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Lensbaby 3G - Lensbabies has launched its 3rd generation selective focus Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) lens - the Lensbaby 3G.
Then, using a traditional barrel focus mechanism, photographers can fine focus and precisely place the sweet spot of sharp focus before pressing the shutter release. The Original Lensbaby lens and the Lensbaby 2.0 lens require the photographer to manually hold the Lensbaby in a bent position while pressing the shutter release.
Lensbaby selective focus SLR camera lenses take photos with one area in sharp focus, with that ‘sweet spot’ surrounded by graduated blur. Photographers can move the sweet spot of sharp focus anywhere in the photo by bending the flexible lens tubing.
“Response to the Original Lensbaby and Lensbaby 2.0 has been great,” said Craig Strong, the inventor of the Lensbaby and Co-Founder of Lensbabies, LLC. “But we asked our customers what new features they wanted. Studio photographers told us they want to repeat Lensbaby photos exactly the same each time. Studio portrait photographers told us they want greater confidence in the sweet spot’s sharpness and placement. Outdoor and location photographers said they are interested in shooting longer exposures than are possible with the Original Lensbaby and Lensbaby 2.0.”
Lensbaby 3G features the same low dispersion, high refractive index, multi-coated optical glass doublet and the same flexible tubing as Lensbaby 2.0, but adds three focusing rails that emerge from the camera mount and pass through the focusing collar. A trigger button on the focusing collar releases three pins that engage the focusing rails and lock Lensbaby 3G in a bent position. Once Lensbaby 3G is locked into place, additional fine focus can be achieved by turning the barrel focusing ring, which moves the optic in and out like a normal manual focus lens. Also, in the locked position, a photographer can make small adjustments to the placement of the sweet spot of focus by turning any combination of the three focusing rails.
Lensbaby 3G SLR lenses will be available from November and carries a suggested retail price of £199.99
|Optic:||Coated optical glass doublet (same optic as Lensbaby 2.0)|
|Focal Length:||Approximately 50 mm|
|Focus Type:||Hybrid Manual Compression / Manual barrel|
|Aperture Type:||Interchangeable levitating aperture disks|
|Apertures:||f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22|
|Minimum Focus:||Approximately 30.48cm|
|Size:||7.62cm high x 8.89cm wide|
|Available Mounts:||Canon EF, Nikon F, Available from November 2006.
Olympus 4/3rds/Panasonic, Pentax K/Samsung, Sony Alpha/Minolta from December 2006.