Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Micro Four Thirds

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Micro Four Thirds

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Micro Four Thirds

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • Aperture Range: f/1.6 to f/16
  • 112mm (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 Micro Four Thirds 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 Micro Four Thirds cameras, this longer-than-normal 112mm 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 Micro Four Thirds cameras, where it will provide a 112mm 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: 850366006082
In the Box
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Micro Four Thirds
  • 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 Micro Four Thirds Format Focal Length: 112 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.6
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
    Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
    Minimum Focus Distance 5" (12.70 cm)
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Optical Design 4 Elements in 3 Groups
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    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 1.35 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 Micro Four Thirds is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love this lens. I'm a hobbyist photographer and I have the most fun with my camera shooting pictures of the flowers in my garden. I shoot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1. The Velvet 56 lens is manual only in all respects. But focus peaking in my E-M1 works wonderfully and I can nail focus with no problem. Shooting in M(anual) mode my camera will still give me exposure metering and I can get consistent exposures across all apertures. I thought my learning curve would be steep because I've been shooting with Aperture priority and auto focus for years now. But to my surprise I had no problem getting pictures that I really like right away. It does make me slow down and think through my shots more, but that is a good thing. The name Velvet is really appropriate, as the bokeh is stunning. Until now I've been using my 70-300mm at 300mm to get the kind of dreamy backgrounds that I want. But this meant standing back away from my subject and the angle I could shoot at was dictated by the distance I had to be from my subject. This lens will go from tack sharp at f16 to dreamy/glowy at f1.6 all at a close focus distance. The transitions are from the outside of the lens in toward the center. This means you can get images that have a nice sharp center with surrounded by beautiful softness with apertures of f5.6 f4. Softness overtakes the center from f2.8 f1.6 but unlike electronic apertures you can set the ring in between apertures and get transitions that are subtler like say f3 or f2.4. The control you have is insane. The images I've uploaded were shot on a tripod with focus locked at f16 and then gradually opened up adjusting shutter speed to maintain exposure. It has never been so easy for me in the past. If you want a lens that gives you creative control over your image and can be used as a normal lens too, this is the lens for you. It won't replace your regular lenses but it is a fantastic addition to your kit.
    Date published: 2016-07-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but takes some used to using Had some very nice effecst - but it takes a lot of getting used to Manual focus only Best to try most apertures to beging with
    Date published: 2015-09-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like wine, it gets better with age. This lens took me to new unexplored areas of my Olympus OMD EM 1. Shooting in Manual was on my list for exploration, this lens accelerated that learning. The lens works as advertised, no surprises, based on my pre-purchase investigations. Exposure peaking took a bit of work. A previous review at B&H said that it works with this lens, and it does if setup properly. I use peaking with my Olympus lenses on a half press of the shutter release button. Either that doesn't work with this lens, or my old eyes can't see it. I solved this by assigning peaking to a button, so that it is either always off or on. This is actually a superior way, for me to use peaking as it separates focusing and holding down the shutter button half way. I can pay full attention to focusing without worrying that I may take an unwanted picture. I need more practice with this lens before I am completely comfortable with it. My bad for not reporting actual shooting info for the attached pics. The lens does not report aperture info or other lens info. Does anyone know a way around this?
    Date published: 2017-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic I love this lens I'm a hobbyist photographer and I have the most fun with my camera shooting pictures of the flowers in my garden. I shoot with an Olympus OM-D E-M1. The Velvet 56 lens is manual only in all respects. But focus peaking in my E-M1 works wonderfully and I can nail focus with no problem. Shooting in M(anual) mode my camera will still give me exposure metering and I can get consistent exposures across all apertures. I thought my learning curve would be steep because I've been shooting with Aperture priority and auto focus for years now. But to my surprise I had no problem getting pictures that I really like right away. It does make me slow down and think through my shots more, but that is a good thing. The name Velvet is really appropriate, as the bokeh is stunning. Until now I've been using my 70-300mm at 300mm to get the kind of dreamy backgrounds that I want. But this meant standing back away from my subject and the angle I could shoot at was dictated by the distance I had to be from my subject. This lens will go from tack sharp at f16 to dreamy/glowy at f1.6 all at a close focus distance. The transitions are from the outside of the lens in toward the center. This means you can get images that have a nice sharp center with surrounded by beautiful softness with apertures of f5.6 f4. Softness overtakes the center from f2.8 f1.6 but unlike electronic apertures you can set the ring in between apertures and get transitions that are subtler like say f3 or f2.4. The control you have is insane. The images I've uploaded were shot on a tripod with focus locked at f16 and then gradually opened up adjusting shutter speed to maintain exposure. It has never been so easy for me in the past. If you want a lens that gives you creative control over your image and can be used as a normal lens too, this is the lens for you. It won't replace your regular lenses but it is a fantastic addition to your kit.
    Date published: 2016-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ruggedly handsome lens Produces nice soft, glimmery image that is good for portraits
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Double duty Micro Four Thirds version. I use it for portraits and macro photography. Buyers should be aware that the angle of view is different for every mount system essentially. This is a very flattering lens for women. It is attractive on my GH5. I forgive Lensbaby for not making the mount to tight tolerances as they make many very sions for different systems. However, I would have never noticed the slight mount issue if it were not for Youtubers that pointed it out. Its a nonissue. I like that the filter thread is 62mm as many MFT lenses are. My lens came w/ a hood, but have seen unboxings where that was not the case, but they were older reviews and for systems using larger sensors. Not sure if that was why. The lens is sexy, has a long, precise focus throw, and has such a large gap behind the elements that once I get a teleconverter it would be fun to see if it works just for fun. Enjoy!
    Date published: 2018-04-10
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