Given what Lensbaby has created in recent times, I have to say I’m pretty excited for the new Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35mm Optic. Years ago, I accepted that one never bought Lensbaby lenses for the image quality in terms of sharpness and such, but instead bought them for their unique look and take on the world. Getting that in camera is often more fun than working in post-production to do it. But then there is their manual nature, where it actively requires the photographer to be more meticulous and take on a bigger part of the image making process. For portrait shooting, landscapes, architecture, still life, and the slower types of photography this works out perfectly fine.
The new Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35mm Optic comes in Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E, Fujifilm X, and Micro Four Thirds mounts. The composer lets photographers tilt the optic in the center while also allowing range over the focusing. The new Edge 35mm Optic is a 35mm f3.5 lens that will connect to the Composer Pro to allow for focusing and tilting. Tilting will throw off the focusing and that’s just fine by us. The tilt helps with the overall tilt-shift effect you end up getting as you focus the lens back and forth. Granted, wide open you’re also going to get a super tiny sliver of the scene in focus with full frame sensors. So if you’re photographing a scene like that of the Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll probably want to stop the lens down a bit.
The Composer Pro II with Edge 35 Optic will be available in April for $449.95, and by itself as an Optic for those who already own a Composer series lens for $249.95. We’re working on a review to come.
Composer Pro II with Edge 35 Optic Product Specifications
- 35mm focal length
- f/3.5 – f/22
- Focuses from 7” from the front element to infinity
- Compatible with Full Frame; APS-C; and 4/3rds Sensors
- Manual Focus
- Internal 8-blade aperture
- Up to 15 degrees of tilt
- Dimensions: to come
- Weight: to come
- Mounts: Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E, Fuji X, Micro 4/3