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Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K 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 Pentax K Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Case with Aperture Discs
  • Storage Bag
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    LensbabyComposer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount
     
    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (8)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Consistent output (5)
    • Strong construction (4)
    • Nice bokeh (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Macro photography (5)
      • Special effects (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

      Reviewed by 12 customers

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      4.0

      A must for the hobbiest

      By Scott

      from Sydney

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

        Lots of fun, turns the boring into the extraordinary. If you are not a fan of switching your DSLR to fully manual then this is NOT for you. The changeable lens system is easy to use (got the fish eye as well), but the manual drop in aperture disks are a bit of a pain. After playing around I pretty much settled on the F8 as an all round set up. The Sweet 35mm would be a better option if you want a faster way to get creative with apeture. Would have liked some markings on the body to help with focus.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Lots of fun

        By Juanjo

        from Miami, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

            I haven't had the time to use it a lot yet but it seems like a lot of fun, very simple construction yet very well made.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Fun lens, great gift

            By TC

            from Burlington, VT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

              This lens is excellent at what it does. Definitely a niche product, but this is the one to get. (The Muse doesn't lock in a position, which doesn't make much sense when your focal plane is so short.)

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Very fun lans

              By Thib

              from Ithaca, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Tough To Attach
              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

              Very fun to use. Requires to get accustomed to but great overall. Recommended!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              I am in love!!!!!!

              By Yu

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

                  It is just an amazing experience with my new favorite toy. A bit difficult to focus manually, but miss or hit - it is alway fun to play with this lens. Highly recommend.

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                  5.0

                  Shooting as a painter

                  By Gastao

                  from Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus
                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

                  In spite of limited for using with flash, filter and professonal accessories, it's very usefull for arts and different ways for portraits or even landscapes...
                  It makes photography to be considered.

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                  5.0

                  amazing lens

                  By Photogirl1117

                  from Albany, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Rugged
                  • Smooth changes in focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

                    My first experience with anything from Lensbaby - it's a great lens. It feels sturdy yet moves smoothly when changing the focus. I don't have any negatives on this lens, its everything i assumed it would be from online reviews. Another accessory I found unique from lensbaby which i bought afterwards was the creative aperture kit - Adds yet another affect harder to achieve via DIY lenses and photoshopping.

                    Every person who sees the lens and the photos ends up trying to find one themselves (although some go for other styles from lensbaby)

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                    5.0

                    Wish I had bought this sooner

                    By Eric

                    from Keene, New Hampshire

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fun To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

                      I have thought about buying a Lansbaby Lens sine they first came out. Now that I have one, I wish had bought it sooner. It is very fun to use and give you results that are difficult, if not impossibe to reproduce in camera. I used it to take pictures of flowers in the yard and of a car that I was trading in. In both cases I got images that were both fun and exciting.

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                      5.0

                      i love it it the only thing ive been usi

                      By ryan purgatory

                      from salt lake

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

                        things are great with it upgraded from lens baby 2.0 i like how it stays in one spot if your do long exposuers.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Get ready for good old-fashioned fun

                        By Micky Dee

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Learning curve

                        Best Uses

                        • Special Effects

                        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

                        This is the third Lensbaby I've owned, so I'm obviously biased. Really, the big trick is to practice. Now when I say "practice," I really mean it. Go out on nice days, on cloudy days, and plan to spend a FULL day each time just taking dopey photos of anything that will stand still. Photograph a knot in a tree, a leaf on a calm day, a pebble on the ground. If you're not really into it after the first 6 hours (or more), then this isn't for you. But it will take that much time over a period of a few days, to really get a grasp on what you can do with a Lensbaby. You need to experiment with different aperture disks. Later on, play with adding flash. (If you become a Lensbaby "freak" - and I have my weeks - you can later buy accessories!)

                        In general, a Lensbaby is not for those who have no desire to bother with "all those settings." If you don't understand what "aperture" means (or for that matter, if you have never shot in MANUAL mode), you will either learn or become very frustrated. If all you want to do is take good, sharp pictures, and you don't have the heart of an adventurer, this probably isn't for you. On the other hand, you just might learn that you ARE much more the curious explorer than you ever realized. I strongly suggest PLAYING with your camera in MANUAL mode before purchasing in order to build a solid foundation of what you can do with your camera. This will also help build confidence and understanding of all your camera's parameters before you add a strange and wonderful toy.

                        In the end, producing a good, interesting image is all up to what we allow ourselves to see.

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                        5.0

                        It rocks

                        By Vasidudu

                        from Geneva, Switzerland

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Special Effects

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

                          Great little piece of hardware.
                          This gives photography another dimension.
                          Bought the macro kit along with it, seems to be added value.

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          hit or miss pics - but a lot of fun

                          By lip167

                          from nyc

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quick Focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Special Effects

                            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Pentax K Mount:

                            The composer is a lot of fun, but you really can't tel thru the viewfinder quite how the pictures are going to come out - my suggestion is take a few shots of anything you're shooting at different twists of the lensbaby and hey, it's digital, so you're not wasting any film.

                            when a picture comes out it comes out great.

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