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Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic

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  • 12-blade adjustable circular aperture.
  • 5 multi-coated glass elements, in four groups.
  • 80mm focal length is excellent for portraits.
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Dimensions 0.39 inches x 0.39 inches x 0.39 inches 0.39 inches x 0.39 inches x 0.39 inches 3 inches x 3 inches x 3 inches 2.76 inches x 2.52 inches x 2.76 inches
Item Weight 0.01 pounds 0.01 pounds Information not provided 0.61 pounds
Lens interchangeable interchangeable Interchangeable Prime lens
Maximum Aperture 0 0 5.6 f 22
Max Focal Length 0 mm 24 mm 50 mm 80 mm
Min Aperture 2.8 Information not provided 5.6 f 22
Min Focal Length 0 mm 8 mm 50 mm 80 mm
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The Edge 80 Optic The Edge 80 Optic is an 80mm flat field of focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture. Compatible with all Lensbaby lens bodies including the Composer Pro, the Edge 80 Optic, when tilted, delivers a slice of tack sharp focus through the image, bordered by a soft blur. When pointed straight ahead the Edge 80 can be used just like a high-quality straight lens. When tilted, the size of that slice of focus depends upon the aperture used, and the placement of the slice of focus depends upon the degree and direction of tilt. Rotating the aperture dial on the front of the lens changes between apertures from f/2.8 through f/22. The Edge 80 also features a special close-focus function. Photographers can extend the front of the optic to focus as close as 17" away from their subject. The Edge 80 Optic is part of the Lensbaby Optic SwapTM System.

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Product Dimensions 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
Item Weight 0.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B0078PV6OO
Item model number LBE80
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4.2 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #881 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
#1,659 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lens Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com February 13, 2012

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By Comdet TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 1, 2012
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The Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic is one of Lensbaby's "swappable" optics for its line of lenses. It has a focal length of 80mm and features a 12-blade aperture with a range from f/2.8 through f/22. It can function as a regular 80mm f/2.8 lens when facing forward on your camera, but this optic's special feature is that it allows you to employ the usual Lensbaby bend and tilt to reposition your plane of focus along any point not parallel with your camera's sensor plane.

The usual Lensbaby lens tilt allows you to place the point of focus (with varying diffusion all around that point) but did not allow you to change the plane of focus itself. With this optic you can put a "slice of focus" through your image in creative ways. For example, you can highlight a certain aspect of the photo (such as producing a portrait where the eyes are in sharpest focus and everything else is softly blurred), or you can create the "false miniature" effect where the objects photographed take on the appearance of miniature scale models. The optic also has a close focus mode that will allow a close focus distance of 17".

There is a bit of learning curve for this optic. Expect to play around for bit before you get the hang of it. There are some good video tutorials on the Lensbaby site. I included a couple of example photos with this review.

You don't need to swap lenses to get back to "normal." As I mentioned earlier, the Edge 80 behaves like a normal 80mm lens when you aren't employing any of its tilt features. The aperture ring on the optic adjusts smoothly, and focusing and tilt occurs on the lens body itself. The shift from regular focus mode to close focus mode is a little tight -- you have to firmly pull the front edge of the optic outward.
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This is not a cheap optic, so I was a little hesitant to buy the Lens Composer + This optic.
Remember you cannot use this optic alone, you will need to buy the Composer Lens Baby first.

So the total investment cost me around 700 dollars (bought 2 optics + Composer Pro).

For a manual focus and something that to some might feel like "toy lens", it is very expensive.

After receiving the lens and trying out, I am satisfied with the purchase. The optic feels solid. It is the best lens baby optic. The bokeh and tilt-shift effects are very fun to play with, and it does take amazing sharp photos. I mount on a nikon D800, and I can create many creative photos. If you want to expand your photo creativity, I definitely recommend this lens.
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I own the lensbaby composer (& the optic that comes with it- double glass i think??) & the fisheye optic. This is a fun new addition! I prefer it over the other optics. I still have some playing around to do with it. Occasionally I think I have things focused straight on, but the area in focus turns out being more on a diagonal plane. I figure there's just a little of a learning curve though.
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I have always wanted to work with tilt shift photography, but I always thought I couldn't afford the equipment necessary to try it out! Then the Edge 80 came out and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! My boyfriend ended up getting it for me for Christmas last year and I absolutely love this optic. There is a bit of a learning curve figuring out how to manipulate the planes of focus and whatnot, but after some messing around I'm really happy with the results I am achieving with this optic. Really great purchase. A super affordable, fun alternative to expensive tilt shift lenses. Also works as a high quality 80mm when put straight forward. (For reference, I use a composer pro on my Nikon D300s).
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If you already have the Composer Pro body, the Edge 80 is a good investment. I first got the Composer Pro with Sweet 35 and was never wowed by the results. After it sat unused for a while I decided to try the Edge 80, thinking I would return it if not happy. I immediately saw much more satisfying results. When tilted, you get a sharp (well, pretty sharp) stripe of focus that can be moved around the frame and the rest of the frame will be strongly blurred at f2.8 or f4. Most useful is a horizontal stripe or vertical stripe, but even a corner to corner stripe makes a neat effect because you can get objects both near and far in fairly sharp focus. This lens will create the "miniaturized" look that people seem to like. I found that for that effect it works best on my crop-sensor camera (7D) and even better with my 1.4 tele-extender attached when taking shots from my 28th floor window. That effect gets old really fast however. In my opinion, the much better effect is using selective focus to isolate or highlight a subject within the frame. For that purpose it works equally well on my 7D and my full frame 5DII. I don't really do portraits, but I can see how it might be put to good use for that purpose. It's a good optic to get the creative juices of a hobby shooter like me flowing. Probably not great for pros as results can be hard to duplicate and focus and exposure takes a lot of trial and error to get just right. An external live view monitor is very helpful to get focus right. It's very difficult to focus at small apertures when tilted due to viewfinder darkening, but the most interesting effects require lager apertures so most won't be stopping down anyway. Anyone who shoots architecture probably knows they need a real tilt-shift lens, which this is not. It is a tilt lens.Read more ›
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