We all have our favorite go-to lenses. I keep a 35 and 85 in my bag at all times.
The vast majority of the time, I can accomplish whatever I could want with these two lenses, but every once in a while you want to do something crazy, something totally different in look and feel than what you’re used to. If you’re at this point with your creative work, then let me introduce you to the Lensbaby Composer Pro II.
This new Lensbaby Lens set is made with cinematographers in mind, featuring EF and PL mount options and bundling a handful of quality Lensbaby optics. This set arrives and is compatible with the Optic Swap System. This system allows you to quickly and easily change the optics of the Composer Pro II.
One thing that I would love to see is the ability to really manipulate this focus plane while recording. This might require an entirely new design perspective for the Lensbaby team, but specifically for filmmakers, I know that this would be a highly valued feature.
If you’ve never shot with a Lensbaby, now might be the time.
The Lensbaby Movie Maker's Kit II is available for pre-order from B&H Photo Video for $2,499.95.
Lensbaby Optic Swap System Overview
Lensbaby Makes a Composer Pro II for Filmmakers
Pre-Order the Lensbaby Composer Pro II at B&H.
Filmmakers and videographers who have long dreamed of getting Lensbaby’s special effects with their cinema cameras can now pick up the Composer Pro II with a PL mount. Offering the same features and specifications as the existing still-photo mounts, this model is compatible without the need for adapters. Also, the PL-mount version will be available in sets with the Sweet 35 Optic, with the Sweet 50 Optic, with the Edge 50 Optic, and with the Edge 80 Optic, as well as a specialized Movie Maker’s Kit II that bundles all of these optics with a pair of Composer Pro II lenses in a custom case.
For those unfamiliar with the system, Lensbaby’s Composer Pro II is a part of a specialized Optic Swap System that allows shooters to choose the type of effect that they want to use by switching out optics. The Composer gives users control by offering a focusing ring along with 0-15° of tilt in any direction, providing a method of controlling how and where the effect falls on the scene. The Sweet series of optics delivers a spot of focus with dramatic fall off towards the edges. The Edge series offers a slice of focus, and, when shot straight ahead, can even function as a standard lens.
Read more about Lensbaby Composer Pro II at B&H.
(cover photo credit: snap from B&H)
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