Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic Reviews & Specifications

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Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic for Lensbaby's
Creative Effects SLR camera lenses

Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic for Lensbaby's Creative Effects SLR camera lensesThe Soft Focus Optic is part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, for use with Lensbaby's Creative Effects SLR Camera lenses, the Composer, Muse, and Control Freak. The Soft Focus Optic allows photographers to turn their Lensbaby SLR lens into a soft focus lens by swapping out the installed optic and dropping the new Soft Focus Optic into the lens.

Soft Focus Optic images are overall soft and diffuse, while somewhat sharper in the center than at the edges. Photographers can control the degree of softness by using special soft focus apertures by themselves or in conjunction with regular Lensbaby aperture disks.

The Soft Focus Optic is different than Lensbaby's previous optics, with a much flatter field of focus than the Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic Optics.

The images created by the Soft Focus Optic have a beautiful, soft quality throughout the image and do not feature the Sweet Spot of sharp focus and dramatic blur outside of that spot created by the Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic Optics.

Instead of bending the lens, photographers will typically point their Lensbaby straight ahead to achieve a classic soft focus look.

The Soft Focus Optic works with standard Lensbaby apertures, but also comes withthree special soft focus multi-hole apertures that combine one large opening over the optic's sharp center with small openings over the optic's soft edges.

This hole pattern creates a sharp underlying image with a soft overlay. Photographers can stack the soft focus apertures together or with standard Lensbaby apertures to vary the amount of softness.

About the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
The Lensbaby Optic Swap System now features six interchangeable optics that can be swapped in and out of Lensbaby’s Creative Effects SLR Camera lenses, the Muse, the Composer, and the Control Freak. Each optic creates a different type of creative image, giving photographers unlimited freedom to achieve their unique artistic vision. The Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic Optics have a curved field of focus that allows the photographer to control depth of field in a unique way by creating a Sweet Spot of sharp focus that is surrounded by beautiful blur. The other 3 optic options, Fisheye, Soft Focus, and Pinhole/Zone plate all feature a flat field of focus and create distinctive looks.

*A special adapter is required to use the Fisheye Optic with the Lensbaby Muse. The Fisheye Optic is not recommended for use with the Lensbaby Control Freak. Street price $149.95. 

Features

The Lensbaby Soft Focus Optic creates a velvety soft image perfect for portraits, flowers, landscapes, or any subject that needs a soft touch. Soft Focus has a look that is evenly soft throughout the image without the sweet spot of sharp focus created by the Lensbaby selective focus optics. You can vary the amount of softness by changing the aperture disks.

Simply use your optic swap tool to pop out your installed optic and drop in the Soft Focus optic. To control the degree of softness, change your aperture by touching the tip of your Magnetic Aperture Removal Tool to the aperture disk and lifting it out. Then drop a new aperture disk into the front of the lens.

Degree of softness can be controlled by changing the special apertures, or stacking them with regular Lensbaby aperture disks

Focal Length: 50mm

f/2 to f/22

Multi-coated optical glass doublet

Creates images that are overall soft and diffuse.

Much flatter field of focus than other Lensbaby optics.

Suited for variety of soft focus applications such as portrait, landscape, urban, and botanical photography

With the soft focus multi-hole apertures, bright, out-of-focus points of lighttake on the hole pattern's shape. Photographers can control this creative effect by using standard Lensbaby apertures or choosing a low contrast background.

Photographers can control this creative effect by using standard Lensbaby apertures or choosing a low contrast background.

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Specifications
Dimensions 1.93" x 1.93" x 1.34"
Metric: 4.9cm x 4.9cm x 3.4cm
Weight Net: 1.4 oz / Metric Weight: 39.69 g
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Multi-coated optical glass doublet
  • f/2 optic with aperture disks that range from f/2.8 to f/22
  • Creates images that are overall soft and diffuse
  • Much flatter field of focus than other Lensbaby optics. Suited for variety of soft focus applications such as portrait, landscape, urban, and botanical photography
  • Magnetic disk aperture system
  • Degree of softness can be controlled by changing the special apertures, or stacking them with regular Lensbaby aperture disks
  • With the soft focus multi-hole apertures, bright, out-of-focus points of light take on the hole pattern's shape. Photographers can control this creative effect by using standard Lensbaby apertures or choosing a low contrast background.


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Reviews

Sharper glass than the "Double Glass" optic, January 7, 2010

By Scott Tokar "Magician, Photographer, Author" (Orange County, CA)

The Optic swap on this lens in sharper and clearer than the traditional double glass optic.

The soft focus is dreamy and this make a fun system funner!

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