Portland, OR—Building on the strengths of its bestselling Velvet 56 lens, Lensbaby debuted the Velvet 85. This new lens combines “lustrous skin tones with the added compression and buttery smooth bokeh found in the best 85mm portrait lenses,” the company announced.
In addition, photographers can use its macro capabilities to capture significant details. The Velvet 85 features a solid heft and smooth, dampened manual focus complemented
by engraved focus distance indicators. The Canon version of the short telephoto portrait-length lens is designed for full-frame EF-mount DSLRs, however, it can also be used with APS-C models. On those cameras it provides a 136mm-equivalent focal length.
The Velvet 85mm f/1.8 produces a mid-20th century image quality well suited to portraiture. Inspired by classic portrait lenses from the mid-1900s, this lens is designed to produce an ethereal glowing quality with soft, smooth tonality. Its softness can be controlled by stopping down to produce a range of effects from soft and dreamy to sharper and crunchier at smaller apertures.
Moreover, a 12-blade diaphragm contributes to the aesthetic and helps to produce a smooth bokeh quality for shallow depth-of-field imagery. Additionally, the manual focus design affords a working distance of 9.5 inches. And it has a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 to benefit working with close-up subjects.
In addition, the bright f/1.8 maximum aperture affords greater control over depth of field. This is a benefit when working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques. It also benefits working in low-light conditions.
Velvet 85 Availability
The Lensbaby Velvet 85 is available for preorder and will begin shipping July 11, 2017. It will retail for $499.95 in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and A, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax K and Samsung NX mounts. lensbaby.com