The Lensbaby is a unique camera lens system. The main feature of the Lensbaby is the ability to bend the lens to place the sweet spot of focus to produce fun or creative photographs. The Lensbaby system has a wide range of lens: Composer, Composer Pro, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak and interchangeable optics such as double glass, pinhole and zone plate. In addition there is a wide arrange of accessories available like the creative aperture kit.
This book is a great help navigating all these variations and helps you select which lens and optic is best for you. Unfortunately the book is in need of an update as the latest additions to Lensbaby line-up: the Composer Pro and Sweet 35 optic are not covered. The latter optic has an inbuilt aperture ring and does not take any of the accessories that work with the other Lensbaby optics so this is an important difference missing from the book.
There is a chapter on how to use the Lensbaby on your DSLR camera. The Lensbaby is manual focus and manual exposure so this chapter is very handy to get up to speed quickly on how to use the Lensbaby.
The book also has several chapters of example photographs from professional photographers using the Lensbaby lens. Portfolio topics include: portrait, wedding, commercial, landscape, flowers and urban. The wide range of portfolios shows the extent to which the creative aspects of the Lensbaby can be applied.
The paper quality and photograph reproduction are excellent and better than the average from Focal Press.
The book drops a star rating as the book is a little behind with the latest Lensbaby models but it is still an excellent reference for the others models and the portfolio chapters have a wide range of inspirational photographs.