If you've always fancied getting involved with tilt-shift photography but never wanted to drop the cash on a specific lens, here's you chance. Lensbaby's new Edge 80 Optic can turn most of their lenses into tilt-controlled versions.
It can be used with the Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak to turn them into oh-so-trendy tilt lenses, throwing a whole different plane into sharp focus. Plenty of the other Lensbaby products offer interesting ways to control depth of field, but for $US300, this seems like a worthy addition to your setup if you already have some Lensbaby kit. The full spec reads like this:
Focal Length: 80mm 12-blade internal aperture, controlled by a dial on the front of the optic Aperture range from f/2.8 through f/22 Flat field of focus optic (when tilted, creates a slice of sharp focus, bordered by blur) Compatible with Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak lens bodies* Minimum focusing distance: approximately 17" when the optic is extended forward in close focus mode and fully tilted Maximum focusing distance: Infinity 5 multi-coated glass elements, in four groups 46mm front threads
The Edge 80 launches today, costs $US300, and you can use this interactive tool to see what it can do to your photos. [Lensbaby]