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Thingyfy Pinhole Pro for Canon EF

Thingyfy Pinhole Pro for Canon EF

B&H # THPHPEFMNT MFR # 001C-PP-00027
Key Features
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture Adjustment Range: 0.1-0.8mm
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$12900
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Holga Lens for Nikon DSLR Camera

Holga Lens for Nikon DSLR Camera

B&H # HOLNDSLR MFR # Z-880/NIK
Key Features
  • 60mm Lens
  • Mounts Holga Accessories to Nikon DSLRs
  • Creates a Holgaesque Image
$1995
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Holga Lens for Canon DSLR Camera

B&H # HOLCDSLR MFR # Z-860/EOS
Key Features
  • Yields Holgaesque Images
$1999
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SLR Magic Toy Pinhole for Micro Four Thirds

B&H # SLPHLMFT MFR # T-PIN
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • Focal Length: 12mm
  • 24mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Approximate f/128 Aperture
$2900
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Lensbaby Twist 60 Optic

B&H # LELBT60 MFR # LBT60
Key Features
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Separates Subjects from Background
  • Subtle Swirled Edges
$13676
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Lensless Pinhole Body Cap for Nikon F

B&H # LEPBCNA1 MFR # PINHOLE BODY CAP NIKON F/
Key Features
  • Plastic Body Cap with Drilled Pinhole
  • 0.01"-Diameter Pinhole in Brass
  • Approximate 2" Focal Length and f/200
$2900
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Thingyfy Pinhole Pro S for Sony E

B&H # THPHPSEMNT MFR # 001C-PS-00038
Key Features
  • Sony E Lens Mount
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • Fixed 0.14mm Aperture
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$6900
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Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic

B&H # LES35O MFR # LBO35
Key Features
  • 35mm Selective Focus Optic
  • 12-Blade Diaphragm Adjustable Aperture
  • 4 Multi-Coated Elements in 3 Groups
  • 46mm Front Threads
$13676
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Lensbaby Obscura 50 with Fixed Body for Sony E

B&H # LELBFBOX MFR # LBFBOX
Key Features
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Manual Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.04"
$14995
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Lensbaby Edge 35 Optic

B&H # LELBE35 MFR # LBE35
Key Features
  • 35mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • For Use with Additional Lens Body
$18996
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Lensbaby Macro Converter Extension Rings for Lensbaby

B&H # LELMC MFR # LBMC
Key Features
  • Focus From 0" to 8.13" With Lensbaby
  • Compatible With All Lensbaby Optics
  • Compatible With All Lensbaby Lens Bodies
  • 8mm & 16mm Extension Rings Can Combine
$3796
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Lensbaby Double Glass II Optic

B&H # LELBDGIIO MFR # LBDGIIO
Key Features
  • Full-Frame | f/2.5 to f/22
  • 50mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Manual Focus, Mechanical Aperture Ring
  • 12-Blade Diaphragm
$15196
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Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic

B&H # LELBE50 MFR # LBE50
Key Features
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Flat Field Optic Creates Slice of Focus
  • Internal 9-Blade Diaphragm
$17096
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Lensbaby Trio 28mm f/3.5 Lens for Sony E

B&H # LELBTR28X MFR # LBTR28X
Key Features
  • Sony E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Fixed Aperture: f/3.5
  • Rotating Front with Three Optics
  • Selectable Twist, Velvet & Sweet Effects
$18996
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Lensbaby Fixed Body with Creative Bokeh Optic for Canon EF

B&H # LELBFBCBOC MFR # LBFBCBOC
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 50mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • Lensbaby Optic Swap System
$19900
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Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50 Optic for Canon RF

B&H # LELBCP250CRF MFR # LBCP250CRF
Key Features
  • Canon RF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Metal Body with Tilt from 0-15°
  • Creates Spot of Focus Surrounded by Blur
$22796
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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens with Copper Rings (Nikon Z)

B&H # LELBV56CLNZ MFR # LBV56CLENZ
Key Features
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.6 to f/16
  • Singlet-Doublet-Singlet Optical Design
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
$44995
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SLR Magic 26mm f/1.4 Toy Lens for Micro Four Thirds

B&H # SL2614LMFT MFR # T-2614MFT
Key Features
  • For Micro Four Thirds System
  • 52mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Produces a Toy Camera Effect
$3900
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Thingyfy Pinhole Pro S for FUJIFILM X

B&H # THPHPSXMNT MFR # 001C-PS-00042
Key Features
  • FUJIFILM X Lens Mount
  • Focal Length: 11mm
  • Fixed 0.14mm Aperture
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$6900
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Thingyfy Pinhole Pro S for Nikon F

B&H # THPHPSFMNT MFR # 001C-PS-00031
Key Features
  • Nikon F Lens Mount
  • Focal Length: 37mm
  • Fixed 0.26mm Aperture
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$6900
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Thingyfy Pinhole Pro S for Canon EF

B&H # THPHPSEFMNT MFR # 001C-PS-00029
Key Features
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Focal Length: 40mm
  • Fixed 0.26mm Aperture
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$6900
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Lensbaby Sweet 50 Optic for Composer Pro

B&H # LESWOKC MFR # LBO50
Key Features
  • 50mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to 22
  • Curved Field of Focus
  • 2 Multi-Coated Glass Elements
$9116
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Lensbaby Creative Bokeh Optic

B&H # LECBO MFR # LBCBO
Key Features
  • 50mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • For Use with Additional Lens Body
$9995
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Thingyfy Pinhole Pro for Nikon F

B&H # THPHPFMNT MFR # 001C-PP-00030
Key Features
  • Nikon F Lens Mount
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture Adjustment Range: 0.1-0.8mm
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$12900
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Lensbaby Soft Focus II 50 Optic

B&H # LELBSFIIO MFR # LBSFIIO
Key Features
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Manual Focus and Aperture Control
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
$13676
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Lensbaby Obscura 50 Optic

B&H # LELBO50O MFR # LBO50O
Key Features
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Manual Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.04"
$13676
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Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic

B&H # LELBO80 MFR # LBO80
Key Features
  • 80mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • For Use with Additional Lens Body
$15196
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Understanding the Uses of Special Effects Lenses

Special effects lenses allow photographers to achieve special effects in-camera, like those achievable in digital editing suites. These include shallow depth of field, selective blur, and soft focus. Other lenses allow you to change the focus plane, or take extreme macro photos. A key characteristic of special effects camera lenses is that they're completely manual, and you manually set the aperture and focus.


What Are Art Lenses?

Art lenses are for people who want to create artistic photographs. These lenses deliberately simulate optical qualities of earlier lens designs to create special effects such as soft focus, shallow depth of field, and pleasing bokeh. An example is the Petzval lens design, which is sharp at the center but blurred toward the edge. The Lensbaby Twist uses this to create strong circular blurring away from the center of the lens. Other lenses, such as the Lensbaby Burnside, have extreme vignetting, while Lomography Neptune's removable aperture plates create different bokeh effects.

Art lenses are best when used with full-frame Nikon, Canon, and Sony A-mount cameras. When fitted to an APS-C camera, such as the Fuji X mount, the larger image circle means off-center effects aren't always as pronounced. You can use some special effect lenses with medium format lenses.


Special Effects Camera Lenses That Change the Plane of Focus

Sometimes, there's a need to focus on objects that are different distances from the camera while blurring others. While this ability exists with large format lenses fitted to cameras with tilt and shift mechanisms, lenses such as the Lensbaby Composer Pro and Canon EF lenses allow the object lens to tilt, which achieves similar results.

Conversely, some photographers want everything in focus, which is possible using pinhole lenses that have very small apertures. Pinhole photography requires long exposure, so it's best suited for film cameras such as the Nikon F-mount range.


Adjusting the Angle of View

Although wide-angle lenses provide a great field of view, fish-eye lenses such as mirrorless system lenses like the Lensbaby 5.8mm, take this concept much further. Offering more than 180 degrees of view, the photos are circular in shape. It's also possible to take 360-degree panoramas using this type of lens and stitching the results together.

Macro lenses are at the other end of the spectrum, and special effects macro lenses offer up to five times magnification, so it's possible to capture tiny objects in detail. Special macro lenses are available for all mounts, including Sony E-mount full-frame lenses.


Convertible Lens System Kits

A combination kit is a great way to start. Lomography's Convertible Neptune System includes three different focal lengths and several aperture plates offering great flexibility. Lensbaby's similar kit is based on the Composer Pro system, while its Pro Kit includes three different lenses for most camera mounts.


Choose from the great selection of special effects lenses at B&H Photo and Video and take your creativity to a new level.