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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.
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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

"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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    DH
    04/11/2022
    Dawnaraven H.
    United States
    I recommend this product

    Dreamy

    This is my first Lensbaby Lens and I’m certain it will not be my last. I’m in love with this lens! I purchased the Velvet 56 for my Nikon D850 but I am so excited now to be using it next week with film on my F2 and F4. The digital results were dreamy and ethereal; some subjects took on a celestial or even ghostly mood…just exquisite! I’m not going to say I’m an expert in Photoshop, but I’m no novice either and the results I’m getting with this lens is so much more rewarding, to me, to have shot these images IN CAMERA!

    MC
    03/02/2022
    Mikel C.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Velvet

    I wish that it was a tad sharper and relayed more info to the camera for the price. Overall, I really enjoy using this lens.

    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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