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First impressions of Lensbaby’s Edge80

After some time deciding, I’ve finally bought an Edge80 lens I received it a couple of days ago, so here go my first impressions. I’ll write a more in-depth article when I’ve thoroughly tested it, so take all this with a grain of salt:

Edge80 feels solid, well build. It fits nicely on the Composer, although is much heavier than any other Lensbaby lens I have.
The first time I mounted it it felt strange, since it doesn’t “enter” into the Composer.

With the Edge80 you get a new kind of selective blur effect. It’s not the usual spherical aberration blurring, but a tilt lens effect. When you bend the composer, the focal plane bends with it. The “in-focus” zone is not parallel to the camera anymore, but tilts with the lens.

With this effect, you can create interesting images, from portraits to those “miniature” effects you’ll easily find in the web.

Agulla, tilt

In this case, this was shot at f/2.8. You’ll see a “line” of sharpness and as you move away from it, it blurs more and more. This was more a test than a real, planned shot, but in the end I liked it.

Some issues I’ve found and thoughts I’ve had:

  • Bending the lens fools the camera in terms of exposure. You end up with either underexposed or overexposed images. It’s a trial & error.
  • It’s 80mm, but hey, it’s the focal length of the lens. I’d prefer something more along the lines of 50mm or even 35mm.

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