The Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic is the second lens from the company’s Edge line. It joins the ranks with the previously released Edge 80. It has a 50-millimeter focal length, which is a bit wider than the previous lens’ 80-millimeter offering. However, other than that, both lenses do perform similarly. Both lenses offer a flat field of focus (it can be tilted when mounted to a Muse or a Composer Pro). Also, both lenses feature an 9-blade internal aperture and macro focus capability.
The Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Offers a Wider Field of View Than its Brother
For its weight, the Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic weighs approximately 5.5-ounces. Therefore, it can be used with most Lensbabies that do support the Optic Swap system. Its measures in at 2.1 x 1.9-inches with regards to its height and depth. It uses 46-millimeter front filters, and does include a small plastic carrying case in its standard packaging for storage functionalities.
At its base, it has notches to lock or remove older modules. However, you may not be needing that with the Edge 50 since it protrudes far enough to be gripped and turned with the hand. Mounted on a full-frame camera, it does deliver a traditional standard-angle field of view. The optics can also be used on APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras, but it will have a tighter field of view. This may not actually be a deal-breaker as the tighter aspect is ideal for up-close portrait work.
The optic’s maximum aperture is f/3.2, which does a pretty good job of creating a smooth background blur, but not as smooth as the likes of other lenses that can have a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or even f/1.4. However, it does do a pretty good job at focusing as it can focus as close as 8-inches from the front lens element. This means that it does a pretty decent job in catering towards macro shots. Furthermore, its ability to tilt the plane of focus makes it have an edge towards artistic photographers who want to play with the focus of their shots.
Because the images come out as “flat,” the captured photos are sharp from edge to edge. This is, of course, assuming that the optic is sitting perfectly parallel to the film plane.
While the Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic is certainly not a budget-friendly option, it is certainly worth the get especially if you’re the type of photographer who wants to gain a more creative edge with your photos.