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LensbabyComposer Special Effects SLR Lens - for Nikon F Mount
 
4.5

(based on 55 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (43)
  • Easily interchangeable (28)
  • Nice bokeh (22)
  • Consistent output (16)
  • Durable (12)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (27)
  • Weddings (18)
  • Macro photography (15)
  • Low light (10)
  • Special effects (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22), Yes (10)

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

excellent

By AltaAudiovisuales

from Uruguay

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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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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

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    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

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          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

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            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

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              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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                      • Yes

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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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                        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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                          5.0

                          LOVE IT!!!!

                          By Mike

                          from Aliso Viejo, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            I have been using this for everything and love the effects. I use it for close-ups on flowers, portraits of the children and pets, and even shot some of my daughter's dance recital. Great effects!

                            It is very easy to use and I have had no problems using my Nikon D7000 with it. I especially like how easy it is to change the peratures. Using the magnet makes it quick and easy to change.

                            I recommend this to anyone trying to pursue a different routes of creativity.

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                            4.0

                            fun fun fun!

                            By 3717

                            from Vancouver, BC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • Plastic
                            • Slow
                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

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

                              has brought out the fun in shooting again. its kind of particular with it's spot focus, some fidgeting/tweaking, BUUUTT! i'm really enjoying mucking about with this lens. it's plastic-y....., which makes me wonder how handling will affect it's shelf life. so far, it's been good. it doesn't feel as cheap as i initially thought it was, but keeping in mind, it's still plastic. on another positive note, it's incredibly light, so it's a nice change from all my hefty lenses. great for something creative/different, i guess you could create the dreamy blur on post production with photoshop, but the lens satisfies the immediacy in viewing what you shoot right after. isn't that half the fun? overall the composer for under $300, i thought it was kind of expensive for a piece of plastic, but it's re-inspired me to shoot again, so having said that, it's been a great addition to my family of lenses. (comes with a cloth drawstring bag to store lens)i recommend also purchasing the creative apertures. they make this lens even more fun! i thought i could make them myself, but the aperture pieces seem to be magnetic, so saving myself the trouble and for about $20, i just got some precut shapes, along with some blanks that i can create in the future. i guess a con of the apertures is that you have to take the 30 seconds to change them. like the f-stops that come with the composer, you physically have to interchange them. so it's not as simple as turning the barrel of the lens to change apertures.....better be careful if ur clumseyoh one last thing, i don't have any of the optics for my composer, but prior to purchasing mine, the sales associate was trying to show me how to switch out the optics with the optic changer.it seemed that the optic in the display model was jammed inside the composer, it was almost like the optic was mis-aligned within the housing part of the composer, like a misaligned zipper, or picture a plastic jar with a plastic lid that was screwed on wrong. i don't know if the associate got it fixed without snapping the housing, but maybe something to be aware of if you buy these items because it's a plastic housing and it didn't look like it would withstand a lot of twisting and turning especially if the optic was jarred inside the housing piece.overall, i recommend, the website is a nice introduction to the lensbaby concept and product line.[@]

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                              1.0

                              The audacity of hope.

                              By Pictureted

                              from Redwood City, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Weak Casing

                              Best Uses

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

                                I bought the Composer with the Macro, Wide Angle and Tele Kit and the Step-Up/Shade. Unfortunately, the Macro Kit and Set-Up/Shade don't work with the Tele or Wide angle kit. It's not as mix and match as you'd expect. You also have to remove Tele/Wide or Step-Up with Filter in order to change the aperture. Balky focusing and focus shift when locking tilt doesn't make things easier. The lightweight construction doesn't lead me to believe the product will last.

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                                2.0

                                The audacity of hope.

                                By Pictureted

                                from Redwood City, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Blurry Focus
                                • Weak Casing

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography

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

                                I really wanted to think this was more than a gimmick. Yes, you can achieve interesting things with this, but it's not very well designed as a "system". The wide angle and tele adapters don't work with the close-up lenses or the lens shade. The aperture changes require removing whatever is attached first and the focus changes when you tighten the shift locking mechanism.

                                I wish the system was as refined as the LB website. I also doubt these products will have the longevity of any other Nikon mount lens I've used, a lot of plastic that's already balky on focus doesn't bode well for the future.

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                                5.0

                                Fun!

                                By HelloKimmy86

                                from Coldwater, MI

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                • Poor in Low Light

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                I really like this, I was a little hesitant because of the price, and learning how to use it. I think it took a week or so before I got the hang of it, but this is really fun to use and has amazing effects!

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                                4.0

                                LensBaby for Nikon is great

                                By AP

                                from Baltimore

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    The lensbaby is not the easiest lens to use but its built great and shoots very crisp,artistic images. I like it A LOT!

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