Frequently Asked Questions

Mobile
Compatibility [ open ]
Q. Which iPhones are compatible with the LM-10?

The Lensbaby LM-10 is compatible with iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, and 5C running iOS7

Q. Which Android devices are compatible with the LM-10?

Once the Lensbaby App for Android is released in September the Lensbaby LM-10  will work with Android devices running Jelly Bean 4.1-4.4, and all versions of Kit Kat.

Q. Is LM-10 only compatible with iPhone and Android?

Technically, the lens will function on any mobile phone to which you can adhere one of the metal rings over the lens. However, due to the complexity of the optics, in almost any other photo app, the image will appear upside down.

Lensbaby App [ open ]
Q. Why do I need an app to use the LM-10?

Due to the optical configuration of the lens, using it on your phone will produce an upside-down image. Using our free app automatically flips the image, along with a lot of other features to ensure you get the most out of the lens. 

Q. Which iPhones will the app work with?

The Lensbaby app will work with iPhone 4s, 5, 5s and 5c running iOS7.

Q. Which Android devices will the app work with?

The Lensbaby app will work with Android devices running Jelly Bean 4.1-4.4, and all versions of Kit Kat.

Q. What all does the app do?

Beyond flipping the image so that you're able to shoot right-side up, the Lensbaby app lets you move your sweet spot around the frame, lock focus on the sweet spot, lock exposure, apply a filter, adjust your image sharpness, and overlay a rule of thirds grid.

Q. Why don't I see all those features on my 4S?

Some of the functions, including the sharpness slider and filters, are not available for the 4S due to differences in memory capacity between the 4S and the newer, faster 5, 5s, and 5c models.

Using the LM-10 [ open ]
Q. How does the lens attach to my phone?

Your lens will come with 2 small metal rings with adhesive backing. Wipe the back of the phone with the included alcohol wipe and dry it. Center the stainless-steel ring over the phone's camera without covering the microphone and flash. Press down hard for 5-10 seconds to attach the ring. 

Q. Are the rings stuck permanent on my phone?

The metal rings are not permanently attached to your phone. However, it's not meant to be taken off and put back on repeatedly so if you do remove it you will lose some of the adhesive quality and we cannot guarantee that it will stick properly a 2nd (3rd, 4th, etc) time.

Q. Do I need to remove my case to use this lens?

There are hundreds of cases on the market and most of them do not have a large enough opening around the lens to accommodate the metal ring and LM-10. If you're able to fit your ring and LM-10 on the phone without removing the case let us know about it at customerhappiness@lensbaby.com so we can share that info with others and help us develop future products.

Getting Started
Lensbaby Creative Effects [ open ]
Q. What is Lensbaby?

Lensbaby makes camera lenses. Lensbaby lenses mount directly onto interchangeable lens cameras. Each Lensbaby lens allows you to create a different effect in-camera. Some Lensbaby lenses feature interchangeable optics.

Q. Is Lensbaby an Attachment?

No, Lensbaby is a lens that replaces the lens on your interchangeable lens camera.

Q. What are the different effects you can get with Lensbaby lenses?

Circular Fisheye Lens

Circular Fisheye- A 5.8mm, f/3.5 stand alone lens that gives you a super-wide 185° angle of view.

Edge 80 Optic

An 80mm optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

 

Sweet 35 Optic

A 35mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur and features internal apertures.

 

Double Glass Optic

A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur and uses drop-in magnetic apertures.

 

Spark Optic

A 50mm optic with a fixed f/5.6 aperture that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus. Spark Optic is only available in the Spark and is not sold separately.

 

Fisheye Optic

A 12mm optic with a 160 degree field of view that lets you focus from .5” to infinity.

 

Soft Focus Optic

A 50mm flat field of focus optic that gives you the same soft image quality from corner to corner.

 

Single Glass Optic

A 50mm optic that gives you a soft Sweet Spot of focus similar to what you would get with an antique camera.

 

Plastic Optic

A 50mm optic with our softest Sweet Spot of focus that is similar to what you would get using a toy camera.

 

Pinhole/Zone Plate

A 50mm optic that turns your DSLR into a f/177 Pinhole or f/19 Zone Plate by simply flipping the toggle inside the optic.

   

Q. How do you control the amount of effect?

The amount of effect is controlled by the aperture. If your aperture is wide open (ex. 2.5 or 2.8) you will get a lot of effect, the more your stop your aperture down the less effect you will see. 

With the Edge 80 the slice of focus is controlled by the aperture, larger apertures will give you a very small slice while smaller apertures will give you a bigger slice.

With the sweet spot optics, the Sweet 35, Double Glass, Single Glass and Plastic Optics, the size of the sweet spot is determined by the aperture. Larger apertures will give you a small area of focus with a lot of blur while smaller apertures will give you a large spot of focus with just a little bit of blur around the edges. 

Below is a series of images taken with the Double Glass optic showing the size of the sweet spot at different apertures.

Q. Can I do Macro Photography with my Lensbaby?

Yes, the Macro Converters allow you to turn any of your Lensbaby optics in to a macro lens. With the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate and Soft Focus Optics you can add the Macro Kit lenses as well to get extra close.

Q. What is Selective Focus?

Selective focus is a photography technique that gives you an area of focus and blur in the same image. The area of focus is used to make specific elements stand out in your photograph. Lensbaby’s sweet spot optics (Sweet 35, Double Glass, Single, & Plastic) give you a circular sweet spot of focus surrounded by blur. The Edge 80 Optic gives you a slice of focus bordered by blur.

Q. Why not just use software to create a Lensbaby look?

Many world renowned Photoshop® authorities, such as Katrin Eismann, Jack Davis, and Jim DiVitale, attest that it is impossible to replicate with software the natural, organic optical effects a Lensbaby creates. But, many devoted Lensbaby users will not even argue that point because even if software could emulate the Lensbaby's look, there are many reasons why using a Lensbaby is more satisfying.

Using a Lensbaby allows you to compose with selective focus in the moment rather than adding it later. This lets you experiment with different angles and approaches to quickly and seamlessly integrate selective focus into your composition leading to more organic and original imagery.

Lens Bodies [ open ]
Q. What are the different types of Lens Bodies?

SWIVEL

The Composer Pro and Composer tilt, swivel, and focus. They feature a locking ring at the base so they hold their possision for repeatable results. Composer Pro features a metal swivel ball that delivers ultra-smooth control and feel which is an upgraded to the Composer's nylon swivel ball.

     

SQUEEZE

The Spark and Muse have a squishy body that you squeeze and bend for focus and effect. Hold them in place with your fingertips as you shoot. Spark features an all plastic body with wider focusing collar for easier control. It has a Double Glass optic with a fixed f/5.6 aperture. Muse has a metal mount and focusing collar and comes with the standard Double Glass optic installed.

     

STRAIGHT

The Scout is the only Lensbaby Lens Body that doesn't move. It is always perfectly centered making it perfect for the Fisheye Optic as well as the Soft Focus and Pinhole/Zone Plate which don't benefit from being tilted.

SQUEEZE & LOCK

The Control Freak features the same squishy body as the Muse that you squeeze and bend for focus and effect, then lock it in place with the click of a button and fine tune the focus and tilt.

Optic Swap [ open ]
Q. What does Optic Swap mean?

The Optic Swap System is a system of interchangeable lens bodies, optics, and accessories. It allows you to swap out the optic that comes in your Lensbaby for any of the other Optic Swap optics. This lets you change the creative effect your lens produces. Your Lensbaby has the potential to be 8 different lenses while still using the same lens body. The Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak lens bodies are all Optic Swap compatible.

Q. How do I swap my Optic?

    

Q. How do I swap my Sweet 35 or Edge 80?

   

Q. How do I swap the Macro Converters?

How to Install the Macro Converters:

  1. Turn the focus on the Composer Pro as far counter clockwise as possible. Hold the focus ring tightly.
  2. Align the solid dot on the Macro Converter with the blank dot on the Composer Pro.
  3. Twist the Macro Converter clockwise until the two solid dots align.
  4. If you are using both Macro Converters, repeat this process with the second one.
  5. Install your Sweet 35 or Edge 80 into the Macro Converter following the instructions for installing the optic.

How to Remove the Macro Converter:

  1. Remove the optic following the instructions for the optic.
  2. Turn the focus on the Composer Pro as far counter clockwise as possible. Hold the focus ring tightly.
  3. Using the palm of your hand, press down on the Macro Converter and twist counter clockwise until the solid dot on the Macro Converter aligns with the blank dot on the Composer Pro.
  4. Repeat this process to remove the second Macro Converter. 

For illustrated instructions please consult your user guide

Apertures [ open ]
Q. Which Optics have the apertures built in?

The Sweet 35 and Edge 80 optics both have apertures built in.

The aperture on the Sweet 35 is changed by twisting the front of the optic.       The aperture on the Edge 80 is changed by turning the aperture dial.
                                                                                         

Q. Which optics use aperture disks?

Aperture disks are round magnetic disks that are used to change the aperture on the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Soft Focus and Fisheye Optics.

To change the aperture on the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic and Soft Focus Optics use the aperture tool. Touch the magnet on the end of the stick to the aperture inside the optic to pull it out then simply drop a different aperture in.

Q. How do I change the aperture on my Fisheye Optic?

To change the aperture on your Fisheye Optic simply screw off the top of the optic, drop the aperture in and screw the top if the optic back on. If there is an aperture already in the optic, use the magnet on the end of the aperture tool to remove it before inserting the new aperture.

The Fisheye Optic is f/4 with no disk and comes with disks that range from f/5.6 to f/22.

General Questions [ open ]
Q. Can I use filters with my Lensbaby?

Yes, the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus and Spark Optics all have 37mm threads. The Lensbaby Step Up/Shade is specially designed for use with the Composer Pro and Composer and steps up these optics’ 37mm front threads to 52mm which allows you to use any 52mm filter with them.

The Edge 80 and Sweet 35 Optics have 46mm threads and will take any 46mm filter.

Q. How is Lensbaby different than a Tilt Shift Lens?

The Edge 80 is the closest Lensbaby optic to a Tilt Shift lens. Like a Tilt Shift lens, the Edge 80 tilts and gives you a slice of focus and allows you to create a miniature effect. Unlike a Tilt Shift lens it does not shift and therefore it does not correct perspective.

Q. Do you have the User Guide that came with my Lensbaby available online?

Yes, you can find it on the user guide page.

Q. Which mounts do you make Lensbabies for?

Lensbabies can be found in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Olympus 4/3, Micro 4/3, Sony Alpha E, Samsung NX, Contax/Yashica, Leica R, Minolta Manual Focus, Olympus OM mount, and Pentax Screw Mount.

Composer Pro comes in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Olympus 4/3, Micro 4/3, Sony Alpha E and Samsung NX.

Spark comes in mounts for Canon EF and Nikon F.

Composer, Muse and Control Freak can be found in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, and Olympus 4/3.

Lensbaby 3G can be found in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Olympus 4/3 and Leica R. The 3G is also available for Mamiya 645 and Pentax 67. 

Original Lensbaby and Lensbaby 2.0 can be found in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Olympus 4/3, Leica R, Contax/Yashica, Minolta Manual, Olympus OM mount, Pentax Screw Mount (M42) and Canon FD.

Compatibility
Canon [ open ]
Q. Which Canon Digital cameras will work with a Lensbaby?

Q. Which Lensbabies will work with my Canon Camera?

Circular Fisheye, Composer Pro, Spark, Composer, Muse, Scout, Control Freak, 3G, 2.0, and Original Lensbabies can all be purchased with a Canon EF mount. See the above "Canon Camera Compatibility Chart" for a list of cameras that take a Canon EF mount.

Q. Why doesn't my EOS Rebel T2 recognize the Lensbaby?

The Canon Rebel T2 has a safety lock feature that prevents the camera from taking a picture if there is no film loaded or no lens attached. Since Lensbabies have no electronics your camera will not recognize it as being attached and "no L" will flash on the LCD screen. 

To turn the Safety Lock off move the Right Arrow on your LCD screen until it points at the <  > icon. Next, press the <FUNC> button and place the setting on "0". 

Nikon [ open ]
Q. Which Nikon Digital cameras will work with a Lensbaby?

Q. Which Lensbabies will work with my Nikon Camera?

Circular Fisheye, Composer Pro, Spark, Composer, Muse, Scout, Control Freak, 3G, 2.0, and Original Lensbabies can all be purchased with a Nikon F mount. See the above "Nikon Camera Compatibility Chart" for a list of cameras that take a Nikon F mount.

Q. Why can't I get my Lensbaby to meter on my Nikon?

Lensbabies do not have electronics in them so lower end Nikon cameras have no way of telling what aperture the lens is going to be at the moment of exposure. To use a Lensbaby on these cameras, put your camera on Manual mode, set your ISO according to how much light you have, set the aperture on your Lensbaby according to what size Sweet Spot you want, take a test shot and adjust your shutter speed until the exposure is correct. If your image comes out too dark slow your shutter speed down, if it is too light speed it up.

See the above "Nikon Camera Compatbility Chart" to find out if your camera's light meter will work with a Lensbaby or not.

Q. Why can't I get my flash to fire?

Lensbaby is a manual focus lens. Nikon disabled the TTL flash metering on the lower end NIkon cameras do not sense an autofocus lens. See the above "Nikon Camera Compatibility Chart". If your in-camera light meter works, the TTL flash metering on your camera will work. If you camera's light meter does not work you will need to follow the instructions below in order to use the built-in pop-up flash.

  1. Go into the Custom Settings Menu (CSM) on your camera and set your pop-up flash to "Manual" rather than "TTL." (If this is not clear you may need to go to the Set Up Menu and change your Custom Menu from "Simple" to "Detailed."
  2. Start by setting your flash power to 1/2 with a shutter speed/ISO combination that give you an ambient (non-flash) exposure that is 1 to 1.5 stops too dark so your background does not come out totally black. Test the ambient (non-flash) exposure by taking a few test shots with the flash off. Play with the power of the pop-up flash from full power down to 1/16 to get proper exposure on your main subject(s).

Hotshoe mounted Nikon Speedlight flashed must be set to either manual or auto exposure modes. TTL modes on your Nikon Speedlight flash will not work with a Lensbaby on the D80 or D90 camera bodies.

 

Sony Alpha A/ Minolta Maxxum [ open ]
Q. Which Sony Digital cameras are compatible with a Lensbaby?

Q. Which Lensbabies will work with my Sony Camera?

Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, Control Freak, 3G, 2.0, and Original Lensbabies can all be purchased with a Sony Alpha A mount. See the above "Sony Alpha A-Mount Compatibility Chart" for a list of cameras that take a Sony Alpha A mount.

Pentax [ open ]
Q. Which Pentax Digital cameras will work with a Lensbaby?

All 35mm Pentax SLR cameras have a Pentax K mount and are compatible with Lensbaby.

Q. Which Lensbabies will work with my Pentax camera?

Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, Control Freak, 3G, 2.0, and Original Lensbabies can all be purchased with a Pentax K mount.

Olympus 4/3 [ open ]
Q. Which Olympus Digital cameras will work with a Lensbaby?

Q. Which Lensbabies will work with my Olympus camera?

Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, Control Freak, 3G, 2.0, and Original Lensbabies can all be purchased with an Olympus 4/3 mount. See the above "Olympus 4/3 Camera Compatibility Chart" for a list of cameras that take an Olympus 4/3 mount.

Leica [ open ]
Q. What mount do I need for the Leica Digilux 3?

The Leica Digilux 3 takes an Olympus 4/3 mount. See the "Olympus 4/3" section above for a list of which Lensbabies are available with an Olympus 4/3 mount.

Q. How do I get my Lensbaby to work with the Leica Digilux 3?

The Leica Digilux 3 has a shutter lock mechanism that prevents it from shooting with a lens that doesn't communicate electronically with the camera like the Lensbaby. To turn the shutter lock off go to the Custom menu, page 4, and turn "No Release without Lens" to "OFF". Your camera will work in Aperture Priority mode and the in-camera light meter will work.

Q. Do you have Lensbabies for Leica R?

The Original Lensbaby, Lensbaby 2.0 and 3G were all available with a mount for Leica R.

Q. Do you have Lensbabies for Leica M?

Lensbabies are manual focus lenses so you will not be able to focus them on a rangefinder. Some newer Leice M rangefinders have a live view option which would allow you to focus and use a Lensbaby with a mount adapter.

Micro Four-Thirds [ open ]
Q. Which Micro Four Thirds Camera will work with a Lensbaby?

Q. Which Lensbabies will work with my Micro four Thirds Camera?

The Composer Pro, Tilt Transformer, and Composer with Tilt Transformer are available for Micro 4/3rds cameras. See the above "Micro Four Thirds Camera Compatibility Chart" for a list of cameras with a Micro 4/3rds mount.

Q. How do I get my Panasonic Lumix camera to work with a Lensbaby?

Follow these instructions to get your Panasonic Lumix camera to work with a Lensbaby.

  1. Open your camera's Custom Menu
  2. Select Screen 5
  3. Select "Shoot without a Lens"
  4. Select "ON"
  5. Exit the menu and you will now be able to start shooting with your Lensbaby.
Q. I have my Micro Four Thirds camera all set up to shoot. Why I am still getting a dark screen and viewfinder?

Take a close look at the mount on your Lensbaby and the mount on your camera. You will see a small lever on the camera that should fit into the slot on the mount of the Lensbaby. Turn your Lensbaby all the way on to the camera so that the lever lines up and it will work just fine.

Sony NEX/ Sony Alpha E [ open ]
Q. Which Sony Mirrorless Cameras will work with a Lensbaby?

Q. Which Lensbabies will work with my Sony Mirrorless camera?

The Composer Pro, Tilt Transformer, and Composer with Tilt Transformer are available with a Sony E mount. See the above "Sony E-Mount Camera Compatibility Chart" for a list of cameras with a Sony E mount.

Q. Will a Lensbaby work on the Sony a7 or a7r?

Yes, the Composer Pro will work on the Sony a7 or a7r with no vignetting with any of the Lensbaby optics.

Samsung NX [ open ]
Q. Which Samsung Cameras will work with a Lensbaby?

Q. Which Lensbabies will work with my Samsung Camera?

The Composer Pro is the only Lensbaby Lens Body that is available for Samsung NX cameras. See the above "Samsung NX Camera Compatibility Chart" for a list of cameras that take a Samsung NX mount.

Fuji [ open ]
Q. Do you make a Lensbaby for Fuji X mount cameras?

No, we do not currently make a Lensbaby for Fuji X mount cameras. You can use a mount adapter to use a Lensbaby on your Fuji camera.

PL/ Motion Picture [ open ]
Q. Do I need a PL mount Lensbaby to shoot a movie?

Unless you have a PL mount movie camera you do not need a PL mount Lensbaby to shoot a movie. The PL mount is specifically designed for use on PL mount movie cameras.

Q. Are Lensbabies available for Motion Picture Cameras?

Yes, Lensbaby makes a PL mount for the Composer Pro and Muse. They are just like the Composer Pro and Muse for SLRs but come with a PL mount to fit any PL mount movie camera.

The 3GPL has been discontinued. It is the same as the Lensbaby 3G or Control Freak in shooting style. This unit is compatible with the 37 mm threaded accessories and the Lensbaby Creative Apertures but it is not compatible with the interchangeable optics.

Optic Compatibility with Lens Bodies [ open ]
Q. Which optics are compatible with the Composer Pro, Composer, Muse and Control Freak?

Composer Pro, Composer, Muse and Control Freak are all compatible with all of the optics: Edge 80, Sweet 35, Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and Fisheye Optics.

Q. Which optics are compatible with the Scout?

Scout is compatible with all of the optics. Scout is optimized for the Fisheye, Soft Focus, and Pinhole/Zone Plate optics which do not benefit from being tilted. When used with the Sweet 35, Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic Optics the Sweet Spot of focus will always be perfectly centered. When used with the Edge 80, the Edge 80 is an 80mm Prime lens.

Q. Which Optics are compatible with the Spark?

Spark is compatible with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate and Soft Focus Optics. It is not recommended for use with the Edge 80, Sweet 35, and Fisheye Optics because they are heavy and difficult to focus in Spark's light body.

Q. Which Optics are Compatible with Which Lens Bodies?

Accessory Compatibility with Optics [ open ]
Q. Which Accessories are compatible with the Edge 80, Sweet 35, and Fisheye Optics?

The Edge 80 and Sweet 35 Optics are only compatible with the Macro Converters. Only the 8mm Macro Converter can be used with the Fisheye Optic and will allow you to focus from 0” from the front of the lens.

Q. Which Accessories are compatible with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, and Soft Focus Optics?

The Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, and Soft Focus Optics are compatible with the Macro Converters, Wide Angle/ Telephoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle, Creative Apertures and Step-up/Shade.

Q. Which accessories are compatible with the Pinhole/ Zone Plate and Spark Optics?

The Pinhole/Zone Plate and Spark Optics are compatible with the Macro Converters, Wide Angle/ Telephoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle and Step-up/Shade.

Q. Which Accessories are Compatible with Which Optics?

Comparisons
Product Comparisons [ open ]
Q. What is the difference between the Double Glass, Sweet 35 and Edge 80?

The Double Glass and Sweet 35 have a curved field of focus and will give you a Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by blur. The Double Glass is a 50mm optic that uses drop-in magnetic aperture disks, the Sweet 35 is a 35mm optic with the apertures built in. The Edge 80 is an 80mm flat field of focus optic with the apertures built in. When pointed straight ahead it is an 80mm Prime lens but when tilted it will give you a slice of focus through your image.

    

Q. What are the differences between the optics?

Edge 80 Optic

  • 80mm f/2.8 flat field of focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture.
  • When tilted, Edge 80 delivers a slice of tack sharp focus through the image, bordered by a soft blur.
  • When pointed straight ahead the Edge 80 can be used just like a high-quality straight lens.

Sweet 35 Optic

  • 35mm f/2.5 selective focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture.
  • Creates a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by blur.
  • Widest focal length of any selective focus Lensbaby optic.

Double Glass Optic

  • 50mm f/2 multi-coated optical glass doublet.
  • Provides a tack-sharp Sweet Spot of focus with a graduated blur and minimum diffusion at all aperture settings.

Spark Optic

  • 50mm, fixed f/5.6 multi-coated glass doublet optic.
  • Provides a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by blur.
  • Only available in the Spark and is not sold separately.

 

Fisheye Optic

  • Ultra-wide 12mm f/4 optic with a 160 degree field of view.
  • Captures eye-popping fisheye views from infinity all the way down to one inch from the front of your lens.
  • Does not benefit from being tilted.

Soft Focus Optic

  • 50mm f/2 flat field multi-coated doublet.
  • Much like a classic Imagon portrait lens, it creates images with an overall soft and diffused look.
  • You can vary the amount of softness by changing and stacking the aperture disks.
  • Does not benefit from being tilted.

Single Glass Optic

  • 50mm f/2 single, non-coated glass element.
  • Update of the Original Lensbaby's primitive optic.
  • Ideal for fine art, portraiture, black and white images and any shot requiring a subtle, soft, dreamy effect.

Plastic Optic

  • Uncoated 50mm f/2 double convex plastic singlet.
  • Our softest optic overall, creating very ethereal photos with abundant chromatic aberration.
  • Perfect for plastic fanatics.

Pinhole/Zone Plate

  • Pinhole (f/177) and zone plate (f/19) options achieve softer focus, producing dreamy images that are equally sharp from edge to edge.
  • Shift easily back and forth from pinhole to zone plate mode with your digital SLR by simply sliding a toggle inside the optic cup.
  • The surface area of the zone plate is larger than the pinhole and therefore requires less exposure time.
  • The zone plate will also produce images with a much more glowing and diffused light than the pinhole, which tends to be sharper.
  • Does not benefit from being tilted.

   

 

Q. How are focal lengths calculated?

All focal lengths are quoted based on full frame cameras.

Q. What is the difference between the Macro Converters and the Macro Kit?

The Macro Converters are a set containing one 8mm converter and one 16mm converter, you can also stack them together to make a 24mm converter. They fit between the lens body and the optic working like extension tubes and are compatible with all of the optics. The Macro Kit is a set of +4 and +10 glass lenses that screw onto the front of the Double Glass, SIngle Glass, Plastic, Soft Focus and Pinhole/Zone Plate optics. With these five optics the Macro Converters and Macro Kit can be used together to get extra close.

The series of images below were all taken with the Double Glass Optic at f/4. The top three images were taken with the Macro Converters and bottom three images were taken with both Macro Converters and the Macro Kit.

Lens Body Comparisons [ open ]
Q. What are the differences between the Lensbaby Lens Bodies?

COMPOSER PRO (2011- present)
Ultra-smooth and refined for the professional photographer and videographer.

  • It utilizes a metal ball and socket that stays in place when you tilt your lens.
  • Rotate the ultra-smooth focus ring to find your point of focus.
  • Comes with the Double Glass or the Sweet 35 Optic installed and is compatible with the full Optic Swap System.
  • Available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus and the following mirrorless cameras: Samsung, Sony NEX, Olympus and Panasonic cameras.

SPARK (2012-present)

  • Compress the flexible tubing to find focus, and tilt the lens to move that focus.
  • Press the shutter while holding the lens in place.
  • Great for beginners since it has a fixed f5.6 aperture and limited tilt.   
  • Comes with the tack sharp "Spark optic"
  • Compatible with the Optic Swap System but not recommended for use with the Sweet 35, Edge 80 and Fisheye optics.
  • Available for Nikon and Canon

COMPOSER (2008-2013)
Great for a smooth and precise shooting style.

  • It utilizes a ball and socket that stays in place when you tilt your lens.
  • Rotate the focus ring to get that Sweet Spot in focus.
  • Comes with the Double Glass Optic installed and is compatible with the full Optic Swap System.
  • Available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus SLR cameras.

MUSE (2008- 2013)
Great for photographers with a fast and loose shooting style.

  • Compress the flexible tubing to find focus, and tilt the lens to move that focus.
  • Press the shutter while holding the lens in place.
  • Great for street photography, and fun shooting on the fly.
  • Comes with the Double Glass Optic installed and is compatible with the full Optic Swap System.
  • Available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus SLR cameras.

SCOUT (2010-2013)
Scout is ideally suited for Fisheye photography because your image will always be perfectly centered.

  • The first Lensbaby lens body that does not bend, which is perfect for using the Fisheye, Soft Focus and Pinhole/Zone Plate Optics.
  • Comes with the Fisheye Optic installed and is compatible with the full Optic Swap System.
  • Available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus SLR cameras.
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CONTROL FREAK (2009-2012)
Great for macro and table-top photography

  • Perfect for photographers who have a methodical and step-by-step shooting style.
  • Compress the flexible tubing to find focus, and tilt the lens to move that focus.
  • Apply the locking mechanism to keep it in place.
  • Fine tune the tilt and focus with the focus ring and rods.
  • Comes with the Double Glass Optic installed and is compatible with the full Optic Swap System.
  • Available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus SLR cameras.

 

Q. What are the differences between the Legacy Lensbabies?

There are two differences between the Original Lensbaby and Lensbaby 2.0: the optic and the aperture system. The optic in the Original is a single non-coated glass element, while the 2.0 optic is a coated glass doublet. Essentially, this means that the optic in the 2.0 is sharper.The Lensbaby Optic Swap System is only for use with the Composer Pro, Spark, Composer, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak. It is not designed to work with the Original, 2.0 or 3G.

The Original Lensbaby (Single Glass Optic) gives your pictures a softer, dreamier look; it has been called a “Holga on steroids" or a “digital Diana". Because the Original optic is non-coated, your pictures will show some diffusion, and occasionally, prismatic color shifts. Some portrait photographers lean toward the Original because it is softer and more forgiving. All Lensbabies have manual aperture systems: they come with a set of disks that drop into the front of the lens. The Original disks are held in place with a rubber gasket. To change the aperture, you pluck the gasket out, change the disk and drop the gasket back in.

The Lensbaby 2.0 (Double Glass Optic) comes with one more aperture than the Original (f 2.0). There are shielded magnets inside the 2.0. The magnets work together with disks that are made of metalicized plastic, so they drop in and stay in. The aperture controls the size of your Sweet Spot and how much blur appears in your picture; choose the aperture for the effect that you want to achieve, then compensate with your shutter speed.

 

Lensbaby 3G (Double Glass Optic) has the same optics and aperture system as the 2.0. It comes with 3 extra apertures: f 11, f 16 and f 22. The major difference between 3G and the two earlier versions is that you can lock the 3G into place. Once it is locked you can fine-focus it. This allows you to repeat your shot and work in lower light situations using long exposures. You can shoot unlocked as you would with the Original or the 2.0 or you can lock it into place, fine-focus and adjust the tilt.

Q. Can I retrofit my Original Lensbaby, 2.0 or 3G to work with the Optic Swap System?

No, the inside of the older generation Lensbabies are very different than the new generation and there is no way to retrofit the swappable optics to work in them. You can use the 37 mm threaded accessories with these legacy lenses. The Wide Angle/Telelphoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle adapter, and Step-up/Shade are compatible. The Creative Aperture Kits are compatible with the Lensbaby 2.0 and the Lensbaby 3G.

Circular Fisheye [ open ]
Q. Is the Circular Fisheye compatible with the Optic Swap System?

No, Circular Fisheye is a stand alone lens and is not part of the Optic Swap System.

Q. What’s the difference between the Circular Fisheye and the Scout with Fisheye or the Fisheye optic?

Circular Fisheye is a stand alone lens that will give you a full circle on APS-C cameras. The Scout with Fisheye and the Fisheye Optic are part of the Optic Swap System and will give you a nearly full circle on full frame cameras or will almost fill the frame on APS-C cameras.

Q. Does the Circular Fisheye work on full frame cameras?

Yes, the Circular Fisheye will work on a full frame camera. The image circle will be smaller showing all of the barrel flare.

  

Q. How do I get the flare around the edges of the circle?

The flare around the outside of the circle is barrel flare which is caused by light reflecting within the barrel of the lens. To get this type of flare point your camera in the direction of a bright light source.

Q. Why does my focus indicator travel past the end of the scale? Does my lens focus closer than 0.01m?

Each lens is assembled by hand and the stop at infinity is precisely calibrated. Minor variations in tolerances allow some lenses to focus closer than 0.01m. Woo-Hoo you're a winner!

Q. What does changing the aperture do to the image?

Stopping down your aperture (make it smaller) causes the edges of your image to get sharper. At f/3.5 the edges of your image will be slightly blurry and will be sharper at f/8 or f/11

Q. What do the pairs of numbers 4, 8, and 16 mean?

These are a guide to indicate the general range of sharp focus (depth of field) for the F stops F4, F8 and F16 respectively. Use the spacing to estimate the depth of field for other F stops.

Q. Why is there a red spot in some of my images?

The red spot is lens flare and is common when the sun in the image.

Composer with Tilt Transformer [ open ]
Q. What is the Composer with Tilt Transformer

The Composer with Tilt Transformer (2010-2012) is two products in one – use it just like a Lensbaby Composer on your Micro Four Thirds or Sony NEX camera, and enjoy all the creative freedom the Lensbaby Optic Swap™ System offers. The Composer with Tilt Transformer comes with the Double Glass Optic installed and produces an image with a Sweet Spot of focus, surrounded by blur. Or - remove the front part of the Composer with Tilt Transformer (called the Composer Focus Front), and replace it with any Nikon mount lens. When you tilt your Nikon mount lens, you get a slice of sharp focus through your image that falls off into beautiful blur. Both the Composer with Tilt Transformer and the just the Tilt Transformer by itself are available now for Panasonic Lumix™ G Micro System, Olympus PEN® and Sony® α NEX digital cameras.

Q. Which Optics will work with the Composer with Tilt Transformer?

All Optics are compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer. The Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate and Soft Focus optics require the Composer Focus Front Optic Adapter in order to function properly. Due to the lens being situated much closer to the sensor in these mirrorless Micro Four Thirds cameras, as compared to DSLRs, this Optic Adapter is necessary to focus to infinity. The Composer with Tilt Transformer ships with this Optic Adapter.

Lensbaby Macro Converters are required when using the Edge 80, Sweet 35 or Fisheye Optics with the Composer with Tilt Transformer. The Macro Converters act as a spacer to set these optics far enough away from the sensor to be able to focus to infinity and will not give you any Macro ability.

Q. Which Accessories are compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer?

All Lensbaby Accessories will work with the Composer with Tilt Transformer.

When using the Macro Converters with the Sweet 35, Edge 80, or Fisheye Optics you will not get any Macro capability.

Q. What is the Tilt Transformer?

The Tilt Transformer (2010-2012) is for use on Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX/ Alpha E Mount cameras. It is an adapter that allows you to use Nikon lenses on your Micro Four Thirds camera, and do tilt photography. When you tilt your Nikon mount lens, you get a slice of sharp focus through your image that falls off into beautiful blur. The Tilt Transformer is available in mounts for Micro 4/3rds and Sony NEX/ Alpha E Mount. See the "Micro 4/3rds" and "Sony NEX/ Sony Alpha E" sections for a list of cameras with these mounts.

 

Q. Are there any Nikon lenses that work better than others on the Tilt Transformer?

All Nikon mount lenses will work with the Tilt Transformer. However, wide angle zoom lenses that do not have close focus capabilities can have trouble focusing to infinity when shooting at wider focal lengths, approximately 24mm and wider, especially when shooting at very wide open apertures.

Q. Will my camera recognize the lens when using the Tilt Transformer?

Olympus PEN digital cameras will automatically recognize your Composer with Tilt Transformer or Nikon lens on Tilt Transformer, and will meter in Aperture Priority or Manual mode.

Panasonic Lumix G Micro System cameras require you to turn the shutter lock off. To turn the shutter lock off follow these instructions:

  1. Open your camera's Custom Menu Select
  2. Screen 5
  3. Select "Shoot without a Lens"
  4. Select "ON"
  5. Exit the menu and you will now be able to start shooting with your Lensbaby.

Now you're ready to shoot. Your camera will work in Aperture Priority or Manual mode.

Q. Is the Tilt Transformer or Composer with Tilt Transformer compatible with the Olumpus OMD E-M5 or E-M1?

No, the Tilt Transformer was released prior to the Olympus OMD-E-M5 and it will not fit. The OMD- E-M5 and E-M1 have a pop-up flash and larger viewfinder than the Olympus PEN cameras. There is not enough space between the mount and the pop-up flash and viewfinder for the Tilt Transformer to fit.

Full Frame vs. APS-C vs. Micro 4/3rds [ open ]
Q. What will my Fisheye Optic Image look like?

  

Q. What will my Double Glass Optic Image look like?

    

Q. What will my Circular Fisheye image look like?

    

 

Purchasing Questions
General Questions [ open ]
Q. Is your webstore secure?

Absolutely.

Q. Which payment methods do you accept?

The Lensbaby webstore accepts credit cards and PayPal. If you would like to pay by money order or personal check, please email customerhappiness@lensbaby.com.

Q. How can I figure out how much the shipping costs will be?

Domestic shipping is free with USPS Priority Mail for purchases over $30. We also offer UPS Overnight, 2-Day, 3-Day and Ground.

For international orders, USPS Priority International starts at $18 to Canada and $28 for other countries. UPS is offered to some international destinations.

To calculate shipping simply choose your items and enter your zip/postal code and you will get a quote with options and prices door to door. Please note that USPS does not offer detailed tracking.

Q. I don't live in the United States. Will I have to pay duties if I import a Lensbaby?

Overseas customers may indeed have to pay import duties and other taxes such as VAT.  Lensbaby has no control over this and all taxes, duties, and charges incidental to the shipping method you choose are the responsibly of the customer. 

Q. If I buy a Lensbaby do you have tech support?

Sure, if you have any problems, just send us an e-mail (customerhappiness@lensbaby.com) or give us a call (toll free: 877-536-7222 or outside the USA: 971-223-5662) and ask for the Customer Happiness department. We will do our best to answer your questions. You may be able to find the answer you need on this page.

Q. What if I change my mind about the Lensbaby and want to return it?

All Lensbabies purchased from Lensbaby.com come with a 30-day money back guarantee, provided the Lensbaby is in new condition. The customer covers the shipping charges. You can return it to:

Lensbaby, Inc
Attention: I don't love my Lensbaby
824 SE 16th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97214 USA

You do not need an RMA. Just enclose your invoice or a letter with your order information so we know who to credit.

Q. Where can I purchase Lensbabies retail?

To find an authorized retailer near you, please visit our Retailers page.

Trouble Shooting
Trouble Shooting [ open ]
Q. How do I set up my camera?

Lensbabies will only work in Manual mode (M) or Aperture Priority mode (Av), though some cameras will only work in Manual mode. To find out which mode(s) will work on your camera please see your manufacturer’s compatibility chart above.

Q. How do I focus?

Lensbabies are manual lenses and focus is done manually. Circular Fisheye, Composer Pro, Composer and Scout have a fine focusing ring that you adjust to focus.  Circular Fisheye also features a hyper focal scale to help with focusing. Spark and Muse are focused by squeezing and pushing the lens. Control Freak is focused by squeezing then fine tuning by using the fine focus or turning the rods. 

You can move the area of focus around your image by tilting the Composer Pro or Composer or squeezing one side or the other of the Spark, Muse or Control Freak.

Q. Why can't I get anything in focus?

Below are some of the most popular solutions to why you may be unable to get anything in focus. 

1. Make sure your diopter is correctly calibrated for your eye. Setting your diopter helps ensure that what you see as being in focus through the viewfinder is actually in focus. For more information on how to adjust your diopter watch the Basic Camera Set Up with a Lensbaby video.

2. A little bit of tilt goes a long way. To start out try focusing straight ahead without tilting. Starting at f/4 or f/5.6 will give you a good sized Sweet Spot making it easier to tell where the area of focus is.

3. Pay attention to the focusing distances of the optics and make sure you aren't trying to focus on something that is too close. The Sweet 35 has a minimum focusing distance of about 7 inches, the Edge 80 has a minimum focusing distance of 17 inches, and the Double Glass has a minimum focusing distance of 18 inches. 

4. If you have been using the Macro Converters recently to shoot macro photography make sure both converters are removed. The 8mm Macro Converter is small and black and easily gets lost under the optic. 

Q. How do I get my exposure right?

Set your ISO on your camera according to how much light you have. Set the aperture on your Lensbaby according to how much effect you want. In manual mode, guess your shutter speed, take a test shot and go from there. If the image is too dark choose a lower number for your shutter speed. If your image is too light choose a higher number for your shutter speed. Take another test shot and continue to adjust until you get your exposure is correct.

Q. How do I use electronic flash with my Lensbaby?

First determine the Flash sync shutter speed for your camera: this is usually between 1/60 and 1/500 of a second. Set your camera at this shutter speed or SLOWER, (i.e. 1/60, 1/30). If your camera has multiple options, put it in Manual or Aperture Priority mode.

Digital camera users can take a test shot and look at the histogram for correct exposure.
* If the image is overexposed, use a higher aperture (smaller hole) or decrease your flash power by 1 stop. Continue to decrease aperture size or flash power as needed.
* If the image is underexposed (not likely) use a larger aperture.
You may have to experiment to find the right balance between flash power and aperture size to get the correct exposure with the amount of blur you want.

For film cameras used in combination with an external Flash Unit, do one of the following:
* Use a flash light meter to measure the amount of flash being emitted from the Electronic Flash Unit and set your aperture according to the readings (make sure you calculate for the correct film speed!).
* Calculate the distance from subject to camera and set the Flash according to the chart on your Flash unit. The users manual of the Flash Unit will also give you more information.

Some cameras have built in flashes that can meter TTL (through the lens) and adjust your flash for correct exposure.

Please go to our Electronic Flash page for more information.

Q. Where are my aperture disks?

If you purchased the Composer Pro with Double Glass, Composer, Muse, or Control Freak your aperture container/tool is in the bottom of your Lensbaby box and looks like a small plastic frying pan.

If you start out with the Composer Pro with Sweet 35, Composer Pro with Edge 80, Spark or Scout and then add another optic that uses aperture disks please consult your user guide to request an aperture set.

Q. What are the black specks on my Pinhole?

The specks are actually dust on your sensor. The specks are visible when using the pinhole optic because the aperture is so small that it casts a well-defined shadow of the dust onto your sensor. These specks are not visible with the other optics or your regular lenses because the amount of light prevents the specks from appearing.

Q. Can I shoot video on my dSLR with a Lensbaby.

If your DSLR shoots video, you will be able to shoot a Lensbaby video.