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Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Canon EF

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Canon EF

B&H # LELBV85C MFR # LBV85C

Key Features

  • EF-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
12 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Lensbaby Obscura 50 Optic

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"
$17995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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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: 37mm
  • Fixed 0.26mm Aperture
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$6900
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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
$4995
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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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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
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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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
$24995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Canon EF (Black)

B&H # LEV56CANONEF MFR # LBV56BC

Key Features

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.6 to f/16
  • Singlet-Doublet-Singlet Optical Design
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
$44995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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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
In Stock

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
$17995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Lensbaby Spark 2.0 with Sweet 50 Optic for Canon EF

B&H # LELBSP2C MFR # LBSP2C

Key Features

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • Flexible Body with Tilt up to 30°
$19995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Lensbaby Twist 60 Optic with Straight Body for Nikon F

B&H # LELBT60N MFR # LBT60N

Key Features

  • 60mm f/2.5 Optic
  • Nikon F Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Straight Body Manual Focusing Ring
$27995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Thingyfy Pinhole Pro X for Sony E

B&H # THPPROXSE MFR # 001C-PX-00047

Key Features

  • Sony E Lens Mount
  • Focal Length: 18-36mm
  • Fixed 0.25mm Aperture
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$11900
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
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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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
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50 Optic for Nikon F

B&H # LELBCP250N MFR # LBCP250N

Key Features

  • Nikon F Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Compatible with Optic Swap System
  • Metal Body with Tilt from 0-15°
  • Creates Spot of Focus Surrounded by Blur
$29995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Nikon Z (Black)

B&H # LELBV56BNZ MFR # LBV56BNZ

Key Features

  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.6 to f/16
  • Singlet-Doublet-Singlet Optical Design
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
$44995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony E (Black)

B&H # LELBV56BX MFR # LBV56BX

Key Features

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.6 to f/16
  • Singlet-Doublet-Singlet Optical Design
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
$44995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
In Stock

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E (Black)

B&H # LELBV85X MFR # LBV85X

Key Features

  • E-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
12 Mos. Promo Financing*
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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
In Stock

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
$8900
In Stock

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
In Stock

Thingyfy Pinhole Pro X for FUJIFILM X

B&H # THPPROXFX MFR # 001C-PX-00048

Key Features

  • FUJIFILM X Lens Mount
  • Focal Length: 18-36mm
  • Fixed 0.25mm Aperture
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
$11900
In Stock

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
$11995
In Stock

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
$17995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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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
$19995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
In Stock

Lensbaby Spark 2.0 with Sweet 50 Optic for Nikon F

B&H # LELBSP2N MFR # LBSP2N

Key Features

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • Flexible Body with Tilt up to 30°
$19995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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Lensbaby Trio 28mm f/3.5 Lens for Micro Four Thirds

B&H # LELBTR28M MFR # LBTR28M

Key Features

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • 56mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Fixed Aperture: f/3.5
  • Rotating Front with Three Optics
$24995
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
In Stock

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
6 Mos. Promo Financing*
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.

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