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Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass Optic for Sony Alpha Digital SLR


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Sony Alpha
  • Composer Pro
  • Double Glass Optic
  • Aperture Tool and Disks
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Microfiber Bag

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Technical Details

Style: Sony Alpha
  • Brand Name: Lensbaby
  • Model: LBCPDGS
  • Minimum focal length: 50 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 50 mm
  • Maximum Aperature Range: 2 - 22
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Product Details

Style: Sony Alpha
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches ; 5.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004UHU45K
  • Item model number: LBCPDGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2011

Product Description

Style: Sony Alpha

Product Description


The Composer Pro refines and enhances the popular and award winning Lensbaby Composer by upgrading the swivel ball and focus mechanism to provide professional performance. The Composer Pro's metal swivel ball design and refined focus mechanism deliver ultra-smooth focus and tilt control. The updated focus mechanism features a fluid and accurate dampened focus ring comparable to the focus mechanisms of the highest quality professional manual focus lenses.

This smooth, fluid operation makes the Composer Pro the perfect choice for discerning professional photographers and videographers who want to create ground-breaking creative imagery.

The Composer Pro ships with the Double Glass Optic installed. Each optic delivers a sweet spot of sharp focus that photographers can move around the photo by tilting the Composer Pro's swiveling lens body. The Double Glass Optic, a 50mm selective focus optic with drop-in aperture discs, provides a tack-sharp Sweet Spot of focus with minimum diffusion at all aperture settings.

From the Manufacturer

The Composer Pro refines and enhances the popular and award winning Lensbaby Composer by upgrading the swivel ball and focus mechanism to provide professional performance. The Composer Pro's metal swivel ball design delivers ultra-smooth focus and tilt control. The updated focus mechanism features a fluid and accurate dampened focus ring comparable to the focus mechanisms of the highest quality professional manual focus lenses. This smooth, fluid operation makes the Composer Pro the perfect choice for discerning professional photographers and videographers who want to create ground-breaking creative imagery.

The Double Glass Optic, a 50mm selective focus optic with drop-in aperture discs, provides a tack-sharp Sweet Spot of focus with minimum diffusion at all aperture settings.

Composer Pro Product Specs

  • Refined metal ball design delivers ultra-smooth focus and tilt control
  • Ships with either the Sweet 35 Optic or Double Glass Optic installed
  • Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Size/Weight: 2.25" (5.71cm) high x 2.5" (6.35cm) wide / 4 oz (113.4g)
  • Tilts from zero to 17.5 degrees
Double Glass Optic Product Specs
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Low dispersion, high refractive index, multi-coated optical glass doublet
  • Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetic aperture disks
  • Apertures: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
  • Selective focus optic (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur)
  • Focus distance when used with Composer Pro: 18" to infinity
  • 37mm front threads accept all Lensbaby accessory lenses
Recommended Lensbaby Accessories for use with Composer Pro with Double Glass Optic
  • Lensbaby Custom Lens Case for Composer and Muse lenses (LBCCM)
  • Lensbaby Accessory Kit (LBABUND)
  • Lensbaby 0.42 Super Wide Accessory Lens (AWA42)
  • Lensbaby Step-Up/Shade (LBASTEP)
Composer Box Contents
  • Composer Pro
  • Double Glass Optic
  • Aperture Tool and disks
  • Front and rear lens caps
  • Microfiber bag
  • Microfiber lens cloth
  • User guides

Customer Reviews

They are by no means required, but they are fun and can add some versatility to the product.
Allison V.
This lens is also completely manual, which is fine for me but others prefer a lens with an auto focus.
-dekan
This lens is great for taking creative shots, and is really to use to teach about how camera's work.
Jake E

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allison V. on December 10, 2011
Style Name: Pentax K Verified Purchase
This lens baby was an upgrade for me, as I previously purchased the lens baby 2.0 a few years back. I am extremely pleased with the updates to the design on the composer pro. I still can achieve dreamy, toy camera like images, but now I can do so with much greater accuracy and consistency.

The removal of the bellows is what allows for greater consistency. You are now able to lock your focus in, which does make for easier shooting. With the previous model I felt very limited as to when I would use it during a wedding. It was too time consuming and I felt awkward fumbling with the bellows and trying to take a picture at the same time. The composer pro is different. Since shooting with it is easier, I do use it at several points during a wedding shoot.

I appreciate that the construction is sturdier than before. It has a much more solid feel. Focusing on the composer pro is smooth, too. I had tried a composer (non pro model) at a camera store before purchasing. They did not have the pro version, but focusing still felt a little jerky to me, so that is why I decided on the pro model when I made the purchase. I also feel that the overall construction of the pro (which features more metal than the non pro version) is better and worth the extra money.

To get the most out of your lensbaby, add some accessories. They are by no means required, but they are fun and can add some versatility to the product. So far I have added the macro kit and the creative aperture kit. I have several other accessories on my wish list!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By robert w futrell on August 6, 2011
Style Name: Nikon Verified Purchase
This lens takes some getting used to, both in the focusing and metering. If you can get through the first couple of weeks of practice you can produce some very unique shots. I use this for portraits and landscapes and love it when people ask "how??".

I am a Photoshop monkey, but this lens creates blur that you just can't duplicate. I love it on my D700 and my D70.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol Kane on February 9, 2012
Style Name: Nikon Verified Purchase
There is a learning curve, like with most new concepts. It takes awhile to find the sweet spot, but it's well worth it. The images are amazing. All I can say is practice, practice, practice and you will be rewarded with stunning images.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward D. Truitt on July 28, 2012
Style Name: Canon Verified Purchase
I am a long-time fan of the Lensbaby, and the Composer Pro is the best in their line. This is actually the second Composer Pro I have bought (I also have one for my Olympus 4/3 mount, and plan on buying one for the Micro 4/3 mount), and I purchased it to replace a Composer lens, which finally broke after years of use. The action on the Composer Pro (both the focusing ring as well as the gimbal) is much smoother than on the Composer, the construction and material quality appears to be better, and it is an esthetic match with my 5D as well.

Is it worth the extra money? Depending on your usage, maybe or maybe not. If you are only a casual Lensbaby user, then the Composer may be sufficient for your needs. However, if you depend on the lens being there for you when you need it (and I pretty much use my 5D exclusively with the Lensbaby), then the extra cost is IMO well worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pearl U on February 2, 2012
Style Name: Canon Verified Purchase
A great lens to play with...I haven't used it as much as I'd hoped. The control on the lens is good - I have a Lensbaby 2.0 also and like the Composer's ability to lock in a position. Good for artistic work - I just need to get out and use it more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V.D.M. on October 14, 2011
Style Name: Nikon Verified Purchase
This lens is a ton of fun! If you give it a little patience, it will reward you with some amazing photographs. NOTE: if you think you can instantly be creative just because you have this lens, you are wrong. Look for vibrant colors. Experiment with the aperture discs, and maybe get the creative aperture kit (star and heart background blur = dreamy!)

Just get it. You'll love it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on June 3, 2013
Style Name: Canon Verified Purchase
The Lensbaby lenses are obviously made for special-use scenarios only. Everybody should be very clear on that. Don't buy this lens thinking that you can use it as a replacement for a real tilt/shift lens with sharp image quality across the frame, because it just doesn't do (and isn't intended to do) that no matter what you do with it.

If you are looking for a specialty lens that intentionally distorts and contorts images, well, you're looking at the right product.

The Composer Pro is very well made. It is very sturdy, moves relatively smoothly, and isn't going to break should you happen to bump it on something. (It does have glass in it, so I wouldn't drop it.) It is also a lot of fun.

The big question is whether the lens is worth the $279 price (as of this writing). That's certainly debatable. Is there $280 worth of optical glass, metal, and machining here? Not even close. The $120 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 has much more glass in it. So you're paying for the novelty of the lens. If that is worth it to you, you'll love this lens and not regret buying it. If you're on the edge, though, I'd strongly recommend getting one of the cheaper models. They have much more bang-for-the-buck than the Composer Pro.

Aside from the price, the only thing I would have liked to have seen would be some kind of chip in the lens so the camera knows that it is there. Without the chip, you can only use AV and M modes, don't ever get focus confirmation, and you get an annoying warning about needing to have a lens attached each time you switch to Live View or try to record video. Gray-market chips are available out of China for just a few bucks, so it seems like it wouldn't be hard to add. And it seems like the sort of upgrade you'd get with the Pro vs. regular Composer. Maybe next version.
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