Lensbaby has announced a new lens for DSLR cameras. It is called Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro and it is described as a classic lens for capturing the perfect portraits.
The rumor mill has previously claimed that Lensbaby is working on a new lens which will become official in the near future. Sources believed that the product in question consists of a 55mm f/1.6 optic and the company itself has begun teasing the optic.
As expected, the product has become official today, April 7, but it is a bit different from the rumored model. Without further ado, the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro lens has been unveiled and it is aimed at photographers who enjoy capturing portrait and macro photos.
Lensbaby announces new Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro lens for smooth portraits
The new Velvet 56 is described as a classic portrait lens that will add velvety looks when capturing portraits at fast apertures. This optic comes with manual focus and it is said to be sharp at all apertures.
Environmental portraits are common nowadays, but the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro lens is here to bring out all the details from a subject. The eyes, the jewelry, and the clothing will stand out in the shots captured with this optic thanks to its smoothness, says the manufacturer.
It offers a 1:2 macro capability, which means that small subjects will appear a tad bigger on the sensor than they would appear with a conventional lens. Its minimum focusing distance stands at 5 inches / 13 centimeters, allowing photographers to get really close to their subjects.
Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro lens specs and release date details
The technical details of the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro lens includes a 62mm filter thread and a diameter of about 72mm. The maximum aperture is f/1.6, while the minimum aperture is f/16.
A total weight of about 400 grams means that the lens is not too heavy, so it will not be a burden during extended photo shoots. A hood will only be supplied with the mirrorless version, while the DSLR one will not have a hood in the package.
Lensbaby will release the Velvet 56 in a black color on April 13 for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, and Sony A-mount cameras for $499.95, while a mirrorless model will become available sometime in the following months.
A Silver Edition of the Velvet 56 will be sold, too, and it will offer an anodized finish with engraved markings for the focus and aperture settings. This version will be released for $599.95 only for Canon and Nikon cameras for the time being.