Lensbaby release new Sweet 80 lens and new Creative Bokeh Optic

Sep 19, 2017

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 release new Sweet 80 lens and new Creative Bokeh Optic

Sep 19, 2017

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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In the past, I’ve not really been big on the whole Lensbaby thing. But, having now tried a few of them in person, I can safely say they’re winning me over. The “Sweet” range of lenses I particularly like for their aesthetic, especially when paired up with a Composer. Now lensbaby have launched a new Sweet 80 lens for the Composer II that looks fantastic.

Also announced today is the new Creative Bokeh Optic. A simple 50mm single element design that allows you to to get some pretty cool bokeh effects. It works with the Composer series, or legacy Muse, Control Freak or Scout lens bodies.

Composer II + Sweet 80

The Sweet 80 looks to be the idea lens for portraits if you like the look of Lensbaby’s other Sweet lenses, like the Sweet 35 and Sweet 50. Having the optic sit on the Composer II give a lot of control over exactly which part of the image remains in focus, and how the rest of it falls off, to great effect.

  • Focal length : 80mm
  • Aperture : f/2.8
  • Minimum focus distance : 22″
  • Format : APS-C & Full Frame
  • Focus type : Manual
  • Diaphragm Blades : 12
  • Filter threads : 45mm
  • Elements : 4 Elements in 2 Groups
  • Dimensions : 2.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.5″
  • Weight : 8.9oz

I’d love to get this lens on a camera for some video work at some point. The effect it can offer looks great for something a little more cinematic and dramatic, especially converted to black and white.

It is available for Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E, Sony Alpha A, Fuji X, Micro 4/3, Pentax K and SamsungNX mounts.

Creative Bokeh Optic

The Creative Bokeh optic is a 50mm lens that allows you to create custom shaped bokeh in your images. IT comes with 9 magnetic drop-in disks, along with 2 blank discs to design your own.

  • Focal length : 50mm
  • Aperture : f/2.5
  • Minimum focus distance : 15″
  • Focus type : Curved field of focus
  • Diaphragm Blades : 12, plus 11 creative drop-in disks
  • Filter threads : 46mm
  • Elements : 1 Elements in 1 Group

Both the Composer II + Sweet 80 and the Creative Bokeh Optic are available to pre-order now, shipping in October.

If you want to try your hand at some custom bokeh with the lenses you already have, don’t forget to check out the Bokeh Masters Kit.

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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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One response to “Lensbaby release new Sweet 80 lens and new Creative Bokeh Optic”

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    Victor de Saint-Etienne

    Isn’t this the kind of thing you get tired of after using it twice ?