During my initial review of the Lensbaby Composer – I was curious how a wide angle attachment would perform. Well, at PMA, the Lensbaby folks announced a 0.42x super wide lens attachment – making the 50mm lens equivalent to about 21mm. It arrived mid week – and I had a chance to take it out for a quick spin over the weekend.
- Wide is fun.
- Nicely coated optics and solid workmanship.
- Two words: “Chromatic Aberration”. Dang – I haven’t seen this much blue fringing since I paid $5 for a second hand wide angle attachment on a whim.
- Limited movement. The selective focus system is about repositioning the lens so as to choose an emphasized element. Well – with this attachment – you have a smaller plane to move within. When you exceed a certain range – you’ll see what I think is likely the lens barrel in your FOV (field of view) – and it can muck up your pic. See example.
- Sharpness is decreased. The “glass doublet” system is relatively sharp at the selected location – but by adding more glass – as might be expected – sharpness decreases.
- To change your aperture – you’ll need to take the super wide angle attachment off to replace the aperture ring.
- A lens hood would be nice – as the glass is fairly exposed. This would help protect from glare, dust, and light rain.
Bottom line – it’s fun. I don’t see myself pulling it out all that often – but I think there will be times when it will be the right tool for the job.
And, yes, the bottom two images have a bit of faux HDR post processing – just in case you’re curious.