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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.

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New

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

COMPATIBILITY 

Color
Silver Edition
Black
Mount


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REVIEWS


“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

 


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    09/29/2021
    BA
    Bruce A.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Such a cool and unique lens

    Very sturdy build - was not expecting such a big piece of glass but pleasantly surprised. Focus ring is smooth and aperture control is well spaced. The macro capabilities of this lens are nothing short of amazing. This is such a fun and unique lens and have only begun to explore the special look that it provides - cannot be happier to have it in my kit.

    Lensbaby Velvet 28 Review
    07/11/2021
    LE
    Lisa E.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Phenomenal lens!!

    Took this baby to the beach this weekend and it barely left my camera! Versatile for close up and ocean views… and, of course, the magic glow! A favorite!

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    06/16/2021
    BD
    Becky D.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Interesting!

    Still adjusting to it. First outing got some pretty sunset shots. Working on macro use...not used to manual focus. I'm sure I'll get better! Heavier than I expected as I put it on my little Sony A6000. A bit bulky.

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    04/03/2021
    DB
    diane B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    DKB- Lensbaby 28

    The lens is fabulous. Close up- 2” is unbelievably sharp.

    04/02/2021
    DK
    Dena K.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love my Velvet 28 !

    I really love the soft feel and the focal length of this lens! Dreamy macro and close ups along with unique landscape and street shots ... so in love with this lens !

    03/31/2021
    PM
    Pablo M.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Great Lens

    It's a really good lens, as all the products from Lensbaby. I'm still getting used to it, however, the results have been amazing. It has a great performance in portraits and it gives a beautiful bokeh effect, plus the minimum focus distance that allows me to do great macro photos. The only thing is that, when I got it, the size is a little bit larger than it seems in the picture, it also happened with another lens, but I think it's because of the mirrorless sensor.

    03/30/2021
    AA
    anthony a.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Better than I imagined

    I had read some reviews about being difficult to focus. I found no problem at all even at wide at wide apertures. I also have the Velver 56 and Velvet 85, but this is my new favorite. It also works very well on cropped-sensor cameras as well as full frame. I plan on using it for closeup flower photography, and it combines with my Canon 90 D perfectly for that purpose.

    03/30/2021
    MT
    Melissa T.
    Canada Canada
    I recommend this product
    My Favourite Lens.

    Lensbaby has the best Customer happiness. Ships super quick too. This Velvet 28 is my favourite lens. You can go from walking and shooting landscapes to macro, and everything in between, in a second.

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    03/30/2021
    AP
    Angie P.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Lovely glow and versatility

    I love the amazing glow this lens gives at widen open aperture and the ability to decrease the effect and get sharper focus with closing down the aperture. It’s amazing to have the macro capability without having to change out a lens which makes it even more handy.

    03/04/2021
    PH
    PETER H.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love the Velvet

    I love this lens! Looking forward to getting the 56 or 85 into my quiver. The 28 has been my first choice in shooting sunsets since I got (live at the beach), as well as going 'micro' and shooting shells in the sand.

    Lensbaby Velvet 28 Review
    02/23/2021
    A Lensbaby Customer
    KL
    Kathleen L.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Excited

    I haven’t had a chance yet, but am getting ready to take it on vacation. If it performs as well as the Velvet 85, I’ll be extremely happy.

    01/13/2021
    A Lensbaby Customer
    MB
    Melissa B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Unique and Versatile!

    The Velvet 28 has become my go-to lens when I am heading out for a hike or a nature walk! This lens offers a wide angle to capture sweeping landscapes, and when I want to get in close I simply rotate the barrel of the lens resulting in a 1:2 macro lens. This lens really shines at f/2.8 introducing a luscious, velvety glow! I highly recommend this lens for anyone who wants to add a bit of magic to their images.

    01/07/2021
    KL
    Kristine L.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Waited a long time to buy...

    Was worth it with the winter sale advantage. Thrilled to have this lens, seems like a bit of a learning curve over the velvet 56. Have taken a few fun shots taken with the omni system as well. The only thing I would warn Sony mirrorless users about is this lens is big and quite heavy for a long day out shooting. Excited about what potential lies ahead with this gem.

    12/26/2020
    DH
    Daniel H.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Fine Art Lens

    After shooting for the most precise hard edge focus this lens completely frees me of that. I find myself concentrating on the subtle variations in color and how they blend and interact in a more abstract way. The velvety glow is ever mesmerizing, color or black and white. Also it makes a fine close up lens, stopped down the image is sharp and well defined.

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    12/25/2020
    CT
    Christi T.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    So in love!

    Amazing results for creamy, dreamy landscapes!

    12/24/2020
    DA
    David A.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Beautiful!

    Have only used it to do tests at each aperture. Results were as advertised and consistent with other Velvet Lenses I own. Bokeh is especially beautiful with consistent and predictable change as aperture increases. Lens Is sharp at all apertures but with high degree of glow at f/2.5-f/4). At higher apertures (f/5.6-f/22) there is less blurring at edges and corners, to virtually none at f/22. Lens is suitable for just about anything. I will use it for flowers, landscapes and street photography. This is a solid lens, heavier than anticipated. Feels real sturdy.

    New

    Velvet 28

    Color
    Silver Edition
    Black
    Mount

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