The best new glass for your D-SLR
Page 5 of 5
The Composer is the flagship model in the Lensbaby line, offering more control than previous, more rudimentary versions. This $270 model makes maintaining focus easier than ever before, while still providing the funky selective-focus effects that make the lens so unique. It’s a perfect balance of photographic precision and far-out creativity.
The Composer incorporates a ball-and-socket system for composing and a rotating dial for focusing—both helping to make it the most convenient and easy-to-use Lensbaby yet. Add to that the Optic Swap system, which allows photographers to customize effects from the lens by switching out optical elements, and the lens becomes even more versatile.
Mirror lenses aren’t as fast as glass, but unless you’re a private detective who works in the dark, you’ll probably do fine. In wildlife photography, for example, an ƒ/6.3 Pro-Optic 500mm mirror lens will easily provide a shutter speed of 1⁄500 sec. at ISO 100 on a sunny day. And if you happen to need more telephoto power than a mere 500mm lens provides, Adorama also offers an 800mm ƒ/8 version of the Pro-Optic, which retails for just $225.