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Testseek.com have collected 27 expert reviews of the Lensbaby Composer and the average rating is 87%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Lensbaby Composer.
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The editors liked

  • Highend creative control at a real budget price point. Swapping optics is simple and quick. Fit and finish is outstanding. Thoughtful accessories include two wide angle lenses
  • A telephoto lens
  • A macro kit
  • All of which will thread into any of the four l...
  • Adds a cool
  • Trippy
  • Selective focus look to HD footage shot with some of the latest digital SLRs
  • Bends your perspective. Magnetic aperture discs crisply lock into place. Stays in place for multiple photos. Optional
  • Interchangeable lens elements. Versions work with all major DSLR models
  • Easily manipulated
  • Good build quality
  • Smooth movement
  • TTL metering
  • Solid build
  • Simple to use
  • Helps stir the creative juices
  • Easy to install
  • Well priced
  • Fun to use
  • Produces excellent results without wasting hours in Photoshop
  • There is a wide range of accessories available to expand your photography
  • Just investing in the fisheye optic will save you hundreds of pounds over buying a standard fishye lens.
  • Very lightweight
  • Creates amazing picture effects
  • High end design and function at an affordable price
  • Intuitive and clever design
  • Compatible with Lensbaby optic swap system

The editors didn't like

  • Aperture discs tend to go missing pretty easily if youre not careful.
  • Stare too long at high-def video shot with a Lensbaby Composer and you may have an acid flashback.
  • Takes lots of practice to shoot at a quick pace.
  • No close focusing
  • Pricey for amount of use itll probably get
  • Expensive
  • Need to be able to manage manual DSLR settings
  • No automatic light metering on Nikon cameras
  • Manual focus
  • Manual exposure and fiddly aperture changes could put some users off
  • Changing optics is incredibly difficult unless you have more hands or a suitable work surface.
  • Not recommended for the true beginner
  • Aperture discs are small and could get lost
  • If your camera doesn’t support the aperture priority setting it’s a LOT more work (tried on a Nikon D3000 to see)
  • Manual focus ring is too loose
  • Aperture inserts not practical in the field
  • Learning curve (manual controls) for beginners

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  Published: 2011-07-12, review by: gadgetreview.com

  • Very lightweight, Creates amazing picture effects, High end design and function at an affordable price,
  • Not recommended for the true beginner, Aperture discs are small and could get lost, If your camera doesn’t support the aperture priority setting it’s a LOT more work (tried on a Nikon D3000 to see)

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  Published: 2011-01-02, review by: cameragearguide.com

  • Fun to use, Intuitive and clever design, Compatible with Lensbaby optic swap system,
  • Manual focus ring is too loose, Aperture inserts not practical in the field, Learning curve (manual controls) for beginners
  • If you like the effect of dreamy, creamy blurs, or just want to try something different to spark things up, the Composer is definitely worth a tryIf you’ve been wanting to add a creative and fun dimension to your personal photography, the Lensbaby Comp...

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  Published: 2011-01-01, review by: digital-photography-school.com

  • Abstract:  A post by Valerie Jardin.First of all, if you’ve never heard of Lensbaby, they manufacture creative effects SLR lenses and accessories to fit your system. The composer is the most popular and versatile lens of the Lensbaby line. It features a tilt len...

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  Published: 2010-06-28, review by: appletell.com

  • Abstract:  Now I am not a tremendous photographer. You can tell this in two ways. First, I’ve never taken a photo of a spider web that I thought would win me a blue ribbon in the county fair, and second, I’ve never taken a photo of myself taking a photo of mysel...

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  Published: 2010-03-28, review by: ephotozine.com

  • Produces excellent results without wasting hours in Photoshop, There is a wide range of accessories available to expand your photography, Just investing in the fisheye optic will save you hundreds of pounds over buying a standard fishye lens.
  • Manual focus, manual exposure and fiddly aperture changes could put some users off, Changing optics is incredibly difficult unless you have more hands or a suitable work surface.
  • The Composer itself offers exceptional value for money but once you start to factor in adding the additional lenses, then the price mounts substantially, especially as many of the attachments are best used straight-on with no tilting. It’s one of the m...

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  Published: 2010-02-10, review by: i4u.com

  • Easy to install, Well priced, Fun to use
  • No automatic light metering on Nikon cameras
  • The Lensbaby Composer and the Soft Focus optic are great fun to use on a DSLR. If you enjoy taking creative shots and want new lenses and optics for your camera that won’t break the bank, the Lensbaby system is fantastic. The devices are of high qua...

 
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  Published: 2010-01-11, review by: testfreaks.com

  • Solid build, Simple to use, Helps stir the creative juices
  • Expensive, Need to be able to manage manual DSLR settings
  • The Lensbaby Composer Selective Focus SLR Lens is a specialty lens designed for photographers who are comfortable shooting under manual settings. Neophyte users should be aware of this fact but should not be afraid to try the Composer. It is an easy l...

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  Published: 2009-11-16, review by: bobatkins.com

  • Abstract:  Lensbaby Composer Evolution of the lensbaby! The original Lensbaby was just a corrugated plastic tube connecting a camera body mount on one end a mechanism to hold a simple lens on the other. Currently Lensbaby calls this model "The Muse". The ...

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  Published: 2009-08-27, review by: brighthub.com

  • Abstract:  Like selective focus, youll love the Lensbaby Composer. This special effects lens offers a new look for your photography. IntroductionLensbabies are one of the more interesting accessory lenses available. These selective focus optics are relatively i...

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  Published: 2009-08-24, review by: wired.com

  • Highend creative control at a real budget price point. Swapping optics is simple and quick. Fit and finish is outstanding. Thoughtful accessories include two wide angle lenses, a telephoto lens, a macro kit, all of which will thread into any of the four l...
  • Aperture discs tend to go missing pretty easily if youre not careful.

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