Review Lens: Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Samsung NX

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/1.8Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S135mm F1.8 GM
Name Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 Samsung NXNikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 SSony FE 135mm F1.8 GM
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.8f/1.8f/1.8
Year 201720192019
Mount Type Samsung NXNikon ZSony FE
Lens Type Lens Medium,lens TelephotoLens Medium,lens TelephotoLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $500$800$1900
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 8585135
Global 49.0239
Effective Mega Pixel 41.4052
Distorsion 0.065
Vignetting -1.08906
Tstop 1.90191
Ac 2.57863
Vignetting Ranking 8036
Tstop Ranking 1749
Ac Ranking 484
Pixel Depth 45.7
Price Sensor 3400
Sensor Raw 45.75
Sensor Format Sensor Fullframe
Type Hybrid
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Jun. 2017Jul. 2019Feb. 2019
Brand LensbabyNikonSony


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