As promised, here are the samples from my new lens, the 26mm, f/1.4 Toy Lens. Click on the images below for a larger view.
Isn't he just adorable? Anyway, the first photo shows what you get with the Toy Lens: swirly swirly optics.
Together with Olympus' Art Filters, you can get some pretty interesting effects. Here, I used the Pop Art Filter for double the Toy Lens-ness. Below, I used the Grainy Film Filter. Notice the strong vignetting too. That's from the lens. I didn't retouch any of the photos.
This lens also has bloody night vision. It does a great job in dark situations with its f/1.4 aperture (really big and bright). The shot below was taken at night with the lamp as the only light source. In case you haven't noticed yet, the Toy Lens is a quirky little lens which captures some weird light effects. Notice the strange halo effect.
I tend to shoot wide open a lot. As a bright lens, the Toy Lens can be too bright during daytime. Or you can go the Lomo route and just call it art. I quite like the (washed out) results below. No, really!
More swirly stuff, this time with a night landscape and fireworks:
26mm is 52mm equivalent on a Micro Four Thirds camera. It's ideal for portrait shots. Here's the lovely woman who gave me the Toy Lens:
And her happy husband:
So in conclusion, the Toy Lens is, at least on paper, a lens full of flaws. The swirly optical effects, the less than sharp results, the strong vignetting, and the tedious manual focus are things that are undesirable to many photographers. But the total package is incredibly fun. The lens is super duper bright, and the unexpected optical effects are delightful. I was really surprised with how much fun I had with this lens. It's a blast!