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Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount

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Product Highlights
  • Ball & Socket Selective Focus
  • Interchangeable Optics System
  • Multi-Coated Optical Glass
  • Manual Focus
  • Pre-installed Double Glass Optic

The Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens is part of the Lensbaby series of SLR lenses, and offers the same spectacular special-effect results. However, the Composer introduces a completely new design. Based on a ball and socket configuration, this version allows for smoother selective focus control.

The Composer will retain its position after being bent, which makes it easy to use even with one hand. Users also no longer have to squeeze the lens to focus. They can simply tilt the lens to a desired angle and then focus with a traditional barrel focusing ring.

A Lensbaby lens is a hybrid between a bellows camera and a tilt-shift camera. It allows for selective focusing with SLR cameras. It will bring one area of a photo into sharp focus, surrounded by gradually increasing blur. Effects like blurring, glowing highlights, and subtle, prismatic color distortions can all be achieved without software manipulations. The lens can be bent off-center in any direction for different results.

The Composer features the Optic Swap System. Lensbaby has developed a line of different "optics" that can be interchanged with the Muse and Composer versions. This provides artists with an almost unlimited variety of looks and styles to capture their unique visions.

The Composer comes supplied with the Double Glass Optic, which provides the sharpest focus in its range. It offers a tack sharp sweet spot, with minimal diffusion at all aperture settings. Also available optionally are the Plastic Optic for an ultra-soft and ethereal look, the Single Glass Optic for that vintage look, or the Pinhole/Zone Plate for softer, dreamier focus images that are equally sharp from edge to edge.

No electronic communication is possible between the camera and the lens. All operation is strictly manual. Automatic light metering is possible by shooting in aperture priority mode for almost all digital and film SLR camera bodies.
The lens aperture can be changed by inserting different size aperture discs.
The Composer features a unique manual focus design which requires more rotation to move the optic as you approach infinity. This makes it easier to focus on objects at intermediate and distant depths than regular manual focus lenses.
f/Stop Range 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16 & 22
Focal Length 50mm
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (46cm)
Filter Size 37mm
Lens Elements/Groups Double Glass Optic
Length 2.5" (6.3cm)
Width 2.5" (6.3cm)
Weight 5.5 oz (156g)
Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Case with Aperture Discs
  • Storage Bag
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    LensbabyComposer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount
     
    4.3

    (based on 95 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (46)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (75)
    • Easily interchangeable (59)
    • Nice bokeh (30)
    • Durable (29)
    • Strong construction (27)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (12)
    • Blurry focus (10)
    • Weak casing (7)
    • Poor in low light (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (44)
    • Macro photography (35)
    • Weddings (32)
    • Night photography (21)
    • Portraits (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (8), Semi-professional (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great entertainment

    The Composer is just about the funnest thing you can mount on the end of your camera. It is frustrating, goofy, very difficult to focus, and mine focusses infinitely beyond infinity. But...Read complete review

    The Composer is just about the funnest thing you can mount on the end of your camera. It is frustrating, goofy, very difficult to focus, and mine focusses infinitely beyond infinity. But I love it and I don't know of anything else like it on the market. You want to change aperture? Take out the magnet, and pull out the old one and drop in a new one.

    I'm a bit immobile right now but I see great artistic potential in this lens. People see shots from it and wonder how the heck I did it. It is so old school, or beyond old school. It is way too expensive, but I can see folks getting one and it never leaving their camera. You can even get blanks to form your own aperture shapes. Bokeh? Well, you cannot complain anymore, you made it. That bokeh concept is now your responsibility. Hearts, diamonds, stars, whatever. As I said, it is too expensive, but worth it too. And there are lots of options (that I haven't gotten, yet) to make the Lensbaby kit even more expensive. Macro attachments, wide angle, short telephoto. Heck, I'll probably wind up with a $500 Lensbaby kit, and I won't even know why. But as I said, it is just simply cool and highly addictive. Try that with a $2000 zoom.

    If I was shooting film, I would probably toss it into the garbage sack out of frustration and bitterness. But digital? All I have to do is toss out the bad shots and wonder with the good ones. If you get one, you will take zillions of shots, and you will find some that are magic. I highly recommend it. You will smile!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Fun Toy

    I bought this lens for my own amusement/enjoyment. It's not the most conventional lens; it basically makes your $3,000 camera shoot like an $60 LOMO. Lensbaby lenses are useful tools for creative...Read complete review

    I bought this lens for my own amusement/enjoyment. It's not the most conventional lens; it basically makes your $3,000 camera shoot like an $60 LOMO. Lensbaby lenses are useful tools for creative photography and a cheap alternative for tilt-shift-like effects without having to drop a lot of money on a tilt-shift lens. Bottomline: If you're interested in seeing things from a new perspective and challenging yourself to find uses for this lens, pick one up; it's a fun toy.

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    4.0

    Fun lens!

    By Kass_McG

    from Davison, Mi

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

      Bought the lens baby for myself for my birthday, lol. and I love it! I am a big fan of tilt shift/large format photography, so I was really excited to use this product. I only gave it 4 stars because the effect, while allowing me to tilt the focus of the shot, looks more like a zoom burst effect on the out of focus areas than tilt shift. but nevertheless, I love it! I would highly recommend this product for anyone who wants to experiment with creativity in digital photography and it adds a little spice to whatever you may be shooting! I am looking forward to incorporating it into my business endeavors as well!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Goooood!

      By thivieira

      from São Paulo - brazil

      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

      a product that meets my needs. If your desire is to have a look as some instagram photos this is the product. to make good clips! I liked it!

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      4.0

      The Magic Touch

      By Excited Eric

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

      I love this lens. The usefulness to price ratio is very high in my opinion. It's helpful when it comes to adding that extra magic touch to photos that would otherwise be too plain. I also use it for cinematography, which lends itself to much more artistic shots with little extra effort. I like that you can choose to either lock the sweet spot position into place or keep it loose. Setting the sweet spot and focus takes a couple minutes to get used to before it becomes second nature, but in the grand scheme of things, a couple minutes isn't very much when making something second nature. The one thing I was a tiny bit disappointed by is that the focus ring seems to be a little loose so it's easy to nudge it out of focus by accident, but I'm sure I'll get used to it with a little more time. The creative apertures are really cool. I used the heart for a wedding video and it was perfect to see the heart-shaped bokeh in the background while the couple was performing their first dance. All around, this lens is a really fun addition to the bag of tricks.

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      • No

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      5.0

      A great addition to my arsenal

      By stmimaging

      from 23666

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

          I do a lot of casual portraiture and find myself on some extremely interesting fesh new paths with my Lensbaby.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Perfect little lens

          By Sunnykay Summers

          from Texas

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

            The Lensbaby is a great little lens. I haven't used it to much, but I bought it to use at a wedding I 'm shooting in a few weeks. I wanted to provide my Bride and Groom with a few interesting and beauty pictures and this little guy will do the trick.

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            • No

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Now I know why this was discontinued.

            By Adam Hanly

            from Kansas City

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

            It's mediocre at best, the Canon TS lens should have been my purchase, or at least the version of this with the "35mm optic."

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Fun and easy

            By jmc

            from nj

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

              Out the box it was easy to use and fun.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great investment

              By TurboTigerJaws

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Pro Photographer

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great value
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraiture
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                I had wanted one of these for a long time and always put off getting one. Finally, I splurged. Best decision ever. For anyone looking to be re-inspired as a photographer or filmmaker, the Lensbaby will do the trick. The funny thing is how inexpensive it is compared to how much it does for your shots. I am looking forward to more opportunities to pull this out of my case.

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                • No

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                3.0

                Fun Toy

                By Jena Ardell

                from New York

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                I bought this lens for my own amusement/enjoyment. It's not the most conventional lens; it basically makes your $3,000 camera shoot like an $60 LOMO. Lensbaby lenses are useful tools for creative photography and a cheap alternative for tilt-shift-like effects without having to drop a lot of money on a tilt-shift lens. Bottomline: If you're interested in seeing things from a new perspective and challenging yourself to find uses for this lens, pick one up; it's a fun toy.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Fun lens!

                By ClickinOC

                from Ocean City, Maryland

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Great price
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Creative Photographs
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                  I'm still learning how to use this lens but so far I love it and am having a lot of fun with it. I enjoy being able to get special effects in my photographs without using photoshop. You can't beat the price!! Having to change the aperture rings isn't a big deal either. I really don't end up changing the aperture ring that often.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Interesting lens

                  By Dave

                  from Long Island, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                      I found it fun to use this lens. When your starting off I think it's good to practice with this lens on a tripod photographing still life so you can see how minor adjustments will affect the image. If you have live view on your camera that will help too as you select what you want in focus. I enjoyed seeing the tilt effect with Christmas lights and seeing the light stretch out in a way that a prime lens just can not duplicate. Doing handheld portraits is still a bit tricky to get the focus you want but I find it's worth playing around with. I see this as a toy lens that's fun and can create creative, unique photos. You need to have patience and realize that it might take a few attempts to get the look you want from this lens. Now I want to get the attachments like macro,pinhole and wide angle for even more fun with this lens.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Immediate fun

                      By TylerOKC

                      from Oklahoma City, OK

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                          I've been toying around with the idea of ordering one of these for a while, and recently had the opportunity due to being given a B&H gift card.

                          Within minutes of unboxing, I was enjoying the lens. Easy to use and understand, though it will take some practice getting the feel of it for sharper focus on subjects.

                          I"m happy with the non-pro version, though I've seen some people online saying the pro version has smoother action which would come in handy for tilting/shifting while shooting video.

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                          • Yes

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                          2.0

                          Invest In A Real Lens

                          By Chad

                          from Alaska

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                          Although I've seen images using the Lensbaby Composer that I've really liked, on a personal level the Lensbaby Composer has never really inspired me to create anything close to a favorite image. Every time I put the lens on and fool around with it I immediately realize how much I'm missing my quality standard Nikon lens. It's also slow and wastes precious time. To me, the optical quality between say a prime 50mm 1.4 Nikon and a Lensbaby is night and day. Nikon standard lens all the way.

                          In conclusion, considering my limited budget at this moment in time I wish I would have invested my money into a "real lens." For those who seek a high level of optical quality, stay away from Lensbaby products. If you don't mind sacrificing the quality of your glass for increased diffusion and unique creative opportunities on a low budget then surely the Lensbaby a great product. Otherwise, stay away.

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                          4.0

                          Fun lens!

                          By Andrea

                          from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Blurry Focus
                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                          Fun and good for creative pictures but really difficult to focus.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Toy to Play With

                          By Ahmed Rabea

                          from Bahrain

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Manual Aperture Change

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                          This is the greatest photography toy I ever played with.

                          Amazing control over focus and tilting, yet easy to begin learning with it.

                          After just few attempts, I started getting used to it. The results are either so artistic or so funny, in other words I have enjoyed every picture I took with this lens.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          A whole new way of creating wild picture

                          By vriesen 11

                          from North Vancouver B.C.

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Night Photography
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                            I just recieved my lens baby composer yesterday , messed around with it until i worked out the bugs . I tell you this peace of equipment for your camera turns out some really wild pictures , I`ve never had so much fun learning how to make some wild pics.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            great gadget

                            By freefallon

                            from portland maine

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                              A great little gadget - the lensbaby has allowed me to bring a whole new layer of creativity to my shoots. I look forward to acquiring more of the vbarious optics available to increase its usefulness in the field.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Awesome product!

                              By Marz

                              from Guam

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                                This product was exactly as described and it arrived quickly.

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                                • No

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                                2.0

                                good effects but cumbersome to manage

                                By osvaldo

                                from NY

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                                  the effects you can achieve with the lensbaby are great, but I would chose the more expensive model (in which you don't need to manually change the aperture rings). Changing those rings is a pain.

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                                  5.0

                                  It is for FUN

                                  By Ahmed Rabea

                                  from Bahrain

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Manual Aperture Change
                                  • Manual focus only
                                  • Soft focus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                                  I bought this to experience the extra DOF effect it gives you. I started using it very frequent with children portraits and small objects (without tent). Then I found the additional DOF is very magical in the pictures so I expanded to landscapes but it wasn't as good as portraits.

                                  It is fun, but you can never use it for profisional photography due to the duild of the lens that produce soft pictures all around. But for portraits, the soft pictures help to soften the skin and probably better the soft filters.

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