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Lensbaby Control Freak Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount

Lensbaby Control Freak Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount


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  • With Double Glass Optic
  • Interchangeable Optics
  • Multi-Coated Glass
  • Manual Focus

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The Lensbaby Control Freak SLR Lens is a direct replacement for the 3G version, but now also incorporates the Optic Swap System. This special effects lens works on the same principal as the other Lensbaby versions, but also allows you to lock the lens into place once you have found your "sweet spot" of sharp focus and then to do fine focus adjustments. It is the ideal tool for photographers who require precise focusing, complete control, longer exposures, and repeatability.

When working with dynamic subject matter you can focus the Lensbaby Control Freak just like the other Original or Muse Lensbabies - by compressing and bending. For slower moving or static subject matter, you can lock the lens in place simply by pressing a button on the focusing collar. You can then fine focus using a traditional barrel focusing ring and fine tune the tilt to place the sweet spot exactly where you need it.

The Lensbaby is a hybrid between a bellows camera and a tilt-shift camera. The SLR lens can be compressed, extended, and/or bent off-center in any direction for different effect. It will add a unique perspective on the world that is 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 Control Freak 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.

Optic Swap System
Lensbabies has developed a line of different "optics" that can be interchanged with the Control Freak, Muse, and Composer versions. This provides artists with an almost unlimited variety of looks and styles to capture their unique visions.
Selective Focus Control
The lens tubing is the part of the Lensbaby 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 foot ahead. To focus on subjects that are between these distances, you have to partly compress the Lensbaby.
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. Cameras not compatible are the D40, D50, D60, D70, D70S, D80, D90, D100, N50, N65, N70, N75, N80, & Fuji S1, S2, and S3.
The lens aperture can be changed by inserting different size aperture discs. The shielded magnetic aperture disc system makes it easier and faster to change apertures.
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 Control Freak 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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    LensbabyControl Freak Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount

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    very cool

    By adamstarr2000

    from winchester, nh

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer


    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight


    • Not super sharp

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Lensbaby Control Freak Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

    for the price, this is really cool. Even the sharp focus areas aren't ever razor sharp, but it's a great tool for the $ and can create some impressive effects.

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    Really Fun Lens

    By Vince Noir

    from KY

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer


    • Fun
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction


      Best Uses

      • Art Photography
      • General Use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Special Effects

      Comments about Lensbaby Control Freak Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

      I have used this lens for everything, and its is the most fun I've had shooting in a long while. The no metering thing was no issue for me, I never use it anyway, the only thing that is a little bit of a hassle is changing the apertures. This can actually get some pretty sharp images at f/2, one of which was chosen for multiple gallery showings. The focusing feels really intuitive after about a day of shooting. I recommend this lens if you want to get a completely different look you dont normally see in this world of perfect optics, and extreme sharpness.

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      (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


      mixed emotions

      By beloved

      from Chicago, IL



        • Difficult to use
        • Expensive

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lensbaby Control Freak Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

          This lens is hard to review. It really does produce some neat effects, though it takes some time to get the hang of the focusing system. The major problem with it is that you can't get a meter reading for your exposure. You basically are shooting blind unless you have a really strong grasp on exposure settings. You have to make several test shots in order to perfect your exposure.

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