Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 SE Lens for Nikon F (Silver)

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 SE Lens for Nikon F (Silver)

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 SE Lens for Nikon F (Silver)

B&H # LEV56SENF MFR # LBV56SEN
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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/FX 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
  • Silver Edition, Clear Anodized Finish
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Mount: Nikon F

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Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 overview

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Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Nikon F 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 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 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 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.
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: 850366006129

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 specs

Focal Length 56mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 84mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.6
Minimum: f/16
Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility FX or DX
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 1.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 4.2 x 4.1"

Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 reviews

Velvet 56mm f/1.6 SE Lens for Nikon F (Silver) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artistic love. I actually refuse to take off this lens. I use it everywhere. It can be a blurry mess stopped all the way down, but that can be a fun appeal if you're going for that artistic impression. It also can capture the light in the most beautiful sense when stopped up. I was seriously impressed. I brought this lens to capture some pictures at my friends wedding, and they are one of my favorite pictures to date. Every picture is a surprise - either a wow, that turned out better than I thought or an I wonder what this one will look like - and that's just the kind of photographer I am.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens Bought for doing macro photography, especially for flowers, has a minimum focus distance of 5 inches with a 1.6 aperture. It can be used for portraits, has a beautiful bokeh. The lens is solidly made, metal construction, even lens cap is metal. It is a manual lens, manual focus, aperture, it has no electronic connection to the camera. Easy to attach & remove. Though when doing close up photography I normally use manual modes anyway.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Velvet 56 is extraordinary in every way! The Lensbaby Velvet 56 was just about the last type of lens I ever thought I would own but there was something so alluring about the silver finish, the stylish form, and the possibility of greatness that I just had to see one in person. When it arrived I locked my office door and proceeded to unbox it. Right away my very first impression was this is a quality piece of craftsmanship and I knew that it wouldn't be going back. My first images were too soft at f1.6 but with a little experimentation I was getting great images with a bokeh to die for. Another thing I really love about this lens is the throw of the focus ring and the fact that it's dampened. It's going to stay wherever you put it no matter what, and the fine control with such a long throw is like a return to yesteryear. I also thought that the lack of electronics was going to drive me crazy but it's had just the opposite effect-I've had to slow down, check my histograms, and experiment with various f-stops. This lens is every bit as versatile as any single lens I've ever owned. The close up ability is amazing and with an extension tube and wide aperture it's really unbelievable. I can't wait to try this lens with some focus stacking. The Lensbaby Velvet 56 has rekindled my love of manual focus, and is going with me everywhere. To be fair there are things I don't like about it: in bright sunlight the glare off the silver is blinding and my aging eyes have a difficult time reading the f-stops.but hey, this lens gets five stars ! ! !
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in love! The Lensbaby 56 Velvet has quickly become my go to lens. I am thrilled with the creative works I have been able to shoot. It is manual, but I found it very adapt to the manual aspect. If I think REALLY hard the only thing not so great is that the lens cap can be knocked off the lens easily.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Velvet 56 Lensbaby Great bokeh with this lens. For portraits an ideal lens when you want the soft and warm all around feeling of the subject. A good exercise for manual focusing and to see what is sharp and what is not. I highly recommend this to anyone else ,who does not believe that everything must be tack sharp in this world. moments in click
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful images and top notch build quality So far I've only used the lens once during a bridal shower for getting detail shots. I 'm very satisfied with the image quality from the lens. The bokeh is great at the f/4 stop where it retains enough sharpness to be able to read letters, anything wider adds too much softness for that level of detail. It is a specialized lens so it won't be a fit for everyone. The build quality is awesome, substantial in the hands, all metal, excellent resistance/feedback from the focus and aperture ring. Can't wait to shoot some portraits for the mommy's with babies, they love the soft look. It is a manual focus so speed will not be on your side. I used Nikon's internal focusing system to help out when focusing and I haven't had a problem. I recommend this lens to anyone looking for the type of imagery it produces and at this price point.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice product but... I love the optics but: 1. The lens cover does not fit tightly and could easily come off without notice. 2. I wish it would synch with my Nikon aperture readout. 3. Manual focus only.
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Super Lens In taking courses from several well-known photographers who specialize in flower photography, I kept hearing the name LensBaby. I loved the stuff they were shooting with this lens so I thought I'd try it. Well, I love, love, love it! I love its versatility it can shoot a little blurry or a lot blurry or no blurry at all! For someone who doesn't shoot many landscapes this is the perfect Lens. In fact it could be the only Lens I will use, for a time, anyway! Thank you so much for a great product.
Date published: 2016-12-06
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Designed for use with:

  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon D300 body
  • Nikon D3000
  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3100
  • Nikon D3200
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D3400
  • Nikon D3S
  • Nikon D3s
  • Nikon D3x
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D40
  • Nikon D40x
  • Nikon D4s
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D50
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D5000
  • Nikon D5100
  • Nikon D5200
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D5600
  • Nikon D60
  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D70
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon D70s
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D7500
  • Nikon D80
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D810A
  • Nikon D850
  • Nikon D90
  • Nikon Df
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