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Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic

B&H # LEE80O Mfr # LBE80
In Stock
Free Next Day Delivery (USA)
You Pay: $299.95
Product Highlights
  • 80mm f/2.8-22
  • Adjustable Rounded 12-Blade Diaphragm
  • Focus Amount Controlled by Aperture
  • Tilt Direction Controls Focus Placement

The Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic is an 80mm f/2.8-22 flat field optic with an adjustable 12-blade aperture. This optic is specifically designed to be used in conjunction with a Lensbaby lens body to give you a slice of sharp focus, surrounded by soft blur. The size of the in-focus region varies depending on the aperture and the location of it can be modified by the degree and direction of tilt. The selective focus effect produced is especially desirable for close-up photography, as this lens can focus as close as 17" / 43.2cm when fully extended.

This optic is composed of 5 multi-coated glass elements within 4 groups and the 12 rounded aperture blades produce an extremely smooth bokeh. It is compatible with the Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak lens bodies (Not compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras).

When used in conjunction with a Lensbaby lens body, this optic can provide a controllable sliver of focus surrounded by a smooth, out of focus border.
Size of selective focus region is controlled by the aperture; location of the region can be modified by tilting the lens.
Rounded 12-blade aperture creates a smooth bokeh and is controlled by a dial on the front of the optic.
Focus as close as 17" / 43.2cm when lens is fully extended, in macro mode, and tilted.
Compatible with the Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak lens bodies (Not compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras).
46mm front filter threads allow compatibility with Lensbaby Macro Converters, but do not work with 37mm accessories.
Focal Length 80 mm
f/Stop Range f/2.8-22
Minimum Focus Distance 17" / 43.2 cm
Elements/Groups 5/4
Number of Aperture Blades 12
Filter Diameter 46mm
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic
  • Front and Rear Caps
  • Storage Case
  • Optic Removal Tool
  • Microfiber Lens Cloth
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    LensbabyEdge 80 Optic
     
    4.8

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (16)
    • Durable (11)
    • Strong construction (10)
    • Nice bokeh (9)
    • Easily interchangeable (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (10)
      • Weddings (9)
      • Macro photography (8)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Travel (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (20)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      All it is advertised to be

      I bought this lens specifically for the miniaturization effect you can get with a tilt-n-shift lens but without the hefty price tag. I was not disappointed. After a couple dozen shots or so I...Read complete review

      I bought this lens specifically for the miniaturization effect you can get with a tilt-n-shift lens but without the hefty price tag. I was not disappointed. After a couple dozen shots or so I was able to get the desired effect. This seemed to work best with objects that are in the distance.The lens is a light compared to other lenses I use and the manual focusing wasn't a problem until small apertures are used. The image can get kind of dim. As manual settings are required. The TTL light metering is inaccurate.The macro focusing ring is nice as well.The only reason it didn't get 5 stars are two things:1) Build design. I'm using this with a Lensbaby Composer Pro. The process for swapping it with other Lensbaby products is a little nerve wracking. I thought I was going to accidentally rip the thing out of the Composer. Considering what a bargain the lens is I may just get another Composer body and leave it permanently attached.2) With a 1.6x factor on small frame cameras, this is really a 128mm lens. I knew this before buying it. Its just a prime focus lens when it comes down to it. Composition may be tricky.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Lensbaby flat field 80mm optic

      This is a flat field optic (no sweet spot) which allows variable focus over the entire field of the image. At 80mm it works well for unusual portraits, with creative focus out of...Read complete review

      This is a flat field optic (no sweet spot) which allows variable focus over the entire field of the image. At 80mm it works well for unusual portraits, with creative focus out of the camera, and also for other sorts of selective focus techniques. Automatic functions are not available and no data are passed between lens and camera. Accordingly, aperture information will not be recorded with the picture. There is something of a learning curve here as it is not intuitively like conventional lenses.

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      5.0

      Wonderful product

      By Ginette

      from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

        Great addition to the lensbaby system. Easy to use, great 'tilt-shift' effects and great price. Love the fact that you can adjust the aperture instantly; no more discs to play with. You won't be disappointed!

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        All it is advertised to be

        By John

        from Allentown, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

        I bought this lens specifically for the miniaturization effect you can get with a tilt-n-shift lens but without the hefty price tag. I was not disappointed. After a couple dozen shots or so I was able to get the desired effect. This seemed to work best with objects that are in the distance.The lens is a light compared to other lenses I use and the manual focusing wasn't a problem until small apertures are used. The image can get kind of dim. As manual settings are required. The TTL light metering is inaccurate.The macro focusing ring is nice as well.The only reason it didn't get 5 stars are two things:1) Build design. I'm using this with a Lensbaby Composer Pro. The process for swapping it with other Lensbaby products is a little nerve wracking. I thought I was going to accidentally rip the thing out of the Composer. Considering what a bargain the lens is I may just get another Composer body and leave it permanently attached.2) With a 1.6x factor on small frame cameras, this is really a 128mm lens. I knew this before buying it. Its just a prime focus lens when it comes down to it. Composition may be tricky.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Lensbaby optic

        By Phil

        from Seattle

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

            Excellent addition to my Lensbaby system. A very effective tilt lens way cheaper than a $$$$ tilt/shift lens from Canon. Nice and sharp.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Lensbaby flat field 80mm optic

            By David

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Creative Effects
            • Creative Focus
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Inexpensive construction
            • Learning curve
            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

            This is a flat field optic (no sweet spot) which allows variable focus over the entire field of the image. At 80mm it works well for unusual portraits, with creative focus out of the camera, and also for other sorts of selective focus techniques. Automatic functions are not available and no data are passed between lens and camera. Accordingly, aperture information will not be recorded with the picture. There is something of a learning curve here as it is not intuitively like conventional lenses.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Magnificent

            By Fred

            from Santa Cruz

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Landscape Photography
              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio
              • Traveling

              Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

              lovely optic well made (lensbaby standards). make sure you look up the instructions on removing it. It is quite different from the other optics.

              lovely optic with beautiful OOF rendition and clean and crisp selective focus areas.

              the built in macro mode is nice too.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Fun and creative!

              By S. Roth

              from Braselton, Georgia

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                This lens allows me to add creativity to my trade. it offers a fresh element to my work and gives me an edge for my clients.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great for creative minds!

                By Amanda

                from Gainesville, fl

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Creative
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                  I was getting bored with regular lenses and this and the lens baby composer are great alternatives! So much fun

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  lensbaby edge 80 optic

                  By chris

                  from New York,N.Y.

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                    this optic is a great addition to the lensbaby line, it's perfect for shooting portraits.With the Edge 80 you can achieve beautiful dreamy shots of your subject( you decide where the in focus portion of your picture is placed). plus with this optic you can easily set your aperture-right on the lens barrel.Opens up a whole new world of photography!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    What Fun!

                    By Coop's Mom

                    from Anchorage, AK

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                      The Edge 80 and Lensbaby system takes some getting used to but I am loving the added creativity to my photos. If you are used to using the "auto" setting on your camera, you'll have a greater learning curve but keep at it and you'll be rewarded with fantastic photos from new perspectives.
                      My photos had become boring and routine. The Edge 80 is, in a word, fun and I look forward to my photography trips again.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Lensbaby Edge 80

                      By photo_mom12

                      from Texas

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                        I'm a hobbyist photographer and love this lens for creative portrait work.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        I love it!

                        By AES

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                          Great addition to the Lensbaby Creative Effects Kit.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Creative and wonderful !

                          By Amanda

                          from Hailey, ID

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                            I use this lens for everything from taking portraits to landscaping. I've been experimenting and love how the photos turned out. You can get so creative with it. So far I loooove it!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Optic!!

                            By andre

                            from Oklahoma

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                              This is such a simple and easy to use lense. It takes a little while to get used to the focusing but once you get it its great! Its almost as if you can take a photo of anything and it turns out amazing!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Lens Baby Edge 80

                              By marvelus1

                              from Boca Raton, FL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portrait

                                Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                                An excellent portrait lens. Just the right focal length wit the ability to create selective focus

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great effects

                                By Roxi

                                from Bethlehem, PA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Change Out

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                                  I love this optic. The first thing I noticed was it's weight, it felt as if it had substance and balance. I also appreciate the ease of changing the aperture on the optic, and the look of the images I taken with this optic. It is easy to put the Edge 80 into the composer, but I have found swapping out is a bit difficult. It feels too tight and the first couple of times I was afraid it was stuck.I love the effect of the tilt Lensbaby optics give the images and I appreciate the effect the process has had to slow me down and really work to achieve the look I want instead of shooting multiple shots quickly and moving on.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great product

                                  By Bobbyphoto

                                  from NJ

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                                    I use this lens for fashion/beauty work and LOVE IT! The lens is beautifully sharp, and, when used with the Composer, has yeilded awesome results.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    My new "secret weapon"!

                                    By Mike

                                    from Oakland, MD

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor in Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                                    I am still experimenting with the Edge 80 but so far I love it! I am primarily a portrait/wedding photographer but I am using the Edge 80 for portraits and landscapes. Works great with my Canon 5Ds and 5D IIs. You must use it with a tripod but it's simplicity is great. The composer pro has opened up a whole new image style for me!

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    New to the Lensbaby

                                    By Thunder Island

                                    from Maine

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Tough To Attach

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                                    I just bought the Composer and the edge 80 optic and am having a lot of fun with it. Since I am fairly new to lensbaby products, it is taking me a little while to get used to finding the sweet spot but what little I have done so far is great. Very sharp in the sweet spot and dreamy in the background.

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                                    5.0

                                    love this new edge 80 optic!

                                    By prana

                                    from portland, or

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Beautiful effect
                                    • Easily Interchangeable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                                        love this. great affordable alternative to a real tilt-shift lens. tack sharp sweet strip. love the macro option. perfect smooth blur. easy to switch out with my sweet 35 optic.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Best optic yet!

                                        By DSnyder

                                        from New Jersey

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Nice Bokeh
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Portrait
                                          • Weddings/Events

                                          Comments about Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic:

                                          This is the lens I've been wishing for for years! I've been a lensbaby enthusiast since they first came out, and have owned several generations. I currently shoot with a composer and own the double glass, plastic and fisheye optics. The moment this one was released I knew I had to have it, and after shooting with it for a few weeks I can honestly say it has actually improved my shooting. I love that I have to step back and THINK about what I am doing and really compose and focus my shot. The out of focus areas have a wonderful dreamy look that I just love. The lens itself is very well made, and I love that I can change the aperture on the fly - no more magnets! Best optic ever from lensbaby.

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