Lensbaby has launched the new Velvet 28 lens for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

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Lensbaby has today announced their new Velvet 28 lens for both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It’s designed primarily for landscape, adventure, travel and street photography and while there may not be a lot of that going on right now, it’s also aimed at videographers.

As with Lensbaby’s other lenses in the Velvet range, the Velvet 85 and the Velvet 56, the Velvet 28 adds what Lensbaby describes as an “ethereal mood” to your shots with a sort of soft glow effect designed to help tackle issues with both flat and harsh lighting scenarios.

Focal length 28mm
Format Full-frame
Mount Nikon F, Nikon Z, Canon EF, Canon RF, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds
Focus type Manual focus
Max aperture f/2.5
Min aperture f/22
Min focus distance ~5cm (2″)
Optics 8 elements in 7 groups
Aperture blades 12
Filter diameter 67mm
Weight DSLR: 474.71g (1.04lb) / Mirrorless: 594.2g (1.31lb)

The Lensbaby Velvet 28 has extremely close focus features, offering 1:2 macro for subjects a mere 2 inches away. And it’s available for a wide range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras including Nikon F, Nikon Z, Canon EF, Canon RF, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds.

As with most of Lensbaby’s products, it’s not going to be for everybody, but it certainly offers an interesting and unique look that will be favourable amongst many photographers and filmmakers, allowing them to create images they wouldn’t otherwise be able to make with more traditional style lenses.

The Lensbaby Velvet 28 is available to buy now for $549.95 in its various DSLR and mirrorless mount flavours and is expected to start shipping very soon. You can find out more about the lens and see more sample images on the Lensbaby website.

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