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Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens (Black)

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Reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, the Sony A 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 full-frame 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.

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens (Black)

  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • K Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • A Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.6 to f/16
  • Singlet-Doublet-Singlet Optical Design
  • Soft Glowing Effect at Wide Apertures
  • Inspired by Classic Portrait Lenses
  • 1:2 Magnification, 5″ Working Distance
  • Manual Focus and Exposure Control
  • All-Metal Lens Barrel
  • Filter Thread: 62mm
Portrait-length 56mm focal length is compatible with full-frame format sensors as well as APS-C 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.


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Focal Length

Nikon F:
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 84mm

Sony A:
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 84mm

Pentax K
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 84mm

Canon EF:
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 89.6mm


Maximum: f/1.6
Minimum: f/16

Mount Type

Nikon F
Canon EF
Pentax K
Sony A
Sony E
Samsung NX
Fuji X
Micro Four Thirds

Format Compatibility

Full-frame or APS-C
FX or DX

Minimum Focus Distance

5″ / 12.7 cm (working distance, from front of lens)

Maximum Magnification



4 elements in 3 groups



Filter Thread

62 mm

Dimensions (Ø x L)

3.4 x 2.8″ / 86 x 72 mm


14.1 oz / 400 g

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Nikon F (Black)
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