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Lensbaby Composer Nikon Lens
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- Nikon F Mount
- Double Glass Optic included
- Focus Type: Manual
- Interchangeable magnetic aperture disks
- Compatible with the Optic Swap System
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||Photospecialist|
|Item Dimensions||6.35 x 6.35 x 6.35 cm||6.35 x 5.59 x 6.35 cm||0.3 x 7.62 x 7.62 cm||5 x 5 x 5 cm|
|Item Weight||154 grams||195 grams||—||400 grams|
|Max Aperture||—||2.5||f/5.6||4.06 cm|
|Max Focal Length||50 mm||35 mm||50 mm||56|
|Min Aperture||f/2||f/2.5||f/5.6||1.6 inches|
|Min Focal Length||50 mm||35 mm||50 mm||56|
|Mounting Type||nikon||nikon||Nikon F||Nikon|
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Smooth and Precise; The award-winning Composer is one of our most popular lenses. It includes the Double Glass Optic (installed) and is compatible with all optics in the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. The Composer’s design is based on a ball and socket configuration that delivers smooth creative effects photography with ease. Simply tilt the lens to a desired angle then focus with a manual focusing ring.
The Double Glass Optic provides a pin-sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by blur, with minimum diffusion at all aperture settings.
The Composer is a breeze to use. Simply bend the lens to move the Sweet Spot and then focus.
The Composer stays in its bent position without needing to be locked. If you want to ensure the Composer will not move during an extended shooting session, you can lock the lens's position by rotating the Locking Ring. This locking feature makes the Composer ideal for studio photography or for longer or repeated exposures.Another great feature is the unique barrel focusing ring that automatically dampens (requiring greater rotation to move the optic in and out) as you approach infinity, making it easier to focus on subjects from 10 feet to infinity.
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I used this on my two Nikons, a D90 and a D3. There is a difference. With the D90 I get no control over the metering and have to guess exposure. Not too bad if you have a good undertanding of photography but for first timers a bit of a no-no. However, on the D3, the lens metrs with the camera making exposure esay.
The lens firs snuggly in the Nikon lens mount and you have a variety of apperture rings to use. You just ust the included tool to release the aperature ring in the lensbaby and drop another in. Sounds easy but can be a bit fiddily. The lensbaby comes with a f4 aperture ring already installed so thats what I use in most instances.
The lensbaby is so easy to use, but there is no autofocus. You can bend the lens and then when you focus on the sweetspot depending on the agnle of the lens all other parts of the image are out of focus. Wish I could upload an image here to show you but I don't think you can. (If anyone knows how drop me a comments please)
The lensbay is plastic but appears to be sturdy enough for its purpise. Its light and comes with its own little carrying bag. Good news too you can get accessories for close up an a variaty of shaped aperture rings. Costs a bit more but you can have even more fun with this little gem.
If you've never used a Lensbaby, it is a relatively low quality compound lens with the front and the back connected not by a rigid tube, but by a flexible collar. With this, you can push and pull the front lens to focus, but also move it off axis, giving you the effects of a Tilt/Shift lens. However, unlike a studio tilt/shift which is designed to give you the maximum in terms of absolute quality, at a significant cost in spontaneity, the Lensbaby throws optical quality to the winds, and gives you something you just move and shoot.
This is all fully manual, of course -- even to the extent that changing the aperture requires you to physically swap out aperture rings. Most modern cameras should be able to do something in the way of auto-exposure, by varying the shutter speed or the ISO, but you may well find that the results are unpredictable -- as is almost everything about a Lensbaby.
If this sounds like a recipe for disaster, think again. By removing any pretence at pixel-level sharpness or absence of distortion, the Lensbaby sets you free to just take pictures, in exactly the way that Holga cameras freed up a new generation of art photographers to experiment with the weird and wonderful. Unlike a Holga, you get all the benefits of digital, plus whatever further refinements your camera of choice has.
As mentioned, the original Lensbaby has you physically pushing, pulling and twisting the lens. The Composer is a much more refined machine, allowing you to turn a dial to focus, and also to lock the position of the front optic relative to the back so that, having established the optical properties, you can then work on the composition, or, perhaps, just go off and have a cup of tea before taking the all important shot.
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Photographically, what does this all mean? You may have seen the kind of blurry/sharp photos of bright flowers which were used to market the early Lensbabies. This kind of thing doesn't really do it for me, because you can just as easily put vaseline on a plain filter to get that effect. What I do find, though, is that the Lensbaby gives an extraordinary 'motion' type blur to part of the shot, as well as an extreme of differential focus. The result -- about 1/8 of the time -- is something which conjures up all the feel of a motion picture, but in a still. I treasure the Lensbaby for this otherwise unobtainable movie quality, which simply can't be reproduced in Photoshop. The other 7/8 shots with a Lensbaby? Fortunately they fit cameras these days with a delete button. Even using the Composer, a Lensbaby is still a semi-random photographic tool.
I'll be honest though, I'd recommend buying the other optics too. For a further £70 - £90 you can convert the composer into a wide angle, telephoto and macro, covering the range of 20 - 80mm.
That then becomes a very versatile lens, combine that with the creative aperture kit and there are countless combinations and effects to achieve, all with the added tilt shift capability.
The manual apertures really get you thinking about the basics of photography. Beware though, no TTL metering on most SLR's, personally it has made me think more about how the camera works and what you can acheive.
Brilliant product, one that will appear in a lot more camera bags in the future.
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