Lensbaby The Composer

Last updated (15 April’11):
- Review by DCR

Lensbaby The Composer is a manual focus SLR lens based on a ball and socket configuration that delivers smooth selective focus and other creative photography looks with unparalleled ease. The lens features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2-f/22. Closest focusing distance at 18” (46cm) and has a filter size of 72mm. The Lensbaby The Composer lens weighs 3.7 Ounces and it measures 2.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches long.

Lensbaby The Composer
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Lensbaby The Composer Reviews

DCR reviews the Lensbaby The Composer and writes;
“As far as the Composer goes, the lens is abundantly sharp when the focus point is near the center of the frame but you will certainly notice more distortion and softness at the edges of the frame even if that is where you moved the focus “sweet spot” when composing your image.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Popphoto.com reviews the Lensbaby The Composer and writes;
“The Muse bends and flexes easily, and is great for fluid and moving subjects — but the results are fleeting, and tough to recreate consistently. The Control Freak bends, twists, and locks in a complex ballet of finger movements on tubes, bolts, and focusing rings, allowing for nuanced effects, at the cost of fluidity.”
rating: N/A

Photoreview reviews the Lensbaby The Composer and writes;
“You can also see a steady increase in resolution as the Composer is ‘stopped down’. We suspect this is largely a result of the increased depth of field, which makes progressively longer sections of the test target appear sharp. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photo.net reviews the Lensbaby The Composer and writes;
“The Control Freak is really pretty nifty, and for anyone who wants to do a lot of still life, product, or macro photography (using the macro kit, more on that later) will find it’s micro adjustment to be a godsend.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Lensbaby The Composer and writes;
“Vignetting is very well controlled, but flare is not (not a surprise). Use the flare for its additional creativity. If there is any CA (Chromatic Aberration), I can’t find it. And of course, the background blur quality is expectedly great. “
rating: N/A

Cameratown reviews the Lensbaby The Composer and writes;
“This allows the photographer to easily focus the sweet spot over their subject before bending the lens into the desired position – or vice-versa. The lens position stays right where you place it and focus can then be locked in just by turning the locking ring.”
rating: N/A

Ephotozine reviews the Lensbaby The Composer and writes;
“It’s the most easily used of the three lenses in the range as the ball and socket system will stay where it is allowing you time to focus quicker and get the shot sooner. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Imaging-resource reviews the Lensbaby The Composer and writes;
“We’ve always really enjoyed shooting with a Lensbaby, but the Composer takes the fun to another level. The hip ball joint is the easiest Lensbaby we’ve every used, solving the nagging problems of its predecessors.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Lensbaby The Composer User Reviews

Stoke those creative juices | Rating: ★★★★★
“As for the results, the usual measures of sharpness and optical precision aren’t really very useful, so it’s more about the creative results you get. I notice the effect is much more pronounced on the FX camera, which can be good or bad, depending on what you’re after.” – by Busy Executive

Semi-Pro lens for Professional Photographer? | Rating: ★★★★★
“Although this lens is made out of plastic and doesn’t have USM, IS or even AF it still has few outstanding features. Soft edges and selective focus point makes this lens like no other. I use this lens every time I shoot weddings. It really makes the photo look like a dream. And yes, the quality is somewhat fuzzy especially when zoomed into, but it really doesn’t matter. These photos are spot on. “ – by T. Heinonen

Not cheap but lots of fun | Rating: ★★★★★
“It definitely can’t take the place of a “typical” lens, but the Composer is a lot of fun and makes even mundane subject matter look cool. A bit of a learning curve because it’s not talking to your camera (autofocus, etc) but just play with it for a bit and you’ll get it. I definitely recommend the macro lenses (+4 and +10 are available). Great stuff! “ – by N. Price

LOVE IT! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is my second Lensbaby lens. I also own the 2.0 which takes two hands to use and does not work with the optic swap system so I purchased this as well. I love this lens. I still use the 2.0, but I thoroughly enjoy the optic swap system (available separately). Well designed and fun to use. “ – by I Don’t Want to Use My Real Name

Great but you may want a tripod to get most of it! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I love this lens. But I feel to get the best images, I have to use a tripod. But I still love it and laugh at photoshops attempts to blur now!!!” – by John Jamieson

Takes Practice | Rating: ★★★★★
“It is a ton of fun and when you hit an awesome shot you really feel like you created something cool and unique. I love how this lens is very versatile and can be changed up with a new optic or aperture disk with a shape. “ – by J. Mackie

Fun, addictive and frustrating | Rating: ★★★★★
“Once you get past the pure joy of bending focus you will find that the Lensbaby is an excellent lens for portraits and flowers. For portraits you can put the focus on your subjects face and by adjusting the aperture determine how much else is in focus and even how quickly it transitions to blur. “ – by ksuwildkat

Dig it. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I’d had my eye on one of these for a while, and finally made the plunge. For the most part, I’m very pleased with it. It definitely helps get the creative juices flowing, helping you to see things in a new way. “ – by David Ingraham

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Samples

Lensbaby The Composer Sample Photos

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Manual

Lensbaby The Composer User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Lensbaby The Composer Specifications

The Lensbaby Composer is a manual focus SLR lens based on a ball and socket configuration that delivers smooth selective focus and other creative photography looks with unparalleled ease. It comes with the selective focus Double Glass Optic installed, which delivers a Sweet Spot of sharp focus surrounded by graduated blur. The Composer also features the Lensbaby Optic Swap System which includes several selective focus as well as other creative optic options. Photographers can simply tilt the Composer to a desired angle and then focus with a manual focusing ring. The Composer stays in the desired bent position without requiring a locking mechanism.

The Composer features a unique manual focus design which requires more rotation to move the optic as focus approaches infinity. This makes it easier to focus on objects at intermediate and distant depths than regular manual focus lenses.


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