Lensbaby Creative Effects
What Is Lensbaby?
At Lensbaby, we see things differently. We think perfect is boring. We seek surprise—to have our eyes opened, to dance and play and lose ourselves in moments. To break free of routine, be uncomfortable, tinker, and open yourself up to unexpected results. When you do that, you’ll change how you see everything.
We make award-winning creative effects lenses, optics and accessories that follow this philosophy. And we invite you to join us in our pursuit to dance, play and delight in what’s possible with a creative lens and your imagination.
What does Optic Swap mean?
Optic Swap is our 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 and/or focal length of your lens. Your Lensbaby has the potential to be 12 different lenses while still using the same lens body. The Composer Pro II, Twisty 60 lens body,Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak lens bodies are all Optic Swap compatible.
What are the different effects you can get with Lensbaby Lenses?
Velvet 56- A 56mm, f/1.6 lens that produces velvety, glowing images at bright apertures and sharp yet subtly unique images at darker apertures.
Circular Fisheye- A 5.8mm, f/3.5 stand alone lens that gives you a super-wide 185° angle of view.
Twisty 60- A f/2.5, 60mm optic that gives you a large spot of focus in twisty, swirly blur and features internal apertures.
Edge 80- An 80mm f/2.8 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.
Edge 50- An 50mm f/3.2 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.
Sweet 50- A 50mm f/2.5 optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur and features internal apertures.
Sweet 35- A 35mm f/2.5 optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur and features internal apertures.
Double Glass- A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of Focus surrounded by gradual blur and uses drop-in magnetic apertures.
Fisheye- A 12mm optic with a 160 degree field of view that lets you focus from .5” to infinity.
Soft Focus- A 50mm flat field of focus optic that gives you the same soft image quality from corner to corner.
Creative Aperture- A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus with creative out-of-focus highlights.
Single Glass- A 50mm optic that gives you a soft Sweet Spot of focus similar to what you would get with an antique camera.
Plastic- 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 an f/177 Pinhole or f/19 Zone Plate by simply flipping the toggle inside the optic.
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 you stop your aperture down the less effect you will see.
With Edge 50 and Edge 80, aperture controls the width of the slice of focus, brighter apertures will give you a very small slice while darker apertures will give you a wider slice.
With the sweet spot optics, the Petzval 60, Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single Glass and Plastic Optics, aperture determines the size of the sweet spot. Bright apertures will give you a small area of focus with a lot of blur while darker apertures give you a large spot of focus with just a little bit of blur around the edges.
With Velvet 56, aperture controls the degree of softness with bright apertures producing very soft, glowing images and darker apertures producing sharper images with subtle softness and swirling around the edges.
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 (Twisty 60, Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single, & Plastic) give you a circular sweet spot of focus surrounded by blur. The Edge 50 and Edge 80 Optics give you a slice of focus bordered by blur.
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.
Can I use filters with my Lensbaby?
Yes, the Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus and Spark Optics all have 37mm filter threads. The Lensbaby Step Up/Shade is specially designed for use with the Composer Pro II, Composer Pro and Composer to step up these optics’ 37mm front threads to 52mm which allows you to use any 52mm filter with them.
The Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Edge 50, Edge 80, and Twisty 60 Optics have 46mm filter threads and will take any 46mm filter.
Velvet 56 and Velvet 56 SE have 62mm filter threads and will take any 62mm filter.
The Fisheye Optic and Circular Fisheye do not have filter threads and cannot be used with a filter.
How is Lensbaby different than a tilt shift lens?
The Edge 50 and Edge 80 are the closest Lensbaby optics to a Tilt Shift lens. Like a Tilt Shift lens, the Edge 50 or Edge 80 tilt and produce a slice of focus and allow you to create a miniature effect. Unlike a Tilt Shift lens it does not shift and therefore it does not correct perspective.
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, Fuji X, Sony Alpha E, Samsung NX, Contax/Yashica, Leica R, Minolta Manual Focus, Olympus OM mount, and Pentax Screw Mount.
Velvet 56, Circular Fisheye, and Composer Pro II come in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Micro 4/3, Fuji X, Sony Alpha E and Samsung NX.
Velvet 56 SE, Velvet 56 Limited Edition and Spark are only available in mounts for Canon EF and Nikon F.
Composer Pro comes in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Olympus 4/3, Micro 4/3, Fuji X, 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.
How are the different focal lengths calculated?
All focal lengths are quoted based on full frame cameras.
If you are shooting with an APS-C or Micro 4/3 sensor camera, multiply the stated focal length by your camera’s crop factor to determine the effective focal length of Lensbaby lenses on your camera.
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 here.
How do I focus?
Lensbabies are manual lenses and focus is done manually. Circular Fisheye, Composer Pro II, 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 II, Composer Pro or Composer or squeezing one side or the other of the Spark, Muse or Control Freak.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Sweet 50 has a minimum focusing distance of 15 inches.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 II with Edge 50, Composer Pro with Sweet 35, Composer Pro with Sweet 50, Composer Pro with Edge 80, Twisty 60, Spark or Scout and later add another optic that uses aperture disks please consult your user guide to request an aperture set.
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.
Can I shoot video on my camera with a Lensbaby?
If your camera shoots video, you will be able to shoot a Lensbaby video.
Why does my Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, or Fuji camera say there isn’t a lens attached?
Lensbaby lenses have no electronics in them so your camera has no way of reading that a lens is attached to it. To be able to shot with a Lensbaby you will need to turn the shutter lock on your camera off. This function is usually found in the Custom menu and is called “Release w/o Lens” or “Shoot w/o Lens.”
Why doesn’t my Canon 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 Lensbaby lenses 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”.
Why can’t I get my Lensbaby to meter on my Nikon camera?
Lensbaby lenses 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 how much effect 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.
Consult the Nikon Compatibility Chart to find out if your camera’s light meter will work with a Lensbaby or not.
Why can’t I get my flash to fire on my Nikon?
Lensbaby is a manual focus lens. Nikon disabled the TTL flash metering on the lower end Nikon cameras when they do not sense an autofocus lens. Consult the Nikon 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.
- 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.”
- Start by setting your flash power to 1/2 with a shutter speed/ISO combination that gives 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 flashes 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.
I have my Olympus or Panasonic camera all set up to shoot. Why am I 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.
About the Lensbaby App
Why do I need an app?
Due to the optical configuration of LM-10, 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.
With LM-20 and LM-30 you can use the regular camera app or your favorite photo app, however the sweet spot of focus will always be perfectly centered in your image.
Which iPhones will the app work with?
The Lensbaby app will work with iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, 6, 6S, 6 Plus, or 6S Plus running iOS7, iOS8, or iOS9.
Which Android devices will the app work with?
The Lensbaby app will work with most Android devices running Jelly Bean 4.1-4.4, and all versions of Kit Kat and Marshmallow. The following phones have been tested to work well:
- Samsung S6, S5, S4, S4 Mini, S3
- Xperia Z2
- Nokia Lumia 1020
- Huawei Ascend Y210
- LG Optimus G
- Moto X
- Moto G (1st Edition)
What all does the iPhone app do?
iPhone App includes White Balance and Exposure Locks, Rule of Thirds Grid, Square Crop, toggle to switch between still & video mode, toggle to switch between right-side up and upside-down mode, toggle to switch between spot and evaluative metering, and a sharpening slider.
What all does the Android app do?
Android app includes Spot Metering, Exposure Lock, Rule of Thirds Grid, White Balance Lock, toggle to switch between still & video mode, toggle to switch between right-side up and upside-down mode, filters: monochrome, negative, solarize, sepia, posterize, washed, vintage-cold, vintage-warm, point-green, point-blue, and point-red-yellow.
The app also features a sharpening slider to adjust the sharpness of your images after you have taken them. To access the sharpening tool, click on the photo viewer, use the slider on the left hand tool to adjust the sharpness and click “save”.
Is your webstore secure?
Which payment methods do you accept?
The lensbaby.com accepts major credit cards and PayPal. If you would like to pay by money order or personal check, please email email@example.com.
How do 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.
If I live outside the United States will I have to pay duties if I import a Lensbaby?
International 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.
If I buy a Lensbaby do you have tech support?
Yes, if you have any problems, just send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
Attention: I don’t love my Lensbaby
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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.
Where can I find Lensbaby at a retail location?
To find an authorized retailer near you, simply enter your zip code into the Retail Finder at the bottom of this page.
Legacy and Discontinued Lenses
Original, 2.0, and 3G
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 II, 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). There are shielded magnets inside the 2.0. The magnets work together with disks that are made of metalized 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 optic 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.
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/ Telephoto 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.
Is the 3G available for PL mount cameras?
Yes, the 3G was made with a PL mount for cinema cameras. The PL mount 3G is not compatible with any of Lensbaby’s optics but is compatible with the all of the 37mm threaded accessories.
Composer with Tilt Transformer
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 just the Tilt Transformer by itself are available for Panasonic Lumix™ G Micro System, Olympus PEN® and Sony® α NEX digital cameras.
Which optics will work with the Composer with Tilt Transformer?
All Optics are compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer. The Double Glass, Creative Aperture, 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, Edge 50, Sweet 50, Sweet 35, Twisty 60, 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.
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, Sweet 50, Edge 50, Edge 80, Twisty 60, or Fisheye Optics you will not get any Macro capability.
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 or Sony E mirrorless 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. Consult the Micro 4/3 Compatibility Chart or Sony E Compatibility Chart for a list of cameras with these mounts.
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.
Is the Tilt Transformer or Composer with Tilt Transformer compatible with the Olympus OMD E-M5, E-M1, or E-M10?
No, the Tilt Transformer was released prior to the Olympus OMD-E-M5 and it will not fit. The OMD- E-M5, E-M1, and E-M10 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.
What is the Control Freak?
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. 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 with the focus ring and rods.
- Comes with the Double Glass Optic installed and is compatible with the Optic Swap System.
- Available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony A and Olympus 4/3 SLR cameras.
Which optics are compatible with the Control Freak?
Control Freak is compatible with Edge 80, Edge 50, Sweet 50, Sweet 35, Twisty 60, Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and Fisheye Optics.
What is the Muse?
MUSE (2008- 2013) Great for photographers with a fast and loose shooting style.
- Muse has a squishy body that you squeeze and bend for focus and effect. Hold them in place with your fingertips as you shoot. Muse has a metal mount and focusing collar.
- 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 Optic Swap System.
- Available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony A and Olympus 4/3 SLR cameras.
Which optics are compatible with the Control Freak?Control Freak is compatible with Edge 80, Edge 50, Sweet 50,Sweet 35, Twisty 60, Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and Fisheye Optics.
Is the Muse available for PL mount cameras?
Yes, the Muse was made with a PL mount for cinema cameras. The PL mount Muse is compatible with all of Lensbaby’s optics and accessories.
What is the Composer?
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.
- Features a locking ring at the base so it holds its position for repeatable results.
- Rotate the focus ring to get your Sweet Spot in focus.
- Comes with the Double Glass Optic installed and is compatible with the Optic Swap System.
- Available for Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony A and Olympus 4/3 SLR cameras.
Which optics are compatible with the Composer?
Composer is compatible with Edge 80, Edge 50, Sweet 50, Sweet 35, Twisty 60, Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and Fisheye Optics.
How is the Composer different than the Composer Pro?
The swivel ball on the Composer is made of nylon compared to the Composer Pro’s metal swivel ball. The focusing ring on the Composer Pro is also refined for smoother focusing and adjustments.
What is the Scout?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Which optics are compatible with the Scout?
Scout is compatible with Edge 80, Edge 50, Sweet 50, Sweet 35, Twisty 60, Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and Fisheye Optics.
What is the Double Glass Optic?
The Double Glass Optic is a 50mm f/2 multi-coated optical glass doublet. It provides a tack-sharp Sweet Spot of focus with a graduated blur and minimum diffusion at all aperture settings. The Double Glass Optic is compatible with the Macro Converters, Wide Angle/ Telephoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle, Creative Apertures and Step-up/Shade.
What is the Creative Aperture Optic?
The Creative Aperture Optic is a 50mm selective focus optic that creates a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus with creative out-of-focus highlights. It includes Star, Sunburst, Dripsplat, Diamonds, Slots, Swirly, Whirlpool, Birds, Heart and three multi-holed apertures. The Creative Aperture Optic is compatible with the Macro Converters, Wide Angle/ Telephoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle, Creative Apertures and Step-up/Shade.
What is the Soft Focus Optic?
The Soft Focus Optic is a 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. It does not benefit from being tilted and is great when used in the Scout. The Soft Focus Optic is compatible with the Macro Converters, Wide Angle/ Telephoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle, Creative Apertures and Step-up/Shade.
What is the Fisheye Optic?
The Fisheye Optic is an ultra-wide 12mm f/4 optic with a 160 degree field of view. It allows you to capture eye-popping fisheye views from infinity all the way down to one inch from the front of your lens. It does not benefit from being tilted and is great when used in the Scout. The Fisheye Optic is only compatible with the 8mm Macro Converter which allows you to focus from 0″ away.
How do I change the aperture in 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.
What is the Single Glass Optic?
The Single Glass Optic is a 50mm f/2 single, non-coated glass element. An update of the Original Lensbaby’s primitive optic, it is ideal for fine art, portraiture, black and white images and any shot requiring a subtle, soft, dreamy effect. The Single Glass Optic is compatible with the Macro Converters, Wide Angle/ Telephoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle, Creative Apertures and Step-up/Shade.
What is the Plastic Optic?
The Plastic Optic is an uncoated 50mm f/2 double convex plastic singlet. It is our softest optic overall, creating very ethereal photos with abundant chromatic aberration making it perfect for plastic fanatics. The Plastic Optic is compatible with the Macro Converters, Wide Angle/ Telephoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle, Creative Apertures and Step-up/Shade.
What is the Pinhole/ Zone Plate Optic?
The Pinhole (f/177) and Zone Plate (f/19) options achieve softer focus, producing dreamy images that are equally sharp from edge to edge. Easily shift 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 produce images with much more glowing and diffused light than the Pinhole, which tends to be sharper. It does not benefit from being tilted and is great when used in the Scout. The Pinhole/Zone Plate Optic is compatible is compatible with the Macro Converters, Wide Angle/ Telephoto Kit, Macro Kit, Super Wide Angle, and Step-up/Shade.
What is the .6x Wide Angle/ 1.6x Telephoto Kit?
The .6x Wide Angle/ 1.6x Telephoto Kit is a 37mm threaded accessory that alters the effective focal length of your optic. The .6xWide Angle changes the effective focal length of your optic from 50mm to 30mm and the 1.6x Telephoto changes it to 80mm.
The .6x Wide Angle/ 1.6x Telephoto Kit is compatible with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/ Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and, Creative Aperture Optics.
What is the Macro Kit?
The Macro Kit is a set of two magnifying filters, a +4 and a +10 that can be stacked together to get even closer to your subject. The Macro Kit has 37mm threads and is compatible with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/ Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and, Creative Aperture Optics.
How is the Macro Kit different than the Macro Converters?
The Macro Converters are a set containing one 8mm converter and one 16mm converter, that can also be stacked 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.
With the Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single Glass, Plastic, Soft Focus and Pinhole/Zone Plate 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.
What is the .6x Wide Angle/ Macro?
The .6x Wide Angle/ Macro is a 37mm threaded accessory that converts your effective focal length from 50mm to 30mm. The rear lens element can be unscrewed and used as a macro lens that allows you to focus as close as 2-3″ away from your subject.
The .6x Wide Angle/ Macro is compatible with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/ Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and, Creative Aperture Optics.
What is the .42x Super Wide Angle?
The .42x Super Wide Angle is a 37mm threaded accessory that alters the effective focal length of your optic. The .42x Super Wide Angle changes the effective focal length of your optic from 50mm to 21mm.
The .42x Super Wide Angle is compatible with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/ Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and, Creative Aperture Optics.
What is the Creative Aperture Kit?
The Creative Aperture Kit is a set of nine apertures with shapes cut out of them. The shape will appear anywhere bright points of light are out of focus in your image.
The Creative Aperture Kit is compatible with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, and Soft Focus Optics. The Creative Aperture Optic comes with all nine Creative Apertures and three additional creative aperture disks.
What is the Step-up/ Shade?
The Step-up/ Shade is a 37mm to 52mm step-up ring and shade that is specially designed to work with the Composer, Composer Pro and Composer Pro II. Standard Step-up rings cannot be used with these lenses as they prevent the focus ring from rotating fully.
The Step-up/ Shade is compatible with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/ Zone Plate, Soft Focus, and, Creative Aperture Optics.