Lensbaby Double Glass II Optic review

Ideal for creative photography, this optic comes with drop-in shaped apertures and is perfect for creating a tilt-shift focus

Lensbaby Double Glass II Optic review
(Image: © Beth Nicholls)

Digital Camera World Verdict

An excellent optic when paired with Lensbaby's Composer Pro II body, the Lensbaby Double Glass II Optic offers unique points of focus with an adjustable bendy design that will allow you to really get creative and hands-on with where you want your focus to be. For those of us who have always relied on autofocus, this lens is not an easy one to adjust to, being fully manual. But it does however make for a superb tilt shift lens when used correctly and can change the shape of bokeh for a novel affect.


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    Pretty sharp when in focus

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    Bendy and able to adjust focus points

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    Comes with 9 magnetic drop-in aperture shapes

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    Fun to use and experiment with


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    Manual focus is tricky

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    You also need the Lensbaby Composer Pro II

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    The style of imagery it produces isn't to everyone's tastes and can look a little gimmicky

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Who needs post-production and fancy editing techniques when you've got a Lensbaby equipped? Easily one of the best Lensbaby and Lomography lenses on the market right now, the Lensbaby Double Glass II Optic kept me on my toes for sure. These creative art lenses aren't designed for your typical every day and bog standard photography, and only the truly innovative types can harness the power of these super quirky lenses. Which is where I struggled. 

It's not easy to use one of these lenses for the first time, and with the manual focus element aside, the hardest part of using a Lensbaby is finding a worthy subject to test the magic out on - but once you do, you'll never want to ditch the optic swap system of these lenses and go back to the basic primes.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.