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Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for Canon RF

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Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for Canon RF
Key Features
  • Canon RF Lens Mount
  • Combo Zone Plate, Pinhole, Pinhole Sieve
  • For Full Frame and APS-C Cameras
  • Photolithographically-Applied Pinholes
A unique tool for creating dreamlike images, the Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens from Lensbaby is designed for cameras featuring a Canon RF lens mount. The 16mm Pinhole/Zone Plate/Pinhole Sieve pancake lens for mirrorless cameras is unusual with a versatile range of three selectable styles. It is a fixed-focus lens with selectable pinhole style that each provide a different, soft, and surreal rendering.
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Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Pancake Lens Overview

A unique tool for creating dreamlike images, the Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens from Lensbaby is designed for cameras featuring a Canon RF lens mount. The 16mm Pinhole/Zone Plate/Pinhole Sieve pancake lens for mirrorless cameras is unusual with a versatile range of three selectable styles. It is a fixed-focus lens with selectable pinhole style that each provide a different, soft, and surreal rendering.

The Obscura isn't a lens, it is an extraordinary experience crafted in the origins of photography before complex lenses were available. It is suited to photographers and creators who connect with working with fewer choices and are looking for challenges to redefine what it means to create photographic art.

16mm lens for full-frame-format cameras.
The pinhole is not technically a lens, but it is a clear round hole photolithographically etched on a multicoated optical glass surface. It has an effective maximum aperture of f/90.
The pinhole sieve is a field of 203 pinholes, with the center pinhole being the largest and increasingly smaller pinholes radiating away from the center. It has an effective maximum aperture of f/45.
The zone plate is a series of 29 clear circular rings surrounding a center hole with each of the clear zones equaling the area of the pinhole in the center, resulting in increasingly thinner zones when moving away from the center of the zone plate. It has an effective maximum aperture of f/22.
The zone plate has a curved field of focus, creating a center sweet spot with falloff in the corners. The pinhole and pinhole sieve have much more consistent resolving power at the corners of the image as they do in the center.
The zone plate and pinhole sieve options produce more detail than the pinhole option. Raising contrast and increasing vibrance and/or saturation setting in the camera can bring a zone plate or pinhole sieve image to life.
The Obscura's pinhole, zone plate, and pinhole sieve are made up of three layers of photolithographically-applied chrome with a total thickness of 0.00014mm deposited on 1.5mm thick glass element, with a resolution of 128K dpi. This photolithography process not only makes true zone plates with excellent light transmission, but it also produces perfectly round pinholes and precision circular zone plate zones.
The glass features anti-reflective coating and can be cleaned like any camera lens, without fear of destroying any of the three imaging options.
Minimum focus distance:
  • Pinhole: 2" / 5cm
  • Pinhole Sieve: 12" / 30.5cm
  • Zone Plate: 23" / 60cm
  • Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Pancake Lens Specs

    Key Specs
    Focal Length
    16mm
    Maximum Aperture
    f/22
    Lens Mount
    Canon RF
    Lens Format Coverage
    Full-Frame
    Focus Type
    Fixed Focus
    Maximum Aperture
    f/22
    Minimum Aperture
    f/90
    Lens Mount
    Canon RF
    Lens Format Coverage
    Full-Frame
    Angle of View
    107°
    Minimum Focus Distance
    2" / 5.1 cm
    Diaphragm Blades
    0
    Focus Type
    Fixed Focus
    Weight
    5.4 oz / 152 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight
    0.585 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
    4.6 x 3.8 x 3.8"

    Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Pancake Lens Reviews

    Great

    By Dinara
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-06-29

    This lens could be a challenge and I love it!!!

    Not for everyone

    By Don
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-03-23

    This lens gives you three different looks, depending on the aperture setting. I only used it once but you have to learn where this will produce an image that you would want to keep. Although I am mostly a sharp front to back kind of guy, I plan to keep looking for those situations and have fun playing with it.

    Novel and Engaging

    By Bob
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2023-06-27

    The Lensbaby Obscura takes me back decades to my days in design school. Everyone showed up with their new Nikon, Pentax, Canon, Minolta, Yashica SLR film cameras, the instructor told us to leave them at home and for the next month as we were going to make and use pinhole cameras. After all the moaning and complaining that turned out to be the most educational, novel and engaging time we had that whole semester. The Obscura is all manual. It is not really a lens as it doesn't have glass focusing elements, it is not razor sharp but does have 3 different f-stops. Using it forces you to slow down and actually consider the composition. I also have a Lensbaby Velvet 56 so I am familiar with the frustration of using a manual soft focus lens, be ready for your keeper rate to take a dive. That being said this is a very creative addition to any photo kit.

    Weird little lens

    By Scott
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-10-06

    If you're getting bored, or find yourself in a creative rut, Lensbaby to the rescue! They're weird but interesting. I also have an old Lensbaby 2.0 that I use occasionally.

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    Will this work on Canon EF?

    Will this work on Canon EF?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No, this lens is only design for mirrorless cameras. Lensbaby makes a Obscura 50 with Fixed Body for Canon EF mount if you would like to try a pinhole lens on your Canon DSLRS. Lensbaby Obscura 50 with Fixed Body for Canon EF BH #LELBFBOC • MFR #LBFBOC https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1645146-REG/lensbaby_lbfboc_obscura_50_with_fixed.html
    Answered by: llinelva
    Date published: 2021-11-15

    Will this work as described on the Sigma fp L ...

    Will this work as described on the Sigma fp L using the L mount?
    Asked by: Theresa
    Yes it will also work as described on the Sigma fp L camera.
    Answered by: Daniel
    Date published: 2021-10-22

    Is there a way to put a filter over this? For ...

    Is there a way to put a filter over this? For example, threads to use a polarizer or other lens filter. Thanks!
    Asked by: Matthew
    Filters cannot be used on the Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens.
    Answered by: Lawrence
    Date published: 2022-02-16

    How does the pancake lens mount to the Fuji Xt4? ...

    How does the pancake lens mount to the Fuji Xt4? I can't get it to fit.
    Asked by: ROBIN
    In order to mount the Lensbaby Obscura 16mm Mirrorless Pancake Lens for FUJIFILM X on the FUJIFILM X-T4 Mirrorless Camera make sure to align the red dots for mounting.
    Answered by: Yaakov
    Date published: 2022-05-18
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