Take Stunning Tilt-Controlled Photos With the Lensbaby Composer Pro Lens

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Good lenses can cost thousands of dollars, but Lensbaby's only charging between $300 - $400 for its latest lens, the Composer Pro. It's a small cost to pay for those blurry-around-the edges, sharp-on-the-subject photos which have been so popular of late. That sweet spot is of course adjustable, by fiddling with the swivel ball body.

Two optic swap systems come with the Composer Pro— for $300 you get the double glass optic, and $400 will deliver the sweet 35 optic to your doorstep (sample pic shot using this one is below). Full specs for both models are below, and if you like the look of them you can order them today (though shipping will take up to a month, by the looks of it.) [Lensbaby]

Sweet 35 Optic Product Specs:
Focal Length: 35mm
12 blade internal aperture, controlled by a dial on the front of the optic
Aperture range from f/2.5 through f/22 (sweet spot size ranges from 15%, at f/2.5, to 40%, at f/22, of total image area on APS-C sensor cameras)
Selective focus optic (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur)
Compatible with Lensbaby Composer, Scout, Muse, and Control Freak lens bodies*
Focus distance when used with Composer Pro: 7.5" to infinity
4 multi-coated glass elements, in three groups
46mm front threads**
*The Sweet 35 Optic is not compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer for Micro 4/3rds and Sony NEX Cameras.
**The Sweet 35 Optic is not compatible with current 37mm Lensbaby accessories.

Double Glass Optic Product Specs:
Focal Length: 50mm
Low dispersion, high refractive index, multi-coated optical glass doublet
Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetic aperture disks
Apertures: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
Selective focus optic (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur)
Focus distance when used with Composer Pro: 18" to infinity
37mm front threads accept all Lensbaby accessory lenses

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DISCUSSION

CrispyAardvark
CrispyAardvark

Odd subject for a demo pic. When I think tilt-shift, I think large-scale made to look miniature. The dog image just looks like weird depth of field effect.

Any BTW, the Shack advert slap bang in the middle of the review is just annoying, and more likely to make me boycott The Shack for picking that ad space instead of a side or banner ad.