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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.

Look into the 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 dreamy, and intricate images—perfect for everything from magical macro scenes to intimate, soulful portraits.

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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
Lens hood only included with mirrorless lenses.

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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
Lens hood only included with mirrorless lenses.

WHY Velvet 56

"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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    01/03/2023
    Cheryl R.
    United States
    I recommend this product

    Nice optics!

    The optical quality and effect is great. Like all my Lensbaby products so far, there is a bit of a learning curve to get what I want out of it, but very happy with this purchase. I am a little concerned that it seems to grind/drag as the barrel rotates in one area. I will probably call to see if this is normal, but it is not affecting images or usage.

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    12/16/2022
    Silvia O.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Not sure if this is a good sense for a micro four third camera

    I can’t say I liked this lens. I keep on being told that it takes time, check your diopter, and so forth and so on. Yes, maybe so for people who never used a manual lens, or lenses with low apertures f/1.4 or f/1.2. The issue I had with the Velvet 56 was that at f/1.6, it has zero point of focus at a distance. None. Totally blurred, when it should’ve kept the center of the frame with certain definition. There would be focus (again, at a distance) at f/2.0 or f/2.8, but not enough to say, have enough definition for the eyes of a person. By f/5.6, almost everything in the frame was in focus, not just the center of the frame. Maybe I just got a bad copy; I could get a much better shot at f/5.6 and lower with my Helios 44M, than with the Velvet 56. A shame, since I had high expectations of being able to take some environmental portraits of my pregnant daughter with it. I didn’t want to risk it, and return it. In its place, I ordered the Sol 22, which was made for MFT, and a Trio, just to play with, but definitely not to serve my original purpose. I added the OMNI color expansion but not the holders, and with that and my current MFT lenses, I’ll have to make do for now. PS: I’m forced to select whether I recommend this product or not, I have to choose NO but my no is qualified to MFT.

    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.

    Look into the 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 dreamy, and intricate images—perfect for everything from magical macro scenes to intimate, soulful portraits.

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