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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 85

The perfect portrait lens - Velvet 85 captures your frame in a layer of tack-sharp detail overlaid with radiant velvety glow.



FEATURES

  • 85mm focal length
  • f/1.8 aperture
  • Velvet effect
  • 1:2 macro capability
  • Lens compression due to longer focal length

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

85mm

f/1.8

9.5"

APS-C and Full Frame

Manual

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67mm

12

4 Elements/ 3 Groups

3.5" (8.9cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide

18.7oz

COMPATIBILITY 


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IN THE NEWS


"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

 


"An elegantly constructed lens that's fun and creative to use."

 

-Lori Grunin

"Almost nothing on the market will give you colors like this."

 

-Chris Gampat


"A lovely effect for portraits, softening skin, obscuring blemishes, and giving your subject an ethereal glow."

 

-Jim Fisher

"A nice look that lends images a dreamlike element of fantasy, with just enough detail to keep the subject well defined. "

 

-Daven Mathies


LEARN WHAT YOU CAN CREATE WITH THE VELVET 85

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    10/22/2021
    FT
    Felix T.
    Canada Canada
    I recommend this product
    Funny and professionnal lens at the same time

    I really like this lens for it's capabilities. Colors, bockeh and blure effects are just things that you do not find on other type of lens. I was reading lots of comments on Internet and find a lot of informations presenting this lens as a toy. It's really not thrue! The pictures results are simply professionals and having access to a new world of possibillities. Photography is for me a manner to have FUN! and making esthetical phots. I fount this and more, the Lensbaby community is very inclusive and very dynamic. Technically, this is a manual focus lens but it is not a problem. You just take your time for having a nice picture. Just taking time. Can you imagine. Taking time. I love the concept :)

    10/19/2021
    AO
    Attila O.
    Hungary Hungary
    I recommend this product
    Lensbaby Velvet 85mm L mount

    I really love this lens, but a little bit difficult a focus to find if aperture full open. But maybe I'm heavy-handed.

    Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review
    09/01/2021
    DB
    diane B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Lensbaby Velvet 85

    This lens by far has become my favorite lens. Crisps pictures with a beautiful glow.

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    08/03/2021
    MM
    Maureen M.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Lensbaby velvet 85

    There is a bit of a learning curve to using a lensbaby. So far, so good, but practice and patience are necessary. I love the look and dream of possibilities.

    07/28/2021
    A Lensbaby Customer
    TG
    Tate G.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Excited to buy the Velvet 85!

    I have had the best time learning how to use the Velvet 85! I bought it for flowers but I have tried skies, landscapes, portraits, architecture, etc. I am loving it! I am already thinking that I will tell Santa to bring me another Lensbaby - maybe the Composer Pro!

    Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review
    06/01/2021
    KT
    Karen T.
    Canada Canada
    I recommend this product
    Velvet 85

    Overall I love this lens but I have a Nikon 750 and it covers your view of the top of the lens so it is almost impossible to see what fstop you are set at. Obviously auto focus would be sweet as well. I do love the dreamy effect on floral photography.

    06/01/2021
    KT
    Karen T.
    Canada Canada
    I recommend this product
    Velvet 85

    Overall I love this lens but I have a Nikon 750 and it covers your view of the top of the lens so it is almost impossible to see what fstop you are set at. Obviously auto focus would be sweet as well. I do love the dreamy effect on floral photography.

    05/23/2021
    GF
    Gabe F.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    The beautiful Velvet world

    Love the feel of images that come from the Velvet 85 - easy to control depth of field make creating different images from the same subject nearly limitless.

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    05/19/2021
    SG
    Sarah G.
    Canada Canada
    I recommend this product
    Game Changer

    Right from the very first photo I took with this lens about 2 weeks ago I was hooked. I couldn't believe the look it gave my photos - a soft glow and amazing bokeh. I've quickly gotten used to the manual focus and aperture ring. Ever since I received this lens it not left my camera. It's taken my flower photography to a whole new level. I'm now dreaming of another Lensbaby. Insta: @tiny.wide.world

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    05/14/2021
    CC
    Claudia C.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Oh, the Possibilities - Lovin' this Lens!

    I bought this mainly to use on flowers and am having a blast with it. Now that I see what it can do, it's inspiring me to try it on other subjects as well. The possibilities are endless!

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    05/04/2021
    IA
    I. Anthony
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Learning curve is with the soft focus not actually the manual lens.

    I am now 24 hours in with this lens. I have had manual lenses in the past so the only issue with focusing the lens is switching to F5 or smaller (I am on M43 with the 85mm), getting it focused and then opening up the aperture. The soft focus effect is the learning curve. Like I said, I am only 1 day into this lens. I am doing what a lot of people have recommended and using it as my only lens for 2 weeks. I will update this review after two weeks. I would recommend this lens, just be ready to spend some time learning how to get the soft focus working the way you want. I am having a blast with this lens and look forward to getting very serious with it.

    05/03/2021
    JL
    Janice L.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love My Velvet 85

    I love the results it produces. It took me a little while to get used to it, but it did not take long since I used manual lenses way back when digital was probably not even a word.

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    04/27/2021
    SR
    Sally R.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Glow

    I haven't had a chance to use the velvet 85 much yet but I'm happy with what I've seen so far. I have only used it to take a few photos of my cat and some flowers. I haven't yet had a chance to use it outdoors. Nothing blooming yet here in Alaska. Love the glow I can get with it.

    04/24/2021
    A Lensbaby Customer
    KM
    Kaitlin M.
    United States United States
    Gorgeous effects

    I love the compression and classic velvet glow of this lens and can't wait to use it for portraits!

    Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review
    04/23/2021
    SS
    Suzanne S.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Addicted to my new Lensbaby Velvet 85

    I have only used it a few times since I received it but I’m very happy with the results. I look forward to taking it on an upcoming vacation and using it more.

    04/23/2021
    DK
    Doreen K.
    Canada Canada
    I recommend this product
    Lensbaby velvet 85

    It has been a wonderful adventure, exploring possibilities. Using it has come very naturally, just following the light. My last photo was a beloved Magnolia tree of a friends. And it overLooked a pond. The blossoms were clear and sharp and the pond carried a sense of mystery. Love it!

    Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review
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