Review Lens: Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Pentax

Lens Overview - Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

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A unique short telephoto with distinct classic appeal, the Canon EF-mount Velvet 85mm f/1.8 from Lensbaby produces a mid-20th century-inspired image quality that is well-suited to portraiture. Characterized by a smooth, glowing aesthetic, this lens's softness can be controlled by stopping down in order to produce a range of effects from soft and dreamy to sharper and crunchier at smaller apertures. A 12-blade diaphragm also contributes to the lens's aesthetic, and helps to produce a smooth bokeh quality to suit shallow depth of field imagery. Additionally, the manual focus design affords a working distance of 9.5" with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 to benefit working with close-up subjects.

Short telephoto portrait-length lens is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however it can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 136mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture affords greater control over depth of field for working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques, and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
Inspired by classic portrait lenses from the mid-20th century, this lens is designed to produce an ethereal glowing quality with soft, smooth tonality that is well-suited to portraiture.
Softness can be controlled by stopping-down the lens: when stopped-down to f/16, the image exhibits a smooth quality with greater central sharpness.
A working distance of 9.5" along with a 1:2 reproduction ratio suits working with close-up subjects.
Manual focus design with a smooth, dampened focusing movement is complemented by engraved focus distance indicators.
A 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth bokeh quality that is ideal for selective focus imagery.
UPC: 850366006785

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Latest Price



Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance9.5" / 24.13 cm
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Diaphragm Blades12
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNone
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.99 x 3.5" / 76 x 89 mm
Weight1.17 lb / 530.1 g

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Lens Technical

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 PentaxYongnuo YN 50mm F1.8 II CanonSigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM A
Name Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 PentaxYongnuo YN 50mm F1.8 II CanonSigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM A Sony FE
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.8f/1.8f/1.8
Year 201720182018
Mount Type Pentax KAFCanon EFSony FE
Lens Type Lens Medium,lens TelephotoLens MediumLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $500$90$1400
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 8550135
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Jun. 2017May. 2018Aug. 2018
Brand LensbabyYongnuoSigma


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