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Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F 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 except certain Nikon bodies including the D40, D50, D60, D70, D70S, D80, D90, D100, N50, N65, N70, N75, N80, plus Kodak 14N and ProN, and Fuji S1, S2, and S3.
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 Nikon F Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Case with Aperture Discs
  • Storage Bag
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    LensbabyComposer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount
     
    4.5

    (based on 56 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (43)
    • Easily interchangeable (28)
    • Nice bokeh (22)
    • Consistent output (16)
    • Durable (12)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (6)
    • Poor in low light (5)
    • Blurry focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (27)
    • Weddings (18)
    • Macro photography (15)
    • Low light (10)
    • Special effects (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Wonderful lens!

    This is my first Lensbaby and I absolutely love it! It's very different from traditional lenses, but adds an artistic touch to any photo.

    It's very easy to focus, but...Read complete review

    This is my first Lensbaby and I absolutely love it! It's very different from traditional lenses, but adds an artistic touch to any photo.

    It's very easy to focus, but takes a bit of practice to doing it quickly if you are used to using auto-focus.

    The aperture is easy to change, but they are not adjustable within the camera. The lens comes with a set of several aperture disks that you drop into the lens. They are held in place magnetically. If you are really into artsy photos, I would recommend the "Creative Aperture Kit". It allows you to change the shape of your bokeh.

    I guess the only con would be something that really doesn't have to do with the lens, but with the camera. With my camera (Nikon D200) it can be difficult to focus because I don't have a traditional focusing screen like on a manual camera.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    qualified fun

    nice effects, manual focus takes lots of practice to put the sweet spot where you want it, excellent customer service from lensbaby.

    nice effects, manual focus takes lots of practice to put the sweet spot where you want it, excellent customer service from lensbaby.

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    5.0

    Fun and Useful

    By Kid

    from Virginia

    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

    I love this lens. Mostly use it for my own personal work but also can make for great images during portrait sessions. Great how it holds itself in place after adjusting. Also very easy to change the aperture rings.

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    5.0

    excellent

    By AltaAudiovisuales

    from Uruguay

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

    excellent

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    4.0

    Great little lens!

    By Mary

    from New Hampshire

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

    Still having fun learning this little lens. Love the blur it creates. Really great for changing up your photography. Easy to use!

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    5.0

    Great for simple special effects...

    By Jim

    from St Louis MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

    Excellent special effects lens when you want to focus on (just) one area of your picture or object. You need ample lighting on your subject, however, and it works particularly well when shooting in manual mode. Great for those unique photos.

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    5.0

    Awesome creative lens!

    By heavenly~flower

    from Lawrence, KS

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

      The Lensbaby Composer opens up a whole new world with photography. In my opinion, it's easy to master if you've understand manual settings on your camera. I love the creative twist it adds and I'd highly recommend this lens!

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      4.0

      Good change of pace and fun

      By Gettle

      from Deerfield, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

        takes a bit to get used to finding your focus spot, and still learning. But something to get out of a routine with and have some cool results.
        easy to change the aperture rings, but best not done outside on a windy day.

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        5.0

        Best $I Have Ever Spent!

        By Jack Cohen

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Expandibility For Cheap
        • Great accessories
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Openness Of The System
        • Value

        Cons

        • Different Aperture Disks
        • Manual Focus
        • M Mode Only On Camera

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

        I love this lens! I first started to look into Lensbaby lens system because I was getting a little bored with the standard output that my lenses on my Nikon D3000 were giving me, and these let me "see in a new way!" :). When I first opened up the lens, it was pretty easy to get going. This comes with everything you need to be able get going, which was much appreciated. The greatest part about the Lensbaby lenses is the fact that it is very expandable. This kit comes with the Composer lens - the silver thing that attaches to your camera and you twist around in a ball socket and the double glass optic, the green rimmed thing in the middle. You can buy new optics to put inside of the composer, such as the Fisheye optic and the pinhole optic and more. You can also get different, creative apertures that are shaped like hearts and stars, etc. When you first attach the lens to your camera, you will realize that it will only work in the manual mode of the camera - so you will be setting the exposure and iso yourself, and manually changing the phisical apertures via a cool magnet accessory that is included. Also, there is no autofocus at all. This is a pretty big hump to get over, but if you do, the lens is totally worth it. When shooting, the lens produces amazing photos - the "Sweet Spot" of focus is something that I've never seen and really blows me away, and the photos are beautiful. Experiment with this lens - please! Please get this and try it out, the photos are just so amazing.

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        4.0

        Small and fun!

        By MJ9

        from Brasilia, Brazil

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

            A great little accessory - the lensbaby has allowed me to bring a whole new level of creativity to my shoots - and have lots of fun doing it!

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            5.0

            Composer indeed

            By pappymj

            from New York, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

              I use this lens for portrait and I'm really satisfied with it. It exceeded my expectation. Anyone who loves a dreamy look pictures, this is the lens you need. It just takes a little practice to find the sweet spot but overall it's a great lens, especially for the price.

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              4.0

              I love this lens !!

              By Sunny01m

              from Houston. Tx

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                I am into artistic photography , and this lens is a great addition to my photographic equipment . It allows me to be more creative .I am looking forward to get some of the accessories available for this type of lens.

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                4.0

                Great little lens, a lot of fun to use.

                By DanAus

                from Sydney, Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Affordable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                    Cheap way of using tiltshift only problem is that it doesn't have any electronics so with a Nikon D90 it is purely manual mode and you have to work out exposure yourself. Otherwise a lot of fun.

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                    5.0

                    Great special effects lens

                    By Jess

                    from Long Beach, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                        I really enjoy this lens, I previously owned the lensbaby 2.0, and while it was fun, maintaining the sweet spot of focus was really hard because the slightest movement would change something. This lens is a huge improvement on that. You still get all the flexibility of the 2.0 but with the stability of a ball bering type mechanism that controls the tilt. I really like the optics that you can add on, that makes changing aperture much easier, also gives you the option of a wider range of effects for a fraction of the cost of individual effects lenses. For a hobbyist like myself, it's the perfect way to experiment with different looks and styles of photography without a huge financial investment.

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                        4.0

                        Very fun lens to experiment on

                        By Gruxmonkey

                        from Milford, CT

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Artsy
                        • Completely different
                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Manual Focus
                        • No light metering
                        • Slow to use

                        Best Uses

                        • Artistic
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                        This lens allows the user to create an effect completely different than a narrow dof. You use the focus ring to put the subject in focus then frame the shot while angling the composer toward the originally focused subject. Some prefer to frame the shot then angle the composer and focus, it's personal preference.

                        The construction is okay, but like any piece of precision equipment you must treat it with care.

                        My biggest complaint is you must operate in manual mode on Nikon cameras. The problem here is not so much the manual aspect but rather the fact you don't get a light meter along the bottom as usual. Shutter speed is trial and error. This lens was a gift.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome lens!!

                        By krice4173

                        from Jamestown, ohio

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                          So much fun! Having a great time with this lens!! Portraits, flowers, landscapes all great!

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Loved it !

                          By Barreto

                          from New York City

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                            Lensbaby is light, easy to carry and easy to use. Not to mention the amazingly beautiful effects i got on my pictures so far. Have not tried the Macro lens yet (comes on the kit I bought) but if it's as good as the other one, it will be good quality.

                            I highly recommend it

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                            5.0

                            LOVE IT!!!!

                            By Mike

                            from Aliso Viejo, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                              I have been using this for everything and love the effects. I use it for close-ups on flowers, portraits of the children and pets, and even shot some of my daughter's dance recital. Great effects!

                              It is very easy to use and I have had no problems using my Nikon D7000 with it. I especially like how easy it is to change the peratures. Using the magnet makes it quick and easy to change.

                              I recommend this to anyone trying to pursue a different routes of creativity.

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                              4.0

                              fun fun fun!

                              By 3717

                              from Vancouver, BC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Plastic
                              • Slow
                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                                has brought out the fun in shooting again. its kind of particular with it's spot focus, some fidgeting/tweaking, BUUUTT! i'm really enjoying mucking about with this lens. it's plastic-y....., which makes me wonder how handling will affect it's shelf life. so far, it's been good. it doesn't feel as cheap as i initially thought it was, but keeping in mind, it's still plastic. on another positive note, it's incredibly light, so it's a nice change from all my hefty lenses. great for something creative/different, i guess you could create the dreamy blur on post production with photoshop, but the lens satisfies the immediacy in viewing what you shoot right after. isn't that half the fun? overall the composer for under $300, i thought it was kind of expensive for a piece of plastic, but it's re-inspired me to shoot again, so having said that, it's been a great addition to my family of lenses. (comes with a cloth drawstring bag to store lens)i recommend also purchasing the creative apertures. they make this lens even more fun! i thought i could make them myself, but the aperture pieces seem to be magnetic, so saving myself the trouble and for about $20, i just got some precut shapes, along with some blanks that i can create in the future. i guess a con of the apertures is that you have to take the 30 seconds to change them. like the f-stops that come with the composer, you physically have to interchange them. so it's not as simple as turning the barrel of the lens to change apertures.....better be careful if ur clumseyoh one last thing, i don't have any of the optics for my composer, but prior to purchasing mine, the sales associate was trying to show me how to switch out the optics with the optic changer.it seemed that the optic in the display model was jammed inside the composer, it was almost like the optic was mis-aligned within the housing part of the composer, like a misaligned zipper, or picture a plastic jar with a plastic lid that was screwed on wrong. i don't know if the associate got it fixed without snapping the housing, but maybe something to be aware of if you buy these items because it's a plastic housing and it didn't look like it would withstand a lot of twisting and turning especially if the optic was jarred inside the housing piece.overall, i recommend, the website is a nice introduction to the lensbaby concept and product line.[@]

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                                1.0

                                The audacity of hope.

                                By Pictureted

                                from Redwood City, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                • Weak Casing

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                                  I bought the Composer with the Macro, Wide Angle and Tele Kit and the Step-Up/Shade. Unfortunately, the Macro Kit and Set-Up/Shade don't work with the Tele or Wide angle kit. It's not as mix and match as you'd expect. You also have to remove Tele/Wide or Step-Up with Filter in order to change the aperture. Balky focusing and focus shift when locking tilt doesn't make things easier. The lightweight construction doesn't lead me to believe the product will last.

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                                  2.0

                                  The audacity of hope.

                                  By Pictureted

                                  from Redwood City, CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Blurry Focus
                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                                  I really wanted to think this was more than a gimmick. Yes, you can achieve interesting things with this, but it's not very well designed as a "system". The wide angle and tele adapters don't work with the close-up lenses or the lens shade. The aperture changes require removing whatever is attached first and the focus changes when you tighten the shift locking mechanism.

                                  I wish the system was as refined as the LB website. I also doubt these products will have the longevity of any other Nikon mount lens I've used, a lot of plastic that's already balky on focus doesn't bode well for the future.

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                                  5.0

                                  Fun!

                                  By HelloKimmy86

                                  from Coldwater, MI

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                                  I really like this, I was a little hesitant because of the price, and learning how to use it. I think it took a week or so before I got the hang of it, but this is really fun to use and has amazing effects!

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