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Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.5 Lens for Canon EF (Silver)

Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.5 Lens for Canon EF (Silver)

B&H # LEV2825CEFS MFR # LBV28SEC
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • 1:2 Magnification, 2" Working Distance
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
$64995
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Lensbaby Trio 28mm f/3.5 Lens for Sony E

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
$24995
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Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for Sony E Mount

B&H # LELBO16X MFR # LBO16X
Key Features
  • Sony E Mount Lens Mount
  • Combo Zone Plate, Pinhole, Pinhole Sieve
  • For Full Frame and APS-C Cameras
  • Photolithographically-Applied Pinholes
$24995
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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
$1649
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Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for Nikon Z

B&H # LELBO16NZ MFR # LBO16NZ
Key Features
  • Nikon Z Lens Mount
  • Combo Zone Plate, Pinhole, Pinhole Sieve
  • For Full Frame and APS-C Cameras
  • Photolithographically-Applied Pinholes
$24995
In Stock

Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for FUJIFILM X

B&H # LELBO16F MFR # LBO16F
Key Features
  • FUJIFILM X Lens Mount
  • Combo Zone Plate, Pinhole, Pinhole Sieve
  • For APS-C Cameras
  • Photolithographically-Applied Pinholes
$24995
In Stock

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
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for Canon RF

B&H # LELBO16CRF MFR # LBO16CRF
Key Features
  • Canon RF Lens Mount
  • Combo Zone Plate, Pinhole, Pinhole Sieve
  • For Full Frame and APS-C Cameras
  • Photolithographically-Applied Pinholes
$24995
In Stock

Lensbaby Twist 60 Optic with Straight Body for Canon EF

B&H # LELBT60C MFR # LBT60C
Key Features
  • 60mm f/2.5 Optic
  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Straight Body Manual Focusing Ring
$27995
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$1195
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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
Reg. $49.00
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SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 Lens for Sony E-Mount

B&H # SL3517LEM MFR # SLR-3517E
Key Features
  • For Sony E-Mount APS-C Cameras
  • 55mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.7 to f/16
  • Sharp Center with Soft Bokeh at Edges
$4900
Reg. $69.00
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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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Lensbaby Sol 45mm f/3.5 Lens for Canon EF Cameras

B&H # LELBS45C MFR # LBS45C
Key Features
  • Canon EF-Mount Lens
  • Metal Body with Tilt from 0-8.5°
  • Fixed f/3.5 Aperture
  • Manual Focus
$19995
In Stock

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
$24995
In Stock

Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for Micro Four Thirds

B&H # LELBO16M MFR # LBO16M
Key Features
  • Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
  • Combo Zone Plate, Pinhole, Pinhole Sieve
  • For Micro Four Thirds Cameras
  • Photolithographically-Applied Pinholes
$24995
In Stock

Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for Leica L

B&H # LELBO16L MFR # LBO16L
Key Features
  • Leica L Lens Mount
  • Combo Zone Plate, Pinhole, Pinhole Sieve
  • For Full Frame and APS-C Cameras
  • Photolithographically-Applied Pinholes
$24995
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Lensbaby Obscura 50 with Fixed Body for Canon EF

B&H # LELBFBOC MFR # LBFBOC
Key Features
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Manual Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.04"
$27995
In Stock

Lensbaby Obscura 50 with Fixed Body for Nikon F

B&H # LELBFBONF MFR # LBFBONF
Key Features
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Manual Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.04"
$27995
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Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 35 Optic for Canon EF

B&H # LELBCP235C MFR # LBCP235C
Key Features
  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Metal Body with Tilt from 0-15°
  • Creates Spot of Focus Surrounded by Blur
$34995
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Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Nikon Z (Black)

B&H # LELBV85NZ MFR # LBV85NZ
Key Features
  • Z-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
  • Inspired by Classic Portrait Lenses
$49995
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Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.5 Lens for Nikon F (Silver)

B&H # LEV2825NFS MFR # LBV28SEN
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • 1:2 Magnification, 2" Working Distance
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
$64995
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Lensless Pinhole Body Cap for Canon EF

B&H # LEPBCCEOS MFR # PINHOLE BODY CAP CANON EO
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: 11mm
  • Fixed 0.14mm Aperture
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$6900
Special Order
Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

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
In Stock

Lensbaby Fixed Body with Creative Bokeh Optic for Canon RF

B&H # LELBFBCBOCRF MFR # LBFBCBOCRF
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 50mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • Lensbaby Optic Swap System
$19900
In Stock

Lensbaby Sol 45mm f/3.5 Lens for Canon RF Cameras

B&H # LELBS45CRF MFR # LBS45CRF
Key Features
  • Canon RF-Mount Lens
  • Metal Body with Tilt from 0-8.5°
  • Fixed f/3.5 Aperture
  • Manual Focus
$19995
In Stock

Lensbaby Sol 45mm f/3.5 Lens for Nikon Z Cameras

B&H # LELBS45NZ MFR # LBS45NZ
Key Features
  • Nikon Z-Mount Lens
  • Metal Body with Tilt from 0-8.5°
  • Fixed f/3.5 Aperture
  • Manual Focus
$19995
In Stock

Lensbaby Sol 45mm f/3.5 Lens for Sony E Cameras

B&H # LELBS45X MFR # LBS45X
Key Features
  • Sony E-Mount Lens
  • Metal Body with Tilt from 0-8.5°
  • Fixed f/3.5 Aperture
  • Manual Focus
$19995
In Stock

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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.