Lensbaby recently celebrated its 6th birthday and also released a totally revamped line of lenses and accessories in their new Optic Swap System. Here's a quick run-down of the new system.
come in mounts for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and 4/3 mount. The lenses
can be used on SLR camera bodies, both film and digital. The three new
lenses are: The Muse, The Control Freak, and The Composer. The Muse is a
remake of the original Lensbaby, and is focused by bending and
squeezing, and then holding into place. It is the most simple and
economical of the lenses. The Control Freak is a remake of the 3G, and
is focused by compressing and then locking posts into place. It is ideal
for macro and tabletop photography. The Composer is all new and built
on a ball and socket system for smoother focusing, which is done so by
simply tilting the front half of the lens. Because of the ball and
socket design, it requires no hand holding or locks to keep it in place.
With the three new lenses and a bunch of other accessories, the line
also introduced a new concept of varying optics, called the Optic Swap
System. The system offers three types of plain optics including single,
double, and plastic optics that can be interchanged between lenses. The
swapping system also includes three special effect optics including soft
focus, pinhole/zone plate, and the fisheye optic.
unfamiliar with Lensbaby, the lenses are known for their "sweet spot of
focus". They have a circular field of focus, instead of a planar filed
like that of a tilt/shift lens.While similar effects are possible in
Photoshop, one of the benefits of using these lenses is the benefit of
time. Shooting with a Lensbaby gives you an instant result with no post
editing required. These lenses seem to have a very niche group of
followers. They are very “hands on”, both in focusing and in choosing
your aperture. Aperture holes are pre-cut into small disks that must be
inserted manually into the center of the lens. The different optics must
also be hand swapped, through a slightly (and at first challenging)
process of multiple steps. The new Lensbaby lenses are certainly more
advanced and offer more options. They do take some getting used to, and
you will probably either love them or hate them.
Click HERE for more information on the Lensbaby website.