Lensbaby Composer with Tilt Transformer

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Lensbabys are the photographic equivalent of puppies. And just as a puppy can turn the heart of the toughest of blowhards into mush, Lensbabys have a tendency of pulling the MTF charts out from under the starchiest of optical snobs simply because they inject a great measure of fun into the act of picture taking.


Lensbaby's latest imaging product is the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer, which allows you to perform a variety of controllable selective-focusing tricks using Nikon lenses, including Nikon G-series AF lenses.

Available in two flavors—the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer for Micro 4/3 digicams  (Panasonic Lumix G Micro System & Olympus Pen) and the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer for Sony NEX digicams—both versions enable you to create a number of tilt shift-like, selective-focus effects, depending how far or near off-center you tilt the lens and where your f-stop is set.


Designed ball-and-socket style, the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer enables you to swivel the lens twice as far off-axis than traditional tilt-shift optics, not to mention with a greater variety of focal-length options to choose from.

If you do not own any Nikon lenses you can join the party by purchasing the  Lensbaby Composer with Tilt Transformer, which is a two-part affair consisting of a Lensbaby Composer Special Effects Lens (50mm equivalent) and the new Lensbaby Tilt Transformer, which together allow you to tilt, swivel, and shoot  'til the cows come home.

Like the stand-alone Tilt Transformer, the Composer/Tilt Transformer combo is also available in two flavors: the Lensbaby Composer Tilt Transformer for 4/3-format digicams and the Lensbaby Composer with Tilt Transformer for Sony NEX cameras.

And if tilt-shifting isn't enough to satisfy your optical creative urges, the Lensbaby Composer with Tilt Transformer is also compatible with almost all Lensbaby lens accessories.

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The description under the features tab for this item LECTTM43
says it works with Nikon, Olympus, and Sony. That is great you can get one lens to work with all different cameras!!! Or on a second thought is that a mistake of the website?

Daniel wrote:

The description under the features tab for this item LECTTM43
says it works with Nikon, Olympus, and Sony. That is great you can get one lens to work with all different cameras!!! Or on a second thought is that a mistake of the website?

You can use Nikon Lenses on Panasonic and Olympus Micro 4/3 cameras.

A version is made for each camera

Daniel wrote:

The description under the features tab for this item LECTTM43
says it works with Nikon, Olympus, and Sony. That is great you can get one lens to work with all different cameras!!! Or on a second thought is that a mistake of the website?

You can use Nikon Lenses on Panasonic and Olympus Micro 4/3 cameras.

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Will you be able to place the sweet spot on infinity and have it on focus? The problem is that if you place anything between the lens and camera you usually have a macro lens and lose the ability to focus on infinity. Might not be a problem if you focus on something close by, but you might not be able to do it on infinity. Does anyone know if my assumption is correct?

Daniel wrote:

Will you be able to place the sweet spot on infinity and have it on focus? The problem is that if you place anything between the lens and camera you usually have a macro lens and lose the ability to focus on infinity. Might not be a problem if you focus on something close by, but you might not be able to do it on infinity. Does anyone know if my assumption is correct?

You will lose infinity focus as a result of moving the lens away from the film plane.

Is the Tilt Transformer compatible with old manual focus Nikon lenses?  AI only, or Pre-AI too?

Tilt transformer goes on the camera not the lens

Is the Tilt Transformer compatible with old manual focus Nikon lenses?  AI only, or Pre-AI too?

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You can use NIkon lenses, and there are versions available to fit Panasonic, Olympus Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras.

 You won't lose infinity focus because m4/3 cameras have a much smaller flange depth than SLRs.  

Wish it had a micro 4 thirds mount instead of Nikon.  I have micro 4/3 adapters for my Leica R and M lenses and would like to us them with it.  

 can i use this lensbaby on video cameras with 2/3 inch chips like the panasonic 3700?

For the Nikon lens to Micro 4/3 adapter, there should be no reason you can't focus to Infinity.  The nikon lenses focus much father away from their lens mounts than the micro 4/3 lenses.  Correspondingly, in the micro 4/3 cameras, the sensors are much closer to the lens mount than nikon sensors. So you can put an adapter in between, and still focus on infinity.  I have a fixed (ie none-tilt) Nikon to micro 4/3 thirds adapter which works just fine.