Excerpt: The 80 in the name gives away the focal length of the optic just as did their naming of their last optic, the Sweet 35 (see our review in the August, 2011, issue of Shutterbug or type “Sweet 35” into the Search engine on our website, www.shutterbug.com). And just like the Sweet 35, the Edge 80 is part of the Optic Swap System and drops into the company’s Composer, Composer Pro, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak, the linkage between optic and lens mount on the camera.
Excerpt: Paving the path for a technique known as “selective focus”, Lensbaby has been cranking out optic after optic focused — defocused might be a better way to describe it — on offering photographers a lens-based solution for creating dramatic photos. Niche? Maybe, but not the Lensbaby Edge 80 ($300) .
Excerpt: The Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic fits inside the Lensbaby Composer and should therefore be seen as an optional lens for the lensbaby system - which now consists of a number of lens / optical units called the "Optic Swap System" - the original being the double glass optic that comes with the lensbaby composer. There are a number of other Optics available from the Sweet 35, Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Fisheye, Soft Focus and Pinhole / Zone plate.
Pros: Quick aperture control, Good bokeh / background blur, Easy close-up mode, Quick and easy creative effects
Cons: Getting the Edge 80 out of the Composer can be fiddly, Quite high price if you don't already have a Composer