February 2nd, 2012 – Just announced and available immediately, the new 8mm and 16mm Lensbaby Macro Converters, compatible with all LB Optics!
read on for my take as well as price, specs and links…
I’m a fan of extension tubes/converters vs screw on “close up” filters largely because it doesn’t affect the optical performance of the lens you’re shooting through by having to look through another piece of glass as it were. Don’t get me wrong, I like close up filters in certain situations and for an on the fly type setup when event shooting, (think wedding rings, et al) they are handy. But, having an tube/converter which physically pulls the lens further from the sensor enabling closer focus is the way it is done in true macro lenses, so, suffice it to say, it is kinda the “real” way to do close up and macro photography. Add to that, the ability to tilt the plane of focus on a Lensbaby Muse, Composer, Control Freak, Tilt Transformer or Composer Pro, add on creative apertures via the disks for standard optics, super close focus with the fisheye optic for even more surreal results or further control DOF on the fly with an optic like the Sweet 35 and you have a quick and dirty creative macro set up for all kinds of fun.
When stacked, the two converters (8 + 16mm = 24mm of extension) will enable a standard optic (double glass, single glass, soft focus, etc) to produce a nearly 1:2 magnification classifying this as “macro” by most accounts. With the Sweet 35 optic, you gain even more magnification, closer to 1:1.5 which means you’re closing in on that 1:1 / lifesized close up image. Pretty cool add on that will immediately allow you to further enhance your Lensbaby arsenal.
You can buy them now directly from Lensbaby.com HERE (link includes a chart for focus distance and magnification) for $50!