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The Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic fits inside the Lensbaby Composer and should therefore be seen as an optional lens for the lensbaby system - which now consists of a number of lens / optical units called the "Optic Swap System" - the original being the double glass optic that comes with the lensbaby composer. There are a number of other Optics available from the Sweet 35, Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, Fisheye, Soft Focus and Pinhole / Zone plate.
The Edge 80 Optic is an 80mm f/2.8 prime lens, ideal for portrait style photography, and used on a full frame camera and you get an 80mm lens, used on an APS-C sensor camera such as a Nikon D5100, you get a 120mm (1.5x) equivalent, a Canon EOS 600D, you get a 128mm (1.6x) equivalent, and on a Micro / Four Thirds camera you get a 160mm equivalent (2x). The front features a screw thread so that filters or other adapters can be mounted.
Lensbaby Edge80 Aperture Part Closed
- 12 blade aperture
- f/2.8 - f/22
- Macro / Close up mode
- Compatible with Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak lens bodies*
- 46mm front threads
Lensbaby Edge80 Rear
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|In Lensbaby Edge 80||Lensbaby Edge80 Macro Mode|
Turn the main ring on the composer to focus, turn the ring on the Edge 80 for aperture selection
Pull the very front ring / lens element forwards to put it into macro / close up mode
|Lensbaby Edge80 Aperture Closed||Lensbaby Edge80 Aperture Open|
Bend the main Composer lens section to alter the focus to different areas of the image, you can also tighten the ring nearest the camera body in order to fix or loosen the composer position.
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Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Sample Photos
Studio Test Image (Canon Eos 5d Mk2) | 1/4 sec | f/11.0 | 80.0 mm | ISO 100
Portrait Studio Shoot | 1/125 sec | f/0.0 | 0.0 mm | ISO 100
Canon Eos 5d Lensbaby Edge80 Bokeh (Converted From Raw) | 1/200 sec | ISO 800
Canon Eos 5d Lensbaby Edge80 Tilted Blur From Raw | 1/160 sec | ISO 200
1/1300 sec | 80.0 mm | ISO 160
Left Blur | 1/1000 sec | f/0.0 | 80.0 mm | ISO 100
The lens is capable of taking sharp images - as can be seen in the test studio shot above, using f/11 and keeping the lens straight, rather than tilting it. Using the tilt, it's possible to keep an area sharp, for example, the toy cement mixer is sharp from front to back, but the bench is out of focus.
The Lensbaby Composer and Edge 80 optic is great for videos as it can give extremely shallow focus, as well as the unique tilted focus plane. Another use would be to create timelapse videos, such as miniatures.
A cheaper alternative is the Lensbaby Spark, which takes the Lensbaby back to basics, and is available for around £80, although doesn't feature aperture control.
Quick aperture control
Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Pros
Good bokeh / background blur
Easy close-up mode
Quick and easy creative effects
Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic ConsGetting the Edge 80 out of the Composer can be fiddly
Quite high price if you don't already have a Composer
Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Specifications
|Angle of View||30°|
|35mm equivalent||No Data|
|Internal focusing||No Data|
|Box Contents||Front and Rear Caps, Storage Case, 1-Year Limited Warranty|
*Not compatible with current 37mm Lensbaby accessories