Getting Started

  • 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.

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

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    Twisty 60- A f/2.5, 60mm optic that gives you a large spot of focus in twisty, swirly blur and features internal apertures.

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    Edge 80- An 80mm f/2.8 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

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    Edge 50- An 50mm f/3.2 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    Creative Aperture- A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus with creative out-of-focus highlights.

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

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

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    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.FAQPinhole_ImageFAQZonePlate_Image

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • General Questions

    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.

  • Trouble Shooting

    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.

    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. FAQDiopter
    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 Sweet 50 has a minimum focusing distance of 15 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.

    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.

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    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 FAQSlock 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.

    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 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.

Lensbaby Mobile

  • 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.

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    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”.

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General Questions

  • General Questions

    If I buy a Lensbaby do you have tech support?

    Yes, 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.

    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.

Getting Started

  • 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.

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

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    Twisty 60- A f/2.5, 60mm optic that gives you a large spot of focus in twisty, swirly blur and features internal apertures.

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    Edge 80- An 80mm f/2.8 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

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    Edge 50- An 50mm f/3.2 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    Creative Aperture- A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus with creative out-of-focus highlights.

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

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

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    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.FAQPinhole_ImageFAQZonePlate_Image

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • General Questions

    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.

  • Trouble Shooting

    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.

    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. FAQDiopter
    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 Sweet 50 has a minimum focusing distance of 15 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.

    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.

    FAQApSet

    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 FAQSlock 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.

    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 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.

Getting Started

  • 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.

    FAQVelvet56_Image
    Circular Fisheye- A 5.8mm, f/3.5 stand alone lens that gives you a super-wide 185° angle of view.

    FAQCFE_Image
    Twisty 60- A f/2.5, 60mm optic that gives you a large spot of focus in twisty, swirly blur and features internal apertures.

    FAQTwist60_Image

    Edge 80- An 80mm f/2.8 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

    FAQEdge80_Image
    Edge 50- An 50mm f/3.2 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

    FAQEdge50_Image
    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.

    FAQSweet50_Image
    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.

    FAQSweet35_Image
    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.

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

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

    FAQSoftFocus_Image
    Creative Aperture- A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus with creative out-of-focus highlights.

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

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

    FAQPlastic_Image
    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.FAQPinhole_ImageFAQZonePlate_Image

    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.

    FAQE50_F32FAQE50_f56FAQE50_f16

    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.

    FAQS50_f25FAQS50_f4FAQS50_f22

    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.

    FAQV56_f1_6FAQV56_f4FAQV56_F16

    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.

  • General Questions

    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.

  • Trouble Shooting

    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.

    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. FAQDiopter
    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 Sweet 50 has a minimum focusing distance of 15 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.

    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.

    FAQApSet

    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 FAQSlock 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.

    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 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.

Introducción

  • 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.

    FAQVelvet56_Image
    Circular Fisheye- A 5.8mm, f/3.5 stand alone lens that gives you a super-wide 185° angle of view.

    FAQCFE_Image
    Twisty 60- A f/2.5, 60mm optic that gives you a large spot of focus in twisty, swirly blur and features internal apertures.

    FAQTwist60_Image

    Edge 80- An 80mm f/2.8 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

    FAQEdge80_Image
    Edge 50- An 50mm f/3.2 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

    FAQEdge50_Image
    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.

    FAQSweet50_Image
    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.

    FAQSweet35_Image
    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.

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

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

    FAQSoftFocus_Image
    Creative Aperture- A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus with creative out-of-focus highlights.

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

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

    FAQPlastic_Image
    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.FAQPinhole_ImageFAQZonePlate_Image

    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.

    FAQE50_F32FAQE50_f56FAQE50_f16

    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.

    FAQS50_f25FAQS50_f4FAQS50_f22

    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.

    FAQV56_f1_6FAQV56_f4FAQV56_F16

    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.

  • General Questions

    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.

  • Trouble Shooting

    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.

    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. FAQDiopter
    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 Sweet 50 has a minimum focusing distance of 15 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.

    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.

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    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 FAQSlock 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.

    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 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.

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  • Creatieve Effecten met Lensbaby

    Wat is Lensbaby?

    Bij Lensbaby zien wij alles net even anders. Wij zijn van mening dat perfect nogal saai is. Wij zijn op zoek naar de verrassing – wij willen onze ogen geopend zien, wij willen dansen en spelen en onszelf in het moment verliezen. Om uit de routine te komen, moet je buiten je comfortzone treden, wat spelen en jezelf openstellen voor onverwachte resultaten. Als je dat doet, zal alles wat je ziet heel anders zijn.

    Wij maken bekroonde objectieven, optics en accessoires met creatieve effecten, die deze filosofie volgen. En wij nodigen je uit om ons te volgen bij het dansen, spelen met en verheugt zijn over de mogelijkheden van een creatief objectief en jouw verbeeldingskracht.

    Wat is het Optic Swap systeem?

    Optic Swap is ons systeem voor verwisselbare bodies voor het objectief, optics en accessoires. Het biedt de mogelijkheid om de optic dat bij je Lensbaby body werd geleverd, te verwisselen met een van de andere Optic Swap optics. Hiermee kun je het creatieve effect en/of de brandpuntsafstand van je objectief wijzigen Je Lensbaby heeft het potentieel van 12 verschillende objectieven, waarbij steeds dezelfde body wordt gebruikt. De body van het objectief van de Composer Pro II, Twisty 60,Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout en Control Freak zijn allen compatibel met de Optic Swap.

    Wat zijn de verschillende effecten die je met de objectieven van Lensbaby kunt realiseren?

    Velvet 56- Een 56 mm, f/1.6-objectief creëert fluweelachtige, schitterende foto’s met een groot diafragma en scherpe, maar toch subtiele foto’s met kleinere diafragma’s.

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    Circular Fisheye- Een 5,8 mm, f/3.5 enkelvoudig objectief dat een ultragrote beeldhoek van 185 graden biedt.

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    Twist 60- Een f/2.5, 60 mm-optic die je een groot scherptepunt biedt met een kronkelige, wervelende bokeh en het is voorzien van een intern diafragma.

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    Edge 80- Een 80 mm f/2.8-optic dat je een scherpe strook in je foto geeft als je het kantelt en het is bovendien voorzien van intern diafragma.

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    Edge 50- Een 50 mm f/3.2-optic dat je een scherpe strook in je foto biedt als je het kantelt en het is voorzien van een intern diafragma.

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    Sweet 50- Een 50 mm, f/2.5-optic dat je een haarscherpe Sweet Spot van scherpte biedt, omgeven door een geleidelijke onscherpte en het is tevens voorzien van een intern diafragma.

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    Sweet 35- Een 35mm, f/2.5-optic dat je een haarscherpe Sweet Spot van scherpte biedt, omgeven door een geleidelijke onscherpte en het is bovendien voorzien van een intern diafragma.

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    Double Glass – Een 50 mm-optic dat je een haarscherpe Sweet Spot van scherpte biedt, omgeven door een geleidelijke onscherpte en dat gebruik maakt van ‘drop-in’ magnetische diafragma’s.

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    Fisheye- Een 12 mm optic met een 160 graden beeldveld dat je laat scherpstellen vanaf 1.5cm tot oneindig.
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    Soft Focus- Een 50 mm plat scherptevlak optic waarmee je  gelijkmatige zachtheid krijgt van rand tot rand.

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    Creative Aperture- Een 50 mm optic waarmee je een haarscherpe Sweet Spot van scherpte met creatieve out-of-focus hoge lichten realiseert.

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    Single Glass- Een 50 mm optic waarmee je een zachte Sweet Spot-scherpte krijgt en is vergelijkbaar met datgene dat je zou maken met een antieke camera.

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    Plastic- Een 50 mm optic met onze allerzachtste Sweet Spot-scherpte die lijkt op wat je met een speelgoedcamera kunt maken.

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    Pinhole/Zone Plate-Een 50 mm optic waardoor je DSLR veranderd in een f/177 Pinhole of f/19 Zone Plate door gewoon de schakelaar in de optic om te zetten..FAQPinhole_ImageFAQZonePlate_Image

    Wat is een selectieve scherpte?

    Een selectieve scherpte is een fotografische techniek die je in dezelfde foto zowel een scherptegebied als een onscherpte geeft. Het scherptegebied wordt gebruikt om specifieke delen in de foto te benadrukken. De Sweet Spot optics van Lensbaby (Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single, & Plastic) geven je een cirkelvormige Sweet Spot-scherpte, omgeven door een onscherpte. De Edge 50 en Edge 80 Optics geven je een scherpe strook die wordt omringd door een onscherpte.

    Waarom zou je niet gewoon software gebruiken om de effecten van Lensbaby na te bootsen?

    Vele wereldbefaamde Photoshop® autoriteiten, zoals Katrin Eismann, Jack Davis en Jim DiVitale, verklaren dat het onmogelijk is om met software de natuurlijke, organische optische effecten na te bootsen die door een Lensbaby worden gecreëerd. Vele toegewijde gebruikers van Lensbaby zullen dat argument niet eens gebruiken, omdat zelfs al zou software de effecten van een Lensbaby kunnen benaderen, er vele andere redenen zijn waarom het gebruik van een Lensbaby veel meer tevredenheid biedt. Het gebruiken van een Lensbaby maakt het mogelijk dat je op het moment zelf een compositie met een selectieve scherpte maakt, in plaats van het op een later moment toe te voegen. Hiermee heb je de mogelijkheid om snel met verschillende beeldhoeken en benaderingen te experimenteren en naadloos de selectieve scherpte in je compositie te integreren, waardoor je een meer organische en originele beeldvorming creëert.

  • Algemene Vragen

    Kan ik filters in combinatie met mijn Lensbaby gebruiken?

    Ja, de optics van Double Glass, Creative Aperture, Single Glass, Plastic, Pinhole/Zone Plate, Soft Focus en Spark hebben allemaal een filterschroefdraad van 37 mm. De Lensbaby Step Up/Shade is speciaal ontworpen voor het gebruik in combinatie met de Composer Pro II, Composer Pro en Composer om de schroefdraad van deze fronts van 37 mm te vergroten naar 52 mm zodat je de mogelijkheid hebt om hierbij een filter met een schroefdraad van 52 mm te gebruiken.

    De Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Edge 50, Edge 80 en Twisty 60 Optics hebben een filterschroefdraad van 46 mm en kunnen elk 46 mm filter gebruiken.

    Velvet 56 en Velvet 56 SE hebben een filterschroefdraad van 62 mm en kunnen 62 mm filter gebruiken.

    De Fisheye Optic en Circular Fisheye hebben geen filterschroefdraad en kunnen niet met een filter worden gebruikt.

    Op welke manier is een Lensbaby anders dan een Tilt Shift-objectief?

    De Edge 50 en Edge 80 zijn de Lensbaby optics die een Tilt Shift-objectief het meest benaderen. Net als een Tilt Shift-objectief, tilt de Edge 50 of Edge 80 en levert een scherpe strook, waardoor je de mogelijkheid hebt om een miniatuureffect te creëren. Anders dan bij een Tilt Shift-objectief, verschuift het niet en wordt het perspectief niet gecorrigeerd.

    Voor welke vattingen of Mounts worden Lensbabies gemaakt?

    Lensbabies zijn er met vattingen voor 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 en Pentax Screw Mount.

    Velvet 56, Circular Fisheye en Composer Pro II zijn er met vattingen voor Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Micro 4/3, Fuji X, Sony Alpha E en Samsung NX.

    Velvet 56 SE, Velvet 56 Limited Edition en Spark zijn alleen leverbaar met vattingen voor Canon EF en Nikon F.

    De Composer Pro is er met vattingen voor Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Olympus 4/3, Micro 4/3, Fuji X, Sony Alpha E en Samsung NX. De Spark is er met vattingen voor Canon EF en Nikon F.

    De Composer, Muse en Control Freak zijn er met vattingen voor Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax en Olympus 4/3.

    De Lensbaby 3G is leverbaar met vattingen voor Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Olympus 4/3 en Leica R. De 3G is ook leverbaar voor Mamiya 645 en Pentax 67.

    Original Lensbaby en Lensbaby 2.0 zijn beschikbaar met vattingen voor Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax, Olympus 4/3, Leica R, Contax/Yashica, Minolta Manual, Olympus OM mount, Pentax Screw Mount (M42) en Canon FD.

    Hoe worden de verschillende brandpuntsafstanden berekend?

    Alle vermelde brandpuntsafstanden zijn gebaseerd op full frame camera’s

    Als je foto’s maakt met een APS-C- of Micro 4/3-sensorcamera, moet je de genoemde brandpuntsafstand vermenigvuldigen met de cropfactor van je camera om de effectieve brandpuntsafstand van de Lensbaby-objectieven op je camera te bepalen.

  • Oplossen van Problemen

    Hoe kan ik mijn camera instellen?

    Lensbabies functioneert alleen in de Handmatige stand (M) of in de Diafragmavoorkeuze stand (Av of A), maar een aantal camera’s functioneert uitsluitend in de Handmatige stand. Om te achterhalen welke stand op je camera werkt, verwijzen wij je hier naar het compatibiliteitsschema van de fabrikant.

    Hoe stel ik scherp?

    Lensbabies zijn handmatige objectieven en de scherpstelling moet dus handmatig worden ingesteld. De body van het objectief van de Circular Fisheye, Composer Pro II, Twisty 60, Composer Pro, Composer en Scout hebben een ring voor verfijnde scherpstelling, zodat je de scherpstelling kunt aanpassen. Circular Fisheye is tevens voorzien van een hyperfocusschaal om ondersteuning bij het scherpstellen te bieden. Spark en Muse worden scherpgesteld door in het objectief te knijpen en deze te buigen. Control Freak wordt scherpgesteld door eerst in het objectief te knijpen en vervolgens verfijnd af te stellen door de fijne scherpstelling te gebruiken of de ringen te draaien. Je kunt het scherpstelgebied in je foto verplaatsen door de Composer Pro II, Composer Pro of Composer te buigen of door in de ene of in de andere kant van de Spark, Muse of Control Freak te knijpen.

    Waarom kan ik niets scherp krijgen?

    Hieronder lees je een aantal van de meest populaire oplossingen voor het niets scherp kunnen krijgen.

    1. Controleer of je oogcorrectie op de juiste manier op je oog is afgesteld. Het instellen van je oogcorrectie helpt om zeker te stellen dat wat je door de zoeker als scherpgesteld ziet, ook daadwerkelijk scherpgesteld is. Voor meer informatie over hoe de je oogcorrectie kunt aanpassen, kijk je naar Basisinstelling van de camera op basis van een Lensbaby video. FAQDiopter
    2. Een klein beetje buigen kan veel helpen. Begin met het recht voor je uit scherp te stellen, zonder te buigen. Begin met f/4 of f/5.6 zodat je een goede grootte van de Sweet Spot hebt, waardoor het eenvoudiger is om te bepalen waar je scherpstelgebied is.
    3. Let op de brandpuntsafstand van de optics en controleer of je niet wilt scherpstellen op iets wat te dichtbij is. De Sweet 35 heeft een minimale scherpstelafstand van ca. 18cm, de Edge 80 heeft een minimale brandpuntsafstand van 43cm en de Double Glass heeft een minimale brandpuntsafstand van 46cm.
    4. Als je recent Macro Converters hebt gebruikt voor macrofotografie, controleer dan of beide converters verwijderd zijn. De 8 mm Macro Converter is klein en zwart en kan gemakkelijk onder de optic ‘verdwijnen’ .

    Hoe kan ik de belichting goed instellen?

    Stel je ISO op je camera in op basis van de hoeveelheid licht die je ter beschikking hebt. Stel het diafragma van je Lensbaby in op basis van de mate van het effect dat je wilt realiseren. In de modus Handmatig kun je een inschatting maken voor je sluitertijd, vervolgens maak je een testfoto en ga je van daaruit verder. Als je foto te donker is, kies dan een lagere waarde voor je sluitertijd. Als je foto te licht is, kies dan een hogere waarde voor je sluitertijd. Maak nog een testfoto en blijf aanpassen tot je belichting goed is.

    Hoe gebruik ik een flitser in combinatie met mijn Lensbaby?

    Bepaal eerst de flitssynchronisatietijd voor je camera: in het algemeen is dat tussen het 1/60e– en 1/500e deel van een seconde. Stel je camera op deze sluitertijd in of TRAGER (bijv. 1/60, 1/30). Als je camera meerdere opties heeft, stel dan de modus Handmatig of Diafragmavoorkeuze in.

    Gebruikers van een digitale camera kunnen een testfoto maken en op het histogram de juiste belichting checken.

    Als de foto overbelicht is, gebruik dan een hoger diafragma (kleinere opening) of verlaag het flitsvermogen. Ga door met het verkleinen van het diafragma of het flitsvermogen, indien nodig.

    Als de foto onderbelicht is (onwaarschijnlijk), gebruik dan een groter diafragma. Het kan zijn dat je moet experimenteren om de juiste balans te vinden tussen het flitsvermogen en het diafragma, voor de door jou gewenste juiste belichting en de juiste hoeveelheid onscherpte.

    Voor filmcamera’s die in combinatie met een externe flitsunit worden gebruikt, kan een van de volgende handelingen worden uitgevoerd:

    Gebruik een flitslichtmeting om de hoeveelheid flits te meten die door de Elektronische flitsunit wordt uitgevoerd en stel je diafragma in op basis van de uitlezingen (controleer of je de juiste filmsnelheid hebt berekend!).

    Bereken de afstand van het onderwerp ten opzichte van de camera en stel de flitser in op basis van de grafiek op je flitsunit. De gebruikershandleiding van de flitsunit zal ook meer informatie geven.

    Een aantal camera’s hebben ingebouwde flitsers die TTL kunnen meten (via het objectief) en die je flitser op basis van de juiste belichting aanpassen. Ga naar onze pagina Elektronische flitsers voor meer informatie.

    Waar zijn mijn diafragmaschijven?

    Als je de Composer Pro met Double Glass, Composer, Muse of Control Freak hebt gekocht, zal de container/tool voor het diafragma zich onderin je Lensbaby-container bevinden. Het lijkt op een kleine plastic “braadpan”.

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    Als je begint met de Composer Pro II met Edge 50, Composer Pro met Sweet 35, Composer Pro met Sweet 50, Composer Pro met Edge 80, Twisty 60, Spark of Scout of latere versies, voeg dan een andere optic toe die gebruikmaakt van de diafragmaschijven. Zie de gebruikershandleiding voor meer informatie over het instellen van het diafragma.

    Wat zijn die zwarte stippen op mijn Pinhole?

    Deze stippen zijn eigenlijk stofdeeltjes op je sensor. Deze stippen worden zichtbaar als je de Pinhole optic gebruikt, omdat het diafragma zo klein is dat het een duidelijke schaduw van de stofdeeltjes op je sensor projecteert. Deze stippen zijn niet zichtbaar als andere optics of je standaard objectieven worden gebruikt, omdat de hoeveelheid licht voorkomt dat de stippen worden weergegeven.

    Kan ik met mijn camera met Lensbaby een video maken?

    Als je camera geschikt is voor het maken van een video, heb je de mogelijkheid om een Lensbaby-video te maken.

    Waarom geeft mijn camera van Olympus, Panasonic, Sony of Fuji aan dat er geen objectief werd aangebracht?

    Lensbaby lenzen zijn niet voorzien van elektronica, daardoor heeft je camera geen enkele mogelijkheid om uit te lezen dat een objectief op de camera werd aangebracht. Om een foto met een Lensbaby te kunnen maken, moet je de vergrendeling van de sluiter op je camera uitschakelen. Deze functie kun je in het algemeen vinden in het menu Custom, onder de naam “Ontspannen m/z objectief” of “Foto maken m/z objectief.”

    Waarom herkent mijn Canon EOS 550 de Lensbaby niet?

    De Canon Rebel EOS 550 heeft een beveiligingsvergrendeling die voorkomt dat de camera een foto maakt als er geen film aanwezig is of als geen objectief werd aangebracht. Omdat Lensbaby lenzen niet zijn voorzien van elektronica, heeft je camera geen enkele mogelijkheid om te herkennen of iets werd aangebracht en op het LCD-scherm wordt de melding “geen o” weergegeven. Om de Beveiligingsvergrendeling/Safety Lock uit te schakelen, moet de rechter pijl op je LCD-scherm worden verplaatst tot het naar het pictogram <S lock> wijst. Druk vervolgens op de knop <FUNC> en zet de instelling op “0”.

    Waarom kan mijn Nikon camera geen meting uitvoeren als ere ne Lensbaby op zit?

    Lensbaby lenzen hebben geen ingebouwde elektronica, daarom zullen Nikon-camera’s van het type basismodel geen enkele mogelijkheid hebben om te bepalen op welk diafragma het objectief op het moment van de belichting ingesteld zal zijn. Om een Lensbaby op deze camera’s te gebruiken, moet je de camera in de modus Handmatig instellen, je ISO instellen op de hoeveelheid beschikbaar licht en het diafragma op je Lensbaby instellen op basis van de hoeveelheid effect dat je wilt hebben. Vervolgens maak je een testfoto en pas je de sluitertijd aan totdat de belichting correct is. Als de foto te donker is, moet je de sluitertijd vertragen, als de foto te licht is moet je de sluitertijd versnellen.

    Refereer naar het compatibiliteitsschema van Nikon om te achterhalen of de lichtmeter van je camera al dan niet in combinatie met een Lensbaby zal functioneren.

    Ik heb mijn Olympus- of Panasonic-camera helemaal klaar om foto’s te maken. Waarom krijg ik dan toch nog een donker scherm en een donkere zoeker?

    Kijk nauwkeurig naar de vatting van je Lensbaby en die van je camera. Je zult een klein hendeltje op je camera zien die in de sleuf op de vatting van de Lensbaby past. Draai je Lensbaby helemaal op de camera, zodat het hendeltje direct boven de sleuf staat en dan zal alles goed functioneren.

Getting Started

  • 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.

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

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    Twisty 60- A f/2.5, 60mm optic that gives you a large spot of focus in twisty, swirly blur and features internal apertures.

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    Edge 80- An 80mm f/2.8 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

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    Edge 50- An 50mm f/3.2 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    Creative Aperture- A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus with creative out-of-focus highlights.

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

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

    FAQPlastic_Image
    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.FAQPinhole_ImageFAQZonePlate_Image

    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.

    FAQE50_F32FAQE50_f56FAQE50_f16

    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.

    FAQS50_f25FAQS50_f4FAQS50_f22

    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.

    FAQV56_f1_6FAQV56_f4FAQV56_F16

    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.

  • General Questions

    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.

  • Trouble Shooting

    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.

    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. FAQDiopter
    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 Sweet 50 has a minimum focusing distance of 15 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.

    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.

    FAQApSet

    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 FAQSlock 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.

    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 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.

Getting Started

  • 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.

    FAQVelvet56_Image
    Circular Fisheye- A 5.8mm, f/3.5 stand alone lens that gives you a super-wide 185° angle of view.

    FAQCFE_Image
    Twisty 60- A f/2.5, 60mm optic that gives you a large spot of focus in twisty, swirly blur and features internal apertures.

    FAQTwist60_Image

    Edge 80- An 80mm f/2.8 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

    FAQEdge80_Image
    Edge 50- An 50mm f/3.2 optic that gives you a slice of focus through your image when tilted and features internal apertures.

    FAQEdge50_Image
    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.

    FAQSweet50_Image
    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.

    FAQSweet35_Image
    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.

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

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

    FAQSoftFocus_Image
    Creative Aperture- A 50mm optic that gives you a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus with creative out-of-focus highlights.

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

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

    FAQPlastic_Image
    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.FAQPinhole_ImageFAQZonePlate_Image

    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.

    FAQE50_F32FAQE50_f56FAQE50_f16

    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.

    FAQS50_f25FAQS50_f4FAQS50_f22

    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.

    FAQV56_f1_6FAQV56_f4FAQV56_F16

    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.

  • General Questions

    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.

  • Trouble Shooting

    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.

    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. FAQDiopter
    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 Sweet 50 has a minimum focusing distance of 15 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.

    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.

    FAQApSet

    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 FAQSlock 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.

    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 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.

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