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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.

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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

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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

Color
Black
Silver
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
4.8 Based on 39 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
    KH
    01/13/2021
    Kelli H.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love my Velvet 85

    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.

    DB
    01/08/2021
    Douglass B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Soft and glowing with precision

    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!

    EL
    01/06/2021
    Eam L.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    love this lens

    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.

    SL
    01/04/2021
    SarahGray L.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Awesome Lens

    So far the velvet 85 is my favorite Lensbaby. It’s range of image blur is so much fun to play with. I am still experimenting with close up filters and extension tubes attached. Great fun indoors with Still Life’s while on lock down due to Covid. Having Lensbaby lenses to play with has kept me sane and been a life saver during these challenging times.

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    Velvet 85

    Color
    Black
    Silver
    Mount

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