- サイズ : φ64×H64mm
- 重量 : 150g (ニコンFマウント)
LENSBABY ユニークレンズ レンズベビー Composer Pro 50mm ダブルグラスオプティック付属 ニコンF用 フィルム/デジタル一眼対応
レンズを傾けることで、流れるようなボケが得られる「コンポーザー」に上位機種が登場。「コンポーザープロ」はレンズ鏡筒に金属を使用し、ピント合わせやレンズを傾ける操作が滑らかです。付属のレンズユニットは「ダブルグラス オプティック」か「スウィート35 オプティック」のどちらかをお選びいただけます。こちらの「ダブルグラス」は50mm F2(1群2枚)のマルチコートレンズユニットで、マグネット式絞りディスクで絞りを変えます。●焦点距離:約50mm●最短撮影距離:約45cm●サイズ:64mmxH64mm●重量:150g(ニコンFマウント)●絞り値:F2/F2.8/F4/F5.6/F8/F11/F16/F22
The removal of the bellows is what allows for greater consistency. You are now able to lock your focus in, which does make for easier shooting. With the previous model I felt very limited as to when I would use it during a wedding. It was too time consuming and I felt awkward fumbling with the bellows and trying to take a picture at the same time. The composer pro is different. Since shooting with it is easier, I do use it at several points during a wedding shoot.
I appreciate that the construction is sturdier than before. It has a much more solid feel. Focusing on the composer pro is smooth, too. I had tried a composer (non pro model) at a camera store before purchasing. They did not have the pro version, but focusing still felt a little jerky to me, so that is why I decided on the pro model when I made the purchase. I also feel that the overall construction of the pro (which features more metal than the non pro version) is better and worth the extra money.
To get the most out of your lensbaby, add some accessories. They are by no means required, but they are fun and can add some versatility to the product. So far I have added the macro kit and the creative aperture kit. I have several other accessories on my wish list!
If you are looking for a specialty lens that intentionally distorts and contorts images, well, you're looking at the right product.
The Composer Pro is very well made. It is very sturdy, moves relatively smoothly, and isn't going to break should you happen to bump it on something. (It does have glass in it, so I wouldn't drop it.) It is also a lot of fun.
The big question is whether the lens is worth the $279 price (as of this writing). That's certainly debatable. Is there $280 worth of optical glass, metal, and machining here? Not even close. The $120 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 has much more glass in it. So you're paying for the novelty of the lens. If that is worth it to you, you'll love this lens and not regret buying it. If you're on the edge, though, I'd strongly recommend getting one of the cheaper models. They have much more bang-for-the-buck than the Composer Pro.
Aside from the price, the only thing I would have liked to have seen would be some kind of chip in the lens so the camera knows that it is there. Without the chip, you can only use AV and M modes, don't ever get focus confirmation, and you get an annoying warning about needing to have a lens attached each time you switch to Live View or try to record video. Gray-market chips are available out of China for just a few bucks, so it seems like it wouldn't be hard to add. And it seems like the sort of upgrade you'd get with the Pro vs. regular Composer. Maybe next version.
Is it worth the extra money? Depending on your usage, maybe or maybe not. If you are only a casual Lensbaby user, then the Composer may be sufficient for your needs. However, if you depend on the lens being there for you when you need it (and I pretty much use my 5D exclusively with the Lensbaby), then the extra cost is IMO well worth it.