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Now you can get Lensbaby lenses in Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts

Lensbaby Sol 45
(Image credit: Lensbaby)

The full frame mirrorless camera market has also brought us some of the sharpest, most acccurate and aberration-free lenses yet, but some photographers hanker after a very different ‘look’. Lensbaby lenses hark back to a different time, with dreamy soft-focus effects, lo-fi looks and tilt shift effects. It’s now making many of its lenses available in the New Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts.

Lensbaby hasn’t adapted all its lenses for the new mounts, but there are still plenty of options to choose from. They include the Composer II Pro system, with its interchangeable optics, and the simpler Sol 45 – these lenses let manually change the plane of sharp focus in the picture by tilting the lens, to either increase depth of field across an angled plane or, more likely, create a shallow tilt-shift style shallow depth of field effect.

Lensbaby is not the only company to rediscover retro photography. Lomography is big in the analog/retro world too, and we have a dedicated guide for the best Lensbaby and Lomo lenses.

Lensbaby 85

The Lensbaby 85 is a more conventional (non-tilt) lens which offers a soft-focus look wide open but crisp rendition when stopped down. (Image credit: Lensbaby)

It’s not all about tilt

Lensbaby also makes conventional lenses, which can now fit cameras like the Nikon Z7 and Canon EOS RP, notably the Velvet 56 and Velvet 85, which produce a soft, ethereal glow when used wide open, but a sharper, crisper look when stopped down.

We especially like the Lensbaby Trio 28, a set of three lenses on a rotating turret and including ‘Sweet’, ‘Velvet’ and ‘Twist’ optics. This a fixed focal length lens with a fixed f/3.5 aperture. It sounds limited but it’s simple to use and can create some wonderful visual effects. Previously available in APS-C mirrorless versions for Fujifilm X, Canon EOS M, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Lensbaby Trio 28 now comes in full frame Nikon Z and Canon RF versions. It’s a great way to get a radically different ‘look’ with these cameras at a pretty low cost.

Read more:

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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio, with decades of experience with cameras of all kinds. Previously he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more.