The Control Freak model is optimized for table-top and macro photography due
to the fine degree of control if offers. It ships with the Double Glass Optic
installed and is compatible with all other optics in the Lensbaby Optic Swap
System, though it has limited functionality with the Fisheye Optic (when
focusing from about 3 inches to infinity, the metal rod knobs will often be
visible due to the Fisheye Optics 160 degree angle of view) and is therefore
best suited for macro work.
With the Control Freak, photographers compress and bend the lens to find the
desired focus, and then lock it in place with the push of a button. Once locked,
the barrel focusing ring can be rotated to fine tune focus, and tilt (placement
of the Sweet Spot of focus) can be altered by rotating the knobs on the end of
the Control Freaks three metal posts.
The Control Freak focuses from 18 inches at rest to infinity when compressed.
Pushing out on the focusing collar allows the user to focus as close as 9 inches
away from their subject matter. Another unique feature of the Control Freak is
the option to shoot in either free form or locked mode. Photographers can easily
switch from shooting in locked mode with fine focus and tilt control for a
table-top shoot, to shooting street photography quickly and seamlessly by
choosing not to lock the Control Freak in place. The ability to choose modes can
also be particularly helpful when shooting video due to the very dreamy and
surreal look the Control Freak produces when shooting in free form mode, as
compared to the more controlled blur when shooting with the Control Freak locked