Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony A (Black)

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony A (Black)

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony A (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • A 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
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Color: Black

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Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 overview

  • 1Description

Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Sony A 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 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.
UPC: 850366006068

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 specs

Focal Length 56mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 84mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.6
Minimum: f/16
Mount Type Sony A
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 Sony A (Black) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream(y) Lens A dreamy, soft, creamy lens if you want it to be, or you can go tack-sharp with this lens. I mainly use it for floral photography, but I've gotten some great portraits as well, depending on the aperture you're shooting at. This lens has taken me back to manual exposure and manual focus days when I first learned photography. It makes me slow down and think of my shot (exposure, depth-of-field, shutter speed, etc.) before I actually take it, instead of my camera making all the decisions. I use this Lensbaby Velvet 56 with various Sony cameras, both APS-C and full frame. This lens has opened more doors to my creativity, and has made photography more FUN!
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lens baby Great little soft lens. You need to order a sun hood for and a soft hood cover.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As advertised Lens is really creamy and has opened a new world of possibilities!
Date published: 2016-04-27
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Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 Q&A

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 accessories

Designed for use with:

  • Sony Alpha A100
  • Sony Alpha A200
  • Sony Alpha A230
  • Sony Alpha A290
  • Sony Alpha A300
  • Sony Alpha A330
  • Sony Alpha A350
  • Sony Alpha A380
  • Sony Alpha A390
  • Sony Alpha A500
  • Sony Alpha A550
  • Sony Alpha A560
  • Sony Alpha A58
  • Sony Alpha A580
  • Sony Alpha A65
  • Sony Alpha A68
  • Sony Alpha A700
  • Sony Alpha A77
  • Sony Alpha A77 II
  • Sony Alpha A850
  • Sony Alpha A900
  • Sony Alpha A99
  • Sony Alpha A99 II
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A33
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A35
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A37
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A55
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A55V
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A57
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A58
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A65
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77
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