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Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E, Black)

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Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E, Black)
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
  • Inspired by Classic Portrait Lenses
A unique short telephoto with distinct classic appeal, the black Sony E-mount Velvet 85mm f/1.8 from Lensbaby produces a mid-20th century-inspired image quality that is well-suited to portraiture. Characterized by a smooth, glowing aesthetic, this lens's softness can be controlled by stopping down in order to produce a range of effects from soft and dreamy to sharper and crunchier at smaller apertures. A 12-blade diaphragm also contributes to the lens's aesthetic, and helps to produce a smooth bokeh quality to suit shallow depth of field imagery. Additionally, the manual focus design affords a working distance of 9.5" with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 to benefit working with close-up subjects.
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Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Overview

A unique short telephoto with distinct classic appeal, the black Sony E-mount Velvet 85mm f/1.8 from Lensbaby produces a mid-20th century-inspired image quality that is well-suited to portraiture. Characterized by a smooth, glowing aesthetic, this lens's softness can be controlled by stopping down in order to produce a range of effects from soft and dreamy to sharper and crunchier at smaller apertures. A 12-blade diaphragm also contributes to the lens's aesthetic, and helps to produce a smooth bokeh quality to suit shallow depth of field imagery. Additionally, the manual focus design affords a working distance of 9.5" with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 to benefit working with close-up subjects.

Short telephoto portrait-length lens is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however it can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture affords greater control over depth of field for working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques, and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
Inspired by classic portrait lenses from the mid-20th century, this lens is designed to produce an ethereal glowing quality with soft, smooth tonality that is well-suited to portraiture.
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 working distance of 9.5" along with a 1:2 reproduction ratio suits working with close-up subjects.
Manual focus design with a smooth, dampened focusing movement is complemented by engraved focus distance indicators.
A 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth bokeh quality that is ideal for selective focus imagery.
UPC: 850366006839

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
85mm
Maximum Aperture
f/1.8
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
67 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/1.8
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance
9.5" / 24.1 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.5x
Diaphragm Blades
12
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3 x 5" / 76 x 128 mm
Weight
1.4 lb / 643.5 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.75 x 4.3 x 4"

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Reviews

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Does this lens come with a lens hood?

Does this lens come with a lens hood?
Asked by: Kenneth
Just received mine today. It comes with a screw-on lens hood.
Answered by: harry
Date published: 2022-06-21

Will this lens fit a nikon Z fs, do i need an ...

Will this lens fit a nikon Z fs, do i need an extra adaptor?
Asked by: Courtney
The Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Nikon Z (Black) fits direct on to a Nikon Zfc Mirrorless Camera.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2023-02-06

This lens will work on the Nikon Z5?

This lens will work on the Nikon Z5?
Asked by: Shanelle
Yes, the Lensbaby Velvet 85 mm 1.8 is compatible with the Nikon Z5.
Answered by: louisa
Date published: 2023-02-06

I have zero experience with the Lensbaby line... ...

I have zero experience with the Lensbaby line... input please on if you'd think it would work well for portraits?
Asked by: Ashli
It is a matter of opinion but I find the Lensbaby lenses are best used as a more experimental lens. It is manual focus. For shooting portraits professionally, I would recommend an auto focus Canon 85mm as a main lens and consider a Lensbaby as a secondary experimental lens.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2023-02-06

Where is this lens manufactured?

Where is this lens manufactured?
Asked by: Robert
This lens is manufactured in China.
Answered by: Zach L
Date published: 2021-04-27

What size filter thread for the Velvet 85mm?

What size filter thread for the Velvet 85mm?
Asked by: George
Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens with Copper Rings (Micro Four Thirds, Black) has front thread of 67mm for filters and caps.
Answered by: llinelva
Date published: 2023-11-22

My in camera vibration reduction is not working ...

My in camera vibration reduction is not working with my old Lensbaby Velvet 56. I am using the FTZ adaptor. Will the Velvet 85 work so I can turn on my VR in my Nikon Z7ii camera?
Asked by: Nancy
Non-CPU lenses require manual input of lens data (Focal length & Max Aperture) to enable VR stabilization on the Z7 II camera. You also check the camera menu under Photo Shooting Menu; Vibration--you can set the VR to Normal, Sport, or Off.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2023-02-06

What is the difference between the black and ...

What is the difference between the black and silver model?
Asked by: Bonita
There are no differences other than the color.
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-05-06
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