Our most popular art lens - the Velvet 56 adds ethereal mood to any scene with tack-sharp detail layered underneath edge-to-edge velvety glow effect.
Add as much or as little glow effect as you like by simply changing the aperture.
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Get closer than you thought possible with 1:2 macro capability & close focus distance.
An adaptable 56mm focal length for environmental portraits, still life, street scenes, macro and more!
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"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!"
"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."
"Unlike any other lens that I've ever attached to a camera."
"A solid, beautiful piece of camera hardware with more than one trick up its sleeve."
"The kind of portrait lens that the more you use it the more uses you will find for it."
"Lensbaby's Velvet 56 lens makes everything gorgeous."
This lens is so fun. I adore the velvety feel. I've used it for portraits, some macro (which is brand new to me as a hobbyist and more fun than I ever dreamed!), and even some scenes and landscapes. Such a great purchase, such a fun and versatile lens.
I love the beautiful & dreamy effects you can create with this lens!
This was the 2nd stand alone lens I’ve purchased from Lensbaby, and I absolutely love it. The velvety glow effect it gives at wide open apertures is great, yet still has a sharp image behind the glow. And of you close down a few stops, the lens is quite sharp. If you like the lensbaby effects, the Velvet 56 should be a welcome addition to your lens collection.
I heard there was a learning curve for the Lensbaby, but I found it fun and easy. I went out on photo shoots as soon as I got it and couldn't be happier with the results. I'm active on Flickr where I heard of the Lensbaby, and the people who encouraged me to get it all are surprised at the results I'm getting. I also like the weight of it. So much lighter than the 70-200 lens I usually carry. I'm really getting hooked on my Lensbaby 56 as my favorite lens. And the silver body is beautiful. Check out my Flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrissie_bee/ and look under Albums for Lensbaby and see what a beginner with the lens can do. Christina Brown
Straight out to the dahlias for a play. Love the sharpness and being able to really control the edge softness. Easy to use and ergonomically nice. Have m43 version and really like the focus distance. A great addition to my camera bag!
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