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LensbabyComposer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount
 
4.5

(based on 61 reviews)

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    (37)

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    (21)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (45)
  • Easily interchangeable (31)
  • Nice bokeh (23)
  • Consistent output (19)
  • Durable (13)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (30)
  • Weddings (19)
  • Macro photography (17)
  • Low light (11)
  • Wildlife photos (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wonderful lens!

This is my first Lensbaby and I absolutely love it! It's very different from traditional lenses, but adds an artistic touch to any photo.

It's very easy to focus, but...Read complete review

This is my first Lensbaby and I absolutely love it! It's very different from traditional lenses, but adds an artistic touch to any photo.

It's very easy to focus, but takes a bit of practice to doing it quickly if you are used to using auto-focus.

The aperture is easy to change, but they are not adjustable within the camera. The lens comes with a set of several aperture disks that you drop into the lens. They are held in place magnetically. If you are really into artsy photos, I would recommend the "Creative Aperture Kit". It allows you to change the shape of your bokeh.

I guess the only con would be something that really doesn't have to do with the lens, but with the camera. With my camera (Nikon D200) it can be difficult to focus because I don't have a traditional focusing screen like on a manual camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

qualified fun

nice effects, manual focus takes lots of practice to put the sweet spot where you want it, excellent customer service from lensbaby.

nice effects, manual focus takes lots of practice to put the sweet spot where you want it, excellent customer service from lensbaby.

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5.0

Versatility

By Raymondg418

from Bronx, NY

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

    Beside the ability to switch out the many different effects lenses, I like the all position swivel part of the lens. That is where you can customize your shot.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Excellent Lens and very easy to use.

    By Billcop118

    from Township of Washington, NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

      This lens was very easy to use and the pictures came out great.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Controllable Effects

      By Markus43

      from El Cajon, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

        I cut my teeth on the 3G, Control Freak and Muse. The composer is certainly a user friendly piece of equipment to add to the list. I needed a solid mount for video creation using Lensbaby's Optic Swap assortment. Being able to lock down the effect is a plus.
        A great tool Lensbaby!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Fun little lens

        By Jen

        from Maine

        Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

        This is a fun addition to my kit....little bit of a learning curve, though once I got the hang of finding the sweet spot, I got some great results. Still lots to learn....excited to experiment. And as always, B&H Customer Service ROCKS!

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        5.0

        Great lil special effects lens

        By Ryan C

        from New York City, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cheap But Good

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Tilt Shift

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

          I first used this lens in college to do some tilt shift time lapse. I got spectacular professional results! You have to manually place the aperature in, but that's not a big deal overall. It's a nifty lil lens for a little price.

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          5.0

          Fun and Useful

          By Kid

          from Virginia

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

          I love this lens. Mostly use it for my own personal work but also can make for great images during portrait sessions. Great how it holds itself in place after adjusting. Also very easy to change the aperture rings.

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          5.0

          excellent

          By AltaAudiovisuales

          from Uruguay

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

          excellent

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          4.0

          Great little lens!

          By Mary

          from New Hampshire

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

          Still having fun learning this little lens. Love the blur it creates. Really great for changing up your photography. Easy to use!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great for simple special effects...

          By Jim

          from St Louis MO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

          Excellent special effects lens when you want to focus on (just) one area of your picture or object. You need ample lighting on your subject, however, and it works particularly well when shooting in manual mode. Great for those unique photos.

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          5.0

          Awesome creative lens!

          By heavenly~flower

          from Lawrence, KS

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

            The Lensbaby Composer opens up a whole new world with photography. In my opinion, it's easy to master if you've understand manual settings on your camera. I love the creative twist it adds and I'd highly recommend this lens!

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            4.0

            Good change of pace and fun

            By Gettle

            from Deerfield, IL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

              takes a bit to get used to finding your focus spot, and still learning. But something to get out of a routine with and have some cool results.
              easy to change the aperture rings, but best not done outside on a windy day.

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              5.0

              Best $I Have Ever Spent!

              By Jack Cohen

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Expandibility For Cheap
              • Great accessories
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Openness Of The System
              • Value

              Cons

              • Different Aperture Disks
              • Manual Focus
              • M Mode Only On Camera

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

              I love this lens! I first started to look into Lensbaby lens system because I was getting a little bored with the standard output that my lenses on my Nikon D3000 were giving me, and these let me "see in a new way!" :). When I first opened up the lens, it was pretty easy to get going. This comes with everything you need to be able get going, which was much appreciated. The greatest part about the Lensbaby lenses is the fact that it is very expandable. This kit comes with the Composer lens - the silver thing that attaches to your camera and you twist around in a ball socket and the double glass optic, the green rimmed thing in the middle. You can buy new optics to put inside of the composer, such as the Fisheye optic and the pinhole optic and more. You can also get different, creative apertures that are shaped like hearts and stars, etc. When you first attach the lens to your camera, you will realize that it will only work in the manual mode of the camera - so you will be setting the exposure and iso yourself, and manually changing the phisical apertures via a cool magnet accessory that is included. Also, there is no autofocus at all. This is a pretty big hump to get over, but if you do, the lens is totally worth it. When shooting, the lens produces amazing photos - the "Sweet Spot" of focus is something that I've never seen and really blows me away, and the photos are beautiful. Experiment with this lens - please! Please get this and try it out, the photos are just so amazing.

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Small and fun!

              By MJ9

              from Brasilia, Brazil

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                  A great little accessory - the lensbaby has allowed me to bring a whole new level of creativity to my shoots - and have lots of fun doing it!

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                  5.0

                  Composer indeed

                  By pappymj

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                    I use this lens for portrait and I'm really satisfied with it. It exceeded my expectation. Anyone who loves a dreamy look pictures, this is the lens you need. It just takes a little practice to find the sweet spot but overall it's a great lens, especially for the price.

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                    4.0

                    I love this lens !!

                    By Sunny01m

                    from Houston. Tx

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                      I am into artistic photography , and this lens is a great addition to my photographic equipment . It allows me to be more creative .I am looking forward to get some of the accessories available for this type of lens.

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                      4.0

                      Great little lens, a lot of fun to use.

                      By DanAus

                      from Sydney, Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Affordable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                          Cheap way of using tiltshift only problem is that it doesn't have any electronics so with a Nikon D90 it is purely manual mode and you have to work out exposure yourself. Otherwise a lot of fun.

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                          5.0

                          Great special effects lens

                          By Jess

                          from Long Beach, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                              I really enjoy this lens, I previously owned the lensbaby 2.0, and while it was fun, maintaining the sweet spot of focus was really hard because the slightest movement would change something. This lens is a huge improvement on that. You still get all the flexibility of the 2.0 but with the stability of a ball bering type mechanism that controls the tilt. I really like the optics that you can add on, that makes changing aperture much easier, also gives you the option of a wider range of effects for a fraction of the cost of individual effects lenses. For a hobbyist like myself, it's the perfect way to experiment with different looks and styles of photography without a huge financial investment.

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                              4.0

                              Very fun lens to experiment on

                              By Gruxmonkey

                              from Milford, CT

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Artsy
                              • Completely different
                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Manual Focus
                              • No light metering
                              • Slow to use

                              Best Uses

                              • Artistic
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                              This lens allows the user to create an effect completely different than a narrow dof. You use the focus ring to put the subject in focus then frame the shot while angling the composer toward the originally focused subject. Some prefer to frame the shot then angle the composer and focus, it's personal preference.

                              The construction is okay, but like any piece of precision equipment you must treat it with care.

                              My biggest complaint is you must operate in manual mode on Nikon cameras. The problem here is not so much the manual aspect but rather the fact you don't get a light meter along the bottom as usual. Shutter speed is trial and error. This lens was a gift.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome lens!!

                              By krice4173

                              from Jamestown, ohio

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                                So much fun! Having a great time with this lens!! Portraits, flowers, landscapes all great!

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                                • Yes

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Loved it !

                                By Barreto

                                from New York City

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Lensbaby Composer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount:

                                  Lensbaby is light, easy to carry and easy to use. Not to mention the amazingly beautiful effects i got on my pictures so far. Have not tried the Macro lens yet (comes on the kit I bought) but if it's as good as the other one, it will be good quality.

                                  I highly recommend it

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