Lensbaby Intros 35mm Optic with Adjustable 12-Blade Aperture

March 2, 2011


Lensbaby Introduces its First 35mm Optic with Adjustable 12-Blade Internal Aperture

The Sweet 35 selective focus optic has the sweetest spot of all

Portland, OR – Embargoed until March 1, 2011 – Lensbaby, manufacturer of award-winning Creative Effects SLR camera lenses, announces the addition of the Sweet 35 Optic to the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. The Sweet 35 Optic, a 35mm selective focus optic with a 12-blade internal aperture, creates a Sweet Spot of sharp focus that photographers can move around the photo by tilting their Lensbaby lens. The Sweet 35 Optic boasts the widest focal length of any Lensbaby optic, features close-focus capabilities, and is available now for use with the Lensbaby Composer, Muse, Control Freak and Scout lens bodies.

Departing from its interchangeable magnetic aperture system, Lensbaby has created its first optic with an internal, adjustable aperture.  With the Sweet 35 photographers can quickly and seamlessly change the aperture from f/2.5 through f/22, simply by rotating the dial on the front of the optic. The aperture opening controls the size of the Sweet Spot of sharp focus, giving photographers the ability to see the Sweet Spot change through the lens, without missing a moment.  

“Changing the look of images from my Lensbaby lens with the Sweet 35 optic by quickly adjusting the aperture dial at the front of the optic has become habit-forming and allows me to create photographs I would never see through another lens,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer.

The Sweet 35 allows focus down to 7.5 inches when used with the Lensbaby Composer (as close as 3 inches when used with the Muse) from the front of the lens. The 35mm focal length is just wide enough on full-frame cameras and just normal enough on APS C senor cameras, making the Sweet 35 perfect for landscape, environmental portrait, and event photography.

“The Sweet 35’s easily changed apertures, wider focal length, and close focus ability make it our most versatile and fun optic,” said Strong.

Sweet 35 Optic Product Specs:
•    Focal Length: 35mm
•    12 blade internal aperture, controlled by a dial on the front of the optic
•    Aperture range from f/2.5 through f/22 (sweet spot size ranges from 15%, at f/2.5, to 40%, at f/22, of total image area on APS-C sensor cameras)
•    Selective focus optic (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur)
•    Compatible with Lensbaby Composer, Scout, Muse, and Control Freak lens bodies*
•    Focus distance when used with:
Composer: 7.5” to infinity
Scout: 6.5” to infinity
Muse & Control Freak: 3” to infinity
•    4 multi-coated glass elements, in three groups
•    46mm front threads**

*The Sweet 35 Optic is not compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer for Micro 4/3rds and Sony NEX Cameras.
**The Sweet 35 Optic is not compatible with current Lensbaby accessory lens lineup

The Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic is available for $179.95 (MSRP) from select specialty photo stores worldwide and from,,, and