Lensbaby Introduces Velvet 85 F/1.8 Lens

Lensbaby Velvet 85 lens

Lensbaby continues to deliver serious creative tools for both professional and enthusiast photographers, as it expands its lens selection. Building on the qualities of its Velvet 56 lens, Lensbaby has introduced the Velvet 85 F/1.8 prime. The new lens is designed for creating soft and, yes, velvety portraits, with luminous skin tones and lovely bokeh, in addition to macro work.

Lensbaby Velvet 85 lens, photo by Caroline Jensen
A Lensbaby Velvet 85 sample image, photo by Caroline Jensen, courtesy of Lensbaby

Compatible with full-frame and APS-C cameras—Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm X Pentax K, Samsung NX, Sony A, Sony E, and Micro 4/3 mounts—the manual-focus Velvet 85 features 4 lens elements in 3 groups, with a 12-blade diaphragm. Minimum focusing distance is 9.5 inches, allowing for capture of macro details, and filter thread size is 67mm. The lens is not compatible with Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System.

Lensbaby Velvet 85 lens

Lensbaby Velvet 85 lens

The Velvet 85 comes with a metal front lens cap and a rear mount cap. It’s priced at $499.95 and can be preordered now, with scheduled delivery beginning July 11.

Learn more at the Lensbaby website, including more sample images and video.

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