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CES 2018: Lensbaby Kits the Trio 28 and Launches Trio of Close-Up Filters

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Three's the word today with Lensbaby's announcement of a new lens kit and filter kit, both of which champion new and creative image-making methods along with a bit more optical freedom from the norm. First up, and comprising its versatile 3-in-1 lens along with three additional filters, the Trio 28 with Filter Kit is a perfect starter bundle for venturing into the world of Lensbaby. Available for Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, the star of this kit is the Trio 28mm f/3.5 lens, which incorporates three distinct optic styles in one lens. By simply rotating the front of the lens, you can change from Twist to Velvet to Sweet optic styles to vary the areas that are in and out of focus for different effects. The lens's general wide-angle focal length makes it well suited to photographing in most conditions. Further increasing your aesthetic control, the kit also includes a three-filter bundle made up of a solid neutral density filter, a circular polarizer, and a star filter. The solid ND has a 0.9, 3-stop density to help control exposures and blur movement; the circular polarizer helps to reduce reflections and glare while upping saturation and contrast; and the star filter produces eight-pointed starbursts from point light sources for a cinematic feel. Each of these 46mm filters also has front threads for combining effects. Additionally, a custom carrying case is also included to hold the Trio 28 lens, along with the three filters.

Announced alongside the Trio 28 and Filter Kit is a different three-filter set: the 46mm Macro Filter Kit. These close-up lenses can be used to shorten the minimum focusing distance and working distance of any lens with 46mm front threads, and include +1, +2, and +4 dioptric strength optics to vary the effect and suit working at different distances. Each of these 46mm filters is front-threaded, too, and the lenses can be combined to increase the effect for truly impressive close-up shooting.

Are you a Lensbaby veteran or a newcomer to the company's world of playful optics? Let us know, down in the Comments section.

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