Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Fujifilm X

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Fujifilm X

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Fujifilm X

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Product Highlights

  • Fujifilm X Mount/APS-C Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.6 to f/16
  • 84mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 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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Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 overview

  • 1Description

Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Fujifilm X 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 APS-C sensors, this slightly longer-than-normal 84mm equivalent 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 Fujifilm X-mount cameras with 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.
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: 850366006181
In the Box
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Fujifilm X
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Metal Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 56mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 84 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.6
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Fujifilm X Mount
    Format Compatibility APS-C
    Minimum Focus Distance 5" (12.70 cm)
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Optical Design 4 Elements in 3 Groups
    Features
    Autofocus No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 62 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.83 x 3.70" (72 x 94 mm)
    Weight 14.11 oz (400 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 4.2 x 4.0"

    Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 reviews

    Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Fujifilm X is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surreal dreams do come true This lens is fun for a unique look shooting portraits and macro at the wide open end (f1.6). The extreme bokeh effect is very dreamy and ethereal. I will say that it's difficult to achieve perfect sharp focus at times, and this lens def has a center sweet spot with plenty of edge softness. Sturdy, well dampened manual focus ring, and metal lens barrel construction make this a nice feeling lens on the fuji x or micro 4/3 systems. It captures images that look similar to the petzval remake. I enjoy the experimental nature of playing with this lens, one of my favorite lensbaby's of all time!
    Date published: 2015-06-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Velvet 56mm for Fujifilm X Like the other Lensbaby products that I have purchased in the past this new Velvet56 is another solidly built and well designed photo product. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because the lens came with a cheap lens cap that I had to work on to make it easy to get on and off. The lens fits onto my XT-1 just as smoothly as my Fuji lenses and produces an equally sharp image. Now that I have done a bit of shooting with the Vel56 I found that it's a good practice to focus on your subject at 2.8 and then open up to get that nice soft focus effect. Nice product Lensbaby, you've done it again.
    Date published: 2015-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All it is cracked up to be! I tried a lens baby years ago and sent it back as I just could not do well with manual focus. This Fuji Velvet lens is a dream come true for me. I do love flower photography but look forward to shooting some portraits with it as well. Fuji's focus assist with split screen monochrome is perfect for me. Having the ability with the aperture ring to dial in the degree of focus vs. bokeh you prefer is great. The lens is well made and balances well with my XT2. You must go through the menu and set it to shoot without lens for the lens baby to shoot. No need to change the settings unless you do a firmware update.
    Date published: 2017-05-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful soft focus and bokeh. I purchased this lens to use as a macro. Several photographers had recommended it. I was not disappointed. I have used it close-up - I can get 5 inches away - or further away to get a cleaner focus. Mostly I've used it on flowers. I'm glad I purchased it! The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that that electronics don't work. The only information I get when I download the photos is the shutter speed, which, thankfully gives me an idea of how open or closed the f/stop is.
    Date published: 2017-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boosts your Creativity I've only had the Velvet 56 on my Fuji XT1 about 2 weeks, and already I love it. To enjoy using it, you must put away the idea that every photo needs to be tack sharp. Many of the photos have an almost ethereal look. Wasn't sure if I would like it, but I can't wait to take more photos with it.
    Date published: 2017-06-13
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