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 Friday, October 23, 2015
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Post Date: 10/23/2015 11:32:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 10/23/2015 9:35:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Garbage Bag Camera Rain Cover
When I left for my Alaska trip, I was packing on the end of a 90+ hour work week and was still actively fighting against a DDOS attack on the site as I was going out the door. With major distractions, I left without a key piece of kit that I expected to need on this trip – my Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia 300-600 v2.0 rain cover. When I remembered what I had forgotten, it was too late to recover from my mistake.
As it turned out, I was shooting with my Canon 600mm f/4L IS II Lens on a Canon EOS 5Ds R in light rain about 50% of the time I was in Katmai National Park. While this lens and lens combo is weather sealed, I don't like to test the limits of this sealing.
What saved me? Minimally, from anxiety? A simple garbage bag. Having needed to use this backup plan before, I knew what to do. Place the makeshift rain cover (I usually carry at least two in my larger cases) over the camera and lens. Then tear a small hole in the bag, with the opening just large enough to tightly stretch over the lens hood. The plastic stretched around the hole holds the bag tightly to the lens hood, providing a seal between the gear and the makeshift rain cover.
A hole can also be made for the viewfinder, but I often use the bag's normal opening when shooting. My ball hat brim provides some protection for the exposed back of the camera and I pull the bag completely over the camera when not actively shooting.
This solution is not nearly as elegant as the TTP rain cover. The one problem with this setup is that wind can swiftly blow the bag off of the camera, generally turning it inside out and into a flag blowing from the snug-fitting tear/cut hole hold holding onto the lens. Wrapping some tape (carry a small, perhaps self-made, roll of gaffer tape) around the back of the lens can be enough. Other securing options abound, including the use of ball bungies.
Forget your garbage bags? Garbage bags are ubiquitous; they can be found at most household supply, grocery and camp stores. Your hotel can likely give you one if there isn’t a good one to be found in your room. If your hotel happens to provide shower caps, that is another rain cover option.
Garbage bags have many uses beyond camera and lens rain protection. Use them as a drop cloth/ground matt to keep you and/or your gear clean and dry. You can even put your camera case/backpack in a bag. Use a garbage bag as a makeshift raincoat for yourself (important: allow for fresh air to prevent suffocation). You can of course use the bags for their namesake purpose. Carry a load of trash out of the location you are shooting in.
Choose your bag size and its duty-level based on your need. While a super telephoto lens works great with a full-size garbage bag, smaller lenses work better with a kitchen-sized garbage bag or smaller. When used as a ground cloth, my preference is for very heavyweight contractor bags, though I find lighter weight garbage bags easier to work with as a camera rain cover. I often have various size and material weight selections at my "disposal."
While it is your choice, I highly recommend "unscented" bags. :)
Garbage bag are cheap, readily available and incredibly useful. Put some garbage bags in all of your camera bags now, before you forget. And, add this useful accessory to your packing lists.
Post Date: 10/23/2015 9:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14
For a limited time, B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 available for $89.00. Regularly $149.00.
Post Date: 10/23/2015 7:58:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
eBay (via redtagcamera) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,399.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,896.95 after $400.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 10/23/2015 6:39:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
BlackRapid Arca-Style Plates & Locking Bert Extender
From BlackRapid:
Replace an existing arca-compatible plate with the Tripod Plate 50 or 70. This product allows you to switch from your tripod to your R-strap effortlessly, without having to unscrew the plate. Comes with our FastenR Tripod screw and fits all 1/4-20 sockets. It is available in two sizes 50 and 70mm.
Technical Specifications
  • High grade aluminum alloy
  • Lengths: 50mm | 70mm
  • Width: 40mm
  • Weight: 31g | 40g
FastenR Tripod (FR-T1):
  • Stainless steel
  • Length: 1.4cm
  • Length of screw: 0.8cm
  • Width of handle: 2.5cm
  • Width of screw cap: 1.5cm
  • Net Weight: 14g
BlackRapid’s Locking Bert extender is a great solution to lengthen your R-Strap. This option lets you add an extra 15 inches (38cm) on your sling to ensure the best fit. Comes in a locking version and a Non-locking (original) version for Curves and Doubles without the locking buckle on the back.
Technical Specifications
  • Black: 2.5cm (1”) Nylon Webbing
  • Orange: 2.5cm (1”) Polypropane Webbing
  • Length: 38cm (15”)
  • Net Weight: 23g
B&H has the BlackRapid Arca-Style Tripod Plates and Locking Buckle Bert Camera Strap Extension available for preorder.
If you already have an Arca-style L-bracket on your camera, you can use this method to make it compatible with a BlackRapid strap. [Sean]
Category: BlackRapid News
Post Date: 10/23/2015 6:31:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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For a limited time, B&H is celebrating PhotoPlus 2015 with deals on popular photography equipment. See below for details.
Deals that Caught our Eye
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens - $279.95 Shipped (Reg. $329.95)
VisibleDust Quasar Sensor Loupe 7x - $57.70 Shipped (Reg. $97.70)
Miops Camera Trigger with Wireless Dongle- $208.95 Shipped (Reg. $258.95)
Beachtek DXA-SLR ULTRA - 2-Channel Active XLR Adapter - $299.00 Shipped (Reg. $399.00)
20% Off Vello FreeWave Aviator Flash Triggers
20% Off Vello Shutterboss Version II Timer Remotes
20% Off Elvid Optical Viewfinders
Post Date: 10/23/2015 5:56:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamrac 5592 SpeedRoller Big Wheels Rolling Case
For a limited time, B&H has the Tamrac 5592 SpeedRoller Big Wheels Rolling Case available for $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $399.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds 2 DSLRs, 5-7 Lenses, 17.3" Laptop
  • Two Oversized Wheels for Better Mobility
  • Ballistic Nylon Outer Shell
  • Plastic-Armored Walls
  • Push-Button Telescoping Pull Handle
  • QuickClip Tripod Attachment System
  • Mesh Accessory Pockets
  • Adjustable Internal Padded Dividers
  • Uses Tamrac's Modular Accessory System
Post Date: 10/23/2015 5:13:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 22, 2015
Think Tank Photo Lily Deanne Tutto Shouder bag
From Think Tank Photo:
10/22/2015 – Two of the photo industry’s most tenured women, Lily Fisher, a senior camera bag designer, and Deanne Fitzmaurice, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, collaborated to create the ideal camera bags for female photographers. After a decade interviewing female professional photographers and a year-and-a-half developing the bag, the result is the Lily Deanne shoulder bag line from Think Tank Photo — the perfect marriage of function and style.
Make no mistake, Lily Deanne bags are serious camera bags designed for quick access to pro-size camera bodies and lenses through the oversized zipper opening. The rare-earth magnetic closures on the main flap and front pockets allow for silent access while protecting delicate clothing. The adjustable non-slip shoulder pad is cushioned for all day comfort.
The Lily Deanne Lucido holds one standard size DSLR with one to three lenses and accessories, or a complete Mirrorless camera system with three to four lenses and accessories. An 8” tablet fits inside a dedicated compartment. The Lily Deanne Mezzo holds one standard-size DSLR with mid-range zoom attached, plus two to three additional lenses and 10” tablet or 11” laptop inside a dedicated compartment. The Lily Deanne Tutto holds one gripped DSLR with mid-range zoom lens attached and two to five additional lenses and 2 flashes, or one standard-size DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 attached and two to five lenses in its main compartment and 2 flashes, and a 15” laptop inside a dedicated compartment.
Lily Deanne bags come in two colorsChestnut Brown and Black Licoriceand in three sizes: Lucido (sleek); Mezzo (middle); and, Tutto (everything). A professional photographer can now look stylish with the full-grain Dakota Leather flap and accents, metal hardware with chrome finish, and the Robin’s Egg blue liner.
Lily Deanne bags are ideal for wedding and event photography, portraiture, editorial, corporate and commercial photography.
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, full-grain Dakota leather, chrome plated metal hardware, neodymium (rare-earth) magnets, highest quality YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420 high-density nylon, nylon seatbelt webbing, 320g airmesh, silicone non-slip screenprint, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 210D turquoise-toned RC stripe nylon lining, polyurethane-backed Velex liner and dividers, closed-cell foam and reinforced PE board dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Product Dimensions and Weight
Lily Deanne Lucido
Internal Dimensions: 10" W x 8.5" H x 4.5" D (25.5 x 21.5 x 11.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4" W x 8.9" H x 5.3" D (29 x 22.5 x 13.5 cm)
8” tablet compartment: 9.3” W x 7.7” H x 0.6” D (23.5 x 19.5 x 1.5 cm)
Weight: 1.9 lbs (0.8 kg)
Lily Deanne Mezzo
Internal Dimensions: 12.2" W x 9.4" H x 5.3" D (31 x 24 x 13.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13.8" W x 9.8" H x 6.1" D (35 x 25 x 15.5 cm)
Laptop/tablet compartment: 11.8” W x 8.9” H x 0.8” D (30 x 22.5 x 2 cm)
Weight: 2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
Lily Deanne Tutto
Internal Dimensions: 15.4” W x 10.2” H x 6.7” D (39 x 28 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 16.9” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D (43 x 29 x 21 cm)
Laptop compartment: 15” W x 10.4” H x 0.9” D (38 x 26.5 x 2.3 cm)
Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the Lily Deanne shoulder bags available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/22/2015 3:28:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
For a limited time, B&H has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens (review) available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $899.00.
Post Date: 10/22/2015 3:26:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220R On-Camera Light
B&H has the Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220R On-Camera Light available for $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $379.95.
Included Free Accessories (Value $104.95)
  • Switronix 9-Channel Remote Control for TorchLED Bolt 220R
  • Switronix Bolt Battery Kit
Switronix TorchLED Bolt 220R Product Highlights
  • 220W Equivalent Light Output
  • 3200 to 5600K Variable Color Dial
  • Full 0-100% Dimming
  • 13W Power Draw
  • Accepts Sony L-Series Batteries
  • Separate On/Off Switch
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Hole
  • Swivel Shoe Mount & PowerTap Cable
  • Snap-On Filter Tray & Diffusion Filter
  • Optional Remote Control with 250' Range
Post Date: 10/22/2015 3:23:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
PocketWizard Plus IV Transceiver
From PocketWizard:
New Auto-Sensing Transceiver allows photographers to combine on-camera TTL flash with remote manual flash.
So. Burlington, VT – October 21, 2015 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus IV Transceiver. The new Plus IV includes all the features and reliability of the Plus III and adds key new functionality. When used as a transmitter, its top shoe provides on-camera TTL compatibility with most Canon, Nikon and Panasonic cameras and flashes. And although testing is not complete, we are optimistic it will work with some Fuji, and Olympus gear. When used as a receiver, you can easily mount and trigger virtually any speedlight in the shoe, set to a manual power level.
“Photographers love the Plus III, but they’ve expressed their desire for a Plus III with a top shoe. So we designed one. We took it a step further and added TTL pass-through for an on-camera flash, and a metal foot. It’s like a Plus III on its side, with the most-requested features added in,” comments Heather Ambrose, PocketWizard Marketing Manager. “The Plus IV is by no means a replacement for the Plus III. They complement each other. An ideal set-up might be a Plus IV for on-camera flash in TTL mode, another Plus IV with a speedlight mounted in manual mode and two Plus IIIs connected to studio lights. The Plus IV features the same Quad-Zone Triggering as the Plus III so you can easily turn any one of those remote flashes on or off directly from the camera, and either create different looks or work in different areas.”
The Plus IV has the performance enhancing features of the Plus III including Long Range and Repeater Modes to help photographers tackle the most challenging shooting environments, opening the door for never-attempted image ideas. All features, channels and zones can be easily set using the soft-touch keypad and are clearly displayed on the backlit LCD display.
The versatile new PocketWizard Plus IV is compatible with all other PocketWizard radios and virtually every popular flash and professional digital SLR camera system. The standard ISO compatible hot shoe can accommodate almost any speedlight for simple manual triggering, including newer Sony models. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters.
The new Plus IV will be demonstrated at the PocketWizard Booth (#663) at PhotoPlus 2015 in New York City, NY, October 22 – 24, 2015. The product is expected to be available at retail in January 2016.
Post Date: 10/22/2015 3:22:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 21, 2015
My Wildlife Lens Selection for Katmai National Park, Alaska
This was a big trip for me and I did not want to be limited by the gear I was taking. Therefore, I spent a lot of time thinking about and researching my wildlife lens selection for Katmai National Park, Alaska.
Choosing a lens for the first visit to a location must be based on advice given by others and on understanding/visualizing the situations that will be in front of you. As indicated, ultimate image quality was a baseline for my decision making process. The lens focal length was another primary consideration as perspective, framing and background blur are strongly influenced by this choice, affecting the look you get in your images.
Brown bears were my primary subject in this location and a significant interest I had for this trip was to capture frame-filling brown bears in action. For that purpose, I needed a long focal length lens with excellent AF performance. Since the weather conditions could range from sunny to full-on rain, I decided that a wide aperture was also needed (f/4 or wider) for those darker days.
One thing that I knew was that my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens was going to be along. This lens has everything I wanted for a wildlife lens including a size and weight that I could carry for long distances and handhold, but this is an f/5.6 max aperture at the 400mm end.
Which big lens to accompany the 100-400 remained the question. I love my Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens for wildlife. That I already had this focal length range covered by my 100-400 was not a big decision factor as the 200-400 had the significant benefit of a 1-stop wider aperture. But, that I was uncertain that 400mm was going to be long enough was a bigger factor. The 200-400's built-in extender takes this lens to 560mm with the throw of a switch, but a 1-stop impact on the max aperture yields f/5.6. An f/4 max was my preference. Note that I was not at the popular Brooks Falls where the 200-400 L lens may have been the first choice.
Another option was to rent a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. This lens would give me an extra 100mm and still have an f/4 aperture. The 500 f/4 is considerably smaller than the 600 f/4 and easier to pack, carry and use.
In the end, I made the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens my primary long wildlife lens choice. The longer focal length paired with an f/4 aperture is what was the primary decision maker. It seems that wildlife is never close enough and if it does get too close for 600mm, much harder-to-get headshots and similar become possible.
When setup on location, I had the 600 f/4L on a Wimberley Tripod Head II mounted to a Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod. A second camera with the 100-400 L II mounted was at my side, ready for capturing environmental-type images or for closer subject distances when needed.
Packing the 600 around Alaska required some effort, but I was very happy with my decision. Many of my images would have required cropping (or more cropping) if a shorter focal length was used. And, an f/4 aperture along with the required action-stopping shutter speed meant that ISO 3200 by far the most used as about 50% of the time in the field was under dark skies with light rain. I know, some of you are thinking that 600mm would be about 1/2 as long as preferred to keep an acceptably long distance between yourself and the bears.
The mamma brown bear in this image was snorkeling for salmon. Each time that it would lift its head above the water, it would shake. It didn't take long to figure out this behavior and I began timing a burst of shots as the water flew. A 1,000 lb animal shaking a significant amount of water from its fur is an impressive sight. A window in the cloudy skies gave me enough light to use f/5.6 for this image, gaining a little depth of field to keep more water droplets in sharp focus.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 10/21/2015 8:28:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Western Digital and SanDisk Logos
From Western Digital:
  • New platform creates greater scale and ability to deliver extensive portfolio of innovative products and technology
  • Combined business well-positioned to capture growth and opportunities created by rapidly evolving storage industry
  • JV with Toshiba provides stable NAND supply at scale through a time-tested business model and extends across NVM technologies such as 3D NAND
IRVINE, Calif. and MILPITAS, Calif. — Oct. 21, 2015 — Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock. The offer values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share or a total equity value of approximately $19 billion, using a five-day volume weighted average price ending on October 20, 2015 of $79.60 per share of Western Digital common stock. If the previously announced investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation Limited closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
The combination is the next step in the transformation of Western Digital into a storage solutions company with global scale, extensive product and technology assets, and deep expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM). With this transaction, Western Digital will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments. SanDisk brings a 27-year history of innovation and expertise in NVM, systems solutions and manufacturing. The combination also enables Western Digital to vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.
The proposed combination creates significant value for both SanDisk and Western Digital shareholders. Western Digital brings a successful track record of M&A with a number of acquisitions over the last several years helping to fuel innovation, create value and strongly position the company to capture higher-growth opportunities. In addition, Western Digital's operational excellence, coupled with the recently announced decision by China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) allowing Western Digital to integrate substantial portions of its WD and HGST businesses, is expected to generate additional cost synergies.
"This transformational acquisition aligns with our long-term strategy to be an innovative leader in the storage industry by providing compelling, high-quality products with leading technology," said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer, Western Digital. "The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry. I'm excited to welcome the SanDisk team as we look to create additional value for all of our stakeholders, including our customers, shareholders and employees."
"Western Digital is globally recognized as a leading provider of storage solutions and has a 45-year legacy of developing and manufacturing cutting-edge solutions, making the company the ideal strategic partner for SanDisk," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer, SanDisk. "Importantly, this combination also creates an even stronger partner for our customers. Joining forces with Western Digital will enable the combined company to offer the broadest portfolio of industry-leading, innovative storage solutions to customers across a wide range of markets and applications."
Western Digital and SanDisk's complementary product lines, including hard disk drives ("HDDs"), solid-state drives ("SSDs"), cloud datacenter storage solutions and flash storage solutions, will provide the foundation for a broader set of products and technologies from consumer to datacenter. Both companies have strong R&D and engineering capabilities and a rich base of fundamental technologies with over 15,000 combined patents issued or pending worldwide.
Toshiba has been a long-term strategic partner to SanDisk for 15 years. The joint venture (JV) with Toshiba will be ongoing, enabling vertical integration through a technology partnership driven by deep collaboration across design and process capabilities. The JV provides stable NAND supply at scale through a time-tested business model and extends across NVM technologies such as 3D NAND.
Steve Milligan will continue to serve as chief executive officer of the combined company, and the company will remain headquartered in Irvine, California. Upon closing, Sanjay Mehrotra is expected to join the Western Digital Board of Directors.
Led by a seasoned management team, Western Digital has a strong track record of integrating acquisitions to create value. The company expects to achieve full annual run-rate synergies of $500 million within 18 months post-closing. The transaction is expected to be EPS accretive on a non-GAAP basis within 12 months of the transaction close. Pending the closing of the transaction, Western Digital expects to continue paying its quarterly dividend and plans to suspend its share buyback program.
The transaction will be financed by a mix of cash, new debt financing and Western Digital stock. In connection with the transaction, Western Digital expects to enter into new debt facilities totaling $18.4 billion, including a $1.0 billion revolving credit facility. The proceeds from the new debt facilities are expected to be used to pay part of the purchase price, refinance existing debt of Western Digital and SanDisk and pay transaction related fees and expenses. If SanDisk's cash balance falls below certain thresholds at the time of transaction close, the merger agreement provides for an adjustment to the mix of cash and stock consideration.
The transaction is subject to approval by SanDisk shareholders and, in the event that the Unisplendor transaction does not close, Western Digital shareholders, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2016.
BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan are acting as lead financial advisors to Western Digital and will provide committed financing for the transaction. Also, Credit Suisse is acting as a financial advisor and providing committed financing, and RBC Capital Markets is providing committed financing. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Baker & McKenzie are acting as legal advisors to Western Digital.
Goldman Sachs is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to SanDisk. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as the exclusive legal advisor to SanDisk.
B&H carries Sandisk memory cards.
Post Date: 10/21/2015 8:02:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic
From Lensbaby:
Latest product in Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System offers high-quality, versatile 50mm tilt lens
Portland, OR and New York, New York (PhotoPlus Expo 2015)—October 21, 2015 – Lensbaby, providing creative effects lenses to photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the new Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic, adding another powerful and creative tool to their Optic Swap System. The product will make its public debut during PhotoPlus Expo 2015, being held October 21-24 at the Javits Convention Center, New York City. Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic is designed for shooters ranging from avid enthusiasts and serious hobbyists to semiprofessional DSLR and mirrorless photographers.
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic is a high-quality, 50mm f/3.2 upgraded metal-bodied tilt lens that lets you control depth of field in-camera for an authentic, immersive shooting experience. Photographers can use the lens to create images with a sharp slice of focus bordered by silky, smooth blur. The lens body swivels and tilts on a smooth metal ball and socket design, providing a fast and intuitive way to switch between traditional straight lens photos and tilt photography. Using selective focus, shooters can lead the viewers’ eyes on a unique journey through landscapes, close-ups, miniature effects, street photography and food photos.
Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Sample Photo 1

"Since the beginning, Lensbaby’s products have inspired new levels of creativity where the limits of traditional lenses have been reached," said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “Composer Pro II with Edge 50 builds on the history and success of the original Composer Pro with a look and feel equal to the industrial design of Velvet 56, our high-end classic portrait lens. Lensbaby provides the most unique and creative camera lenses anywhere.”
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic provides a gateway to an endless supply of creativity tools. Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, it provides limitless options for photographers to swap optics in an out of the Composer Pro II lens body to change effect and focal length.
Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Sample Photo 2

Visitors to PhotoPlus Expo 2015 can view a demo of the Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic at the exhibit hall, booth #372.
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic specs:
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture range: f/3.2 through f/22
  • 9-blade internal aperture
  • Flat field optic (creates a slice of sharp focus)
  • Minimum focusing distance: 8” from the front of the lens
  • Maximum focusing distance: Infinity
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Size/Weight: 3.25” (8.25 cm) high x 2.5” (6.35cm) wide / 10 oz (283.49 g)
  • Tilt: up to 15 degrees
  • Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • 8 multi-coated glass elements in 6 groups
  • 46mm filter threads
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic retails for $424.95 and is available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax K, Fuji X, Sony Alpha E, Micro 4/3rds, and Samsung NX. Lensbaby products are available at, B&H, Adorama, and from select specialty photo stores worldwide.
Note - Edge 80 Optic, Sweet 35 and Sweet 50 are currently available with the original Composer Pro only.
B&H carries the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 10/21/2015 6:15:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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