Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8

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A unique short telephoto with distinct classic appeal, the Lensbaby Nikon F-mount Velvet 85mm f/1.8 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 24.13 cm with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 to benefit working with close-up subjects.

Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Minimum Aperture f/16
Lens Mount Nikon F
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance 24.13 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Diaphragm Blades 12
Focus Type Manual Focus
Image Stabilization None
Filter Size 67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L) 76 x 89 mm
Weight 530.1 g
  • Short telephoto portrait-length lens is designed for FX-format Nikon F-mount DSLRs, however it can also be used with DX models where it provides a 127.5mm 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 24.13 cm 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.