to get some nice shots, but focusing while holding it in my hand was tricky (I couldn't really get close enough with my lens). So instead I used the stand, tree trunk, etc. Personally, I don't want to flip the entire image (to me it can look totally unnatural) and I like the image inside the ball "right side up", so a few minutes in Photoshop and voila. Attached the first few attempts.
I really enjoy this little sphere! I’ve spent the afternoon looking for ways to use it and I’ve added a couple photos with before and after. It will sit on my table when I’m not using as it looks nice as well.
This is an awesome crystal ball with a stand! No scuffs, marks etc. Very clean and clear. I use it for photography and it is amazing. I’m glad I ordered this one out of all of them. It also comes with a small pouch that fits the ball. The only thing I wish they would include was a small pouch for the stand as well. Oh and it also comes with a quality cleaning cloth to wipe the crystal down. I’ll buy this again. It’s a no brainer. You won’t regret it.
I was impressed with the price but assumed the clarity might be a bit less. I was delighted with the pictures I have taken though, the focus and clarity are beautiful. My only issue is the bag is very tight and barely fits on, and is important as the ball focuses light to intensely that just carrying it across the lawn on a sunny day, my palm began to hurt from the heat. I’m sure that it shouldn’t be stored uncovered in a sunny area.
I just received the 2 (one for me and one for my photographer daughter) I ordered yesterday and immediately went shooting. After a shot or 2 I noticed what looked to be little dings and thought maybe I had scratched it despite having it wrapped and protected at all times. I thought "jeez! I hope these don't scratch so easily!!" Upon further inspection little spots appear to have a polishing compound in them. After reading some other comments and questions I realize they shouldn't scratch easy at all. So, I feel a bit better about using it in nature with out messing it all up. If I watch how I position it I should be able to avoid the tiny marks. Now if it will stop raining! .... hmmmm I wonder how it will photograph with raindrops on it?
Nice Balls, good weight, no imperfections in glass and has a good feel in your hands. The sack it comes with is nice, and keeps the balls warm. I cant wait to take my balls out again and shoot them. Make sure you dont drop this, as a drop will break your balls. Easy to clean by just rubbing the balls before use. You'll be hooked after playing with these balls your first time. But be careful where you place your balls so you dont break them. If you have more than one ball you may want a bigger sack. Crystal ball Photography is the hottest trend Be careful when using in direct sunlight as the sun refracting thru the ball, just like a magnifier glass, can cause a fire.
Fast, good delivery. Everything ok. Good seller.
Love it. Took it on our trip to Wisconsin and Chicago. Great pictures. This one was for my daughter, I bought a smaller one so it would not be as heavy to carry in my purse during the trip. I would recommend buying one to play with taking pictures.
This is amazing! I love to use it for photographs! The quality is flawless!
Has made my photography lot more fun. Showed up quickly and was in perfect condition out of the box.
I had not known of these crystal balls until I ordered it. It gives you an upside down picture of what you are looking at with it. How cool! It fits perfectly in my windowsill but I would love to find a much bigger one too! Very positive energy.
Mine was flawless and I'm loving the photography options. Just be careful holding it or setting it down on a sunny day- it definitely focuses the sunlight- can burn your hand or start a fire. Keep it in the bag when you're not using it. Don't place it on surfaces in your home where sunlight can reach it.
This is one of the best Crystal Balls for photography. The glass is super clean, flaw less and sharp. It is heavy and the stand that it comes with is excellent to provide support to the ball. I highly recommend this to any photographer who are looking to take an amazing shot and effect with glass.
This item is gorgeous. It is honestly better than I expected, based on its affordability! I got it as a Christmas gift for my sister, who is a photographer. She going to love it.
Love it. Nice weight and size. Great pics with it. Use CAUTION! I'm not sure how I forgot but this ball will focus sunlight! Set it on the black velvet bag it came with so it would not roll. Set it on the dock to try to get some cool pics. Looked up from the camera to see smoke and a burn hole through the bag from the focused light.
The Sphere is very clear no imperfections to the eye and makes it an interesting photo object, or just a nice decoration conversation piece. For photography 3 1/5" 80mm is a decent size. I like the focal contrast when using a wide aperture like f2.8 or wider. Lots of possibilities for this object and more perhaps...
My Crystal ball is going to be great to use with my photography. It arrived completely clear and without a single scratch. This is a great company. This product arrived on time and was not damaged which says a lot when transporting a glass ball. The item is quality. The glass is heavy duty not cheap and one drop life is over glass. I appreciate all of the packaging. I am sure that is why this item arrived so flawlessly. I am impressed. This is an item that can take your photography to another level. Buy this!
This crystal ball is very clear. I tried a couple pictures just using my cellphone and they turned out pretty cool looking. I haven't tried it yet with my "good" camera but I'm sure the results will be great. I bought it for use as a prop in some photo ideas. Be careful using in the sun--it only took mere seconds to burn my fingers. It weighs just about 1-1/2 lbs without the acrylic stand, so you'll have to factor that weight in if you're thinking of carrying it around for photography.
Got this for my husband for our 15th anniversary (I read you gift crystal for your 15th anniversary). Anyway, it's perfectly hand sized & fun to look through. He keeps it at his desk at work as a neat little "toy" & interesting distraction from work when needed :) It also looks cool just sitting there. I read that it's good to use to take pictures through, too. My only concern is the stand which is not exactly steady... I mean it definitely holds the ball, but the ball could easy fall off as the stand is not very big & doesn't cusp the ball all that much, if that makes any sense... But still 5 stars because it's just so cool & interesting.