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Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF)

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Product Highlights
  • Enhanced Ball & Socket Selective Focus
  • Interchangeable Optics System
  • Multi-Coated Optical Glass
  • Manual Focus
  • Pre-installed Double Glass Optic

The Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF) is part of the Lensbaby series of SLR lenses, and offers the same spectacular special-effect results. The refined and enhanced Composer Pro has an all-metal ball that gives you a more exact, smooth focus and tilt control and will retain its position after being bent, which makes it easy to use even with one hand. Simply tilt the lens to a desired angle and then focus with a traditional barrel focusing ring.

The Double Glass Optic 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 Pro is compatible with the Optic Swap System--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 Pro 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.

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 (f/2 to f/22) by inserting one of the supplied different sized aperture discs.
The Composer Pro 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.
Type Manual focus, low dispersion, high refractive index, multi-coated optical glass doublet
Focal Length 50mm
Filter Size 37mm
f/Stop Range f/2-f/22
Minimum Focus Distance 18" for Double Glass Optic used with Composer Pro
Tilt Composer Pro: 0-17.5°
Length Double Glass Optic: 1.37" (3.5 cm)
Maximum Diameter Double Glass Optic: 1.75" (4.44 cm)
Weight Not specified by manufacturer

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LensbabyComposer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF)
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (12)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)
  • Nice bokeh (10)
  • Durable (7)
  • Consistent output (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Macro photography (5)
    • Portraits (5)
    • Weddings (4)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fun Specialty Lens

    I bought this product because I love the effect of tilt-shift lenses. While it's not exactly the same thing, you still get a similar, whimsical feel for a lot less money.

    There's...Read complete review

    I bought this product because I love the effect of tilt-shift lenses. While it's not exactly the same thing, you still get a similar, whimsical feel for a lot less money.

    There's definitely a learning curve involved, but it's not difficult. It's also not a shoot-from-the-hip lens, however. It's all manual focus, so you do have to spend some time composing your sweet spot and getting it in focus. I personally had some trouble with this, but I'm also not used to having to manual focus.

    You should also keep in mind that this lens is idea for situations with plenty of light, as smaller aperture are the most functional way to get what you want out of this lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not in love

    I'm a pro photographer who thought I'd get a fun lens for creative portraiture with bride and grooms and seniors. Problem is, I'm already in love with the Canon T/S lenses and this...Read complete review

    I'm a pro photographer who thought I'd get a fun lens for creative portraiture with bride and grooms and seniors. Problem is, I'm already in love with the Canon T/S lenses and this is no substitute. If you want a T/S lens, then save up. If you like the toy look of the composer - knock yourself out. Just remember - this is no tilt shift. It's really difficult to find the sweet spot... make sure you zoom in on your thumbnail or you might be surprised when you get home. That said, my friend loves this lens.

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    5.0

    Creativity is simple

    By gsp1946

    from Shaker Heights, OH

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

      There's a bit of a learning curve, but it's great fun, pushing the sweet spot around and coming up with off-beat, interesting photos.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      As advertised

      By BetaEcho

      from San Francisco, California

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

        I use the Lens Baby line of products primarily for video applications.

        While not a replacement for a tilt shift lens this versatile little guy adds so many new styles to my game.

        Most of the effects could be accomplished in post production. However, I find I'm more creative and the end result is more organic feeling when using the Lens Baby line of Products.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Bland

        By PhotoWoman

        from Colorado Springs CO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

        Great for close-ups. This was an upgrade to my original lensbaby. Easier to use, and great for the botanical gardens.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Versatile fun and creativity boost

        By Amanda

        from Gainesville, fl

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

              Portraiture and general great product for everyday creativity boost

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great addition to my bag!

              By LeGrandLife

              from NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                  Wonderful for sparking a little creativity. Manual focus takes a little getting used to. But I'm loving the results.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great lens for the price

                  By maxmillionaire

                  from portland

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                    For the price you can't beat it. That much is obvious. The optics are good, sweet spot is manageable. You just don't have nearly the same fine control adjustments you get from a pro tilt/shift, which is expected when paying 1k less.

                    Pros: -Easy to get very cinematic shots. (esp when combined with tabletop dolly and Highframerate/slowmo
                    -very small/ light weight
                    - has a lot of accessories, a great way to "beef up" your b-roll

                    Con: -not made to professional standards.
                    -hard to repeat fine tune controls

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Crazy lens for crazy jobs

                    By Claudio Faccio

                    from Sao Paulo, BR

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                    Very specific but yet very useful

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                    5.0

                    Some Fun

                    By Alibi

                    from Detroit, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Extreme Tilt
                    • Nice Selection Of Add Ons

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                    Have only shot a bit with it. But, it looks like it will be a lens to have fun with. Not practical for most photography. But, really lets you start to explore the artistic side. Also, playing with light.

                    Lens is sturdy and well built. Tilt is extreme if so desired. Sweet spots of shots appear very clear.

                    Takes a bit to dial in the aperture, shutter speed, and focus. But, that's all part of the fun.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    She loves it!

                    By AndrewR

                    from Gainesville, FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Drop-in Aperture Rings

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                    I ended up getting this for my wife's birthday in September, she loves it so that's definitely a big plus. After she used it on her 60D for a short while, I had to see what the fuss was all about. I put it on my 5D and this lens really does have great optics for what most would consider a "novelty lens." As sharp as a canon 50mm 1.4 in the center and just as fast. The only con is the complete manual functionality of this lens. Not only is it manual focus, but it comes with a stack of aperture rings that you can drop in the front of the lens in order to stop it down. The lens tilt is easy to move and yet stays dead on when you position it. I would especially recommend this to photographers interested in portraits and street photography, the selective focus is a great way to pick a subject out of a whole mess of background noise.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Great product!

                    By Bobbyphoto

                    from NJ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                      This little piece of equipment opened up a completely new way of realizing my vision. It was easy to use, well made and fun.

                      The only thing I can think of that would need improving is to add marks to the focus ring and barrel for video use, but other than that, this thing is great!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great lens!

                      By Lena

                      from Ridgewood NJ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                      I got this lens a couple of weeks ago and have been using it at every shoot ever since! It takes a while to get used to it (I am STILL getting used to it) but it produces stunning images! I think it is a great lens - especially considered how inexpensive it is.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Simple but Unique

                      By Jason

                      from nyc, ny

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                          Great for portrait photography as well as making unique landscape shots. It is totally manual which is a good thing otherwise it would be thousands of dollars. It will take you an hour to get rolling and once you start playing with it you will be like me looking for more Lens Baby products.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Nice new toy

                          By Bryan D

                          from NC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Slight Learning Curve

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                          Really neat way to stretch your creativity.

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Fun Specialty Lens

                          By Anna Lee Media

                          from Oklahoma City

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Creative
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                            I bought this product because I love the effect of tilt-shift lenses. While it's not exactly the same thing, you still get a similar, whimsical feel for a lot less money.

                            There's definitely a learning curve involved, but it's not difficult. It's also not a shoot-from-the-hip lens, however. It's all manual focus, so you do have to spend some time composing your sweet spot and getting it in focus. I personally had some trouble with this, but I'm also not used to having to manual focus.

                            You should also keep in mind that this lens is idea for situations with plenty of light, as smaller aperture are the most functional way to get what you want out of this lens.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Love it

                            By christi

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                                It's a little difficult to get the sweet spot where you want it. I've found that it's not focused on what I think it's focused on. So I make tiny adjustments and take several in the hopes that one will turn out right. Fantastic, dreamy images.

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                                • No

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                                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                Not in love

                                By PhotoBrook

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Hard to find sweet spot

                                Best Uses

                                • Street photography

                                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                                I'm a pro photographer who thought I'd get a fun lens for creative portraiture with bride and grooms and seniors. Problem is, I'm already in love with the Canon T/S lenses and this is no substitute. If you want a T/S lens, then save up. If you like the toy look of the composer - knock yourself out. Just remember - this is no tilt shift. It's really difficult to find the sweet spot... make sure you zoom in on your thumbnail or you might be surprised when you get home. That said, my friend loves this lens.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Great fun with non-tradational shooting.

                                By NH Photog

                                from Stratham, NH

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Price point
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Manual focus only
                                • Slow aperture

                                Best Uses

                                • Art
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                                Lets be clear if you love auto focus and sharp images this lens is not for you. But if you love being creative, creating unique looks and doing things a little differently you will love this lens. Also if your familiar with other lens baby products, you will find this the easiest and most versatile of their line.

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Whimsical Lens

                                By Pixels

                                from Eagle, Idaho

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portrait Senior Work

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                                  I purchased the Lensbaby Composer Pro for my senior and portrait work. I have been able to use this lens on my past two senior sessions and so far have been very pleased. I would recommend playing with the lens a bit to understand the nature of it, but once you have that down, images turn out great. It is a fully manual lens.
                                  Pros- love the sweet spot, and the tack sharpness of it. Great way to introduce some creative flair to portraiture work, lightweight, smooth socket when tilting the lens.
                                  Cons- so far I haven't found any. It can be frustrating in the beginning to nail your sharpness, but just practice and take extra frames adjusting as needed!

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice!

                                  By Poly Woly

                                  from Bethesda, MD

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                                    Feels nicer than the original version. 50mm is a bit long for cropped sensors and makes framing a little difficult, especially in tight spaces. [...]. Makes very unique and interesting photos.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice upgrade!

                                    By scout57

                                    from Ontario Canada

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • All around lens

                                      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic (For Canon EF):

                                      I changed cameras and needed a lensbaby but was not in a rush. I am very happy I waited as this new lens is a very good upgrade. The metal ball is very smooth and accurate and not much more money!

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