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.
|Images taken with the Lensbaby 2.0. |
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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.