It’s said that Lensbabys are like Marmite: you either love ‘em or hate ‘em – that’s if you’ve heard of them at all. For those that haven’t, the Lensbaby is a lens that gives the unusual effect of progressive blurring towards the edges of your image with a ‘sweet spot’ that stays sharp. It’s a fun and creative lens that can break you out of a photographic rut and inspire and excite you. It’s not just a toy, however – there are many professional photographers using it to great effect, most notably in wedding and portrait photography, and in macro and product photography.

Different types

The Lensbaby range has been evolving lately, with some models being dropped, others renamed, and others tweaked a little to update them. There were originally three basic lenses: the Muse (now tweaked a little and renamed The Spark), the Control Freak (no longer available), and the Composer (now called the Composer Pro). Lensbaby have also recently introduced a lens that will work with mobile phones and this will be available towards the end of 2014.

The Composer is the easiest lens to get started with, and the most popular one, so for this article we’re going to concentrate on how that works. First of all, though, let’s look at both the Composer and the Spark to see how they compare…

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