Review – Lensbaby Composer

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I’ve been interested in the Lensbaby line of products for quite some time. I think the concept is quite neat – they are a collection of lenses that posses very specific “sweet spot” focus points surrounded by graduated blurring, that can be manipulated in fascinating ways to provide very interesting perspectives. Lensbaby provides three lens bodies – the Muse, the Composer, and the Control Freak. These lenses can be combined with a variety of accessories, including a selection of optics, a tilt transformer to convert standard camera lenses to tilt-shift lenses, and a variety of macro, wide-angle, and telephoto kits.

I am newly possessed of the Composer, a Creative Aperture Kit, and Wide Angle/Telephoto Kit. The very first thing that caught my enthusiasm is what an excellent teaching tool this product would make. The photographer has no choice but to become intimately familiar with the relation between aperture, light, exposure, and focus. This is due to the fact that all Lensbaby products are manual focus only, and apertures are physical discs that are dropped onto the surface of the lens and held in place magnetically.

The discs are contained in the applicator tool, pictured here on the bottom. The end of the applicator tool is a magnetic wand that is used to insert and remove the apertures. I just realized that the f/2.8 aperture is not pictured here – it was on the lens when I took this picture.

The wide angle and telephoto lens screw directly into the Lensbaby Composer and provide additional creative range. Really, there is no end to the flexibility of these lenses and accessories. They’re just a lot of fun to use, and really get the creative juices flowing when you’re in a photographic rut. Here are some examples of what you can do with the Lensbaby Composer:

Buy one. Mess around with it. Have a great time. I know I am, which you will surely see in upcoming entries.

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Photo Credits (in order of appearance):
- First four Lensbaby product photos: Tiffany Joyce.
- “Purple Rose” by Jane Quigley on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Near the wall” by S-T-R-A-N-G-E on Flickr Creative Commons.
- Flower by Macronix on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Fun with my new Lensbaby Composer” by Darren Blackburn on Flickr Creative Commons.

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  • Steve Russell

    This is definitely better than the old way of getting out of focus areas where the lens alone would have the area in focus. We used to put a UV filter on the lens and smear Vasoline on the filter to get a similar effect. It worked, but then you had a mess to clean up.

  • Victor Bezrukov

    thank you for the great feature and interesting explain !

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