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Lensbaby Edge 80 Quick Review: Digital Photography Review

Lensbaby Edge 80 Quick Review: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Lensbaby is a company that's resolutely pursued its own path since it first started making 'selective focus' optics for SLRs about 8 years ago. Its lenses offer a distinctive low-fi aesthetic, with a 'sweet spot' of sharp focus that can be moved around the frame. Over the years its product range has expanded and increased in sophistication, but the basic aim has been the same: to provide a creative alternative for photographers who sometimes find technically-perfect images to be uninspiring.

By its very nature, this approach has made Lensbaby's products somewhat niche in appeal. But the company's latest optic, the Edge 80, may well see many more photographers sit up and take notice. It's an 80mm F2.8 telephoto lens that's optically-corrected across the whole frame, and designed to be used in the company's flexible lens bodies more-or-less like a conventional tilt lens. This means it gives effects somewhat similar to the 'Miniature' modes seen in many current cameras, but with a far greater degree of creative control and flexibility. Its short-telephoto focal length means it's particularly well-suited to close-ups, abstracts and portraits."

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Build a Lynny - a DIY Lensbaby

Build a Lynny - a DIY Lensbaby | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"This DIY project from Cameron Texter is made after a Lensbaby, but is built completely different. And when we say completely, we mean with tape. It’s made of only parts of an extension tube and macro filters. If you pushed me the wall, I would say that it is similar to the Lensbaby Muse, but even more similar to the original Lensbaby, because of the images having a blue glow around bright whites and silvers in the resulting photographs, and because of the fact that the images aren’t that sharp and have a “dreamy” soft focus look to them. (and they aren't that sharp just as the sea isn't that dry). The concept is similar to the bendy and plunger lenses but uses tape and extension tubes rather than a plunger."

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Lensbaby releases Sweet 35 optic with internal aperture

Lensbaby releases Sweet 35 optic with internal aperture | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Lensbaby has introduced the Sweet 35 optic for its selective focus lens system. With a focal length of 35mm, it features an internal 12 blade aperture controlled by a dial on the front of the lens with an available range of f/2.5 to f/22, in contrast to previous optics which used drop-in aperture discs. The optical unit is composed of 4 multi-coated glass elements in 3 groups, has a 46mm filter thread and is compatible with the Composer, Muse, Control Freak and Scout lens bodies.
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Lensbaby Introduces the Edge 80 Optic

Lensbaby Introduces the Edge 80 Optic | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

This is what Lensbaby has been teasing us on Facebook for several days now: the new Edge 80 Optic. The new lens features a f/2.8 - f/22 12-blade aperture and is compatible with the Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak. The price of the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic is $300 (MSRP). Here are some samples and the full press release after the break...


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Lensbaby unveils Composer Pro

Lensbaby unveils Composer Pro | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Lensbaby has announced the Composer Pro version of its selective focus lens. Available for Canon, Nikon, Sony Alpha, Pentax and Olympus DSLR mounts, the 'Pro' version uses a metal ball-and-socket assembly with refined focus mechanism for smoother operation. The manual focus lens with tilt control is currently available with either the company's Sweet 35 or Double Glass optics for $400 and $300 respectively.
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