Lensbaby Composer Review

by Allison Johnson Reads (559)
Editor's Rating
8.50

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Features
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Creative applications
    • Locking ring
    • Expandable system
  • Cons

    • Manual Focus
    • Aperture disks
    • Somewhat costly

Quick Take

The Lensbaby Composer creates uniquely dramatic images and is relatively easy to use. A significant price tag and some usability issues are worth considering.


The Lensbaby Composer should come with a warning label. Something along the lines of “Warning: This lens will turn you into a completely obnoxious photographer.” Your friends and family will cringe bringing you out in public when you’re carrying a camera with a Lensbaby attached. You’ll flood their Facebook, Flickr and Twitter accounts with countless photos. You’ll explain to anyone on the street exactly how the lens works. I myself may be guilty of several of these charges.

Lensbaby Composer

For those unfamiliar, Lensbaby is a manufacturer of lenses for your DSLR or compact interchangeable lens camera. They are designed so that the front part of the lens can be moved around, thus allowing you to move the area of your image that’s in focus. This so-called “sweet spot” will be in the sharpest focus, and everything else in the frame will be blurred to some degree.

The images below illustrate the idea. In the first, the lens was shifted to the left, bringing the part of the wall closest to the viewer in focus. In the second, the lens was pointed to the right.

Lensbaby Composer Sample Image Lensbaby Composer Sample Image

So just how well does the Lensbaby Composer work? Is it worth a not-insignificant investment of $270? Check out our walkthrough video below to see how it works, and keep reading our full review for the complete analysis.


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