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Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Lens Test

The Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Lens is designed for creative portrait photography and mounted to the Lensbaby Composer can be used for tilted and warped photography.

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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Lens Test: Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic

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.

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Features

What is a Lensbaby? What does it do? Lensbabies are lenses that combine a simple lens with a bellows or ball and socket mechanism for use in creating different creative effects. The original lens comes with aperture rings (washers) that are removed and replaced in order to change the aperture.

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 Edge 80 Optic Lens Test: Lensbaby Edge80 Aperture Part Closed
Lensbaby Edge80 Aperture Part Closed

Key Features

  • 80mm
  • 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 Edge 80 Optic Lens Test: Lensbaby Edge80 Rear2
Lensbaby Edge80 Rear

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Handling

We thought the best way to show you how this lens works with the Lensbaby Composer was to record a video demonstrating how you change the standard lens out for the Edge 80 optic:


More product views:

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Lens Test: In Lensbaby Edge 80 Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Lens Test: Lensbaby Edge80 Macro
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 Edge 80 Optic Lens Test: Lensbaby Edge80 Aperture Closed Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Lens Test: Lensbaby Edge80 Aperture Open
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.

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Sample Photos


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.

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Verdict

The Lensbaby Edge 80 with built in aperture control, makes it easier to quickly change aperture from wide open f/2.8 to closed at f/22, and the 12 aperture blades ensures a very circular opening, which in turn gives very pleasing background blur or bokeh. The Edge 80 can be used for sharp photography when used straight ahead, or can be used creatively for styled photographs and portrait work. In addition the use of the Lensbaby Composer means you can quite quickly and easily change to a different optic for a different effect. There are not many 80mm portrait lenses, with most being 85mm and costing a similar amount to the Edge 80, however the Lensbaby Edge 80 has the "edge" thanks to the tilt shift capabilities of the Lensbaby Composer, making this a unique and appealing lens, particularly for portrait work.


Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Pros

Quick aperture control
Good bokeh / background blur
Easy close-up mode
Quick and easy creative effects

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic Cons

Getting 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

ManufacturerLensbaby
General
Lens Mounts
  • Nikon F
  • Canon EF
Lens
Focal Length80mm
Angle of View30
Max Aperturef/2.8
Min Aperturef/22
Filter Size46mm
StabilisedNo
35mm equivalentNo Data
Internal focusingNo Data
Maximum magnificationNo Data
Focusing
Min Focus43cm
Construction
Blades12
Elements5
Groups4
Box Contents
Box ContentsFront and Rear Caps, Storage Case, 1-Year Limited Warranty
Dimensions
Weight227g
HeightNo Data

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