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Lensbaby Composer – Double Glass Optic

Dragonfly photographed using the E400 with Lensbaby Composer and Double Glass Optic.

The Lensbaby Double Glass Optic is a highly rated and sought after addition to the Lensbaby collection.  The optic swap system allows for this to be used across multiple platforms, such as the Lensbaby Composer, Composer Pro and Spark.

As suggested by it’s name there are two elements to the Double Glass Optic, with a 50mm focal length, giving a very sharp rendition of the subject in the photo, but by the very nature of Lensbaby, blurring the background offering some wonderful images and effects.

This optic uses both the magnetic aperture discs and the special effect bokeh discs that are available.  These are simply dropped in front of the lens, offering apertures from F2.0 to F22.  They are easily removed with the magnetic tool that Lensbaby supply, which gently eases them out.  It is possible to use the Double Glass Optic without any aperture disc inserted, which gives an aperture value of F1.8, which gives a shallow depth of field.

Used in conjunction with the Lensbaby Composer, it gives wonderful results, using the tilt action of the Composer will offer a new focal point with the sweet spot being to the top, bottom, left or right of the image, as opposed to traditional lenses which are centre focussed.

This is a very good quality optic that should be in your camera bag or on your want list (Christmas/birthday etc.) and will give you outstanding results with photos that are unique and stand out.

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Lensbaby Composer – Edge 80 Optic

Lensbaby Composer –  Edge 80 Optic is a little different from the others in the optic swap system as it does not require the separate aperture discs supplied with other Lensbaby Optics.  This, doubled with the tilt-shift effect makes it a very good lens to start your collection with as you will build up your confidence with this in no time at all.

The aperture is controlled on the lens, via the built in aperture blades.  This differs from other Lensbaby optics as they have separate aperture discs that you insert.  There are 12 sturdy aperture blades in the Edge 80, from F2.8 to F22 giving a very workable range for the depth of field.

Robin – Olympus E400 and Lensbaby Composer with Edge 80 Optic. The focal plane is straight, no tilt and close focus used.

The Edge 80 is a very straightforward lens to work with. It has the additional feature of a close focus lens, which is activated by pulling the ring at the front away from the camera.  This adjusts the focal point as it has moved the lens further away from the sensor.  This can be utilised as a ‘zoom’ lens or, for best effect, a close up or macro lens.  This works best with the tilt angle set to zero, or to maximum of 19º.

Used in conjunction with the Lensbaby Composer, the Edge 80 works very much the same as a traditional lens if the focal plane is in line with the camera.  However, if you unlock the Composer and adjust the angle to up or down, left or right, you then achieve the ‘slice’.  This gives a very narrow depth of field, blurring the background of the image.   With the right subject matter, the image takes on a new perspective; miniaturised, a diorama.

Waterfall, Olympus E400 and Lensbaby Composer with Edge 80 Optic. Note that the focal plane is tilted, giving the ‘diorama effect’.

Focusing is as always, via the focusing ring on the Lensbaby Composer, which moves the optics in the lens away or toward the camera.  As stated before, it is very important to adjust the diopter or viewfinder in manual mode (there is an adjustment knob or lever beside the diopter) as this will affect your ability to get the subject in focus.

Due to the nature of the Edge 80, it is a more expensive lens within the Lensbaby range, however good quality used lenses can be sourced via reputable internet marketplace sellers, such as Amazon, Ebay, Gumtree and online camera retailers.  The build quality is very robust and this optic will last you for many years to come.

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