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Velvet 85

A manual focus portrait lens, the Velvet 85 can be both dreamy and delicate — or tack sharp and subtly vintage at 85mm.

Create soulful portraits with our Velvet 85 art lens. Compose impressionistic masterpieces with a velvety glow at bright apertures, straight out of camera. Use darker apertures to bypass glow and make images with a crisp, film-like aesthetic. 

Building on the strengths of our bestselling Velvet 56 lens, the Velvet 85 combines lustrous skin tones with the added compression and buttery smooth bokeh found in the best 85mm portrait lenses. Use its macro capabilities to capture significant details with new life. 

The Velvet 85 design features a solid heft and smooth, dampened manual focus.

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SPECS AND DETAILS

Velvet 85 is an 85mm f/1.8 SLR and Mirrorless camera lens with 1:2 macro capabilities.
This lens brings the ethereal glow and crisp vintage look of Lensbaby’s popular Velvet 56 lens to photographers clamoring for a portrait-friendly 85mm focal length. Velvet 85 builds on Velvet 56’s ability to create buttery smooth skin tones with the added compression and beautiful bokeh found in high-quality 85mm lenses. Velvet 85 is a must-have for anyone looking to capture artistic soulful portraits. Shoot at bright apertures to create soft, dreamy images with underlying sharpness and detail or stop down to darker apertures to capture a classic, film-like quality in your portraits. Evoking the image style and construction quality of classic portrait lenses of the mid-20th century, Velvet 85 features the heft and smooth, dampened manual focus of these early lenses in an all-metal lens body.

SPECS AND DETAILS:

Focal Length: 85mm
Focal Length: 85mm
Primary Effect: Soft & Velvety (Velvet 85 installed)
Optic Swap Compatible: No
Aperture Range: f/1.6 - 16
Minimum Focus Distance: 230mm (9in)
Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
67mm filter threads
Focus type: Manual
Format Compatibility: 35mm Full Frame; APS-C; and 4/3rds Sensors
Camera Compatibility: SLR and MIL cameras
Diagonal Angle of View: Full Frame: 28.6°; APS-C (1.5x): 18.9°; 4/3rds: 14.5°
Diaphragm Blades: 12 curved
Elements/Groups: 4 elements / 3 group
Coating: Broadband multi coated anti-reflective

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SPECS AND DETAILS

Focal Length: 85mm
Focal Length: 85mm
Primary Effect: Soft & Velvety (Velvet 85 installed)
Optic Swap Compatible: No
Aperture Range: f/1.6 - 16
Minimum Focus Distance: 230mm (9in)
Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
67mm filter threads
Focus type: Manual
Format Compatibility: 35mm Full Frame; APS-C; and 4/3rds Sensors
Camera Compatibility: SLR and MIL cameras
Diagonal Angle of View: Full Frame: 28.6°; APS-C (1.5x): 18.9°; 4/3rds: 14.5°
Diaphragm Blades: 12 curved
Elements/Groups: 4 elements / 3 group
Coating: Broadband multi coated anti-reflective

WHY Velvet 85

"This lens takes the magic provided by the Velvet 56 to another level. The longer focal length provides compression and the resulting background bokeh is just gorgeous, more blur to love!"
- Kathleen Clemons

"One of the things I love most about this lens is how the beautiful glow and blur makes every frame interesting and emotional."
- Holly Awaad

"The thing that stood out to me most was how flexible this was at a range of apertures. In a matter of seconds you have a dreamy, ethereal looking image and then a razor sharp portrait lens almost immediately."
- Jake Hicks

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    MW
    07/22/2022
    Michael W.
    United States
    I recommend this product

    Velvet 56 for Nikon Z

    Lensbaby Velvets are amazing lenses. This is my Fourth. I own and use a 56 on my Fuji X-Pro3, a 56 for my Olympus bodies, and another 56 for my Nikon Z5. After using the Velvet 56 on the Nikon, I realized the 85mm equivalent view I liked on the Fuji body was missing. Solution, add a Velvet 85 to the Nikon system I’m building. I’ve already made some strong images with the new Velvet 85. I’m looking forward to a workshop with Lensbaby Ambassador Anne Belmont. It’s an old slogan, but Lensbaby lenses, especially the Velvet series really do help me #seeinanewway

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    07/15/2022
    Mary C.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    Great lens and service

    Absolutely loving my new lens. I was a bit wary of ordering from the uk due to time frames for shipping and being stung with import duties, but this was calculated for me and built in to the shipping price. I was also really surprised that it took less than a week to arrive at my door, I just automatically expected anything purchased from USA to take several weeks. Very impressed with the service and having loads of fun with my new lens, as well as the crystal and reflector that were included in my box! Can't wait to make another purchase and try a new lens

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    Velvet 85

    A manual focus portrait lens, the Velvet 85 can be both dreamy and delicate — or tack sharp and subtly vintage at 85mm.

    Create soulful portraits with our Velvet 85 art lens. Compose impressionistic masterpieces with a velvety glow at bright apertures, straight out of camera. Use darker apertures to bypass glow and make images with a crisp, film-like aesthetic. 

    Building on the strengths of our bestselling Velvet 56 lens, the Velvet 85 combines lustrous skin tones with the added compression and buttery smooth bokeh found in the best 85mm portrait lenses. Use its macro capabilities to capture significant details with new life. 

    The Velvet 85 design features a solid heft and smooth, dampened manual focus.

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