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

BH #LEV56SECEF • MFR #LBV56SEC
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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 SE Lens for Canon EF (Silver)
Key Features
  • 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
Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Canon EF mount Velvet 56mm f/1.6 SE 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 silver 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.
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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Overview

Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Canon EF mount Velvet 56mm f/1.6 SE 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 silver 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.
Silver edition lens features a clear anodized coating, silver-colored metal barrel, and 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: 850024037137

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Specs

Focal Length56mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.6
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance5" / 12.7 cm
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Optical Design4 Elements in 3 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.8 x 3.34" / 7.11 x 8.48 cm
Weight14.46 oz / 410 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.175 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.8 x 4.4 x 4"

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Reviews

Nice lens.

By Ronald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-23

High quality and fun to use.

Nice lens

By Subrata
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-14

The lens is awesome as promised! The only issue is the lens cap will not fit if you use any filter on the lens. The lens cap is machined to fit with the rim of the lens (without any clamping mechanism). It is not a clip-on cap.

Dreamy

By Erik
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-21

A bit of a one-trick pony, but it's a nice trick-dreamy portraits and closeups.

Great lens

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-18

Haven't had it long, but it seems like it's going to be great. Good build quality and very good, unique effects are possible.

Produces an interesting effect but not made for everyone.

By Greg
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-16

I purchased this lens on the recommendation of someone I trust but I should have done more research. I eventually traded it for a Velvet 85 lens for Nikon Z. I use it to photograph flowers for an effect that I cannot reproduce with a standard lens.

So much fun!!!

By Heidi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-22

What a wonderful tool to spark creativity for a burned out photographer!

Fun Junk

By Baron
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-07

This lens is a lot of fun, but make no mistake, it's super-cheaply built. The focusing helicoid is sloppy, so the front of the lens wobbles side-to-side significantly, perhaps half a millimeter (which is A LOT, in case you're not sure how much that is). The focus action feels dry and feels like metal scraping on metal. The mount isn't built to tolerances, either, so it is sloppy and wobbles around even more when mounted on a camera. It's so bad that a lens cap doesn't even stay on the rear. If you're looking for something fun that makes interesting images, go for it. If you're particular about the quality of your lenses, and you care about the build and handling and feel, you'll cringe. By the way, I own multiple LensBaby lenses and this is pretty consistent among them. It is not just an issue with this copy.

Love the Lensbaby Velvet 56

By Anita
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-21

Waited several years to get this special lens. More than meets my expectations for a dreamy artistic effect. Lens is well made.

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