New Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Captures Sharp (and Soft-Edged) Images
Lensbaby, loved by many for its ever-growing line of fun-and-funky, special-effect optics, has introduced the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic, an 80mm f/2.8 flat field lens that like the Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic, sports a 12-blade adjustable diaphragm, which for a Lensbaby can be considered a major advance in lens design.
Though flat-field optics are traditionally macros or enlarging lenses, the new Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic only focuses down to about 17", which means it’s not a true macro. As for its abilities as an enlarging lens, if somebody wants to attach an Edge 80 to their enlarger and give it a spin, drop us a line and let us know how you made out.
What the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic can do is capture sharply defined narrow-focus stills and video. Depending on the degree of tilt and how far you open or close the diaphragm blades, the Edge 80 enables you to capture images with a near-infinite degree of feathering control. With an 80mm focal length and an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/22, the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic is ideal for shooting portraits, still life and other subjects that may benefit from a softer edge.
|f/stop Range||2.8 - 22|
|Min. Focus||17" (43.2cm)|