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Soft Focus Optic

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Product Description

The Soft Focus Optic is part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, for use with Lensbaby’s Creative Effects SLR Camera lenses, the Composer, Composer Pro, Muse, Control Freak, Scout and Spark. The Soft Focus Optic allows photographers to turn their Lensbaby SLR lens into a soft focus lens by swapping out the installed optic and dropping the new Soft Focus Optic into the lens. 

Soft Focus Optic images are overall soft and diffuse, while somewhat sharper in the center than at the edges. Photographers can control the degree of softness by using special soft focus apertures by themselves or in conjunction with regular Lensbaby aperture disks.

The Soft Focus Optic is different than Lensbaby’s previous optics, with a much flatter field of focus than the Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic Optics. The images created by the Soft Focus Optic have a beautiful, soft quality throughout the image and do not feature the Sweet Spot of sharp focus and dramatic blur outside of that spot created by the Double Glass, Single Glass, and Plastic Optics. Instead of bending the lens, photographers will typically point their Lensbaby straight ahead to achieve a classic soft focus look.

The Soft Focus Optic works with standard Lensbaby apertures, but also comes with three special soft focus multi-hole apertures that combine one large opening over the optic's sharp center with small openings over the optic's soft edges. This hole pattern creates a sharp underlying image with a soft overlay. Photographers can stack the soft focus apertures together or with standard Lensbaby apertures to vary the amount of softness. 


  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • f/2 optic with aperture disks that range from f/2.8 to f/22
  • Multi-coated optical glass doublet
  • Creates images that are overall soft and diffuse
  • Much flatter field of focus than other Lensbaby optics. Suited for variety of soft focus applications such as portrait, landscape, urban, and botanical photography
  • Magnetic disk aperture system 
  • Degree of softness can be controlled by changing the special apertures, or stacking them with regular Lensbaby aperture disks
  • With the soft focus multi-hole apertures, bright, out-of-focus points of light take on the hole pattern's shape. Photographers can control this creative effect by using standard Lensbaby apertures or choosing a low contrast background. 

Soft Focus Optic Box Contents

  • Soft Focus Optic with one special soft focus aperture disk installed (mid-range brightness)
  • Aperture Tool containing f/2.8 through f/22 aperture disks, as well as two special soft focus apertures
  • Hard storage case
  • Microfiber lens cloth
  • User guide

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  1. Love everything Lensbaby!

    Posted by Catherine Costolo on 18th Jul 2013

    I have lots of lensbaby products and have become addicted. The Soft Focus optic gives such beautiful, dreamy effects. I love to shoot flowers and am so tired of the traditional macro lenses. The Soft Focus optic has given me new inspiration!!

  2. Creates an ethereal quality to a photo

    Posted by Iamrcc on 29th May 2013

    I shoot a lot of flowers. I wanted to create a slightly different look to my flower photos. This soft focus optic is just what I was looking for. I'm still learning how to position myself for just the right effect, but I am extremely happy with the results thus far and hope to get better with practice.

  3. What Great Fun

    Posted by Ron Maddox on 14th May 2013

    I have been wanting a Lensbaby for a long time and I specifically wanted this optic because I love flower photography so much. Although I have had it for only a short time, it is everything I hoped it would be. The soft, dreamy look adds such a nice touch to the softness of the petals of the flowers. Highly recommend this optic for those wanting to enhance their creativity.

  4. Perfect for a classic vintage effet

    Posted by Liz Devine on 3rd Nov 2011

    The soft focus optic is not be overlooked, it's a great lens. When I first got my soft focus optic I struggled with how I was going to match the optic with my personal style. I started shooting my Lovely Ladies series with it, which started off as an experiment and turned into a body of work that I was passionate about . The soft foucus optic was perfect for the vintage, timeless feeling I wanted to convey in the series. The optic performed well at close-up range and pulled back, giving great detail while maintaining that dreamy effect. And I loved the the star flare effect it gives to rhinestones and sequence. This lens is a great tool to be explored.

  5. Love this optic!

    Posted by Kathleen Clemons on 27th Oct 2011

    I have fallen in love with this optic! I use it primarily for my flower and nature photos, and love the dreamy look it adds to my images. It's always fun for me to share this optic with students when I teach location workshops, they find out pretty quickly why I recommend it so highly. Definitely try it with the special aperture disks that come with the optic!

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