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Lensbaby Muse Special Effects SLR Lens for Nikon F 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 pro cameras. This Lensbaby is not compatible with Nikon D40, D50, D60, D70, D70S, D80, D90, D100, N50, N65, N70, N75, N80, & Fuji S1, S2, and S3. Manual Functions will work for these models.
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 Nikon F Mount
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Case with Aperture Discs
  • Storage Case
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    LensbabyMuse Special Effects SLR Lens for Nikon F Mount
     
    4.3

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

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    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Easily interchangeable (8)
    • Durable (7)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Nice bokeh (3)

    Cons

    • Blurry focus (4)
    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Macro photography (5)
    • Weddings (5)
    • Portraits (3)
    • Special effects (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Classic Lensbaby

    One of the most fun lenses I have ever used. If you read the other comments, you may notice that this lens is difficult to focus etc. I must agree but like the...Read complete review

    One of the most fun lenses I have ever used. If you read the other comments, you may notice that this lens is difficult to focus etc. I must agree but like the inventor Craig Strong said, 'It's like riding a bicycle. At first its a little tricky but once you get the hang of it, you will be taking photos like no tomorrow.' I find this lens to be very fun. I have used it for a school's semi formal and I have gotten one of my favorite portraits that night using a Lensbaby with a flashgun.

    Also, since this is a manual lens (for Nikon users) it does urge you to go and explore your camera.

    Lastly, since this lens produces such unique effects (only the tilt-shift lenses have similar effects which cost BIG $$$) I feel this is a great addition to anyone's set.

    If anything at least test it out.

    HOWEVER!!! If you want to use this lens for long exposures, DO NOT AND I MEAN DO NOT GET THIS VERSION OF THE LENSBABY!!! Go straight for the Composer or the Control Freak, whichever fits your budget more.

    My final opinion about this lens is that it is a fun lens and one of my favorite additions to my already large photography set.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Lensbaby Muse

    I had always wanted a lensbaby. So I decided to finally go ahead and get one. I had originally wanted the control freak. But I wanted to use it for a school project...Read complete review

    I had always wanted a lensbaby. So I decided to finally go ahead and get one. I had originally wanted the control freak. But I wanted to use it for a school project this semester and the lens wasn't out until after the semester was over. I decided to get a lower model until the control freak came out. I started with the Muse, I returned it and ordered the composer, here's why:

    If you're going to get into this lens, you might as well get something that's going to be easy to use (especially if your a newbie). Using the muse was easier than it sounds but still not as easy and convenient than the composer. The squeeze and hold to take a photograph just wasn't what I wanted to do for each photo. I got the composer because you can lock the lens in place (which I never do because it usually stays where you put it.) and you can focus with the focusing ring. Much easier, convenient, and more consistent than the muse.

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    5.0

    Nice and easy.

    By Marc

    from Fort Collins, CO

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraiture
      • Video

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

      Good stuff. Wish all gear was this easy to use.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great special effects lens. Easy to use.

      By Bogslala

      from Los Angeles

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

      I have had the lens for a couple weeks now and have had great responses from everyone viewing the shots. The lens is easy to use and tons of fun! Pretty good in low light as well.

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      5.0

      Fun and Unique! Great buy, little $$

      By Jess

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          It is a great lens to play around with.
          Takes a little time to get used to as it is much different than a conventional lens, but so much FUN.
          I've been using it to create funky texture images to overlay on photos. This is a great lens. You will have so much fun with it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          I would buy again great lens for bag

          By Enzo

          from New jersey

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            Very creative lens use it on nikon f5 d7000 d40 like all you can do with it

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            • No

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            5.0

            great fun and excellent effect

            By Phoebe

            from Medway, MA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I love to use this special lens to shoot scenery and for portrait.The effect of blur edge is attractive.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Great and fun!

              By Lirdoing

              from Jarusalem, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

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

                This was a great gimic lense to own - it's more useful than you'd think, and it's really fun to use.

                Even with the heavy nikon body I have, it's still really fun to play with the focuse and angels once you get used to the mechanisem.

                the whole apature changeing tequnic is sloppy, though most photos with a lense like this were pre-meditated, so it didn't bother me that much, and it draws good attention!

                Very fun, very recomended!

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great

                By SWamuhiu

                from Nairobi

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portrait

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

                    I've been wanting a LensBaby for awhile now and finally was able to get one. Its tricky to use at first but I'm starting to get the hang of it. I love how soft and special photos look with it. It really fits by style as a photographer. Can't wait to keep playing and get better using. I also love the fact that there are so many high quality, reasonably price accessories for it that just add to its value.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    LOVE

                    By Bones

                    from Knoxville, TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Tough To Attach

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography

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

                    Good for artistic, unique photos. Extremely versatile. Slightly annoying to focus sometimes, but still fun to use.

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                    • No

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Classic Lensbaby

                    By TLW Photography

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Easy to use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Unique

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Cityscapes
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • people
                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    One of the most fun lenses I have ever used. If you read the other comments, you may notice that this lens is difficult to focus etc. I must agree but like the inventor Craig Strong said, 'It's like riding a bicycle. At first its a little tricky but once you get the hang of it, you will be taking photos like no tomorrow.' I find this lens to be very fun. I have used it for a school's semi formal and I have gotten one of my favorite portraits that night using a Lensbaby with a flashgun.

                    Also, since this is a manual lens (for Nikon users) it does urge you to go and explore your camera.

                    Lastly, since this lens produces such unique effects (only the tilt-shift lenses have similar effects which cost BIG $$$) I feel this is a great addition to anyone's set.

                    If anything at least test it out.

                    HOWEVER!!! If you want to use this lens for long exposures, DO NOT AND I MEAN DO NOT GET THIS VERSION OF THE LENSBABY!!! Go straight for the Composer or the Control Freak, whichever fits your budget more.

                    My final opinion about this lens is that it is a fun lens and one of my favorite additions to my already large photography set.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    This is an incredible lens.

                    By ehauser

                    from Nashville, TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Interesting Blurs
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portrait photography
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I haven't had a lot of opportunities to use this lens, but so far I am very impressed. In fact, I wasn't sure by the examples on the LensBaby site that the photos would be amazing, but I have to say that they photos I have taken so far have been amazing! I also have the macro attachments which add even another level of amazement. A very good buy...would recommend to anyone.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Lensbaby Muse for Nikon

                      By Jamie

                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

                      • Fun

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

                      I haven't had any problems with it! It's a lightweight, fun little lens that's great for having some fun!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      would buy again

                      By Swim Jim

                      from Cranford, NJ

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        Some people may complain about how you have to use this lens but it is great for someone like me. I love it. It gives you the control that I needed and lets me work how i want. This does not leave me to work with a fixed lens. The lens works for me

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice Toy

                        By DavidEspinosa-Photo

                        from Mexico, Puebla

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Blurry Focus
                        • Poor in Low Light
                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography

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

                        It is nice lens to play with it, couse you can do many different style images, I say is a toy becuse creativity and joy will be needed to use it. For artistic photography is ideal... you will never get the exact focus but with practice will be very acurate. I like how easy is to use it and the possibilities to experiment with atachments is endless...

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                        5.0

                        Sharp fun optic!

                        By Jen from Milford

                        from Milford, CT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fun
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quick Focus
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        This is just another great tool in bag of tricks with the lensbaby - the sweet spot is super sharp - love it!

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                        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Not that good

                        By josh

                        from Summit, NJ

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Complicated
                        • Diffucult to focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Special Effects

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

                        this lens is very complicated to use. inorder to focus it you must use both hand to push and pull the front part of the lens. also you can not use your metering system on your camera

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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Lensbaby Muse

                        By Lauren

                        from Savannah, GA

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Hard to focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Special Effects

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

                        I had always wanted a lensbaby. So I decided to finally go ahead and get one. I had originally wanted the control freak. But I wanted to use it for a school project this semester and the lens wasn't out until after the semester was over. I decided to get a lower model until the control freak came out. I started with the Muse, I returned it and ordered the composer, here's why:

                        If you're going to get into this lens, you might as well get something that's going to be easy to use (especially if your a newbie). Using the muse was easier than it sounds but still not as easy and convenient than the composer. The squeeze and hold to take a photograph just wasn't what I wanted to do for each photo. I got the composer because you can lock the lens in place (which I never do because it usually stays where you put it.) and you can focus with the focusing ring. Much easier, convenient, and more consistent than the muse.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great!

                        By Flo

                        from St. Louis, MO

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fun
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Blurry Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Special Effects

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

                        Fun special effects lens. It is a bit difficult to use with glasses, but if you set your diopter without them it works great.

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