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Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic [Review]

Disclaimer: I was sent a Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic to try out and review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I have reviewed the Lensbaby Composer Pro along with the Sweet 35 Optic back in April, I have loved using the Composer Pro with the Sweet 35 Optic for the past few months so I was very excited to be able to try out the Edge 80 Optic as well. If you like, you can take a look at some of the photographs I’ve taken previously with the Sweet 35 Optic here.

The Edge 80 Optic arrived in the mail a few weeks ago, and I’ve been happily shooting with it on my camera since then. I’ve even taken a few short videos using it, and plan on trying that again soon so that I can share with you, because it was a lot of fun.

Lensbaby Edge 80 Review

Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic

The Edge 80 Optic requires a Lensbaby lens body to function on your camera, it is part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap system and is compatible with the Composer Pro and all other Lensbaby lens bodies.

It ships with a tool to help you seamlessly remove optics from the lens body, with the Sweet 35 and Edge 80 optics you do not need the tool to remove them (only the non-internal app optics such as the double glass and pinhole) but the removal tool also doubles as a clear plastic storage case so that you can use it to keep the optic you are not currently using.

Lensbaby Edge 80 Review

Lensbaby Edge 80 Review

The Edge 80 Optic is an 80mm flat field of focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture and an aperture range of f/2.8 – f/22. As opposed to the sweet spot, created using the Sweet 35 Optic, the Edge 80 Optic creates a slice of sharp focus through your image. The blur surrounding the slice of focus is beautifully soft. Lensbaby have an Optic Simulator on their website that you can use to experiment and get a better idea of how it works.

The optic has a close focus mode where you can slide the front part forward to allow focusing on closer objects. When using the close focus mode, the minimum focusing distance is approximately 17mm. I’ve found this useful for photographing smaller details.

Shooting with the Edge 80 Optic

It took me a little longer to get comfortable shooting with the Edge 80 optic than it did with the Sweet 35, I think that was mostly because I am much more used to shooting with wider focal lengths. There were many times when learning how to use this lens that I found myself having to step back a good few paces to get the shot that I wanted, but I do think that stepping back from a scene before photographing it is often good practice.

After using the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic for quite some time I am much more comfortable with using manual focus, I barely noticed it this time. I’ve actually been using Lensbaby lenses so much lately that I have ended up switching my standard lenses to manual focus as well when I have used them.

Lensbaby Edge 80 Review

Lensbaby Edge 80 Review

I’ve been using the Edge 80 Optic to shoot a variety of different subjects. It seems to lend itself best to shooting portraits, however I have also been using it to take photos around my neighbourhood and have most recently been trying it out for food photography.

The optic is the same fantastic quality I’ve come to expect from Lensbaby, I’ve been using it regularly for the Summer Nurture Photography Challenge and also for a lot of my personal work as well. It would be a great addition to the camera bag of any photographer, professional or amateur, who already owns a Lensbaby Lens body such as the Composer Pro.

Why not Click here to see what I’ve been Shooting with this Optic?

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Check out all of my Lensbaby Photos (Sweet 35 and Edge 80) here

Lensbaby Edge 80 Review

Disclaimer: I was sent a Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic to try out and review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.