Good lenses can cost thousands of dollars, but Lensbaby's only charging between $US300 and $US400 for its latest lens, the Composer Pro. It's a small cost to pay for those blurry-around-the edges, sharp-on-the-subject photos which have been so popular of late. That sweet spot is of course adjustable, by fiddling with the swivel ball body.
Two optic swap systems come with the Composer Pro - for $US300 you get the double glass optic, and $US400 will deliver the sweet 35 optic to your doorstep. Full specs for both models are below, and if you like the look of them you can order them today (though shipping will take up to a month, by the looks of it.) [Lensbaby]
Sweet 35 Optic Product Specs: Focal Length: 35mm 12 blade internal aperture, controlled by a dial on the front of the optic Aperture range from f/2.5 through f/22 (sweet spot size ranges from 15%, at f/2.5, to 40%, at f/22, of total image area on APS-C sensor cameras) Selective focus optic (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur) Compatible with Lensbaby Composer, Scout, Muse, and Control Freak lens bodies* Focus distance when used with Composer Pro: 7.5" to infinity 4 multi-coated glass elements, in three groups 46mm front threads** *The Sweet 35 Optic is not compatible with the Composer with Tilt Transformer for Micro 4/3rds and Sony NEX Cameras. **The Sweet 35 Optic is not compatible with current 37mm Lensbaby accessories.
Double Glass Optic Product Specs: Focal Length: 50mm Low dispersion, high refractive index, multi-coated optical glass doublet Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetic aperture disks Apertures: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22 Selective focus optic (creates a sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradual blur) Focus distance when used with Composer Pro: 18" to infinity 37mm front threads accept all Lensbaby accessory lenses