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 Optic's 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 Freak's 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 down.