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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.

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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.

EXPLORE EXTRAORDINARY LENSBABY IMAGERY

Velvet 85


The perfect portrait lens - Velvet 85 captures your frame in a layer of tack-sharp detail overlaid with radiant velvety glow.

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FEATURES

  • 85mm focal length
  • f/1.8 aperture
  • Velvet effect
  • 1:2 macro capability
  • Lens compression due to longer focal length

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

85mm

f/1.8

9.5"

APS-C and Full Frame

Manual

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67mm

12

4 Elements/ 3 Groups

3.5" (8.9cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide

18.7oz

Mount

Focal Length

85mm

Aperture

f/1.8

Effect

Velvet


Velvety Glow


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

© jameseldridgephotography.com

© Kathleen Clemons

Up Close


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

Soulful Portraits


Compression & buttery smooth bokeh create the ideal 85mm portrait lens.

© Caroline Jenson



In Review



"This lens takes the magic provided by the Velvet 56 to another level. The longer focal length provides compression and the resulting background bokeh is just gorgeous, more blur to love!"

Kathleen Clemons

 

"One of the things I love most about this lens is how the beautiful glow and blur makes every frame interesting and emotional."

Holly Awaad

 

"The thing that stood out to me most was how flexible this was at a range of apertures. In a matter of seconds you have a dreamy, ethereal looking image and then a razor sharp portrait lens almost immediately."

Jake Hicks

 

Portrait-Perfect Glow


In The Media

"An elegantly constructed lens that's fun and creative to use."

 

-Lori Grunin


"A nice look that lends images a dreamlike element of fantasy, with just enough detail to keep the subject well defined. "

 

-Daven Mathies


"A lovely effect for portraits, softening skin, obscuring blemishes, and giving your subject an ethereal glow."

 

-Jim Fisher

"Almost nothing on the market will give you colors like this."

 

-Chris Gampat

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Customer Reviews
4.9 Based on 11 Reviews
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    A Lensbaby Customer
    GG
    04/15/2020
    Gail G.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Learning and Playing

    I am having a little learning curve going manual, but in no way view that as a negative.

    Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review
    07/26/2020
    Anonymous
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Velvet 85

    I totally love this lens!

    Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review
    MH
    07/20/2020
    Mary H.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Loving it

    My Lensbaby Velvet 85 arrived last week. It is my first Lensbaby. I am still learning it but so far I love it.

    Lensbaby Velvet 85 ReviewLensbaby Velvet 85 Review
    NR
    06/09/2020
    Nona R.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Only used once but can't wait to use again!

    I was glad I watched a youtube video to see how to operate the lens. Although I have always used my Nikon D810 for macro photography I recently purchased a Sony A9ii and purchased Velvet 85 for my Sony as it has focus peaking. It took some getting used to since it's a manual focus and adjustable lens. Looking at my images on the back of the screen I probably would have thrown away half of them. I was told never to throw out images until I saw them on the computer. Boy am I glad that I didn't. I was truly blown away by some of the images I took at a local Botanical Gardens. I would definitely recommend this product and can't wait to go out and use it again!

    Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review
    VP
    05/27/2020
    Virginia P.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Great little lens

    Able to use it right out of the box. Easy to mount on my Nikon Z7 (so happy Lensbaby made this mount available for the Velvet 85). Very short learning curve: f/stops and manual focus easily managed. Even though it was very windy out, I was so anxious to try this lens that I went out and didn't even bother to use my tripod (though I am usually a tripod fanatic). Surprisingly, even though I had to wait patiently for times when the wind settled down a bit, my images were very clear, painterly, and focused on my intended focal point.

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