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Stories of the creatives behind the camera, as well as the amazing work they produce.

Watch Lensbaby shooters in action as they work through their creative process.

Advice, tips & tricks and more to  help you get the most out of your Lensbaby.

Each week we share our five favorite photos from your submissions & social shares.

GET INSPIRED & LEARN FROM OTHER CREATIVES

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.

EXPLORE EXTRAORDINARY LENSBABY IMAGERY

Velvet 56

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.

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FEATURES

  • 56mm focal length
  • f/1.6 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

56mm

f/1.6

5"

APS-C and Full Frame

Manual

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62mm

9

4 Elements/ 3 Groups

3.34" (8.53cm) high x 2.8" (7.2cm) wide

14.46oz

Color
Black
Silver Edition
Mount

Focal Length

56mm

Aperture

f/1.6

Effect

Velvet


Velvety Glow


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

© Kimberly Walla

© Pauline Putt

Up Close


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

Exceptional Versatility


An adaptable 56mm focal length for environmental portraits, still life, street scenes, macro and more!

© Anne Belmont



In Review

"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

 

A Best-Seller For A Reason


In The Media

"Unlike any other lens that I've ever attached to a camera."

 

-Jim Fisher


"A solid, beautiful piece of camera hardware with more than one trick up its sleeve."

 

-Kyle Ford


"The kind of portrait lens that the more you use it the more uses you will find for it."

 

-Joe Farace

"Lensbaby's Velvet 56 lens makes everything gorgeous."

 

-Bill Roberson


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Customer Reviews
4.9 Based on 39 Reviews
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    EB
    04/21/2020
    Emily B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    So Impressed!

    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.

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    TE
    04/16/2020
    Tiffany E.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    wonderful creative lens

    I love the beautiful & dreamy effects you can create with this lens!

    Lensbaby Velvet 56 Review
    HC
    09/04/2020
    Harini C.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Loving it!

    I am a Fine Art Flower Photographer. I wanted to experiment with hazy, creamy, soft almost like a poetic look of flower and after some research I ended up to reading about Lensbaby and after seeing some of the photographs taken by Velvet 56 I thought it's exactly what I want. I immediately bought it and since i got it I haven't put it down. I'm loving to play with it! You soon see tons of images with this lens on my Instagram!

    Lensbaby Velvet 56 Review
    JS
    09/04/2020
    Jay S.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Velvet 56

    The lens is high quality, and does what it was designed to do. There is a learning curve with it, in deciding what subjects are appropriate, and then experimenting. I think this has given me a new challenge, to look at my photography differently. I enjoy working with manual focus-it slows me down and makes me consider what I am working toward, and how best to get there.

    RB
    09/03/2020
    Rachael B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    So fun!

    I haven't used it for a paid session yet but it is perfect for bringing out my creative side! It also forces me to slow down because it does not have auto focus which I actually really like! The images are so smooth and I've been able to take some really fun shots with it!

    Velvet 56

    Color
    Black
    Silver Edition
    Mount

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