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Lensbaby Announces Velvet 85mm f1.8 Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

27 June 2017

Lensbaby has announced the Velvet 85mm f1.8 art lens, joining the Velvet 56mm f1.6 in its line of vintage-inspired prime lenses.

Velvet 85mm f1.8. Inspired by mid-century vintage lenses.

Like other Lensbaby offerings, you control the softness of the Velvet 85mm with its aperture. Wider apertures deliver a soft and dreamy effect with glowing highlights while smaller ones produce sharp focus with stronger contrast.

With a short minimum focus distance of 9.5 inches, the lens can also achieve a macro reproduction ratio of 1:2.

The short telephoto 85mm focal length translates to 136mm on Canon and 170mm on Nikon subframe cameras.


Highlights of the Velvet 85mm include:

  • Aperture range from f1.8 to f16
  • Soft glowing effect at wide apertures
  • Inspired by vintage portrait lenses
  • 1:2 magnification at 9.5-inches
  • Manual focus design
  • 12-blade diaphragm


Specifications for the Velvet 85mm include:

Mount Canon, Fujifilm X, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, Sony
APS-C, Full Frame
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture f1.8 to f16
12 diaphragm blades
Angle of View
Minimum Focus 9.5 inches
Magnification 1:2
Optical Design 4 elements in 3 groups
Autofocus No
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread 67mm
Weight 18.7 oz.


Lensbaby said the Velvet 85mm will ship July 11 for $499.95.

B&H is now accepting pre-orders for the lens in Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, Sony A and Sony E mounts.

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