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Three new lenses from Lensbaby

Three new lenses from Lensbaby - There's a new line of Lensbaby products which all feature the new Lensbaby Optic Swap system.

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Lensbaby Control Freak

Press Release:

Three new Lensbaby lenses - The Composer, The Muse and The Control Freak, - make up the new line of Lensbaby products. Each features the new Lensbaby Optic Swap system. The new Muse and the new Control Freak replace the current Lensbaby lenses, which will be phased out immediately.

All Lensbaby lenses provide photographers with a new way to control depth of field by bringing one area of a photo into sharpest focus with that Sweet Spot surrounded by graduated blur. By bending the Lensbaby lens, the photographer moves the sharp area around the photo for customized creative effects.

The new Composer retains its position after being bent and is easy to use even with one hand. Photographers can simply tilt the lens to a desired angle and then focus with a barrel focusing ring. The Composer stays in the desired bent position without requiring a locking mechanism and features the new Lensbaby Optic Swap System. The Composer's unique barrel focusing ring automatically dampens the movement of the optic (requiring greater rotation to move the optic in and out) as you approach infinity, making it easer to focus on subjects from 10 feet to infinity.

The Muse replaces the Original Lensbaby and Lensbaby 2.0 lenses while being very similar in appearance and functionality. Photographers will still focus by compressing the lens and move the sweet spot by bending the flexible lens tubing. The key update for the Muse is its new Lensbaby Optic Swap System.

The Control Freak updates the Lensbaby 3G by adding the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. With The Control Freak, photographers compress to focus, bend to move the sweet spot, and then push a button to lock the lens in place. Once locked, photographers can adjust the fine focus with a barrel focusing ring and fine tune the tilt by rotating its three metal posts.

All three lenses - the Composer, Muse, and Control Freak - feature the Lensbaby Optic Swap System and will come complete with one optic installed. Additional optics are available as optional accessories. When a photographer wants to change the optic in their Lensbaby, they will simply pop the optic out and drop in a different optic using an Optic Swap Tool supplied with the new optic. Each optic has different features and image qualities, allowing photographers to choose the look that fits their creative style.

The Lensbaby Optic Swap System will include four interchangeable optic options:

Double Glass: A 50mm multi-coated optical glass.

Single Glass: a 50 mm, updated, uncoated optical glass singlet. At f/2, the Single Glass Optic is one full stop brighter (2x as bright) than the previous Original Lensbaby Optic.
Plastic:
a 50 mm f/2 plastic singlet that maximizes blur and diffusion in a dreamy way that Holga and Diana camera lovers will especially appreciate.
The Pinhole/Zone plate:
an optic cup with an f/177 aperture hole to allow for pinhole photography and an f/19 Zone plate opening. Users can slide a toggle inside the optic to change to back and forth between Pinhole and Zone plate mode, allowing further artistic exploration.

The Composer from LensbabyThe Composer - Smooth and Precise

Suggested retail price £164.99

  • Complete with the Double Glass optic installed (a multi-coated optical glass doublet)
  • Features the Lensbaby Optic Swap system
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Features a unique barrel focusing ring that becomes more sensitive (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.
  • 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: about 46cm / Maximum Focus: Infinity


The Muse from LensbabyThe Muse - Fast and loose

Suggested retail price £99.99 with double glass optic

Suggested retail price £64.99 with plastic optic

  • Complete with either the Double Glass optic installed or the Plastic optic installed.
  • Features the Lensbaby Optic Swap system
  • Focal Length: right around 50mm
  • Focus Type: Manual...Fingertip, actually
  • Aperture Type: Interchangeable levitating aperture disks
  • Aperture: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8
  • Minimum Focus: approximately 30 cm / Maximum Focus: Infinity and beyond


The Lensbaby Control FreakThe Control Freak - Methodical and Step-by-step

Suggested retail price £170.00

  • Complete with the Double Glass Optic installed
  • Features the Lensbaby Optic Swap system
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Focus Type: Manual/Fingertip, with barrel fine focus
  • Aperture Type: Interchangeable levitating aperture disks
  • Aperture: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22
  • Minimum Focus: approximately 30 cm / Maximum Focus: Infinity

All 3 new Lensbabies will be available in the UK from late November.
Suggested Retail Prices as follows:

  • The Composer £164.99
  • The Muse FROM £64.99
  • The Control Freak £170.00
  • Optic Swap System FROM £22.99

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