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Velvet 56 (Refurbished)

A manual focus portrait lens from Lensbaby that's dreamy and delicate — or tack sharp and subtly vintage at 56mm.

Look into Refurbished Velvet 56 for a vision of the world you’ve never seen before. With a buttery smooth, vintage glow at wide apertures, you’ll create rich, dreamy, and intricate images—perfect for everything from magical macro scenes to intimate, soulful portraits.

No further discounts will apply to this item.

This product has been thoroughly tested and is in working order.

Please note that there may be very minor cosmetic changes.

All sales are final. No Refund or Exchange.


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SPECS AND DETAILS

Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 SLR camera lens with 1:2 macro capabilities
This “new classic” portrait lens delivers a velvety, glowing, ethereal look at brighter apertures, and beautifully sharp but subtly unique images as you stop down – with gorgeous, velvety tones that give digital images a film-like, organic quality. The incredibly versatile Velvet 56 enables photographers to move seamlessly from shooting an environmental portrait, to capturing details in a subject’s clothing or jewelry. Nature and macro photographers will find its close-focus capabilities, combined with effects varying from impressionistic to just a touch of velvety smoothness, provide a set of visual tools that will expand their vision of the world.

SPECS AND DETAILS:

Focal Length: 56mm
Primary Effect: Soft & Velvety (Velvet 56 installed)
Optic Swap Compatible: No
Aperture Range: f/1.6 - 16
Minimum Focus Distance: 130mm (5in)
Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
62mm 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: 42.2°; APS-C (1.5x): 28.4°; 4/3rds: 21.9°
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Elements/Groups: 4 elements / 3 group
Coating: Broadband multi coated anti-reflective

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SPECS AND DETAILS

Focal Length: 56mm
Primary Effect: Soft & Velvety (Velvet 56 installed)
Optic Swap Compatible: No
Aperture Range: f/1.6 - 16
Minimum Focus Distance: 130mm (5in)
Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
62mm 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: 42.2°; APS-C (1.5x): 28.4°; 4/3rds: 21.9°
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Elements/Groups: 4 elements / 3 group
Coating: Broadband multi coated anti-reflective

WHY Velvet 56 (Refurbished)

"This lens will definitely do it for macro and nature photographers. The halation gives such a beautiful softness, yet dimension at the same time. It is truly magical. "
- Victoria Hederer Bell

"I am IN LOVE with this lens! The thing that makes me most excited, and the reason I never want to take it off my camera, is the way it jumps from macro to far away shooting. I adore it!"
- Caroline Jensen

"If I had to choose just one lens to use for photographing flowers for the rest of my life, it would be my Lensbaby Velvet 56."
- Kathleen Clemons

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    KM
    02/04/2022
    kevin m.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    LensBaby 56 in the Studio

    I am loving the lens, the learning curve has not been difficult. I find that at the open end of the aperture range, it creates a very soft effect around the subject, while the subject actually remains in focus. I expected that and it is quite useful for some images, such as flowers. Then when I stop the lens down a click or two, the background bokeh effect becomes less pronounced, and mid-range it is a very sharp lens that can be used like any other 50mm range lens. This I found pleasantly surprising. So far I have been using it a lot on my Nikon 750. I use the live view screen to zoom in and get the manual focus spot on, then shoot a 3 photo bracketed series, and voila - I've got a great set of photos to edit. Looking forward to finding many uses for this unique lens.

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    JS
    01/31/2022
    Jessie S.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Feels great in hand, photos are lovely, can’t wait to use this a ton!

    Within the first hour of putting this on my Fuji camera (the mount fits perfectly with no wobble), I grabbed a beautiful contemplative photo of my son in black and white, and then took it out into the cold Alaska winter and grabbed an ethereal sunset picture. I cannot wait to play with this more. I’ve already nicknamed this lens “The Romancer” because the images from it are so romantic, I just know it will add those images with a special flair to my client sessions. I aim to get all my images right straight out of camera whenever possible, and I love the effect this lens has!

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    Velvet 56 (Refurbished)

    A manual focus portrait lens from Lensbaby that's dreamy and delicate — or tack sharp and subtly vintage at 56mm.

    Look into Refurbished Velvet 56 for a vision of the world you’ve never seen before. With a buttery smooth, vintage glow at wide apertures, you’ll create rich, dreamy, and intricate images—perfect for everything from magical macro scenes to intimate, soulful portraits.

    No further discounts will apply to this item.

    This product has been thoroughly tested and is in working order.

    Please note that there may be very minor cosmetic changes.

    All sales are final. No Refund or Exchange.


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