The Lensbaby Soft Focus II is a new (or refreshed) optic for the company’s optic-swap system. Like Lensbaby’s other optic-swap optics, the Soft Focus II must be mounted in a barrel/housing before it can be used on a camera.
Lensbaby sells the Soft Focus II by itself or with the same straight/fixed barrel that is often sold with the Lensbaby Twist 60. At launch, the Soft Focus II straight barrel kit is available with Nikon F, Canon EF or Sony E mount. The optic can also be used in any of Lensbaby’s other lens housings including the Composer Pro II or Spark 2.0, however, the company recommends that it’s used without any tilt with the flexible barrels.
The Lensbaby Soft Focus II is a full-frame optic with a focal length of 50mm, but it can be used on APS-C or Micro Four thirds cameras on which it has an effective focal length of 75/80mm and 100mm respectively.
Read our guide to the best Lensbaby lenses to find out more about the different optics, housings and effects.