The Lensbaby LM-10 is compatible with iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, and 5C running iOS7.
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.
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.
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.
The Lensbaby app will work with iPhone 4s, 5, 5s and 5c running iOS7.
The Lensbaby app will work with Android devices running Jelly Bean 4.1-4.4, and all versions of Kit Kat.
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.
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.
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. Once the metal ring is attached to your phone, simply take the caps off of the LM-10 and it magnetically attachs to the ring on your 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.
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 email@example.com so we can share that info with others and help us develop future products.
Below is a list of cases that we have been told will work with the LM-10:
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.
No, Lensbaby is a lens that replaces the lens on your interchangeable lens camera.
Circular Fisheye- A 5.8mm, f/3.5 stand alone lens that gives you a super-wide 185° angle of view.
An 80mm optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.
A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur and features internal apertures.
A 35mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur and features internal apertures.
A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur and uses drop-in magnetic apertures.
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.
A 12mm optic with a 160 degree field of view that lets you focus from .5” to infinity.
A 50mm flat field of focus optic that gives you the same soft image quality from corner to corner.
A 50mm optic that gives you a soft Sweet Spot of focus similar to what you would get with an antique camera.
A 50mm optic with our softest Sweet Spot of focus that is similar to what you would get using a toy camera.
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.
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, Sweet 50, 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.
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.
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, Sweet 50, 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.
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.
The Composer Pro and Composer tilt, swivel, and focus. They feature a locking ring at the base so they hold their position 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 9 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.
For illustrated instructions please consult your user guide.
The Sweet 35, Sweet 50, and Edge 80 optics both have apertures built in.
The aperture on the Sweet 35 or Sweet 50 is changed by twisting the front of the optic. The aperture on the Edge 80 is changed by turning the aperture dial.
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.
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.
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 Sweet 35, Sweet 50, and Edge 80 Optics have 46mm threads and will take any 46mm filter.
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.
Yes, you can find it on the user guide page.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All 35mm Pentax SLR cameras have a Pentax K mount and are compatible with Lensbaby.
Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, Control Freak, 3G, 2.0, and Original Lensbabies can all be purchased with a Pentax K mount.
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.
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.
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.
The Original Lensbaby, Lensbaby 2.0 and 3G were all available with a mount for Leica R.
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.
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.
Follow these instructions to get your Panasonic Lumix camera to work with a Lensbaby.
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.
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.
Yes, the Composer Pro will work on the Sony a7 or a7r with no vignetting with any of the Lensbaby optics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Composer Pro, Composer, Muse and Control Freak are all compatible with all of the optics: Edge 80, Sweet 50, Sweet 35, Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and Fisheye Optics.
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, Sweet 50, 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.
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 50, Sweet 35, and Fisheye Optics because they are heavy and difficult to focus in Spark's light body.
The Edge 80, Sweet 50, 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.
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.
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.
The Sweet 35, Sweet 50, and Edge 80 Optics all have the apertures built in. The Sweet 35 and Sweet 50 have a curved field of focus and will give you a Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by blur.The Sweet 50 is a 50mm optic, the Sweet 35 is a 35mm optic. The Edge 80 is an 80mm flat field of focus optic, when pointed straight ahead it is an 80mm Prime lens but when tilted it will give you a slice of focus through your image.
All focal lengths are quoted based on full frame cameras.
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.
COMPOSER PRO (2011- present)
Ultra-smooth and refined for the professional photographer and videographer.
Great for a smooth and precise shooting style.
MUSE (2008- 2013)
Great for photographers with a fast and loose shooting style.
Scout is ideally suited for Fisheye photography because your image will always be perfectly centered.
CONTROL FREAK (2009-2012)
Great for macro and table-top photography
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.
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.
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.
No, Circular Fisheye is a stand alone lens and is not part of the Optic Swap System.
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.
Yes, the Circular Fisheye will work on a full frame camera. The image circle will be smaller showing all of the barrel flare.
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.
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!
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
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.
The red spot is lens flare and is common when the sun in the image.
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.
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.
All Lensbaby Accessories will work with the Composer with Tilt Transformer.
When using the Macro Converters with the Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Edge 80, or Fisheye Optics you will not get any Macro capability.
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.
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.
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:
Now you're ready to shoot. Your camera will work in Aperture Priority or Manual mode.
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.
The Lensbaby webstore accepts credit cards and PayPal. If you would like to pay by money order or personal check, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sweet 50, 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.
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.
If your DSLR shoots video, you will be able to shoot a Lensbaby video.
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