Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony E

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony E

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • Sony E Mount/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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Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 overview

  • 1Description

Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the 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
In the Box
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Sony E
  • 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 Sony E
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    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 Sony E is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks, feels great Only had it about 2 weeks now, but it's like a new girlfriend. It looks good, it feels good, I walk it around town on my new A7S ii and people stop and stare. Really happy with this lens, I could get into specs and nerdy stuff but there's something to be said for something that just works and feels right, ya know? Great lens thus far, sturdy too, hope to be together for a long time ;)
    Date published: 2016-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poetic! I've been looking for ways to do more creative photography and this lens has provide me with a way to do this. The bokeh is amazing and easy to achieve. The image can be sharp at the point of focus, then spreads out into a diffuse background as if the subject is emerging or submerging into a spatial dimension filled with nuances of color, or grisaille if you use black and white. As most users say, this lens is fun.
    Date published: 2015-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun lens for intersing bokeh and effects, well made Nice glass, wide open it is full soft focus throughout the field, but start closing down the aperture and you get nicely varying amounts of softness and bokeh. Can get fairly sharp once you are past f/8, but the design is really to take advantage of the progressively softer focus happening as you open up from f/8 toward f/1.6. Well made, all metal, substantial feeling without being too heavy. Nice 56mm when on full frame, and around 90mm on an aps-c.
    Date published: 2016-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Special use lens This lens goes from ultra soft to very sharp with changes in the aperture. It's great for soft focus effects. Manual operation takes getting used to
    Date published: 2016-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspires creativity Interesting, dreamy effects. Nice solid construction. All manual. No aperture will be recorded for image so you may want to take notes when you use this lens. Works great with IR filters. Can take a bit to learn how to use it creatively. But when you do WOW! I use it on a Sony a7.
    Date published: 2017-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the effect this lens produces. This lens produces a soft effect similar to my old softar hasselblad filters, very pleasing when used in a high key situation.
    Date published: 2016-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Lens Amazing! Loved all the kinds of photos you can take with it. Very sharp at higher f, and really nice effect at lower f.
    Date published: 2016-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent construction The first thing I noticed was the all metal construction. It was cold to the touch since the box had been sitting outside. Mounted it to my A7 and started clicking away. Manual focus ring has a super long throw and it is accurate . The aperture ring could use a more definitive click, but it is still adequate. As for ease of use, it takes some getting used to since I mainly use autofocus. Manual focusing at apertures 2.8 and larger is a bit challenging even with focus peaking and focus zoom, but it is doable with patience and practice. The few images I initially took were nice straight out of the camera. It does have that “ethereal glow” at larger apertures and it’s quite sharp at smaller f stops. Overall I am happy and cannot wait to shoot more with this lens.
    Date published: 2018-01-18
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    Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 Q&A

    Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Hasselblad Lunar
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2K
    • Sony Alpha A3000
    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony Alpha NEX-7
    • Sony Alpha a5100
    • Sony Alpha a7
    • Sony NXCAM NEX-EA50M
    • Sony XDCAM PXW-FS7
    • Sony A7 III
    • Sony A7R III
    • Sony Alpha a6500
    • Sony NEX-EA50M
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH
    • Sony NEX-FS700R
    • Sony NEX-VG30
    • Sony NEX-VG900
    • Sony PXW-FS5
    • Sony PXW-FS5 Kit
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2
    • Sony PXW-FS7
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2
    • Sony QX1
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