Lensbaby for Micro Four Thirds

If you’re not familiar with Lensbaby, they are a Portland, Oregon based manufacturer of adapters that allow you to tilt their unique lenses to be more creative and have more fun with the emphasis on FUN. Any company that has a staff position for Director of Customer Happiness is okay with me.

Plane Edge 80

Ever since Lensbaby first introduced their lens over ten years ago I’ve been a huge fan. I used them on my Nikon DSLR’s and then on my Panasonic Lumix G series cameras with a Nikon to Micro Four thirds adapter. A while ago Lensbaby introduced the dedicated Micro Four Thirds Composer Pro so you no longer have to use an adapter for your MFT camera.

My two current favorite Lensbabies for MFT are the Sweet 35 and Edge 80. Both lenses have built in aperture control and tilt so you can control the look of the image and make it unique.

As you can see from the sample images the Edge 80 (160mm effective) delivers a slice of tack sharp focus through the image, bordered by a soft blur. This is great for portraits or creating a miniature affect. When pointed straight ahead the Edge 80 can be used like a straight lens.

Jas Edge 80

The Sweet 35 Optic is a 35mm (70mm effective on a MFT camera) selective focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture that creates a tack sharp Sweet Spot of focus surrounded by blur. As you can see from the photos the Sweet 35 works great for portraits and street photos.

Portrait Sweet 35

Check out Lensbaby. I guarantee you’ll have fun and create interesting images.

Lensbaby Slideshow

  • Cowboy Sweet 35
  • Jas Edge 80
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About Mark Toal

Mark Toal is a former professional photographer who now works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his photo blog at www.mtoal.wordpress.com or at www.mtoallumiximages.wordpress.com.
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