After the Velvet 56, Lensbaby has now revealed their Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens. The Velvet series of lenses are known for their lustrous soft skin tones, and manual focusing. The Velvet 5 is along the same lines, with crispy photographs with an impressive bokeh, thanks to the fast aperture possible.
The Velvet 85 has a magnification ration of 1:2, for close up macro images. It has a 12 blade aperture system and a minimum focus distance of 9.5 inches.
Photographer Kevin Kubota recently reviewed the Velvet 85, and this is what he had to say –
“The Velvet 85 gives me the versatility of having a very sharp lens with a film-like color palette, and a beautifully soft portrait lens, all in one. The focal length is ideal for portraits and the glow is optically unique — something that is hard to replicate with software effects.”
Here are some images shot with the Velvet 85, by some other photographers –
Photo by JamesEldridgePhotography.com –
Photo by Anne Belmont Photography –
Photo by Ute Reckhorn –
Lensbaby is releasing the Velvet 85, in all the leading camera mounts including SONY. The lens will be made available to the public on July 11, at a price tag of 500 US$. It remains to be seen if Indian consumers will find this price tag a little too hefty.