The perfect portrait lens - Velvet 85 captures your frame in a layer of tack-sharp detail overlaid with radiant velvety glow.
Add as much or as little glow effect as you like by simply changing the aperture.
© Kathleen Clemons
Get closer than you thought possible with exceptional 1:2 macro capabilities & close focus distance.
Compression & buttery smooth bokeh create the ideal 85mm portrait lens.
© Caroline Jenson
"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!"
"One of the things I love most about this lens is how the beautiful glow and blur makes every frame interesting and emotional."
"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."
"A nice look that lends images a dreamlike element of fantasy, with just enough detail to keep the subject well defined. "
I am having a little learning curve going manual, but in no way view that as a negative.
I had to wait almost a month to receive it and I can see why you were sold out. I love working with this lens already and I know I have just scratched the surface as to all I will be able to create with it. I am enjoying the journey.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this lens. Like all Lensbaby products it seems to have its own personality and sweet spots, which I'm still learning, but I'm already managing to create art that I love.
Hi, I use mine on a full frame Canon and really do enjoy it. The Velvet 85 feels solid and acts solid, it also delivers beautiful images. Last year I took a Photoshop class and learned how to soften away the ultra crispness captured with my L series lenses. It was a useful lesson to have learned but it also got me wondering about other, more immediate options for producing the image I was seeking in the first place. This got me exploring other creative avenues. First stop was an old 135 mm lens with a mount adapter. The old lens on the adapter did pretty much what I wanted for softness controlled by aperture, but the adapter ring was somewhat of a disappointment, besides, the focal length was a bit longer than I really wanted anyway. The Velvet 85 is a nice, solid, smooth lens that helps me make an image with the desired soft touch to what ever degree of softness I want. This Lensbaby also gets macro close and really sharp when you want it to. It is great for a head and shoulders shot in a smallish space, for couples or larger subjects you will simply need more space or consider a shorter focal length Velvet series lens. Customer Happiness at Lensbaby is top notch, I ordered my Velvet around the mad rush time of Christmas, also around the time of the live online seminar and both demand and shipping were BONKERS at that time but I kept getting emails from Customerhappiness regarding the status of my order and they were willing to send the more expensive silver version at no additional cost, to reduce wait for stocking issues. Folks, this company is a class act and their products are first rate! My wife likes the way the Velvet 85 renders her likeness, and that is exactly what I was looking for!
anyone can create a fine photography with unique glow and blur features that are built in with this lens, making portrait, macro, and landscape photographies so much fun and exciting.
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