Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Canon EF (Black)

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Canon EF (Black)

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Canon EF (Black)

In Stock
Order in the next 0:00:00 to ship today

Product Highlights

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.6 to f/16
  • Singlet-Doublet-Singlet Optical Design
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
  • Inspired by Classic Portrait Lenses
  • 1:2 Magnification, 5" Working Distance
  • Manual Focus and Exposure Control
  • All-Metal Lens Barrel
  • Filter Thread: 62mm
Show moreShow less

B&H $500 Gift Card Dash

Share for a chance to win a $500 B&H Gift Card!

Share on Twitter

Share a favorite product for chances to win one of eight $500 B&H Gift Cards!
1 new winner announced every Monday starting Nov 5th!
Limit 1 entry per day: Come back every day to increase your chance of winning.

Be sure to mention #BHWishList when you share!

Congrats to our winners so far:

Next winner: Nov 26th

James Z. (Wk 1)

Ralph H. (Wk 2)

Official Rules


NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The B&H $500.00 Gift Card Dash (the "Sweepstakes") is void where prohibited by law and is sponsored by B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001 ("Sponsor"). It is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Twitter in any way.

Entry Period/Methods of Entry. The Sweepstakes will run from on or about October 28, 2018 until on or about December 23, 2018 (the "Entry Period"). Entries received outside the Entry Period are void. Enter the Sweepstakes via either one of the following methods. (1) Share any product found on the B&H website (the "Website") on Facebook or Twitter via the dedicated links contained on the website using the hashtag #BHWishlist; or (2) Mail a postcard (postmarked during the Entry Period) containing your name, address, phone number, and email address, and indicate the subject(s), if any, about which you are interested in receiving future emails from B&H (e.g. photo, video, audio, computers, home theater, portable entertainment ) (optional) to: B&H $500.00 Gift Card Dash Sweepstakes, c/o B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001 (either option, an "Entry"). Entries must not, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Entries deemed by Sponsor to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Entries owned by a third party, or the use of any trademarks, service marks, logos, brands, or products owned by a third party are not acceptable for entry into the Sweepstakes. Limit 1 entry per person, per day.

Winner Selection/Prizes/Odds. The B&H Social Team will randomly select a winner from among all eligible entries every Monday during the Entry Period, for a total eight (8) winners (each a "Winner"). Each Winner will receive a B&H Gift Card pre-valued in the amount of $500.00. No cash or other substitutions will be offered. Winner selection is in the sole and absolute discretion of the B&H Social Team. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winners will be notified and receive their prize at the email address associated with the account to which their Entry was posted or the email account provided with a mail-in entry. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Identity of Winners/Eligible Participants. Winners will be identified by the email account associated with the Facebook or Twitter account from which their Entry was submitted or the email account provided with a mail-in entry. An email account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such email account by the internet access or online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with such email account. Any issues regarding the identity of a Winner shall be resolved by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Sweepstakes is only open to residents of the United States that are at least eighteen (18) years of age on their entry date and is not open to employees of Sponsor, their immediate family, any person domiciled with such employees, or any affiliates or subsidiaries of Sponsor.

Entry Ownership/Entrant Agreements. Entrants retain full ownership and copyrights to their Submission. However, by entering the Sweepstakes entrants grant Sponsor permission to use their Entries for promotional purposes on their respective social media channels with proper credit. Entrants also agree: (a) to be bound by these Official B&H $500.00 Gift Card Dash Sweepstakes Rules; (b) that any claims related to this Sweepstakes shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action and that awards, shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred in entering the Sweepstakes, and shall not include incidental or consequential damages or attorneys fees; and (c) that any actual or perceived ambiguities in these rules shall be interpreted by Sponsor in their sole discretion.

Limitation of Liability/Sponsor Modification/Cancellation Rights/ Choice of Law/ Venue/ Winners List. Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete entries or for failure to receive entries due to technical failures or human error of any kind. Winners agree that Sponsor will have no responsibility for losses or damage of any kind resulting from the acceptance, possession, or use of the prizes. Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant's consent to the publication of his or her name by Sponsor in any media for commercial or promotional purposes without limitation or further compensation subject to Sponsor's respective Privacy Policies. Sponsor may modify or discontinue the Sweepstakes at any time and may disqualify from the Sweepstakes any person it determines, in its sole discretion, to have attempted to or actually tampered with or otherwise abused any aspect of the Sweepstakes. Entrants agree that in the unlikely event a dispute arises in connection with this Sweepstakes, it will be governed by the laws of the State of New York and heard exclusively in a court of applicable jurisdiction in the County and State of New York irrespective of any choice of law provisions to the contrary. To receive names of the winners by U.S. mail, please mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., Attn: B&H $500.00 Gift Card Dash Sweepstakes, 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Any Winners List request must be received by B&H within one (1) year of the date the Sweepstakes is conducted.

Let us know how to reach you if you win!

Privacy 100% guaranteed; email address for contact purposes only


Already have a B&H account? Just log in tomorrow to enter again!

Price: $449.95

Instant Savings: $50.00

$0 VA Sales Tax Collected on This Item
Add to Wish List Item in Wish List

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 overview

  • 1Description

Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Canon EF 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 full-frame 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 full-frame format sensors as well as APS-C format sensors, where it will provide an 89.6mm 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.
UPC: 850366006044

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 specs

Focal Length 56mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 89.6mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.6
Minimum: f/16
Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility Full-frame or APS-C
Minimum Focus Distance 5" / 12.7 cm (working distance, from front of lens)
Maximum Magnification 1:2
Elements/Groups 4 elements in 3 groups
Autofocus No
Filter Thread 62 mm
Dimensions (Ø x L) 3.4 x 2.8" / 86 x 72 mm
Weight 14.1 oz / 400 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 4.2 x 4.1"

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 reviews

Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Canon EF (Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving the Lensbaby I bought the Lensbaby Velvet mainly for making flower abstracts and the manual-focus lens is perfect for this. The optics produce a beautiful look. At f/1.6 everything has a soft, glowy blur. At f/16 the subject is super sharp. In the middle, about f/4 or f/5.6, the center is sharp and the rest softly blurred. If you are not accustomed to manual focus and step-down metering there might be a significant learning curve to using this lens properly. Not for casual photographers who use their DSLRs like a point-and-shoot. Perfect for serious shooters who are interested in both the technical and creative sides of photography.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this Lens Its a great portrait lens to have those beautiful soft edges we all love. The smaller the F-stop opening the less blur(Bookah) You have. I prefer to shoot about F-4 so that I have one solid point focused and the rest is soft.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lens Baby Velvet Just finished taking the Lens Baby Velvet for a test run. Ran the gamut of apertures and like the way the lens functions. At f/1.6 the blur effect is sweet. At f/8.0 the depth of field is good and the sharpness is finely tuned. The lens produces a nice bokeh at all apertures and will help to round out my creative library.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Novelty Lens Just got this lens and love it. It brought me back to th days in which manual focus was king. This lens, contrary to what others say, is not that difficult to use. I found it to be rather simple. The good thing is that you can actually see your picture on your viewfinder and adjust before shooting. It is well built, not too heavy and not light. If feels right. The images that comes out of this lens are outstanding. Good lens to have to shoot some unique portrait shots. The bokeh on this thing is insane and very creamy.
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lens baby BABY! This is the most enjoyable purchase that I have made in 40 years as a photo hobbyist. I'm finding it hard to put other lens' on my camera. The Velvet 56 ads so much interest to close up flower shots with ease. At smaller apetures its sharp to use as any other lens with that focal length. My only complaint is that I didn't buy it sooner!
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I just don't love this lens I didn't love this lens the way that I had hoped to. At 1.6 I found the lens to be mostly unusable/ the glow was too weird. It reminded me of a bad filter. At about 2.8 it was getting better and at 4.0 the lens was very sharp but I found that it lost it's dreamy effect. I do think this would make a great portrait lens when stopped down but for me that defeated the purpose of this lens. I also hoped to use this lens for macro photography which it was decent for but I had to get so close to the subject that too much light was blocked. If I didn't have my dreamy canon 50mm 1.2 lens I might have considered keeping this one.. but it's going back.. as I find the canon to provide a sharper dreamier image when used wide open. If I want to re-create those distorted blurred edges from the velvet 56 I can do so in post processing. All in all.. this is a good lens but not what i hoped it would be. I have seen others create amazing images with it. I did love using manual focus and will actually do so more with my current lenses.
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for creative and artistic shots I wasn't sure how I would like this lens as, with most photographers, I strive for tack sharp in focus images and this lens is clearly not designed to deliver that. What I have found is that this allows me to let my traditional requirements fly and be truly creative. I use it primarily for shooting portraits of children and while it will never be on my lens during the entire time of a shoot, I do like using it to add variety and find that when it is on my lens it almost forces me to be a little more creative and let the rules fly. The name of the lens is accurate - the bokeh does have a velvet quality and the colours are very rich and deep. It is a manual focus lens and while many people recommend to use the LCD zoomed in to achieve tack sharp focus on your subject, I find the viewfinder on my canon 5dmkiii to be sufficient, but that may be as I have trouble using my LCD to shoot through. Additionally when zoomed in, it will help you achieve sharp focus, but you may loose some of your composition if using it for portraits and hand holding it as it's almost impossible (for me, anyway) to keep my hand steady. For the price, the lens is nice and solid, and reminds me of some of my canon L lenses. The reason for the 4 stars is that the aperture must be changed by moving a dial on the lens. I have knocked it several times when focusing. Additionally, at 1.6 the focal plane is so thin I've found it almost impossible to use successfully, although this may be because the only times that I've been at this aperture is because i've accidentally knocked it whilst focussing. Overall, this is a nice lens and one that you can have a lot of fun with.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised! I bought this lens not sure if I was going to like it or not, I have had mixed fealings about other Lensbaby products I own. Turns out it's one of my favorite lenses now! I'm so glad I bought it. I recamend stoping it down to f/2 or f/2.8, somtimes even f/4 if your going for a soft focus effect, f/1.6 is really extrime. From f/8 through it's smallest aperture f/16 it's really rather sharp, although the images are sharp they have a deffirant feal about them thats hard to discribe other then to say it's very pleasing. Don't listen to people out there that make the stupid comment why don't you just use an inexpensive soft focus filtter because they obviously have never used this lens. The look is WAY different, I bought a soft focus filter used it once and now it sits in my junk equipment graveyard in one of my closets, the Velvet 56 gets used almost everyday.
Date published: 2015-11-02
  • y_2018, m_11, d_15, h_17
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.9
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_30
  • loc_en_US, sid_1130075, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RELEVANCE, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_bhphotovideo
Be the first to review this item

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 Q&A

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 accessories

Designed for use with:

  • Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera
  • Blackmagic Design Production 4K
  • Blackmagic Design URSA 4.6K
  • Blackmagic Design URSA 4K
  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K
  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K
  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K
  • Canon EOS 10D
  • Canon EOS 1D
  • Canon EOS 1D C
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark II n
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1Ds
  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • Canon EOS 20D
  • Canon EOS 30D
  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EOS 60Da
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS C100
  • Canon EOS C100 Mark II
  • Canon EOS C200
  • Canon EOS C200B
  • Canon EOS C300
  • Canon EOS C300 Mark II
  • Canon EOS C500
  • Canon EOS C700
  • Canon EOS C700 FF
  • Canon EOS Rebel
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL2
  • Canon EOS Rebel T1i
  • Canon EOS Rebel T2i
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i
  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6s
  • Canon EOS Rebel T7i
  • Canon EOS Rebel XS
  • Canon EOS Rebel XSi
  • Canon EOS Rebel XT
  • Canon EOS Rebel XTS
  • Canon EOS Rebel XTi
  • Canon EOS XTi
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3
  • Panasonic AU-EVA1
  • Panasonic VariCam LT
See any errors on this page? Let us know. sbwzrfsrrtuqyuwczwqbyasxrc