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Lensbaby The Muse for Canon EF mount Digital SLR Cameras (Plastic)


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Canon EF
  • Plastic Lens.Compress the lens to focus, and move the sweet spot by bending the flexible lens tubing.
  • Features the Lensbaby¿ Optic Swap System
  • Magnetically suspended disk aperture system allows f/2.0, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8.0 aperture settings. All aperture settings included.
  • 37 mm threads allow you to attach Lensbaby¿ Macro Kit lenses, wide angle and telephoto conversion lenses, and other filters and accessories
  • Note: a Lensbaby does not communicate electronically with your camera body
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Technical Details

Style: Canon EF
  • Brand Name: Lensbabies
  • Model: LBMPC
  • Lens Type: tilt-shift
  • Minimum focal length: 50 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 50 mm
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Product Details

Style: Canon EF
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 2 x 2.5 inches ; 3.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001GCUBSM
  • Item model number: LBMPC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Style: Canon EF

Product Description

All Lensbaby™ selective focus SLR camera lenses provide photographers with a new way to control depth of field by bringing one area of a photo into sharpest focus with that Sweet Spot surrounded by graduated blur. By bending the Lensbaby lens, the photographer moves the sharp area around the photo for customized creative effects.

From the Manufacturer

Sure, the Muse looks and acts like the Original Lensbaby. But, like the Composer and the Control Freak, this little baby comes with Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System—offering artists an almost unlimited variety of looks and styles to capture their unique visions.

All Lensbaby lenses bring one area of a photo into sharpest focus with that Sweet Spot™ surrounded by gradually increasing blur. Photographers focus the Muse by compressing the lens and move the sweet spot by bending the flexible lens tubing. The Plastic optic blurs and diffuses in a dreamy way that Holga™ and Diana™ camera lovers will especially appreciate.

Bend it Baby! The Muse captures the spirit of Lensbaby photography, opening up a new realm of fun in focusing. Squeeze the Muse to focus, and bend your Sweet Spot around the photo.

Like the Composer and the Control Freak, this little baby comes with Lensbaby's new Optic Swap System, offering artists an almost unlimited variety of looks and styles to capture their unique visions.

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The Muse comes in two flavors. You can buy the Muse with the tack sharp Double Glass optic installed or get dreamy with the Plastic Optic version. Your choice!

How to Use the Muse

Get loose with the Muse. Focus by squeezing the focusing collar with your fingertips. Move the Sweet Spot of focus around the picture by bending the lens in any direction. A guaranteed out of the box experience.

To change your aperture, simply touch the tip of your Aperture Removal Tool to the aperture disk and lift it out. Then drop a new aperture disk into the lens. The disk will float above the optic in a shielded magnetic field.

Key Specs
  • Focal Length: about 50 mm
  • Focus Type: Manual/Fingertip
  • Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetic aperture disks
  • Apertures: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8
  • Minimum Focus: about 12" (30cm) / Maximum Focus: infinity
  • Size: 2.25 inches (5.7cm) h x 2.5 inches (6.35cm) w / Weight: 3.7 oz (104.9g)
  • No electronic communication between the lens and the camera body
  • Available in mounts for Canon EF (EOS), Nikon F, Sony Alpha A / Minolta Maxxum, Pentax K / Samsung GX, and Olympus E1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC cameras
  • Automatic light metering is possible by shooting in aperture priority mode for almost all digital and film SLR camera bodies except certain Nikon bodies including the D40, D50, D60, D70, D70S, D80, D90, D100, N50, N65, N70, N75, N80, and Fuji S1, S2, and S3

Recommended Lensbaby Accessories for use with Muse:
  • Lensbaby Optic Swap System (LBOBUND)
  • Lensbaby Accessory Kit (LBABUND)
  • Lensbaby 0.42 Super Wide Accessory Lens (AWA42)
  • Lensbaby Step-Up/Shade (LBASTEP)
  • Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic (LBOSOFT)
  • Lensbaby Fish Eye Optic (LBOFE)
  • Lensbaby Custom Lens Case for Composer and Muse lenses (LBCCM)
Muse Box Contents:
  • Muse Lens with Plastic Optic and f/4 aperture disc installed
  • Aperture case containing f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8 apertures
  • Front and rear lens caps
  • Microfiber bag
  • Microfiber lens cloth
  • User guide

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark on July 8, 2009
Style Name: Canon EF Verified Purchase
If you're really looking to expand your creative possibilities, look no further (except maybe to the Lensbaby Composer). For the money and the creativity you can't find a better item. These are one of a kind and pure fun. I also bought the single-glass optic to swap out and i do like that more than the plastic..however as Lensbaby is not selling one with a single-glass optic in it, I had to buy it seperately. But now I have the plastic one in this product and the extra single-glass to have fun with.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Chiang on January 31, 2010
Style Name: Canon EF
This is a really fun lens but has a strong learning curve. You can't use zone plate optic because you can't really shoot long exposures with this lens. You have to manipulate the lens with your hands to focus and your hands must remain static. Otherwise, this is pretty awesome!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randall J. Bailey on January 29, 2010
Style Name: Nikon F Verified Purchase
I bought the Muse with plastic optic. Very fun to use. Quick and easy to change aperture disks. I like the dreamy soft effect. I find it easier to use than I thought it would be. I will certainly purchase other optics.
I took a bunch of shots with my Nikon D80. At first I guessed exposure, then grabbed the light meter. I made a number of handheld shots and liked the results on the camera screen. When printed the shots looked sweet.
A well-made product I recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Brzozowski on February 20, 2011
Style Name: Canon EF
(Note: I have the double-glass optic version, not the plastic one, so my review is in regards to that version of the Composer.)

I had an impression of the whole Lensbaby thing as a gimmick, until I actually bought the Muse and tried it. Shooting at the local botanical garden was a lot of fun, much more so than if I'd simply taken my trusty 28-200mm zoom. The reason I bought the Muse was because it was the least expensive, so if it didn't get much use I wouldn't be out much money. That said, the Muse does require some skill to use properly as it cannot be positioned and locked in place like the more expensive versions. If you have short fingers, you may have trouble using it as focusing requires squeezing it toward the camera body (not to mention being able to tilt it at the same time if you want the tilt-shift effect). I use the index and middle fingers of both hands to work the lens and have no trouble doing it that way. To me, this quirky operation is part of what makes the Muse interesting to shoot with as it does require more skill than the others to operate. I'd also say that the squeeze/tilt/shoot method the Muse requires may make it faster to work with vs. the other Lensbabys once you get used to it. If the Muse sounds like too much of a hassle to you, then I'd recommend the next model up (the Composer). If you want to try something different with your photography and put some fun back into it, then a Lensbaby may do the trick.
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By Kelly on July 4, 2010
Style Name: Nikon F Verified Purchase
This lens is really fun, but takes a while to figure out how to get good pictures. Unless you have a separate light meter, you have to guess and check on the shutter setting by taking lots of pictures. That is the hardest part for me; the focusing is pretty intuitive. I love the dreamy feel that the plastic optic gives, but if you prefer a sharp 'sweet spot' go for the glass optic. Overall, a unique, relatively cheap lens to add to your collection.
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By Tiras on December 22, 2012
Style Name: Sony Alpha Verified Purchase
This lens is super fun to use. The aperture inserts are a bit cheesy and cheap feeling but they serve their function nicely. The lens also seems a bit shaky on my Sony A-300 and A-500 but has never come off.

The tilt shift and selective focus effects that you get out of the Muse are quite creative and interesting. I honestly don't use the Lesbaby too often, but it performs well and you won't be out too much to purchase one.
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