Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass Optic for Sony Alpha Digital SLR
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- Compatible with Sony Alpha
- Manual Focus
- Tilts from zero to 17.5 degrees
- Comes with Removeable Double Glass Optic
- Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
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- Brand Name: Lensbaby
- Model Number: LBCPDGS
- Lens Type: tilt-shift
- Minimum Focal Length: 50 mm
- Maximum Focal Length: 50 mm
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|Compatible Mountings||Information not provided||Canon EF||Nikon F||Information not provided|
|Dimensions||2.5 inches x 2.2 inches x 2.5 inches||1.97 inches x 1.97 inches x 1.97 inches||63.5 inches x 2.2 inches x 63.5 inches||2.76 inches x 2.52 inches x 2.76 inches|
|Item Weight||0.33 pounds||0.88 pounds||0.43 pounds||0.61 pounds|
|Lens||tilt-shift||Fixed||Micro lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Aperture||2||1.6 inches||0||22|
|Max Focal Length||50 mm||56||35 mm||80 mm|
|Min Aperture||2 f||1.6 inches||22||22|
|Min Focal Length||50 mm||56||35 mm||80 mm|
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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
- 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
- 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 Pro
- Double Glass Optic
- Aperture Tool and disks
- Front and rear lens caps
- Microfiber bag
- Microfiber lens cloth
- User guides
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
I don't really use the tilt part of the lens that much, as I find that the blurr looks kinda odd when it's off center- but I asuppiose the tilt would be fine with a smaller aperature that decreases the blurr.
The lens is super light, works very smoothly, is fairly easy to focus (although and autofocus capability would have been nice), and it isn't too hard to change aperatures- although it would be nice to have the ability to change the aperature without having to physically change aperature pieces by hand. I just leave the aperature at F/2 or Wide open, as I'm mostly looking to create the lensbaby blurr when I use this lens.
I ended up getting several of the accessory lenses such as the pinhole, zoneplate, macro, etc, but really they aren't much use. The macro adaptor is just mediocre sharpness-wise- and the zoneplate is very dark when looking through viewfinder and is hard to use for good results unless you really know how to use and maniplate a zoneplate for good results- same for the pinhole. The one lens I do like is the plastic lens which gives a very blurred image and some really nice kaLiedascope colors across the photo when used right, which I suppose sounds gimmicky, but can create some very unique photos when done right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great lens that lends a unique perspective to your photographs.Published 26 days ago by Vincent T. Marchese
I wish it came with directions and the web page is not so great. Takes really cool pictures. keep in mind it does not communicate with your camera so shooting in manual is the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald J. Koller
An excellent lens for creatives. It can be unpredictable against lights, but even then it's an amazing soft lens. Equivalent to a fast 50mm, with the selective blur.Published 17 months ago by massalo
This lens is great for taking creative shots, and is really to use to teach about how camera's work. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Jake E
I purchased the Composer Pro as a "toy" for my professional photography bag. Honestly, I had no intent to use it at weddings or any other professional shoot but I was very... Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Kelly B.
Lensbaby takes some fun photos, but it takes a little getting used to. It fits my camera, but the auto focus does not work. It can only be focused manually. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Ches