Got Glass? Lensbaby launches new Double Glass II Optic

Lensbaby Double Glass II Optic
(Image credit: Lensbaby)

Lensbaby in recent times has redefined the world of creative photography techniques, offering a selection of unique, innovative, and occasionally bizarre camera lenses and accessories that are easily accessible. 

The best Lensbaby lenses and optics give photographers new and previously unthought-of combinations for capturing creative images in-camera, without the added hassle of post-production editing.

• Pre-order: You can pre-order the Lensbaby Double Glass II Optic right now at  B&H (US) and Wex (UK)

Lensbaby has announced the release of a new and improved Double Glass II Optic, which is compatible with all its current and legacy Optic Swap lens bodies. This includes the Lensbaby Composer Pro II, which the Double Glass II will be sold alongside or as a separate accessory. With its robust all-metal construction, the Double Glass II perfectly complements the build quality and styling of the Composer Pro II lens body.

(Image credit: Dallas Denoo / Lensbaby)

The Double Glass II is a substantial upgrade from the original Double Glass optic, offering a range of enhanced features that provide new ways to exhibit creative control for creators over still and video imagery.

It covers an aperture range from f/2.5 to f/22, a big upgrade from the original Double Glass, and it features a 12-blade manually adjustable internal aperture, which provides a perfectly round diaphragm for swift and effortless control over the sweet spot size.

(Image credit: Annick Paradis / Lensbaby)

The Double Glass II offers a unique drop-in magnetic aperture system, enabling users to switch between round, internally adjustable aperture settings or to choose from nine creative drop-in uniquely shaped apertures. 

When images are shot using these unique drop-in apertures, the out-of-focus areas of an image and the 'bokeh balls' take on the specific look of the aperture shape in use. These include a five-pointed star, a heart, and seven more diverse shapes developed and selected by creative artists in the Lensbaby community.

The new Double Glass II optic is available right now for $200 / £219 (Australian pricing TBC) for the optic alone, or it is available in a bundle with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II for $370 / £399.

For more lenses to get creative with your photography, check out our guide to the best Lensbaby and Lomography lenses. If you want some inspiration, you can read how to take otherworldly photos with the Lensbaby SoftFocus II or add some psychedelic flare with the Lensbaby Omni.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.