Sharp as a Lensbaby

By | 2017-12-03T12:17:05+00:00 May 18th, 2010|6 Comments

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Canon 7D, Lensbaby Composer, Double Glass Optic
LEFT: 1/400 sec at ƒ/4, ISO 100
RIGHT: 1/160 sec w/ Star aperture, ISO 100

Everyone knows that the Lensbaby can create beautiful blur, but did you also know that they can be really sharp, too? I will admit that takes some practice to get tack-sharp in-focus shots every time, but I thought it would be good to show you guys that yes … it can be done.

I try to use my Lensbaby often, and I’m getting to the point where I can focus pretty quickly and accurately … well, I at least get it close. :) Whenever I achieve the level of sharpness like the images above it reminds me of the potential of that little lens. I plan on integrating my Lensbaby into my photo-shoots much more frequently in the near future, especially with my stock and food images.

The images above are a cropped-in area of the full-res file when viewed at 100% to show the level of sharpness that can be achieved with the Lensbaby Composer & Double Glass optic. They are both only very lightly edited using Adobe Lightroom, and no sharpening was added to either images.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


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  2. Sina Farhat May 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Lens Baby + Live view = great combination!

  3. Mark Coleman May 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Last week I was playing with mine and noticed how sharp it is. I will be using it a lot morenow

  4. Jo Garrett May 25, 2010 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Were these hand held shots? A very shallow dof and manual focus can be very challenging.

  5. Nicole May 25, 2010 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Yes, they were all hand-held. I rarely use a tripod with my Lensbaby.

  6. risamay June 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Great post. I love my Lensbaby also and like the challenge that getting a tack-sharp image with it presents. I’m not able to get it every time, but that’s part of the fun (the challenge)!

    Congrats on getting published, too. You go, girl!

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