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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

You can get a pretty narrow area of focus when shooting wide open.
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

The 12-bladed aperture renders lovely, oval out-of-focus highlights in the distorted areas.
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

Unfortunately, fringing on high-contrast edges is an inevitable result of purposely introducing distortion.
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

You can angle the area of sharpness for some interesting effects.
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

The lens is bright, with good light transmission.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Lori Grunin/CNET
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

The Edge 80 optic works with several of the Lensbaby systems, including Composer, Muse, Scout, and Control Freak. I tested it with the Composer Pro. The optic itself is one of the largest, and doesn't collapse completely into the body the way some of the others do. In part that's because of the built-in macro extension tube.
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

Pulling on the edge around the lens extends the lens to enable closer focus, though I wish it were closer than 17 inches. It does support the recently announced 46mm macro converters, though.
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

Unlike the sometimes overly convoluted designs for changing apertures in previous Lensbaby optics, the Edge 80 offers the best design to date: a wide, rubberized old-fashioned aperture ring. The narrower rubber ring focuses.
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

The hallmark of the Lensbaby system is the ability to tilt in any direction.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

The Edge 80 has a 12-bladed circular aperture.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Sarah Tew/CNET
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Sliver of focus

Bokeh

Fringing

Diagonal focus

Clarity

Large

Macro

Aperture ring

Tilt

Aperture

Easy removal

The other welcome design update is the easier removal of the optic from the body. You just set the aperture to f2.8 and match the dots, then press in and rotate toward the open circle.
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