Smooth and Steady with the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Lens


Building on the success of the Velvet 56mm f/1.6, Lensbaby is announcing the second lens in the series: the Velvet 85mm f/1.8. Like its 56mm predecessor, this new 85mm f/1.8 takes its aesthetic cues from mid-20th century lenses to produce a distinctly ethereal and dreamy image quality, especially when shooting wide open. By varying the aperture setting, this lens is designed to encompass a range of looks, from soft and smooth to sharp and crisp, to suit various subject types. Compared to the 56mm, the 85mm focal length also offers increased visual compression to help isolate and flatter your portrait subjects, and the 12-blade diaphragm contributes to smooth bokeh.

The Velvet 85mm f/1.8 also shares a physical design with the 56mm, too, and features an all-metal lens barrel with smooth, damped manual focus action. This precise focusing control benefits macro shooting, too, since the lens offers a 1:2 reproduction ratio and a 9.5" working distance for photographing close-up subjects.

The Velvet 85mm f/1.8 is available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, and Sony A SLR mount types, and Sony E, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, and Samsung NX mirrorless mount types.

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I loved the 56mm velvet but I am having a hard time loving the 85mm velvet--I use them on a m4/3rds system--maybe need to play with it more--loved the 56mm as soon as it was attached to camera and took my first photo with it