Object of Desire: Lensbaby Composer Pro II

February 5, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

In an era of easy app-driven photo effects, it’s always refreshing to experiment with the tactile optics that Lensbaby provides. The company’s latest is an update to the Composer, a lens mount that lets you control depth of field to create images with a sharp slice of focus surrounded by a sea of smooth blur. The normal exposure rules apply: The wider the aperture, the smaller your in-focus slice will be and vice versa. The new Composer Pro II features an improved metal housing and includes the Edge 50 Optic, a 50mm f/3.2 metal-bodied tilt lens. The lens body swivels and tilts on a smooth metal ball and socket design, so you can quickly switch between a traditional straight lens approach to a tilted optic with ease. The Composer Pro II can be tilted at a maximum 15-degree angle up or down. It’s compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System so you can change optics in the Composer Pro II lens body if you’d like to change the visual effect and/or focal length. The Edge 50 is a manual focus lens with an aperture range of f/3.2 to f/22 and a 9-blade diaphragm. Aperture settings are adjustable via a rotating dial on the front of the lens and there’s a locking ring to ensure that the Composer Pro won’t jiggle or shift after you’ve locked focus. It has a minimum focusing distance of 8 inches from the front of the lens. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of mount options, including Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A and E, Pentax K, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds and Samsung NX.

PRICE: $425

INFO: www.lensbaby.com

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