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Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Olympus Four Thirds 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 Olympus Four Thirds Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Case with Aperture Discs
  • Storage Bag
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    LensbabyComposer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Olympus Four Thirds Mount
     
    4.0

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        5.0

        Awesome lens!

        By Greg

        from Delray Beach, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Olympus Four Thirds Mount:

          This is the most unique tool on the market for expressing your creativity. This is my 2nd composer. I also have one for my Nikon D7000. I love the ability to control the focal point and perspective. Great for portraits and Marco work. Being an avid newbie photog I find this lens enjoyable and easy to use. I highly recommend this lens.

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          4.0

          Great item once we figured it out

          By PhotoStrokes[@]

          from Monterey, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Creative
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Takes Time to Learn

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Olympus Four Thirds Mount:

          When we first bought it and used it, we thought we made a huge mistake. It took about 20-30 shots in a couple different conditions to figure out exactly how to work it. It takes time to figure out the focusing aspect and if you have other than a full frame sensor you'll want to invest in the .42x wide angle. But once we figured it out, we use it all the time. It has brought a whole new dimension to pre-production creativity. Its great for landscape, macro, and stationary wildlife, but won't work for action type shots. We like the double glass the best. When we are in town or in some scenic landscape, my wife shoots the fisheye and I shoot the Lensbaby exclusively.

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          3.0

          Lensbaby,,,Oh Baby!

          By Saints Fan

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Apature's easy to change
          • Easy to focus
          • Many lens choices
          • Smooth movements

          Cons

          • Focal length to long
          • Must buy accessories
          • No front filter threads
          • No lens hood
          • OVER PRICED
          • To long cropped sensors

          Best Uses

          • Good for Portraits
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Olympus Four Thirds Mount:

          As a wedding photographer you are always looking for a new way of presenting the same thing. The Lensbaby Composer works well for me. It is actually pretty darn sharp and contrasty which I will say did surprise me a bit. I have used the Lensbaby 3G and did not care for it as much as I do the composer. The focusing is much easier on the composer and for me that matters.

          I am not to keen on is the focal length. I feel that a 50-60mm out of the box focal length in this digital age is just to long. I know you can buy the wide angle attachments but I should not have to purchase them separately. If you put the Composer on the 4/3 mount there the crop factor is 2x's it is actually not that functional. Especially in a crowded area like a wedding reception.

          I like what the Lensbaby does for my images and how it has sparked my creative side but to be fair, if you us a full frame camera this is a fun lens to have in your bag. If you are using a cropped sensor then you must treat it as a telephoto lens.

          I am giving it 3 out of 5 starts because of the fact the lens is really a telephoto lens unless you buy the wide angle or super wide angle accessory, which after you shell out almost $290.00 for a lens gets to be a bit too much for a single use lens.

          They need to address the fact that people shoot digital and make a out of the box 25mm or 17mm version.

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