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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.


(Refurbished) Velvet 85

A manual focus portrait lens from Lensbaby that's 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, 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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Velvety Glow

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


© Kathleen Clemons

Up Close

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

Soulful Portraits

Compression & buttery smooth bokeh create the ideal 85mm portrait lens.

© Caroline Jenson

In Review

"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


Portrait-Perfect Glow

In The Media

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


-Lori Grunin

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


-Daven Mathies

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


-Jim Fisher

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


-Chris Gampat

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Gail S.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Velvet 85

Wonderful ordering experience and I love this lens!

United States United States
I recommend this product
(Refurbished) Velvet 85 for Pentax K-Mount

Really like the bokeh on this lens. Soft and dreamy. I've been taking similar pics with the velvet85 and comparing to my 50mm D FA F2.8Macro. Same subject/lighting and this one is the one I'll use for most of my macros now. Just started using it. Wish you had not discontinued Pentax K-mounts. Glad this was in this summer's refurbish group...missed picking up the 58...maybe I'll get lucky again. Would love to have the Pro II with a Twist80.

Rena G.
United States United States
I recommend this product
terrible-it caused my sony A7R4 to short and now have to send to repair

After talking 15 images, the Sony A7R4 shorted, now have to pay for repair, This has never happened to me before, I will now be without the camera for 2wks and Need to pay for repair, I have a non refurbished Lens baby 28 mm lens baby that was fine, Frankly I am afraid to use lens baby again, I am disappointed as I think I would have liked to use this lens. I hope lens baby responds to this,

Philip F.
United States United States
I recommend this product
This thing is awesome!

This is a fantastic lens. I have really enjoyed using it. Optically it is superb. My biggest dislike though is the lack of exif info. I really wish these lenses were chipped to record the information.

Mary Z.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Velvet 85

Used it today and it was great! Similar feel to the Velvet 50 which I have and use often. Thank you.

(Refurbished) Velvet 85

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