Review Lens: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm F1.6 Sony

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Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Nikon F mount Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens from Lensbaby produces a uniquely soft, glowing image quality that is well-suited to making expressive and ethereal portraits. The overall softness can be controlled by stopping down the lens while still retaining the smooth tonality of a soft focus lens. Compatible with FX image sensors, this slightly longer-than-normal focal length pairs with the fast f/1.6 maximum aperture to excel in difficult lighting and achieve a shallow depth of field with controllable sharpness. Additionally, for increased creative versatility, the lens also offers a 1:2 maximum magnification and a minimum working distance of 5" for macro shooting. Housed within a black metal barrel, this lens also features smooth, dampened manual focus control to further benefit creative flexibility. Consistent with Lensbaby's aim of purveying selective focus capabilities and a unique velvety image quality, the Velvet 56mm f/1.6 is a versatile tool that marries classical looks with contemporary control.

Portrait-length 56mm focal length is compatible with FX format sensors as well as DX format sensors, where it will provide an 84mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.6 maximum aperture offers extensive control over selective focus and shallow depth of field, and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
The unique singlet-doublet-singlet lens design renders imagery with a soft, smooth, and glowing image quality reminiscent of mid-20th century portrait lenses.
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 1:2 maximum magnification ratio and 5" minimum working distance enable working with close-up subjects.
Black all-metal lens barrel with engraved aperture and focus markings.
Manual focus design with a smooth, dampened focusing movement is complemented by engraved focus distance indicators.
Manual exposure control requires stop-down metering and manual setting of the aperture.
UPC: 850366006051

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Focal Length56mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.6
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountNikon F
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance5" / 12.7 cm
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Optical Design4 Elements in 3 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size62 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.8 x 3.34" / 7.11 x 8.48 cm
Weight14.46 oz / 410 g

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Lens Technical

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm F1.6 SonyLensbaby Velvet 56mm F1.6Lensbaby Velvet 56mm F1.6
Name Lensbaby Velvet 56mm F1.6 SonyLensbaby Velvet 56mm F1.6 Samsung NXLensbaby Velvet 56mm F1.6 Micro 4/3
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.6f/1.6f/1.6
Year 201520152015
Mount Type Sony AlphaSamsung NXMicro 4/3
Lens Type Lens MediumLens MediumLens Medium
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $500$500$500
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 565656
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Apr. 2015Apr. 2015Apr. 2015
Brand LensbabyLensbabyLensbaby


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