Lensbaby Double Glass II – A familiar old look with a fresh level of sharpness

Feb 24, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Lensbaby Double Glass II – A familiar old look with a fresh level of sharpness

Feb 24, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Lensbaby has announced their new Double Glass II optic. It builds on the look of the original Lensbaby, released in 2004 – a look which was improved by the first Double Glass optic released in 2008. Now the Double Glass II takes the quality up another level to provide a very sharp point of focus where it counts, with the rest of the frame drifting off into the typical weirdness we expect from Lensbaby.

It’s available in two flavours. There’s the standard Double Glass II optic, for those who already have a Lensbaby optic swap system and also as a Double Glass II Lens bundled with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II. The new Double Glass II is a 50mm optic featuring a 12-blade adjustable f/2.5-22 aperture, while still providing drop-in magnetic aperture abilities.

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Like the original Lensbaby and the first Double Glass optic, the Double Glass II isn’t going to appeal to everybody. It provides a certain look and feel that you either need for a specific shot or you don’t. For Lensbaby fans, though, this is one you’re probably going to want to add to your kit, especially if you liked the older models already. The wide f/2.5 aperture provides for a very smalls sweet spot with the usual rapid falloff into blurtown almost as soon as you start to leave it.

The optic is compatible with any of the optic swap lenses Lensbaby has made and the Composer Pro II specifically, is available in a wide range of camera mounts. So, whether you shoot Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X, Leica L, Sony E or even Pentax K mount cameras, there’s a version out there for you.

The Lensbaby Double Glass II optic on its own is available to buy now for $199. If you want the bundle including the Double Glass II optic and Composer Pro II, this bundle is available to buy now for $369.95 in just about every mount option you could need.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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