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Lensbaby Muse Special Effects SLR Lens for Canon EF Mount

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Product Highlights
  • Sharp-Focus Areas with Gradual Blurring
  • Hybrid - Bellows & Tilt-Shift Cameras
  • Accepts Variety of Optics
  • Multi-Coated Optical Glass
  • Manual Focus
  • Pre-installed Double Glass Optic

The Lensbaby Muse Special Effects SLR Lens is a lens that will add a unique perspective to the world of SLR photography. The Lensbaby is a hybrid between a bellows camera and a tilt-shift camera. It will bring one area of a photo into sharp focus, surrounded by gradually increasing blur. The lens can be compressed, extended, and/or bent off-center in any direction for different results.

The Lensbaby Muse offers a radical departure from the precision of digital or even film photography. It allows for selective focusing with SLR cameras. Effects like blurring, glowing highlights, and subtle, prismatic color distortions can all be achieved without software manipulations.

The Muse 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.

This version of the Muse 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 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 with many digital and film SLR cameras.
The lens aperture can be changed by inserting different size aperture discs.
The lens tubing is the part of the Muse that allows you to control the effect that it gives. It can be compressed or extended by pulling or pushing the focusing collar at the end of the Lensbaby. This in turn controls what is in focus, with fully compressed focusing on infinity and full extended focusing about 1' ahead. To focus on subjects that are between these distances, you have to partly compress the Muse.
f/Stop Range 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, & 8
Focal Length 50mm
Minimum Focus Distance 12" (30cm)
Filter Size 37mm
Lens Elements/Groups Double Glass Optic
Length 2.5" (6.3cm) [adjustable]
Width 2.25" (5.7cm)
Weight 3.7 oz (105g)
Lensbaby Muse Special Effects SLR Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Case with Aperture Discs
  • Storage Case
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    LensbabyMuse Special Effects SLR Lens for Canon EF Mount
     
    4.0

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (21)
    • Easily interchangeable (17)
    • Durable (8)
    • Consistent output (6)
    • Nice bokeh (5)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (17)
    • Macro photography (7)
    • Portraits (5)
    • Night photography (4)
    • Special effects (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (4), Semi-professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Using for action sports

    Simple to use and was snapping neat shots around the house in no time. I am trying to use it for basketball which is more challenging, but I'm sure it is possible with some...Read complete review

    Simple to use and was snapping neat shots around the house in no time. I am trying to use it for basketball which is more challenging, but I'm sure it is possible with some practice.
    This is a fully manual lens, so there is no focus conformation from the camera and you must use it in the "creative zones" (Tv, Av, or M).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Get the Composer

    The Lensbaby concept is fantastic. However the Muse does not hold its position. When you let go of the lens it moves back to its neutral position. For me, this is a big...Read complete review

    The Lensbaby concept is fantastic. However the Muse does not hold its position. When you let go of the lens it moves back to its neutral position. For me, this is a big problem. Just holding it in place during a shot is difficult.

    Spend a little more and get the Composer. Its ball-joint design holds the lens at the angle you move it to AND has a focus ring.

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    5.0

    Very Cool Lens

    By Faithypoo

    from Park Rapids, MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Artistic
    • Durable
    • Easy to use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

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

      Exactly what I expected. It's fairly easy to use, lightweight, and easier to focus than I anticipated. I would recommend this to people who shoot out of the ordinary. Obviously hard to focus on moving subjects but over all a great lens.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Fun in a small package

      By The Ergonomist

      from Stamford, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Creative Flexibility
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Can Be Hard To Hold Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

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

      This was purchased for fun to add a little spark to my non-job related photography. In that regard it is the perfect accessory since it allows me to fool around with perspective, field depth and focal planes without major investments. The learning curve is moderate, especially getting used to hand holding the composition which can get tiring over a long shooting session. Really fun though.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Cool effects

      By Sashy

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Easy to use
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Looks Odd

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

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

      I am having fun learning how to use this lens. It is very helpful to have a very clear understanding of how to use your manual settings on your camera. Each shot is unique. The lens is quite small and light so it is easy to carry along as an extra lens when you travel.

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      • Yes

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      3.0

      fun little lens

      By Jamie

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

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

      I'm still realizing the full potential of a lens like this, but it's a fun thing to walk around with or to use for stylized video. Finding the sweet spot can sometimes be a bit difficult, but that is half to point

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      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By bmw

      from Flin Flon Manitoba, Canada

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I bought this lens after reading a number of reviews. It has met my expecations. I am still learning how to focus but it is definitely a nice little lens to play with if you want to do something that is a little unusual.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Muse Lensbaby

          By Lill

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          A great and easy way to add special effects to your photographs!

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Affordable fun; Quick to learn

          By JoAnn

          from Attleboro, MA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I read from some users that it was hard to get the hang of the lens, but I didn't find that at all. A few practice shots and I got the hang of it. I really enjoy the results so far. I also purchased the macro kit and am very pleased with the results, especially for such little money.

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          4.0

          Fun at first shot!

          By Casual photographer

          from Quebec

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use

          Cons

          • The tube loosen by cold

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography

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

          As an amateur photographer, this lens give me the opportunity to shoot great pictures. It's fun, and really creative. You'll get some surprises using the muse.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          Not-so user friendly

          By MC3x4

          from Tucson, AZ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Difficult to Clean
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

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

          This Lens is a brilliant piece of equipment once you're able to master the manual focus. It's difficult because you have to nearly employ all your fingers to properly set your focus, yet the soft focus one can achieve on the surrounding area can be breathtaking. Changing the diameters is also a bit difficult but once again worth learning. My only complaint is that you can not use this lens on movie mode.

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By JrJohnson

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              This is an easy to use lens that's built to last.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great little, inexpensive tool.

              By Will from Vacilando

              from Newport, Rhode Island

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I haven't put this down since the order arrived. I love the ease of use, it mounts easily and it's just a great fun lens to have around, It really enables you to control the frame to direct the viewers attention to specific parts of the frame. I just have to force myself to remember that I have other lenses and not jut use this all the time.

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                5.0

                lots of fun

                By Liz

                from east texas

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                  I use this mainly for photographing my kids , it is easy and fun to use no complaints

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  "Muse" is right.

                  By Bobby the Indie Filmmaker

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I've taken quite a few pictures already with this puppy. It really is a great lens concept. Unique and easy to use (though it takes some getting used to to find that "sweet spot"), I would recommend this to any avid and artistic photographer! Thanks Lensbaby and B&H.

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                  5.0

                  great fun!

                  By davidrborquez

                  from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Hard to focus

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is an awesome toy capable of much more than just prism reflections and blurry effects. Because it's absolutely manual and it doesn't keep the position you want, it's a great tool for creative photography (if you want to be capable of re-shoot exactly same thing twice, this is not for you, unless you have some freakishly skilled hands).

                  Apertures are fun to use - just interchangeable magnetic discs with round holes, you throw one into the lens and it places itself.
                  Also it's usable without disc apertures but then, focusing turns really tricky (...or fun)

                  For the people who doesn't know, bigger apertures give more blur.
                  That is a main concern with this lens, because sometimes focusing gets time consuming with apertures of 2.0 so, in low light conditions, you may prefer to use a sharper aperture of 5.6 or 8 and make a longer exposition.

                  I would not use it in a job for two reasons:
                  Re-take a photo is impossible
                  Focused areas are narrow and there's a big chance of reflections.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By Nankey

                  from NE PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

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

                    Easy to use, great results

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    3.0

                    Fun to play around with

                    By Hollis

                    from Atlanta

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                      Fun to play around with but would not use on a job.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      It's a great and fun item

                      By CHAPIN the amateur

                      from Laredo Texas

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                      I used for still photo in studio and close up faces models.
                      So easy to use and cheap.
                      HD do not expect from this item

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Very Interesting

                      By Chris in Austin

                      from Texas

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            If this is the look you want, then this lens is pretty cool... but I don't think it's for everybody.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Best bang for the buck!

                            By Neon Mike

                            from Chelmsford, MA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • Hard to maintain focus
                            • Tricky to use

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            I didn't have the extra money to get the composer so after comparing the two and seeing that I could buy the extra aperature discs seperately I went with the muse. It's tricky having to hold the lens in position and can sometimes be frustrating to keep the sweet spot where you want it. For the money it's worth the price. If you can afford the composer though, get it! LOL

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                            3.0

                            Very small area covered

                            By CARedhair

                            from Anaheim, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus
                            • Manual Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Fun stuff
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Portraits

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

                            I had the opportunity to test the fish-eye insert with this Lensbaby at a recent photo show (PMA2010 in Anaheim) with my Canon 5D Mark II. I own a different fisheye that is just an extension on top of any other lens. I expected Lensbaby's fisheye to be significantly better than that.

                            Lensbaby's fisheye is quite good in terms of being able to capture with relative clarity and sharpness in a semi-dark conference hall some moving activity. My problem with the fisheye is the area covered: every picture I took seems to have the top part of the circle cut off while there is extra room on the bottom of the pictures with nothing on it.

                            I also found a shallower fish-eye like distortion (bulging of the circle) than when I use my cheapo other fish-eye attachment. Furthermore, if you have photo software, you can create a fish-eye approximation quite well and to a variety of depth. Hence I don't recommend this, unless you really have no other alternative.

                            It is a fun lens, only there are much better ones out there for even less money.

                            And finally, Lensbaby comes with so many little lens inserts, it is hard to figure out what is what... this is a complex system.

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