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Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha 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
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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 Sony Alpha Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Case with Aperture Discs
  • Storage Bag
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    LensbabyComposer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (7)
    • Easily interchangeable (5)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Low light (4)
      • Special effects (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      4.0

      fun stuff

      By Barbie doll

      from New York, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

        This lens is totally fun and addictive. I've used it for street photography, landscape and portraits... it is so much fun. I love the manual use of this lens and the fact that you can create so many different effects with it. If you are looking for something totally different and simplistic, this is one sweet lens, baby.

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        • No

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        4.0

        easy special effects

        By murph

        from rockland, ny

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Quickly Adjusted

        Cons

        • Uses Aperture Discs Inste

        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 Sony Alpha Mount:

        Great for special effects in the camera. Its one of those items you use infrequently. Works well with the Sony a77. It does NOT do everything the salesman told me which was to mimic using a bellows lens. It is quick to make adjustments in the field however.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great system

        By Mo

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

        Easy to handle, fast to learn how to use it.
        I will get the rest of the system, the reason I give 4 stars is that the should make bundles for Sony too!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Interesting new angles

        By Larry

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

          I find that the Composer has opened up new approaches to photography for me as a user of dslr. It takes some getting used to and my first several efforts did not come out as I expected. Improvement with experience is already showing up clearly. The device is well made and should last a long time.
          One other point. The #11 aperture was missing in my package. I notified Lensbaby by email and received an instant response. The aperture arrived in the mail within three days. Altogether am very pleased with this purchase.

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          5.0

          Easy to Use

          By twphotoguy

          from Illinois

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

            The product is "Easy to use" and produces great images. Found it great for indoor use with minimal lighting. A gift that met all expectations.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Nice effects, pricey

            By Jake

            from NYC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult to focus
              • Pricey poor value

              Best Uses

              • Special Effects

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

              Provides a nice effect. Good colors. Fairly easy to adjust the area of blur by angling the lens. Can be difficult to focus. AF indicator does not work using this lens, of course. Pricey for what you get, especially since you have to change aperture rings manually.

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              • No

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              4.0

              fun toy, useful tool

              By bostoneyedoc1

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

                    lots of fun to use. excellent results with little or no "shift".
                    image quality suffers with extreme tilting as too much is burred and too little is in focus. Still, a great addition for the price.

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                    4.0

                    lensbaby. Get one now. Go on, get one.

                    By H

                    from perth western australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • No autofocus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

                    This thing is the coolest invention I've played with in a long time. It turns me into a 7 year old playing with a camera for the first time. The motion on the composer is smooth and precise so you can take the same shot multiple ways quickly and easily. The only fault I can come up with is how time consuming changing Optics and Aperture rings can be. But that is part of the excitement when playing. That's what you do with this thing, you play, while showing a friend when I first got it she hijacked my camera and ran about the backyard shooting anything and everything. Also the lack of image quality is made up tenfold by the artistic possibilities. In short, very cool.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I Love My Lensbaby!

                    By falconsusi

                    from Tennessee

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fun
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sharp Focus
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Unique photos

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

                      Wow! I love the unique photos from my Lensbaby Composer. It works great on my Sony A700.

                      I am challenged by getting the focus correct. It is manual focus and when I get it right it is very sharp.

                      I like that it can be tightened or loosened for movement.

                      I have been using my Lensbaby Composer outside on sunny days. I find that if I use Auto ISO then the photos are overexposed. Also Auto WB doesn't do well.

                      I am learning more about how to do all manual. And I love it.

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                      5.0

                      Pretty neat

                      By redhead

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Special Effects

                        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

                        The Sony mount Lensbaby is great fun. I have taken some very interesting photos with it so far. I'm looking forward to trying it on holiday lights.

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                        5.0

                        Lots of Fun!

                        By neilvan

                        from Coquitlam, BC

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Special Effects

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Sony Alpha Mount:

                          I had the original Lensbaby when it came out and sold it quickly, it was a pain to use and hampered my creative process.

                          This new Lensbaby, the Composer is much easier to use. I don't know what else to say, either you like this sort of effect or you don't.

                          It is built solid enough and it easy to 'focus'. The included double glass optic was sharper than I expected, in fact, it is almost too sharp! I will be ordering the single glass optic to 'dumb it down' a bit.

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