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

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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony E (Black)
Key Features
  • E-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 black Sony E 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 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.
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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Overview

Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the black Sony E 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 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 Sony E mount cameras 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.
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: 850366006099

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Specs

Focal Length56mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.6
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance5" / 12.7 cm
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Optical Design4 Elements in 3 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.8 x 3.7" / 72 x 95 mm
Weight14.1 oz / 400 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.225 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.7 x 4.2 x 4.1"

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Reviews

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.

Really Nice Lens

By Susan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-11

I've only had very limited opportunity to use this lens since receiving it but I love what I'm seeing. Crisp, sharp focus with buttery backgrounds, just the effect I was looking for. Up close shots are lovely and even landscapes are nice. I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time with the Velvet 56.

Great all around Lensbaby lens

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-29

I haven' used this one yet. but I had another in Canon mount and loved it so I'm sure I'm going to love this one too

Love my new lens baby

By Elaine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-26

Easy to use and I love the dreamy flower photo results.

Beautiful lens

By Ivo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-24

My creative work needed something, and I couldn't figure out what it was, until I found this lensbaby lens. I just love it. Well done guys.

Amazing lens

By Irlen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-24

Very versatile, beautiful photos taken with this lens. I'm in love with it

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!

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