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Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone plate Lens

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Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone plate lens

Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone plate lens

Optical design

Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone plate optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S, Sony A / Minolta A, Nikon F (FX, DX), 4/3 (Four/Thirds), Pentax K, Samsung NX, Sony E, FujiFilm XF

First year of production: 2008

Last year of production: 2015

Optical design: no lens, only hole ! (you can switch Pinhole or Zone plate hole)

Features: Shift lens, Tilt lens, Soft lens
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Owners (3)

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Average price: $33


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
50mmf/20 no 3721/0,735/1,4

Additional information:

Lensbaby Optics don't function separately, you need use lens "holder" (Control Freak, Composer, Muse, Scout) and put this optic element into the "holder".

Lensbaby  Pinhole / Zone plate optic is very interresting and creative - optic is without lens!

You can switch between Pinhole and Zone plate

Pinhole is very small hole with f/177(!) and Zone plate is f/19 hole with foil (transparent foil with small black rings) - see optical scheme.

Lensbaby is full manualy, crazy and very creative system - you can change focal length with shift/tilt efect. 



SCOUT - easy fixed holder (without shift/tilt efect or focal length change function)

COMPOSER - holder with manual shift/tilt efect

MUSE - holder with manual shift/tilt efect and focal length change function

CONTROL FREAK - holder with manual shift/tilt efect and focal length change function and lock mechanism

- All these "holders" are compatible with "Optic Swap System" (you can change optics inside)

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Posted by: Milos Stradiot   Date of publication: 12.03.2016

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Autor: NerveNet
5 0 557

Mechanical quality2.001
Optical quality1.001
Pricing / Value1.001
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Owner reviews: Lensbaby Pinhole / Zone plate

NerveNet 14.03.2020 03:45:25
Period of use: 4 years

  • Interesting results
  • fun to use


  • overprized
  • difficult to use on a DSLR without a tripod


This pinhole and zone plate lens is simply a plastic toy for fun.

It is a very diffcult lens to use, you will need to use a tripod as exposure time will be long even in a sunny day.

If you want to use a pinhole lens I propose to look for DIYS instructables for converting a cheap camera cap into a pinhole lens rather than spending money into this toy.