Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Nikon F

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Nikon F

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Nikon F

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
  • Inspired by Classic Portrait Lenses
  • 1:2 Magnification, 9.5" Working Distance
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 12-Blade Diaphragm
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  • 1Description

A unique short telephoto with distinct classic appeal, the Nikon F-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 FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs, however it can also be used with DX 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.
In the Box
Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Nikon F
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Performance
    Focal Length 85mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.5" / 24.13 cm
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Diaphragm Blades 12
    Features
    Autofocus No
    Physical
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.99 x 3.50" / 76 x 89 mm
    Weight 1.17 lb / 530.1 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good lens This is the first time that I buy a LensBaby and I am not disappointed. I'm used to autofocus so it has taken me some time to get used to manual focus. At very wide apertures the glowy effect is very pretty and at smaller apertures the images look very sharp. I've used it successfully for macro images. And it allows me to get pretty close to my subject. The lens is slightly big, but not too big or heavy. It has a barrel shape and the focus and aperture are controlled using the lens not the camera body. I'm very pleased with this lens and I see myself buying in the future more LensBaby lenses.
    Date published: 2017-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too much fun! My wife and I camped in Joshua Tree National Park this past weekend and I took along my new Velvet 85mm lens.� We stopped at the Cholla Cactus Garden to take some photos.�� As I was taking the standard picture of the cholla cacti (maybe the same photo that thousands of visitors take each year) I thought to myself “how boring”.� �I took off my wide angle lens and mounted the Velvet 85.� I started taking macro shots of the cacti and of the many dried flowers in the area as the sun was setting.� �The light was fantastic!� I lost track of the time as I was having more fun taking pictures than I have experienced in decades.� As noted in other reviews, at f/1.8 the depth of field is extremely shallow, even more so when the lens is extended for macro shots.� As everyone knows, shutting down the aperture increases the depth of field, so I had perfect control over the composition.�� If you only shoot in program mode and rely heavily on auto-focus, this is not the lens for you.� If you love the art of photography and like having total control over the image, you have got to pick one of these up!
    Date published: 2018-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lensbaby Velvet for Soft Focus Lensbaby does as advertised. You get a soft focus with outstanding bokeh backgrounds. Not an easy lens to focus but with some time should come as second nature.
    Date published: 2018-03-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenging but fun lens I am still getting the feel for balance of what aperture I want to use vs the overall effect of the lens. So far I have been very pleased with the results, especially in the range of f4 to f5.6 for the types of things I like to shoot.
    Date published: 2017-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great way to get creative with your photography! This lens glows!  Whether its close up or landscape, the lens enhances with a golden glow.  Ive done macro with it and it always creates a different level of awe.  Landscapes take on another aura that just cant be duplicated with my other lenses.  It has become my go-to lens for stunning creative in-camera images.  It was easy to learn and easy to use for me.  I love this lens!
    Date published: 2018-11-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lensbaby 85 Velvet review I have used the Lensbaby on and off for about 10 months. It is an entirely manual lens, with no data sent to camera metadata.  The aperture is controlled manually with a ring and of course, no autofocus.  The lens seems to be well made mechanically. The focus ring is smooth and easy to find and wide enough.  The aperture clicks are a little light, but acceptable. It is hard to evaluate optical sharpness because the idea of the Lensbaby is to have a soft blur around the sharp central part of the image, although it is fair to say that at small apertures and/or long focusing distance, it is acceptably sharp for most purposes.  This lens could work very well for portraits and macro.  [Note: the lens is advertised as a macro but goes only to half life size; macro is traditionally 1:1 or life size.] The amount and extent of the blur seems to be determined by both the aperture and the distance from the subject.  If you are in a controlled environment like a portrait studio, with a consistent distance from the subject and lighting to keep the aperture at a specified setting, you should get consistent results.  But for less formal shooting, it is almost impossible to predict the extent of the blur because of the interaction between the aperture setting and focusing distance. So, for example, f/4 might produce a desired blur at 6 feet, but no noticeable blur at 20 feet. Because no metadata is recorded, it is hard to track what has worked well.  Recommendation:  If you plan to use this lens in a consistent situation with regard to aperture and distance, it could be helpful and and produce good results.  If you are planning to use it in varied environments, you may get more consistent results by adding blur in post-processing or using a standard lens and controlling blur/bokeh with aperture, distance and background.
    Date published: 2018-11-30
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