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Is the Lensbaby Composer Pro II a legitimate lens (system)?

 
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May 16, 2019 12:34 |  #1

More than a year ago I bought a Lensbaby Composer Pro II with an Edge50 optic...

Let me start at the beginning. For those unfamiliar, the Composer Pro II is a lens system. It is a lens body that houses different optics. I now have the Edge 50mm and Sweet 35mm optics, each of which yields a different type of in focus area in a frame that is out of focus. So, a specialty lens, right?

Right. Like a TS (tilt shift) lens, but only the tilt part.

At first I found it immediately frustrating; impossible to understand and no easier to use. The build of the body is moderately cheap, yet the optics are well made with surprisingly fast apertures, good MFDs and they render nicely. And the ergonomics... SUCK.

My frustration with this system left me thinking of selling it for a real tilt shift lens. Still, with patience (and the forethought to hide all implements of destruction... :p), it is useable. And, when it works, it produces good results.

Edge 50. In this I missed focus a little (because I wasn't quite on my mark), but it's a good use for this optic. Shot at its widest aperture, f/3.2.

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Sweet 35 I'm still trying to find a good use for this optic, but like the Edge 50 it's effective when it works. Shot at it's widest aperture, f/2.5.

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I'm still learning what are the effects of aperture and tilt with regard to focus area and depth of field. It's starting to sink in but it will take more time.

To answer the original question, yes, the Lensbaby Composer Pro II is a legitimate lens system. Though it's not well-made and finicky to use it is worth the investment in time - if it suits your style.

~Olivia

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