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Lensbaby LB-O8 Edge 80 Optic Lens

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  • 80mm f/2.8-22
  • Adjustable Rounded 12-Blade Diaphragm
  • Focus Amount Controlled by Aperture
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  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 5 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
  • Item model number: LBE80
  • ASIN: B0078PV6OO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Mar. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,986 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic is an 80mm f/2.8-22 flat field optic with an adjustable 12-blade aperture. This optic is specifically designed to be used in conjunction with a Lensbaby lens body to give you a slice of sharp focus, surrounded by soft blur. The size of the in-focus region varies depending on the aperture and the location of it can be modified by the degree and direction of tilt. The selective focus effect produced is especially desirable for close-up photography, as this lens can focus as close as 17" / 43.2cm when fully extended. This optic is composed of 5 multi-coated glass elements within 4 groups and the 12 rounded aperture blades produce an extremely smooth bokeh. It is compatible with the Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak lens bodies (Not compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras). When used in conjunction with a Lensbaby lens body, this optic can provide a controllable sliver of focus surrounded by a smooth, out of focus border. Size of selective focus region is controlled by the aperture; location of the region can be modified by tilting the lens. Rounded 12-blade aperture creates a smooth bokeh and is controlled by a dial on the front of the optic. Focus as close as 17" / 43.2cm when lens is fully extended, in macro mode, and tilted. Compatible with the Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak lens bodies (Not compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras). 46mm front filter threads allow compatibility with Lensbaby Macro Converters, but do not work with 37mm accessories.

Box Contains

Lens Edge 80 Optik
Front and Rear Caps
Storage Case
Optic Removal Tool
Microfiber Lens Cloth

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Jackson on 14 Jan. 2014
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had a lens baby for a while now, and wanted a 3rd optic, was originally planning on getting the sweet 35, but im so glad i got this, it has so many more abilities, and is so much nicer to use, would maybe recoment a Composer Pro body though as the normal composrer itsnt really strong enough to support the weight of the glass, but other than this i love it will be shooting it more soon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob on 16 Mar. 2014
I have to say, I never expected this to be as sharp as it is. When no tilt is added it's sharp edge to edge. In fact, it's sharper than any of my Nikon primes and that's even at 2.8!! The out of focus elements are beautiful and dreamy then adding a bit of tilt with the Composer Pro is where the magic is. On my D610 this is a truly stunning lens for portraits, macro and landscape.
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By Pete on 24 April 2015
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Ok. First of this is a creative lens. So not an everyday lens. It does take a bit of getting used to. And the fact that when you stop down you potentially end up looking through a dark view finder has draw backs. Optically the image is sharp. I love the fact that this lens has rotary f-stop adjustment. Unlike the composer, where you have to manually drop in reduction discs to change stops. fiddly at best and not ideal in the field. So a big move forward there. My only real concern with this lens. And I have not noticed anyone else mention this. Is fringing. This lens suffers really badly with purple fringing. The only way to remove this is in post editing. And even suites like Lightroom. still don't do the job right.So if the image was to be used in an editorial. There would be potentially quite a job in hand. Cleaning up the image. Unless the image was of cause going mono. This said. I have created some nice portrait shots. And still glad I have it in my kit. I gave this 4 out of 5 as the fringing issue bugs me.
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By K. Roberts on 13 Feb. 2015
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Love it! Takes a little getting used to but worth persevering with as it can create some superb photos!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A fun and affordable way to explore tilt-shift photography 1 April 2012
By Comdet - Published on Amazon.com
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The Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic is one of Lensbaby's "swappable" optics for its line of lenses. It has a focal length of 80mm and features a 12-blade aperture with a range from f/2.8 through f/22. It can function as a regular 80mm f/2.8 lens when facing forward on your camera, but this optic's special feature is that it allows you to employ the usual Lensbaby bend and tilt to reposition your plane of focus along any point not parallel with your camera's sensor plane.

The usual Lensbaby lens tilt allows you to place the point of focus (with varying diffusion all around that point) but did not allow you to change the plane of focus itself. With this optic you can put a "slice of focus" through your image in creative ways. For example, you can highlight a certain aspect of the photo (such as producing a portrait where the eyes are in sharpest focus and everything else is softly blurred), or you can create the "false miniature" effect where the objects photographed take on the appearance of miniature scale models. The optic also has a close focus mode that will allow a close focus distance of 17".

There is a bit of learning curve for this optic. Expect to play around for bit before you get the hang of it. There are some good video tutorials on the Lensbaby site. I included a couple of example photos with this review.

You don't need to swap lenses to get back to "normal." As I mentioned earlier, the Edge 80 behaves like a normal 80mm lens when you aren't employing any of its tilt features. The aperture ring on the optic adjusts smoothly, and focusing and tilt occurs on the lens body itself. The shift from regular focus mode to close focus mode is a little tight -- you have to firmly pull the front edge of the optic outward. But, I imagine that's as it should be to avoid it shifting by itself.

My one source of frustration so far is in detaching the optic from the lens itself. Suffice to say you will need to review Lensbaby's instructions for this, and practice several times before you can successfully detach the optic. My first try took almost half an hour, which is not a delay you would want to experience in the field. I did get better with practice, but it's still a bit of tricky. Older hands might suffer more than younger hands. I've found in practice you can get by with swapping out other Lensbaby optics from the lens without detaching the lens from your camera, but with the Edge 80 optic, you really need to detach the whole lens first in order to get the optic out of the lens. That will allow you to get the best grip on the components when performing the detach maneuver.

Note that the optic in this product listing is not sold with a lens. The Edge 80 only works with the latest line of Lensbaby Lenses (NOT the 1.0, 2.0 or 3G). You need at least one of the current Lensbaby Lenses to use this optic. The optic works with the Muse, Composer, Control Freak and Scout lenses; it can also work with the Composer with Tilt Transformer, but you need to buy the Macro Converters in order to use the Edge 80 optic with that lens. Note too that if you want true macro capability, you will need to buy the Macro Converters anyway, regardless of which Lensbaby lens you have (their earlier Macro accessories will not work with this optic).

Normal in-lens tilt-shift lens are expensive ($1200-$2500). While the Edge 80 does not give you all the features of such a dedicated lens, it is a highly affordable alternative that provides enough capability for many tilt/shift needs. It's a great way to get into this type of photography without breaking the bank. Highly recommend.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very nice optic, I hesitated a bit, but totally worth it! 25 Jun. 2012
By T. K. kim - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a cheap optic, so I was a little hesitant to buy the Lens Composer + This optic.
Remember you cannot use this optic alone, you will need to buy the Composer Lens Baby first.

So the total investment cost me around 700 dollars (bought 2 optics + Composer Pro).

For a manual focus and something that to some might feel like "toy lens", it is very expensive.

After receiving the lens and trying out, I am satisfied with the purchase. The optic feels solid. It is the best lens baby optic. The bokeh and tilt-shift effects are very fun to play with, and it does take amazing sharp photos. I mount on a nikon D800, and I can create many creative photos. If you want to expand your photo creativity, I definitely recommend this lens.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun toy 26 Jun. 2012
By michwilk - Published on Amazon.com
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I own the lensbaby composer (& the optic that comes with it- double glass i think??) & the fisheye optic. This is a fun new addition! I prefer it over the other optics. I still have some playing around to do with it. Occasionally I think I have things focused straight on, but the area in focus turns out being more on a diagonal plane. I figure there's just a little of a learning curve though.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What a wonderful optic. 11 Oct. 2013
By Trisarahtops - Published on Amazon.com
I have always wanted to work with tilt shift photography, but I always thought I couldn't afford the equipment necessary to try it out! Then the Edge 80 came out and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! My boyfriend ended up getting it for me for Christmas last year and I absolutely love this optic. There is a bit of a learning curve figuring out how to manipulate the planes of focus and whatnot, but after some messing around I'm really happy with the results I am achieving with this optic. Really great purchase. A super affordable, fun alternative to expensive tilt shift lenses. Also works as a high quality 80mm when put straight forward. (For reference, I use a composer pro on my Nikon D300s).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good creative lens for hobbyist 21 Aug. 2014
By Eldon Shea - Published on Amazon.com
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If you already have the Composer Pro body, the Edge 80 is a good investment. I first got the Composer Pro with Sweet 35 and was never wowed by the results. After it sat unused for a while I decided to try the Edge 80, thinking I would return it if not happy. I immediately saw much more satisfying results. When tilted, you get a sharp (well, pretty sharp) stripe of focus that can be moved around the frame and the rest of the frame will be strongly blurred at f2.8 or f4. Most useful is a horizontal stripe or vertical stripe, but even a corner to corner stripe makes a neat effect because you can get objects both near and far in fairly sharp focus. This lens will create the "miniaturized" look that people seem to like. I found that for that effect it works best on my crop-sensor camera (7D) and even better with my 1.4 tele-extender attached when taking shots from my 28th floor window. That effect gets old really fast however. In my opinion, the much better effect is using selective focus to isolate or highlight a subject within the frame. For that purpose it works equally well on my 7D and my full frame 5DII. I don't really do portraits, but I can see how it might be put to good use for that purpose. It's a good optic to get the creative juices of a hobby shooter like me flowing. Probably not great for pros as results can be hard to duplicate and focus and exposure takes a lot of trial and error to get just right. An external live view monitor is very helpful to get focus right. It's very difficult to focus at small apertures when tilted due to viewfinder darkening, but the most interesting effects require lager apertures so most won't be stopping down anyway. Anyone who shoots architecture probably knows they need a real tilt-shift lens, which this is not. It is a tilt lens. It does not shift.

Lensbaby offers other optics and accessories that will work with the composer pro but unless you already have the composer pro or are interested in all those Lensbaby options, a cheap tilt-shift lens from Ukraine is probably a good alternative at a price similar to the Composer Pro-Edge 80 combo. I will say that the Lensbaby is very well made, and the cheap tilt-shifts might not be.

I have limited time to go out shooting and I hate getting skunked because the intended subject turns out to be boring or the light is wrong, etc. To make sure I always get some usable images I carry a macro lens when I go out. There's always an interesting bug or weed or pattern of bricks to shoot, no matter what else is happening. The Composer Pro with Edge 80 may replace my macro as my creative savior lens. It's compact and light, so much easier to lug around than the macro and I can almost always find something to shoot that will look cool with the selective focus.
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