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LensbabySoft Focus Optic
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Nice bokeh (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Macro photography (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Great for Creativity

By G0M0

from Philadelphia

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Creative
  • Fun
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Experimentation

    Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

    I have a Lensbaby Sweet 35 and really enjoy it. I thought I would try the Soft Focus Optic. It's very different. As I have read, it's most interesting when there is bright and contrasty light. Any bright spots take on the shape of the special aperture. I will use it most at early morning, at sunset, and at night. It's a challenge like all Lensbaby products, but worth the effort.

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    5.0

    interesting variation

    By Torrilin

    from Madison, WI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

      This gives a look very similar to the velvet 56. It costs a lot less, and the magnetic apertures permit you to get very experimental with the overall look. They also permit some abstract effects that can be neat with the right subject.

      I don't find the soft focus apertures (the multi hole ones) to be particularly useful with this optic. This does not mean they're bad! They're useful with the double glass optic if you want to add some of the soft focus optic's "glow" to shots taken with the double glass. I haven't gone through all the creative apertures (yet) with the soft focus optic, but I can see some of them being very interesting visually.

      The magnetic apertures can be a bit of a pain to field swap. If you like the effects and take the time to really study the effects they grant, the small pain of swapping is paid off in effects that you can't easily duplicate with software.

      The one thing I would warn with this is the lens is the line between soft focus and flare is pretty narrow when you're working in sunlight. The lighter the color of the subject the more this can be an issue. I notice it a lot with white flowers. You can use it to good effect with practice.

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      4.0

      Does give "soft glow" look to images

      By SFBayShooter

      from SF Bay Area

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Best Wlow-contrast Light
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Soft Glow Look

      Cons

      • Aperture Rings Clumsy
      • Manual Exposure Only
      • Manual focus only

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

      I've only had this a couple of weeks. It does give a soft glow look to images, especially with larger apertures like f/2.8 and f/4.0. Haven't yet figured out a use for the multi-hole rings. Accurate exposure seems to a trial-and-error process, especially when not using live view.

      The manually-inserted aperture rings and magnet seem clumsy to me, and easy to lose too.

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      5.0

      dreamy

      By cameragirl

      from Hickory, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

          Love the soft focus optic for creating special dreamy effects.

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          4.0

          lensbaby soft focus optic

          By Chris

          from New York, N.Y.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portriats
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

            Just got it, but it is already my favorite Lensbaby acc. It leaves the center sharp while softening the edges of your shots much like the old glamour shots of days gone bye.

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            3.0

            Too Early To Tell

            By Alibi

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Artistic Character
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Range Of Results

            Cons

            • Finding Focus Sweet Spot
            • Take Time To Learn

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Portrait

            Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

            Bought soft focus optic with composer pro. Have used it a little. Playing with aperture rings. Have not fully gotten a shot I'm pleased with. As I said, probably have not used it enough yet.

            It is easy to swap in and out of composer pro.

            Have found more success with other optics and am gravitating toward those...double glass and sweet 35.

            Overall, not giving up on it. Just too early to tell/review.

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            5.0

            Perfect product !

            By Marcos Rudi

            from São Paulo, Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Art
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

              It's a must for all photo artist. The images are great. Soft Focus is the perfect way to discover a new universe of touching shots.

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              5.0

              great addition to the lensbaby system

              By mumbler

              from Melbourne, Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Street
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

                Provides an interesting creative option for the LB system that would be difficult to emulate in photoshop.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Where have you been?1

                By NeilVan

                from Coquitlam, BC, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Flora
                  • Flowers
                  • Garden

                  Comments about Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic:

                  The effect from this optic is exactly what I have been looking for. Absolutely stunning and worth every penny! Lensbaby customer service is also very good, something I thought I should mention.

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