Lensbaby 2.0

Last updated (12 June’10):
– Review by Photographybay

Lensbaby 2.0 is a Lensbabies selective focus SLR camera lens. The lens features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.0. The lens construction: Coated, high refractive index, low dispersion optical glass doublet. Closest focusing distance at 10 inches and has filter size of 37mm. The Lensbaby 2.0 lens weighs 3.7 Ounces and it measures 2.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches long.

Lensbaby 2.0
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Lensbaby 2.0 Reviews

Photographybay compares the Lensbaby 2.0 to Lensbaby 3G and writes;
“For quick, informal snapshots, I prefer to use the Lensbaby 2.0. I found that using the 3G when I want something snapped quick can become a little overly complicated, and ultimately I lose the shot. There are no metal rod focusing knobs to get in the way. I bend to 2.0 where I want it and quickly snap my image.”
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Photonotes.org reviews the Lensbaby 2.0 and writes;
“The look of the Lensbaby photo, while having its distinctive signature, nonetheless yields interesting effects for a lot of photos. And, the simple fact is that it’s just a fun lens to use!”
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Camerahobby reviews the Lensbaby 2.0 and writes;
“The Lensbaby 2.0 is a rather interesting beast compared to the original Lensbaby. Increased resolution and quality are definite pluses and nearly on par with a good prime lens.”
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Nikonians.org reviews the Lensbaby 2.0 and writes;
“If you are a photographer looking to spark your creativity, the Lensbaby is the kind of product that can do just that. The challenge of the Lensbaby is crossing the threshold from a blurry, confusing shot to a stunning, selective-focus effect; something that will take a fair bit of practice and experimentation.”
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Imaging-resource reviews the Lensbaby 2.0 and writes;
“Focus is the fun part of the game (even if it takes some practice). But changing apertures is part of the focusing game, too…. We found we needed some pretty fast shutter speeds to get a good histogram, often shooting over 1/1000 second in sunlight.”
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User Opinions

Lensbaby 2.0 User Reviews

Fantastic fun for experienced photographers | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was really surprised at how sharp and good the photos turned out. I thought it would be good fun and maybe create some special effects but was really amazed at the quality of the photos. “ – by Paula Duggan

Definitely adds fun to your photos! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I’m a huge fan of tilt shift photography and this makes it so easy- good for newbies and pros alike. I bought it to use with my Olympus e-500 and it works great!… I’ve been comparing photos I’ve taken with it to ones I took with a regular SLR (same shots)- and the lensbaby certainly makes an ordinary photo more interesting.” – by LilliMo

Love it! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The images are sharp, and with the Canon live-view feature its a perfect match. This is the best reason to use live-view with photography.” – by Kyle

Awesome sauce like Mike McGee | Rating: ★★★★★
“Wonderful gift to give. Great learning tool for beginners. For even more fun search on homemade tilt-shift lenses. The only barrier to a quality photo is belief in yourself. And acid rain. “ – by Bard Saisorn

Very good budget lensbaby, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens is quite fun to use, but it requires a very steady hand and alot of patience. There is a good steep learning curve with this lens, but overall it is a fun cheap lens to own. “ – by E. Wittenmeier

This little thing is great! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a “creative” lens. It will not replace your regular lens as that is not it’s purpose. It’s a fun and curious. I like it because it makes normal shots turn into something spectacular. “ – by J. Diaz

Lensbaby’s are sweet. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I am very happy with my lensbaby gear and I can honestly say it is making me a better photgrapher, manually having to focus, zooming with my feet, getting creative with lighting, these lenses make you work hard but the results are always something you can be proud of. “ – by A. Istrico

Fun Lens, Worth the $60! | Rating: ★★★★★
“It was difficult at first, but once I got the hang of finding the sweet spots to focus it became a fun challenge to use it on different subjects. It’s even able to clearly focus on tiny things!” – by Amy K. Clifton

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Features & Specifications

Lensbaby 2.0 Specifications

The Lensbaby 2.0 is a second-generation selective-focus SLR camera lens, bringing brighter, sharper, and faster selective focus photography to professional and avid amateur photographers. Compared to the Original Lensbaby, Lensbaby 2.0 has a greater range of aperture settings, a much sharper “sweet spot” of focus, and a new levitating magnetic aperture system that makes it a snap to change apertures.

Lensbaby 2.0 and the Original Lensbaby bring one area of a photo into sharp focus, with that “sweet spot” surrounded by graduated blur, glowing highlights, and subtle prismatic color distortions. Photographers can fluidly move the sharp area around the photo by bending the flexible lens tubing.

Lensbaby 2.0 features an f2.0 aperture setting in addition to the Original Lensbaby’s f2.8, f4.0, f5.6, and f8.0. With Lensbaby 2.0, a photographer can control the size of the sweet spot of sharp focus by changing the apertures. The brighter the aperture, the smaller the sweet spot of focus, and the greater the amount of graduated blurring in the photo’s surrounding area.

Lensbaby 2.0 also features a coated, high-refractive-index, low-dispersion optical glass doublet instead of the singled uncoated optical glass element in the Original Lensbaby. Lensbaby 2.0’s optic creates a much sweeter sweet spot of focus, which allows photographers to print large photos and see fine details like eyelashes or individual threads of fabric in the sharp area. Photographers will also find that Lensbaby 2.0 has minimal diffusion even at the f2.0 aperture setting.

Lensbaby now has two products that will appeal to a broader range of photographers. Many photographers will want to have both versions of Lensbaby in their camera bags; others will naturally find a favorite. Those who love soft-focus, diffused images will gravitate towards the Original Lensbaby, while photographers who want a brighter lens with a very sharp sweet spot of focus and minimal diffusion will favor Lensbaby 2.0.

Lensbaby 2.0 also features a levitating magnetic aperture system that makes changing apertures faster than with the Original Lensbaby, which uses a rubber gasket to hold aperture disks in place. Lensbaby 2.0 uses three shielded magnets embedded inside the optics cup to suspend metallicized plastic aperture disks just above the coated optical glass doublet. When a photographer drops an aperture disk into Lensbaby 2.0, it quickly snaps into position.

Removal is also very easy: Lensbaby provides a complimentary Cell-Klear Lenspen that the photographer inserts through the center hole in the aperture disk to lift it out.

Both Lensbaby 2.0 and the Original Lensbaby combine several vintage camera technologies in a novel, patent-pending combination. The shooter focuses a Lensbaby using the same general principle used with a bellows camera, by moving the focusing collar in and out with his or her fingertips. The photographer moves the sweet spot of focus around the picture by bending the glass optic out of a parallel position to the image capture plane, like a tilt-shift lens.

The Lensbaby 2.0 Canon EF Mount fits all Canon digital and film EOS SLR bodies, as well as the Kodak DCS-1, DCS 520, DCS 560, and DSC PRO SLR/c. (Note: A Lensbaby does not communicate electronically with your camera body.)

What’s in the Box:
Lensbaby 2.0, velveteen lens pouch, four aperture rings, aperture removal tool, and instructional booklet.

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