Lensbaby Velvet 85 f1.8 first impressions with example images

I was fortunate to shoot with the all-new Lensbaby Velvet 85 F1.8 that was released a few hours ago. As many of you know I love the Lensbaby lineup especially the Velvet line. I have to tell you the all new velvet 85 is no slouch. The build quality is amazing, the lens is sharp when you need it and dreamy when you want it. A number of looks that you can get from this lens makes it one of the most versatile pieces in my bag. Below are some shots that I took this week during a photo walk and around the area.

My first impression of this lens is how well it is constructed. This lens feels solid in the hands, it is easy to and smooth to focus and the aperture ring on the barrel makes it easy to get several different looks in minutes. This is a GREAT portrait lens that also doubles as a pretty good macro lens as you can see in the photos below.

I would definitely recommend this lens to anyone that likes the dreamy look that the Velvet line gives us or someone who wants a tack sharp manual focus 85mm.

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  • Features 85 mm focal length, f/1.8-16 aperture and 1:2 macro capabilities
  • Has the ethereal glow and crisp vintage look of the Velvet 56 but for a portrait-friendly focal length
  • Builds on Velvet 56’s ability to create buttery smooth skin tones with the added compression and beautiful bokeh found in high-quality 85mm lenses
  • Shoot at bright apertures to create soft, dreamy images with underlying sharpness and detail
  • Stop down to darker apertures to capture a classic, film-like quality in your portraits
  • Evokes the image style and construction quality of classic portrait lenses of the mid-20th century
  • Features the heft and smooth, dampened manual focus of early lenses in an all-metal lens body
  • Designed for Nikon, Sony, Canon

Price is set at $499

TJ Houston

Hey everyone, My name is TJ and I am here to help you! I am a lifelong learner that strives to help others. Work: By day I work for Panasonic as the Sales Support Rep for the Midwest Region. Play: I love all things photography, videography, and tech! Home: I have a loving wife (Ashley) and an adorable German shepherd (Jynx) You can find me on twitter @tjhouston on instagram @tjshotsphotography or if you want to see some of my professional photography work check out tjshots.com. All of the views on this site are my own and do not reflect my employers.