Lensbaby’s revealed two new additions to their line of products: the Composer Pro ll with Sweet 80 Optic, an 80mm lens, and a Creative Bokeh Optic that's supposed to offer users selective focusing and creative effects.
Lensbaby’s lenses always give images a very interesting looking, but they are usually used more for photography than for video. However, these specialty lenses are great when you are hoping to achieve very specific focus and bokeh effects in your video.
To get a feel for the effects selective focus and tilt-shift lenses, check out this footage produced with Lensbaby's Composer Pro ll Sweet 50 Optics:
The new Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic should give a similar look at a longer focal length. Its maximum aperture is at f/2.8 and it can close down to f/16. Its filter size is 46mm and it has an internal 12-blade aperture. It allows users to get up to 15-degrees of tilt motion, and its minimum focusing distance of 22 inches (55.88cm).
“Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic is an 80mm f/2.8 tilt lens that brings our classic “‘sweet spot’” look to portrait photographers, or anyone looking for selective focus at a longer focal length. Sweet 80’s 12 aperture blades make for a perfectly smooth transition from sharp to soft.” said Lensbaby.
The Composer Pro ll measurements run at 2.5” x 2.5” x 2.5” making it seem like it’ll be pretty compact. It is also supposed to weigh 8.9 ounces, so it probably won’t be a heavy addition to your kit.
See what kind of effects that the Composer Pro ll can create with these sample images:
The Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic will be available for purchase in early October for $380. However, if you already own an Optic Swap compatible LensBaby lens, you can get just the Sweet 80 Optic for $200. The lens is available in Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E and A, Fuji X, Micro 4/3, Pentax K, and Samsung NX mounts.
Also announced, Lensbaby’s new Creative Bokeh Optic has a single uncoated 50mm glass element with an internal 12-blade aperture with a “subtle glow from f/2.5 through f/22.” This Optic allows users to drop in magnetic apertures that can be cut in a variety of ways to create different look effects. It comes with 9 different magnetic disks that you can drop in. It also includes two blank disks so you can cut out your own designs.
Here’s what you can do with this Optic:
The Creative Bokeh Optic will be released in October, and you can get it for $100 if you are interested in achieving its interesting effects in your footage.
Go to lensbaby.com if you’re interested in learning more about these products.