Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens

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Lensbaby Velvet 56 optic Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Nikon F mount Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens from Lensbaby produces a uniquely soft, glowing image quality that is well-suited to making expressive and ethereal portraits. The overall softness can be controlled by stopping down the lens while still retaining the smooth tonality of a soft focus lens. Compatible with FX image sensors, this slightly longer-than-normal focal length pairs with the fast f/1.6 maximum aperture to excel in difficult lighting and achieve a shallow depth of field with controllable sharpness. Additionally, for increased creative versatility, the lens also offers a 1:2 maximum magnification and a minimum working distance of 5" for macro shooting. Housed within a black metal barrel, this lens also features smooth, dampened manual focus control to further benefit creative flexibility. Consistent with Lensbaby's aim of purveying selective focus capabilities and a unique velvety image quality, the Velvet 56mm f/1.6 is a versatile tool that marries classical looks with contemporary control.

Portrait-length 56mm focal length is compatible with FX format sensors as well as DX format sensors, where it will provide an 84mm equivalent focal length.

Fast f/1.6 maximum aperture offers extensive control over selective focus and shallow depth of field, and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.

The unique singlet-doublet-singlet lens design renders imagery with a soft, smooth, and glowing image quality reminiscent of mid-20th century portrait lenses.

Softness can be controlled by stopping-down the lens: when stopped-down to f/16, the image exhibits a smooth quality with greater central sharpness.

A 1:2 maximum magnification ratio and 5" minimum working distance enable working with close-up subjects.

Black all-metal lens barrel with engraved aperture and focus markings.

Manual focus design with a smooth, dampened focusing movement is complemented by engraved focus distance indicators.

Manual exposure control requires stop-down metering and manual setting of the aperture.

Shop the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens in these lens mounts

Primary specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 56 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Canon EF, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Samsung NX, Sony/Minolta Alpha, Sony E
Maximum aperture F1.6
Minimum aperture F16
Aperture ring Yes
Minimum focus 5.00 m (196.85)
Autofocus No
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Extending front
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 400 g (0.88 lb)
Diameter 72 mm (2.83)
Length 86 mm (3.39)
Sealing No
Colour Black, silver (Canon EF only)
Filter thread 62 mm
Hood supplied No
Tripod collar No




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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 4.5