Stories of the creatives behind the camera, as well as the amazing work they produce.

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Advice, tips & tricks and more to  help you get the most out of your Lensbaby.

Each week we share our five favorite photos from your submissions & social shares.

GET INSPIRED & LEARN FROM OTHER CREATIVES

Our classic creative effect - a round sweet spot of focus.

Find your edge - get a sharp slice of focus effect

Get your glow on - create an ethereal velvet effect.

Crazy curves ahead - striking swirly bokeh & vignette.

Explore the captivating effects that OMNI can create with this gallery of awe-inspiring imagery.

Sharp spot of focus + beautiful blur. 

Sharp slice of focus + smooth blur.

Radiant edge-to-edge glow. 

Swirly, twisty, striking bokeh.

EXPLORE EXTRAORDINARY LENSBABY IMAGERY

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Velvet 28


Get your glow on with Lensbaby’s versatile new 28mm f/2.5 lens for photo and video! Built with landscape, adventure, travel and urban photography in mind, Velvet 28 turns every hour of shooting into the magic hour. Capture tack-sharp detail beneath a layer of spectacular, velvety glow, or make crisp images with little to no effect.

Features

  • 28mm
  • f/2.5 aperture
  • Velvet effect
  • 1:2 macro capability

SPECS

Specs

Creative Effect

Optic Swap Compatible

Focal Length

Aperture

Minimum Focusing Distance

Format Compatibility

Focus Type

Angle of View

Angle of Tilt

Filter Threads

Diaphragm Blades

Elements/ Groups

Dimensions

Weight

Velvet

No

28mm

f/2.5

2"

DSLR, Mirrorless, and Micro 4/3rds Only

Manual

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67mm

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8 multi-coated glass elements, in 7 groups

2.85 x 2.85 x 2.5 in

16oz

*Due to high demand mirrorless Velvet 28 lenses shipping time is slightly delayed. We expect that mirrorless lenses with ship within 7-10 business days.

Mount

Focal Length

28mm

Aperture

f/2.5

Effect

Velvet

Get Your Glow On

© Loch Lomond


Velvety Glow


Add as much or as little glow effect as you like by simply changing the aperture.

© Rachel Shomsky

© Kaela Elliott

Up Close


Get closer than you thought possible with exceptional 1:2 macro capabilities & close focus distance.

The Big Picture


Built with landscape, adventure, travel, street photographers & videographers in mind - capture more of any scene with this 28mm lens.

© Lauren Bramlett


SHOOT EXTRAORDINARY


“This is one of the most creatively versatile wide-angle lenses out there. From sweeping landscapes that are tack sharp when stopped down, to watercolor-like impressionistic images when wide open, and the close focus with macro capability, this lens never has to come off your camera when in comes to capturing the beauty around you.”

RICO DEL SESTO

 

 

"Velvet 28 is an absolutely fantastic lens if you love artistic and painterly effects! I loved the texture and the blur it created and it fits my style so well"

 

NICOLE WANG

 

"I really enjoyed shooting with the Velvet 28. I love that I am able to take a landscape shot and then turn around and take a macro photo because this lens is so versatile. And the bokeh you can get with this lens is beautiful!"

KAELA ELLIOTT

 

Customer Reviews
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    AM
    05/29/2020
    Amie M.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Velvet Indeed!

    I’ve only been using this lens for a week or so but I’m very impressed with it! It’s incredibly customizable and super easy to use. Highly recommend!

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    DS
    05/29/2020
    Dr. Sassi Sassmannshausen
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love it. (Velvet EF version)

    Velvet 28 I looked forward to this lens, as it completes the idea of having at least three "standard" focal length, to be able to work with more advanced. With the wider, medium and longer, focal length, the question is, of course, how much they match each other, so a series of images can be taken, and the Velvet aesthetic stays comparable. I would say that they work as a set very well. I assume the focal length was set more based on image quality than to create a set (small field of view equals the next longer lens compared to the wider field of view, like with the classic 35, 50, 85 sets). The construction is flawless, and overall, it feels like a handcrafted lens. Built to be used for generations. I love the long throw of the focus barrel. However, I could easily live without the F/Stop clicks. The only downside for me is the Studio lit. It might work well in a studio set up, but in the field, it is not safe, and all my lenses with these slide lits have a replacement from day one. I love the lits by itself, but not on the lens. With its wide field of view, it becomes even more, a candidate for image stitching, thinking about 360ºx180º. Stitching larger images with the 56 and the 85, this was already no problem. (The opposite would be a Petzval construction, hard to stitch, if at all). My test to create an equirectangular showed no problems. The contrast and color are well produced. I say that, as any 360ºx180º images might look into the sun and with the sun, which is typically a considerable stretch. The lens performed well. I like to have more variety with these lenses. For example, with the glow, while being in a single F/stop. The Specular highlights can bloom quite heavily. Which requires a Polarizer to tame those, or just to balance them with other brighter areas. I needed to use a specific Wide Angle Polarizer with 28mm to get a smooth adjustment established. On the other hand, a Pearlescence filter allows here to add even a little bit more velvet to the whole images. I prefer here a level stronger over the 56, to compensate for the wide-angle. Those filters usually help to minimize the chromatic aberration a little bit, which is not needed here, so far I can tell after around 1,000 exposures with it. The lens has no contacts to the camera, and any application that needs the data needs an option to write this into the data set manually. The distortion is well adjusted and reasonable, as is the vignetting. A considerable advantage is the close focus option, and the achieved Bokeh is terrific. All my explorations were done with a Canon EF version of the lens, and with a Canon 5dm4. As a side note, I have all LensBay full-frame optics and lenses, so I'm somewhat biased. This part of my lens collection (I collect lenses for over 40 years) is a vital part of my Art. I really look forward to each new idea coming from LensBaby.

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    SB
    05/25/2020
    suzan b.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Velvet 28

    I was inspired by Caroline Jensen to purchase this lens. I have several Lensbaby lenses including the Velvet 85 which is what I use mostly. However, I have wanted a wider angle lens and was so intrigued by this lens with the versatility to capture landscape as well as macro images. So excited to explore using this lens.

    M
    05/19/2020
    mandyw@elberton.net
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Velvet 28

    This is my fourth Lensbaby and I am just as much in love with this lens as I was my first Velvet 56. Nice to have a landscape option as well as macro. Keep up the hard work LensBaby Team!!!

    VM
    05/13/2020
    Vincent M.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Lens Baby Velvet 28

    I've had the lens baby for a few weeks now and am still learning and experimenting with the lens. The effects I've gotten so far are very pleasing and quite different. This lens is very versatile and has a lot of potential for many different applications, landscapes, still life's, macro, etc. I'm excited to continue to experiment and capture with this gem of a lens.

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