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LensbabyComposer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount
 
4.3

(based on 98 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (77)
  • Easily interchangeable (61)
  • Durable (30)
  • Nice bokeh (30)
  • Strong construction (27)

Cons

  • Slow focus (12)
  • Blurry focus (10)
  • Weak casing (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (45)
  • Macro photography (36)
  • Weddings (34)
  • Night photography (21)
  • Portraits (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (35), Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (8), Semi-professional (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great entertainment

The Composer is just about the funnest thing you can mount on the end of your camera. It is frustrating, goofy, very difficult to focus, and mine focusses infinitely beyond infinity. But...Read complete review

The Composer is just about the funnest thing you can mount on the end of your camera. It is frustrating, goofy, very difficult to focus, and mine focusses infinitely beyond infinity. But I love it and I don't know of anything else like it on the market. You want to change aperture? Take out the magnet, and pull out the old one and drop in a new one.

I'm a bit immobile right now but I see great artistic potential in this lens. People see shots from it and wonder how the heck I did it. It is so old school, or beyond old school. It is way too expensive, but I can see folks getting one and it never leaving their camera. You can even get blanks to form your own aperture shapes. Bokeh? Well, you cannot complain anymore, you made it. That bokeh concept is now your responsibility. Hearts, diamonds, stars, whatever. As I said, it is too expensive, but worth it too. And there are lots of options (that I haven't gotten, yet) to make the Lensbaby kit even more expensive. Macro attachments, wide angle, short telephoto. Heck, I'll probably wind up with a $500 Lensbaby kit, and I won't even know why. But as I said, it is just simply cool and highly addictive. Try that with a $2000 zoom.

If I was shooting film, I would probably toss it into the garbage sack out of frustration and bitterness. But digital? All I have to do is toss out the bad shots and wonder with the good ones. If you get one, you will take zillions of shots, and you will find some that are magic. I highly recommend it. You will smile!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fun Toy

I bought this lens for my own amusement/enjoyment. It's not the most conventional lens; it basically makes your $3,000 camera shoot like an $60 LOMO. Lensbaby lenses are useful tools for creative...Read complete review

I bought this lens for my own amusement/enjoyment. It's not the most conventional lens; it basically makes your $3,000 camera shoot like an $60 LOMO. Lensbaby lenses are useful tools for creative photography and a cheap alternative for tilt-shift-like effects without having to drop a lot of money on a tilt-shift lens. Bottomline: If you're interested in seeing things from a new perspective and challenging yourself to find uses for this lens, pick one up; it's a fun toy.

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4.0

Fun toy lens

By wedding shooter

from Lincoln, NE

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

    This is extremely easy to use, though it does take practice. I like to use this primarily in low light situations (indoors or at night), and that usually requires a tripod. Sometimes, finding the right sweet stop is the challenge. Playing around with the different aperture disks (included) can help you figure out how big the sweet stop is.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Unleash creative and Fx fun

    By GindhartPhoto

    from Indianapolis, IN

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compositional Flexibility

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

      I use it for wedding photo artistic details; cake, rings, flowers, hair, etc. and the occasional portrait.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Wonderful little lens

      By Lee

      from Jackson MS

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

        This lens is a snap to use and takes wonderful pictures.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Fun lens!

        By Kass_McG

        from Davison, Mi

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

          Bought the lens baby for myself for my birthday, lol. and I love it! I am a big fan of tilt shift/large format photography, so I was really excited to use this product. I only gave it 4 stars because the effect, while allowing me to tilt the focus of the shot, looks more like a zoom burst effect on the out of focus areas than tilt shift. but nevertheless, I love it! I would highly recommend this product for anyone who wants to experiment with creativity in digital photography and it adds a little spice to whatever you may be shooting! I am looking forward to incorporating it into my business endeavors as well!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Goooood!

          By thivieira

          from São Paulo - brazil

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

          a product that meets my needs. If your desire is to have a look as some instagram photos this is the product. to make good clips! I liked it!

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          4.0

          The Magic Touch

          By Excited Eric

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

          I love this lens. The usefulness to price ratio is very high in my opinion. It's helpful when it comes to adding that extra magic touch to photos that would otherwise be too plain. I also use it for cinematography, which lends itself to much more artistic shots with little extra effort. I like that you can choose to either lock the sweet spot position into place or keep it loose. Setting the sweet spot and focus takes a couple minutes to get used to before it becomes second nature, but in the grand scheme of things, a couple minutes isn't very much when making something second nature. The one thing I was a tiny bit disappointed by is that the focus ring seems to be a little loose so it's easy to nudge it out of focus by accident, but I'm sure I'll get used to it with a little more time. The creative apertures are really cool. I used the heart for a wedding video and it was perfect to see the heart-shaped bokeh in the background while the couple was performing their first dance. All around, this lens is a really fun addition to the bag of tricks.

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          • No

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          5.0

          A great addition to my arsenal

          By stmimaging

          from 23666

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

              I do a lot of casual portraiture and find myself on some extremely interesting fesh new paths with my Lensbaby.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Perfect little lens

              By Sunnykay Summers

              from Texas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                The Lensbaby is a great little lens. I haven't used it to much, but I bought it to use at a wedding I 'm shooting in a few weeks. I wanted to provide my Bride and Groom with a few interesting and beauty pictures and this little guy will do the trick.

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                1.0

                Now I know why this was discontinued.

                By Adam Hanly

                from Kansas City

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                It's mediocre at best, the Canon TS lens should have been my purchase, or at least the version of this with the "35mm optic."

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                • No

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                5.0

                Fun and easy

                By jmc

                from nj

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                  Out the box it was easy to use and fun.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great investment

                  By TurboTigerJaws

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great value
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                    I had wanted one of these for a long time and always put off getting one. Finally, I splurged. Best decision ever. For anyone looking to be re-inspired as a photographer or filmmaker, the Lensbaby will do the trick. The funny thing is how inexpensive it is compared to how much it does for your shots. I am looking forward to more opportunities to pull this out of my case.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Fun Toy

                    By Jena Ardell

                    from New York

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                    I bought this lens for my own amusement/enjoyment. It's not the most conventional lens; it basically makes your $3,000 camera shoot like an $60 LOMO. Lensbaby lenses are useful tools for creative photography and a cheap alternative for tilt-shift-like effects without having to drop a lot of money on a tilt-shift lens. Bottomline: If you're interested in seeing things from a new perspective and challenging yourself to find uses for this lens, pick one up; it's a fun toy.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Fun lens!

                    By ClickinOC

                    from Ocean City, Maryland

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Great price
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Creative Photographs
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                      I'm still learning how to use this lens but so far I love it and am having a lot of fun with it. I enjoy being able to get special effects in my photographs without using photoshop. You can't beat the price!! Having to change the aperture rings isn't a big deal either. I really don't end up changing the aperture ring that often.

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                      4.0

                      Interesting lens

                      By Dave

                      from Long Island, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                          I found it fun to use this lens. When your starting off I think it's good to practice with this lens on a tripod photographing still life so you can see how minor adjustments will affect the image. If you have live view on your camera that will help too as you select what you want in focus. I enjoyed seeing the tilt effect with Christmas lights and seeing the light stretch out in a way that a prime lens just can not duplicate. Doing handheld portraits is still a bit tricky to get the focus you want but I find it's worth playing around with. I see this as a toy lens that's fun and can create creative, unique photos. You need to have patience and realize that it might take a few attempts to get the look you want from this lens. Now I want to get the attachments like macro,pinhole and wide angle for even more fun with this lens.

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                          5.0

                          Immediate fun

                          By TylerOKC

                          from Oklahoma City, OK

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                              I've been toying around with the idea of ordering one of these for a while, and recently had the opportunity due to being given a B&H gift card.

                              Within minutes of unboxing, I was enjoying the lens. Easy to use and understand, though it will take some practice getting the feel of it for sharper focus on subjects.

                              I"m happy with the non-pro version, though I've seen some people online saying the pro version has smoother action which would come in handy for tilting/shifting while shooting video.

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                              • Yes

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                              2.0

                              Invest In A Real Lens

                              By Chad

                              from Alaska

                              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                              Although I've seen images using the Lensbaby Composer that I've really liked, on a personal level the Lensbaby Composer has never really inspired me to create anything close to a favorite image. Every time I put the lens on and fool around with it I immediately realize how much I'm missing my quality standard Nikon lens. It's also slow and wastes precious time. To me, the optical quality between say a prime 50mm 1.4 Nikon and a Lensbaby is night and day. Nikon standard lens all the way.

                              In conclusion, considering my limited budget at this moment in time I wish I would have invested my money into a "real lens." For those who seek a high level of optical quality, stay away from Lensbaby products. If you don't mind sacrificing the quality of your glass for increased diffusion and unique creative opportunities on a low budget then surely the Lensbaby a great product. Otherwise, stay away.

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                              4.0

                              Fun lens!

                              By Andrea

                              from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Blurry Focus
                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                              Fun and good for creative pictures but really difficult to focus.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Toy to Play With

                              By Ahmed Rabea

                              from Bahrain

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Manual Aperture Change

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                              This is the greatest photography toy I ever played with.

                              Amazing control over focus and tilting, yet easy to begin learning with it.

                              After just few attempts, I started getting used to it. The results are either so artistic or so funny, in other words I have enjoyed every picture I took with this lens.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              A whole new way of creating wild picture

                              By vriesen 11

                              from North Vancouver B.C.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                                I just recieved my lens baby composer yesterday , messed around with it until i worked out the bugs . I tell you this peace of equipment for your camera turns out some really wild pictures , I`ve never had so much fun learning how to make some wild pics.

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                                3.0

                                great gadget

                                By freefallon

                                from portland maine

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Canon EF Mount:

                                  A great little gadget - the lensbaby has allowed me to bring a whole new layer of creativity to my shoots. I look forward to acquiring more of the vbarious optics available to increase its usefulness in the field.

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