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Dull edge of progress

Gear Patrol
5 August 2012
  • 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) .
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Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Lens Test

10 November 2012
  • 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
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Expert Review

Photo answers
7 August 2012
  • Excerpt: PA verdict: The Edge 80 is a fun and quirky lens to use, but its price-tag will turn a lot of photographers off. For more info, click here .
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Overall 5

Tilt shift on the cheap: LensBaby’s way out reviewed

Gadget Guy
31 May 2012
  • Summary: LensBaby’s budget tilt shift offering is certainly an interesting one, resulting in a customisable lens that’s certainly priced well against a true perspective control lens.
  • Pros: Decent build quality, Compared to a real tilt-shift lens, it's cheap
  • Cons: Not for the amateur, Completely manual, Double Glass Optic is pretty soft
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