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Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic tilts your world (pictures)

Another Lensbaby that doesn't want you to shoot straight.

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Mount plus Optic

Lensbaby's optic swap system consists of a bendable mount (in this case the Composer Pro II) and drop-in lenses. The Edge 50 Optic is the newest in the line, but the mount can work with most of its optics.

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Composer Pro II

This is the mount without the optic in it. Although it's not substantially different from the first generation, the focus ring feels a lot smoother than before. The bend allows you to switch the plane of focus for a "slice" like the effect of a tilt-shift lens.

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On camera

It's kind of odd-looking, but effective. I tested the E mount version on the Sony A7 II.

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Normal operation

When the Composer's barrel is straight, it functions more or less like a normal lens, though it's  not quite as sharp.

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Round aperture

The Edge 50 has a nine-bladed aperture with rounded blades.

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Top view

This is where the optic drops in.

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