The Lensbaby Edge 80 is a flat field of focus 80mm F2.8 optic with a similar design to the Sweet 35. Like the Sweet 35 the Edge 80 has 12 aperture blades but adds a built-in extension tube that you can pull forward for closer shots. The Edge 80 also works well as a regular lens when centered and pointed straight.
I really like what Lensbaby has done with the new designs of their last two optics the Sweet 35 and Edge 80. I'm certainly not missing the drop in aperture rings of their earlier optics. Some say that Lensbaby lenses are gimmicky and I could not disagree more. We all know you can get the similar effects in photoshop but it is so much more satisfying getting it in camera. Lensbaby is on a role and I believe this is their best optic to date. I look forward to seeing what they do next.
The Lensbaby Composer Pro is a welcomed upgrade from the Lensbaby Muse. Not that there is anything wrong with the Muse but you get much more control with the Composer Pro. The build quality of the metal design feels solid, moves smoothly and is easy to lock in place.
The Sweet 35 has 12 aperture blades and an aperture ring on the optic so it’s just a few clicks from f2.8 to f22. This works much better than the manual drop in aperture rings on other Lensbaby optics. I would love to see more optics in their line that used this design. I also purcahsed their new Macro Converter set that comes with one 8mm converter and one 16mm converter that can be stacked to 24mm’s.
I haven’t had this lens long but I have really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to getting familiar with this lens. I know it's easy to get selective focus effects in Photoshop but isn’t it more fun to be shooting rather than editing.