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.
Pros: Solid build, Simple to use, Helps stir the creative juices
Cons: Expensive, Need to be able to manage manual DSLR settings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Full Stops Obviously the sharp/blurred differential is increased by using larger apertures and the Composer can be opened up to f2.0. Well, when we say “opened up”, what actually happens is that the lens is used without any of the supplied aperture disks fitted.
Summary: It's the most easily used of the three lenses in the range as the ball and socket system will stay where it is allowing you time to focus quicker and get the shot sooner. You don't have to rely on keeping the lens in place yourself and you don't have to waste time locking the lens in place.
Pros: Easily manipulated, Good build quality, Smooth movement, TTL metering
Cons: No close focusing, Pricey for amount of use it'll probably get