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Lensbaby’s New Velvet 85mm f/1.8 is Designed for Soft Portraits and Macro


Following up on the Velvet 56, Lensbaby has announced a new Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens. The Velvet range are known for their manual focus lenses which produce lustrous soft skin tones. The new Velvet 85 promises the same, with crisp shots that would look at home on a film set, and a “buttery” smooth bokeh.

The lens has 1:2 magnification for macro images, with a 12 blade aperture and a minimal focus distance of 9.5 inches.

Photographer Kevin Kubota tested out the Lensbaby Velvet 85, and has just released a teaser trailer to his film.

“The Velvet 85 gives me the versatility of having a very sharp lens with a film-like color palette, and a beautifully soft portrait lens, all in one,” says Kubota. “The focal length is ideal for portraits and the glow is optically unique — something that is hard to replicate with software effects.”

Here are some example images to show what the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 can do:

Photo by JamesEldridgePhotography.com
Photo by Anne Belmont Photography
Photo by Ute Reckhorn
Photo by Cristina Venedict
Photo by JamesEldridgePhotography.com

Coming in a variety of compatible mount options, the Velvet 85 will work with Nikon, Canon, Sony E & Alpha, Fuji X, Micro 4/3, Pentax, and Samsung cameras.

The Lensbaby 85mm f/1.8 lens is available for $500 starting July 11th, 2017.