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.

The Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic, which is part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, is compatible with the Lensbaby Composer, Composer Pro, Muse, Control Freak and Scout.

Focal Length 80mm
f/stop Range 2.8 - 22
Min. Focus 17" (43.2cm)
Diaphragm Blades 12
Filter Size 46mm

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