updated 07:30 am EDT, Mon April 4, 2011
Composer Pro, upgraded version of Composer
Lensbaby has released the Composer Pro for SLRs. Like the original Composer, the new lens is ball and socket-based optic that allows the user to focus each shot in the neutral position. The user can then move the focal point, or "sweet spot" anywhere in the frame that they choose. It improves the repeatability of shots, while also offering more precise control. The Pro version is also said to deliver improved build quality and function over the original version.
The new optic ships in two versions. One fitted with Lensbaby's Double Glass Optic for $300 and the other fitted with Lensbaby's Sweet 35 Optic for $400. The Double Glass Optic with its 50mm selective focus optic and drop-in aperture discs provide a sharp "sweet spot" with minimal diffusion at all aperture settings. The Sweet 35 gives a "sweet spot" that can be moved around by tilting the Composer Pro's swiveling lens body. It incorporates a 35mm selective focus optic with a 12-blade internal aperture.
Both versions of the Composer Pro will ship within 3-4 weeks of being ordered. [via CNET]