The perfect portrait lens - Velvet 85 captures your frame in a layer of tack-sharp detail overlaid with radiant velvety glow.
"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!"
"One of the things I love most about this lens is how the beautiful glow and blur makes every frame interesting and emotional."
"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."
"A nice look that lends images a dreamlike element of fantasy, with just enough detail to keep the subject well defined. "
I am having a little learning curve going manual, but in no way view that as a negative.
This lens by far has become my favorite lens. Crisps pictures with a beautiful glow.
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.
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!
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.