19 September 2017

Lensbaby announces two new optics: Sweet 80 and Creative Optic

Composer Pro II With Sweet 80 Optic

Blow past simple depth of field. Create an entirely new composition with our Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic. Bring tack sharp focus to your subject. Fill the surrounding area with compelling, streaky bokeh. We’ve harnessed basic physics to create blur in-camera, bending depth of field around your subject. The result? Your new favorite in-camera effect.
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.

Creative Bokeh Optic

The Creative Bokeh Optic harkens back to Lensbaby’s inception with its simple, 50mm single uncoated glass element design and specially shaped aperture disks. Offering an in-depth level of bokeh control, the shaped aperture disks give new meaning to creative freedom and fun. Simply place one of the 9 shaped magnetic drop-in disks into the Optic. Transform your images as your bokeh takes on the shape of the disk.
The Creative Bokeh Optic includes 2 blank disks. Carve your own creativity into them with an Xacto knife or craft store hole-punch.
This Optic also features a 12-blade internal aperture dial for a soft sweet spot of focus with a subtle glow from f/2.5 through f/22. Bright apertures produce a small area of focus with the most glow and softness while darker apertures give you a larger area of focus with less glow.
Creative Bokeh Optic is for use only in a Composer series, or legacy Muse, Control Freak, or Scout lens body.

Sweet 80 photo samples:

Creative Bokeh Optic sample photos:

27 June 2017

New Lensbaby lens: Meet Velvet 85

Lensbaby announced a new Velvet lens with a focal length of 85mm (yes perfect for portraits). The Velvet 85 is available for Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts.

Heres the press release, a few photos and some reviews of the Velvet 85.

Meet our latest creation - Velvet 85! Create soulful, striking portraits and macro masterpieces with our brand-new art lens. Inspired by our bestselling Velvet 56, Velvet 85 combines lustrous skin tones with the added compression & bokeh of high-quality 85mm portrait lenses. Transform your visual voice with portraits, macro, and more - get
CNET review
Adorama review 
thephoblographer review
PCmag review 

Sample photos:

photo: Cristina Venedict
photo: CarolineJensen.com
photo:Soul Chasing Photography

More info about Velvet 85 at the Lensbaby website

25 March 2017

Lensbaby University

Lensbaby University has arrived to teach you how you can use lensbaby products with a smaller learning curve. You can submit your work after watching the tutorials. Join now at http://university.lensbaby.com/ and yes it is FREE.

05 October 2016

Trio 28, new lens for mirrorless cameras

Lensbaby just released a new lens for mirrorless cameras. More than one lens, it features three distinctive looks, the Velvel, the Sweet and the Twist look all in one.

Mirrorless camera shooters - this lens is for YOU.

Our first lens specifically designed with your needs and creative aspirations in mind, Trio 28 features three selective focus optics in one compact lens that's going to feel great on your small mirrorless camera*. Simply rotate a dial to choose your inspiration from our most popular creative optical effects, including Twist, Velvet and Sweet.

Whether you’re exploring your neighborhood or traveling afar, Trio 28 helps you boldly proclaim your vision  –  in unexpected and surprising ways. Trio 28 will be available for purchase beginning October 26.

*Trio 28 is available in Sony E, Fuji X and Micro 4/3  mounts

Heres a video of Ken Mitchell, Lensbaby CEO, explaining to DIY Photography what the new lens is

Photo: Keri Friedman 

More info at Lensbaby site

30 September 2016

Canon Users: Magic Lantern + Lensbaby = perfect match

Magic Lantern is a free add-on firmware that runs on Canon DSLR (supported models at the moment: 5DmkII, 5DmkIII, 6D, 7D, 50D, 60D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 1100D and EOSM) that adds additional features to your DSLR.

 Magic Lantern is a free software add-on that runs from the SD/CF card and adds a host of new features to Canon EOS cameras that weren't included from the factory by Canon

The number of features varies on the model, you can check this list.

Some of those features can help you a lot when using a manual lens, such as Lensbaby. Focus Peak and Magic Zoom are two great features for Lensbaby users, to make sure the image is tack sharp either if your using your live view to take photos or after shooting reviewing if the focus is as sharp as possible, allowing you to redo the photo again if not as sharp as you want.

Focus peak is great to have when you have your subject in focus, small dots show up on the live view so you know where you are focusing (dots will not show up on the photo or video, its just a visual aid). heres a short example:

Other interesting features are the Trap Focus, Zebras among many other features depending of what kind of photography you do.

Make sure to read properly the instructions and notice before installing ML (or check this video, may differ if you have a different camera model but the basics are pretty much the same). Make sure you have the Canon Firmware required to install ML

In case you have any doubts or feel insecure about installing ML on your camera model, just check YouTube, theres plenty of step by step videos that explain you how to do it (its not rocket science, you just have to take the proper steps and make sure the official firmware you have is the one requested).

Here's a introductory video Jake Coppinger.


24 August 2016

Learn to Bend Your Vision: Exploring The Lensbaby Basics with April Milani

April Milani is doing a online workshop

Whether you recently purchased a new Lensbaby, thinking about getting one or had your’s awhile and were left discouraged – you’ve come to the right place. Grab that unopened box or take your dusty lens off the shelf and join April as you learn to love your Lensbaby. Become a master of selective focus and creative imagery with the natural, organic optical effects that only a Lensbaby can create.
This is a course for those who need a refresher or are new to the world of Lensbaby. Learn with April this September as she teaches you how to find your sweet spot of focus and learn to tilt with intention. After learning the basics, take a peek into the creative side of Lensbaby, with the group’s artist study. 

24 May 2016

Lensbaby for GoPro

Lensbaby has just released a Kickstarter campaign for a lens to be used on GoPro.

The Circular 180+ lens creates fully circle fisheye videos and images with huge depth of field letting you capture the soul of your adventures with a fully immersive field of view. Attaching to the current waterproof housing on GoPro® Hero cameras, the Circular 180+ captures a 185 degree window on the world, wider than the human eye can see with unprecedented depth of field - subjects nearly touching the front of the lens are sharp, along with everything else in the image.
More info at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lensbaby/lensbaby-circular-180-for-use-on-gopro-hero-camera?token=9c03eb0b

18 April 2016

Lensbaby Storytellers Photo Contest


Lensbaby are running their monthly contest on their facebook page:
  • Lensbaby Storytellers Photo Contest
    What is your Lensbaby Story? For our April photo contest, we want to see the photo that got you hooked on Lensbaby. There are some great stories out there about how people came to love Lensbaby, and we want to hear yours! Whether it was your first, or thousandth attempt, or somewhere in between - we want to hear about your struggles and successes as your learned how to shoot with Lensbaby.

You can enter this week official at Lensbaby official Facebook contest by submitting your photo at this link and if you get picked win a 100$ Lensbaby gift card from Lensbaby.