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Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass Optic for Pentax
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- Includes multi-coated optical glass doublet for tack-sharp sweet spot focus
- Refined metal ball design delivers ultra-smooth focus and tilt control
- Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
- For Pentax K Mount Cameras
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The Composer Pro refines and enhances the popular and award winning Lensbaby Composer by upgrading the swivel ball and focus mechanism to provide professional performance. The Composer Pro’s metal swivel ball design delivers ultra-smooth focus and tilt control. The updated focus mechanism features a fluid and accurate dampened focus ring comparable to the focus mechanisms of the highest quality professional manual focus lenses. This smooth, fluid operation makes the Composer Pro the perfect choice for discerning professional photographers and videographers who want to create ground-breaking creative imagery.
The Composer Pro is supplied with either the Sweet 35 Optic or the Double Glass Optic installed. Each optic delivers a sweet spot of sharp focus that photographers can move around the photo by tilting the Composer Pro’s swiveling lens body. The Double Glass Optic, a 50mm selective focus optic with drop-in aperture discs, provides a tack-sharp Sweet Spot of focus with minimum diffusion at all aperture settings.
Double Glass Optic
Aperture Tool and disks
Front and rear lens caps
Microfibre lens cloth
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The removal of the bellows is what allows for greater consistency. You are now able to lock your focus in, which does make for easier shooting. With the previous model I felt very limited as to when I would use it during a wedding. It was too time consuming and I felt awkward fumbling with the bellows and trying to take a picture at the same time. The composer pro is different. Since shooting with it is easier, I do use it at several points during a wedding shoot.
I appreciate that the construction is sturdier than before. It has a much more solid feel. Focusing on the composer pro is smooth, too. I had tried a composer (non pro model) at a camera store before purchasing. They did not have the pro version, but focusing still felt a little jerky to me, so that is why I decided on the pro model when I made the purchase. I also feel that the overall construction of the pro (which features more metal than the non pro version) is better and worth the extra money.
To get the most out of your lensbaby, add some accessories. They are by no means required, but they are fun and can add some versatility to the product. So far I have added the macro kit and the creative aperture kit. I have several other accessories on my wish list!
If you are looking for a specialty lens that intentionally distorts and contorts images, well, you're looking at the right product.
The Composer Pro is very well made. It is very sturdy, moves relatively smoothly, and isn't going to break should you happen to bump it on something. (It does have glass in it, so I wouldn't drop it.) It is also a lot of fun.
The big question is whether the lens is worth the $279 price (as of this writing). That's certainly debatable. Is there $280 worth of optical glass, metal, and machining here? Not even close. The $120 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 has much more glass in it. So you're paying for the novelty of the lens. If that is worth it to you, you'll love this lens and not regret buying it. If you're on the edge, though, I'd strongly recommend getting one of the cheaper models. They have much more bang-for-the-buck than the Composer Pro.
Aside from the price, the only thing I would have liked to have seen would be some kind of chip in the lens so the camera knows that it is there. Without the chip, you can only use AV and M modes, don't ever get focus confirmation, and you get an annoying warning about needing to have a lens attached each time you switch to Live View or try to record video. Gray-market chips are available out of China for just a few bucks, so it seems like it wouldn't be hard to add. And it seems like the sort of upgrade you'd get with the Pro vs. regular Composer. Maybe next version.
Is it worth the extra money? Depending on your usage, maybe or maybe not. If you are only a casual Lensbaby user, then the Composer may be sufficient for your needs. However, if you depend on the lens being there for you when you need it (and I pretty much use my 5D exclusively with the Lensbaby), then the extra cost is IMO well worth it.