This Gadget Turns Your Lensbaby Kit Into a Tilt-Controlled Arsenal

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If you've always fancied getting involved with tilt-shift photography but never wanted to drop the cash on a specific lens, here's you chance. Lensbaby's new Edge 80 Optic can turn most of their lenses into tilt-controlled versions.

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It can be used with the Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak to turn them into oh-so-trendy tilt lenses, throwing a whole different plane into sharp focus. Plenty of the other Lensbaby products offer interesting ways to control depth of field, but for $300, this seems like a worthy addition to your set-up if you already have some Lensbaby kit. The full spec reads like this:

Focal Length: 80mm
12-blade internal aperture, controlled by a dial on the front of the optic
Aperture range from f/2.8 through f/22
Flat field of focus optic (when tilted, creates a slice of sharp focus, bordered by blur)
Compatible with Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak lens bodies*
Minimum focusing distance: approximately 17" when the optic is extended forward in close focus mode and fully tilted
Maximum focusing distance: Infinity
5 multi-coated glass elements, in four groups
46mm front threads

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The Edge 80 launches today, costs $300, and you can use this interactive tool to see what it can do to your photos. [Lensbaby]

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DISCUSSION

I'm much more in love with the idea of Lensbabies than I am with actually using them! I have a Composer with just about all the optics and accessories, but I find myself almost never taking them with me when I go somewhere.

Thinking it was my reluctance to deal with all that aperture swapping, I bought the Sweet 35. Still I've not taken it with me!

Maybe I simply need to buy a larger camera bag? Maybe I need to cure my addiction to autofocus? Not sure!