A year after the launch of the Lensbaby Pro for DSLR cameras, the light-bending lens comes to mirrorless cameras. The upmarket version of the regular Composer can now be had in models that fit Sony NEX, Samsung NX and Micro Four Thirds cameras, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.
The Composer Pro is pretty much a Composer with the plastic internals swapped out for metal. It works like most other Lensbabies: The front part of the lens swivels and bops, moving the plane of focus out of parallel with the film plane/sensor. This moves a sharply focussed sweet-spot to anywhere in the frame you like, leaving the rest of the picture blurred. With some practice, the results can be amazing.
The Composer, which can be locked into place once you have the desired effect, also takes any of Lensbaby’s interchangeable glass optics. It comes with either the plain Double Glass optic or the Sweet 35 (which has a 12-blade adjustable aperture) for either $300 or $400.
I bought myself the regular Composer for my Nikon SLR a long time ago, and found it to be a lot of fun. And with a Micro Four Thirds version winging its way to Cult of Mac’s Spanish Testing HQ, we’ll soon see how it shapes up on a mirrorless body.