Summary: It is possible to create some fun effects with this lens. If you don't need to evaluate the effects in the field an alternative would be to use one of your existing lenses and create the effects during post-processing with Photoshop or the like.
Excerpt: Having experimented with the Double Glass and Pinhole Optic, today I slipped the Plastic Optic into my Lensbaby Composer and headed out on my "go-to" Photowalk - Fort Brockhurst to Priddys Hard.Unfortunately the light was very grey and flat - typical overcast English Weather. I was hoping for some Sunshine to bring out the best in the Plastic Optic, but I think I did OK and I'm sure we'll have some bright-crisp weather to look forward to as the Autumn draws on.
Excerpt: What a cool system! One lens, five different "optic options" - Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic Optic, Pinhole and Zone Plate.Thats a very nice review. Thorough, and it shows how easy it is to use those thinglybits. I have the orignal lensbaby and the lensbaby 2.0, but I don't use them very much at the moment.
Excerpt: One thing I didn't explain in the video is which modes you can shoot in when using a Lensbaby Composer. With Canon's you can use Aperture Priority or Manual Mode, with most Nikon's you'll be shooting in Manual Mode, and most other SLR's will work in Aperture Priority Mode or Manual Mode.
Conclusion: The Lensbaby Composer Selective Focus SLR Lens is a specialty lens designed for photographers who are comfortable shooting under manual settings. Neophyte users should be aware of this fact but should not be afraid to try the Composer. It is an easy lens to figure out and through trial and error; fantastic photographs can be captured.
Pros: Solid build, Simple to use, Helps stir the creative juices
Cons: Expensive, Need to be able to manage manual DSLR settings
Excerpt: A camera lens based on a ball and socket to deliver smooth selective focus shots. It's simple to use. Just bend the lens to achieve the desired effect, then lock the lens position by rotating the Locking Ring before snapping away.
Excerpt: Over 3.5 years ago I reviewed the Lensbaby 2.0 - the second incarnation of the original Lensbaby that was created almost 6 years ago. The original Lensbaby was a 50mm f/2.8 single-element lens in a flexible “bellow” lens barrel. Lensbaby 2.0 introduced a doublet lens along with magnetic aperture rings, allowing us more control over exposure and depth of field (you can change how much is in focus by changing aperture disks - the wider the aperture, the less that is in...
The newest addition to the Lensbaby family is the easiest to use of all its siblings
Consumer Electronics Net
26 February 2009
Excerpt: As a professional photographer you know that part of your success depends on differentiating yourself from your competition. So I would like to introduce you to a new and interesting addition to the Lensbaby lineup of optics, the Composer. The Composer is a great little device to kick your creative juices into over drive and make your photos stand out from the crowd.
Summary: The Composer itself offers exceptional value for money but once you start to factor in adding the additional lenses, then the price mounts substantially, especially as many of the attachments are best used straight-on with no tilting.
Pros: Produces excellent results without wasting hours in Photoshop, There is a wide range of accessories available to expand your photography., Just investing in the fisheye optic will save you hundreds of pounds over buying a standard fishye lens.
Cons: Manual focus, manual exposure and fiddly aperture changes could put some users off., Changing optics is incredibly difficult unless you have more hands or a suitable work surface.
Excerpt: The original Lensbaby concept is refined in the Composer and allows for more control of focusing effects which increases its usability… and the fun factor. While lens designers sweat blood to correct for the various aberrations that are the inevitable consequence of passing light through glass or resin elements, there’s a bunch of irresponsible individuals who actually promote these deficiencies!