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04-07-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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New Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f1.6 in PK mount

Lensbaby have announced a new soft portrait and macro lens (1:2), the Velvet 56mm f1/6 lens in a Pentax K mount.

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It looks like if you misalign elements in a random cheap 50mm and and a dirty UV filter infront. I have trouble seeing why you would pay a premium for this.

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Does it really cost more than an used DA55/1.4? Somebody is trying to make loads of money...
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Neat that they've released it for Pentax. Looks like it can do some interesting effects. Although, perhaps not quite worth the price tag?
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With Lensbabies, it's not the price, it's the look. If you want that look, you'll pay the price.

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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
It looks like if you misalign elements in a random cheap 50mm and and a dirty UV filter infront. I have trouble seeing why you would pay a premium for this.

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Does it really cost more than an used DA55/1.4? Somebody is trying to make loads of money...
Some people may find the soft focus pleasing, but I agree it seems a little pricey for what it is. It does seem to be well made, but with no contacts and stop-down metering according to the review on ePhotozine.
But it is good that some manufacturers are supporting the K mount with new lenses. However, I'll stick with my Samyang 85mm f1.4 for portraits and with some extension added it does a nice ethereal glow on macro shots as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
It looks like if you misalign elements in a random cheap 50mm and and a dirty UV filter infront. I have trouble seeing why you would pay a premium for this.

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Does it really cost more than an used DA55/1.4? Somebody is trying to make loads of money...
So true...Field curvature and spherical aberrations are our friends! To be fair though, a dedicated soft-focus portrait lens has been part of the Pentax line at various times (e.g. FA 85/2.8 Soft and K 85/2.2 Soft), though maybe not to the same degree as the Velvet 56.


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Just recently acquired the K85 soft lens. It's difficult to use and it's very easy to over do the softness. I have to suspect that the Lensbaby folks have put together a better product.
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It kind of looks like that sears macro glow that my 135/2.8 macro does. In most cases I'm not a fan but I could see doing some fun portraits with it.
I'm not convinced this one is worth $460 more than what I've got.

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I'll unscrew the front elements a bit on my lenses instead to achieve the look.
I can see the joy in using lenses with abberations (I shoot with some from the 1920's) but this doesn't even look like a soft focus one, just a bad one.
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Review: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro Review

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I have trouble seeing why you would pay a premium for this.
Well, it's quicker and easier than digital blurring in Photoshop. Much less control over the final image, however. Which brings a thought to mind. How is this artistic compared to flinging paint at a canvas, or heaven forbid, combining the vision of an artist with the skill of a craftsman to produce something beautiful AND thought provoking?
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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
I have trouble seeing why you would pay a premium for this.
Based on the pricing I've seen on eBay, there are vendors who believe that some will believe you if you tell them that something is valuable.
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Based on the pricing I've seen on eBay, there are vendors who believe that some will believe you if you tell them that something is valuable.
You mean like the "rare" 50/2.0 out there? I just saw a regular Spotmatic here in Sweden overpriced with the notion of being a "super rare" model.
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Prioritized in the first heap of mounts. Sigma should be inspired by Lensbaby and prioritize pentaxians just as good as any other mounts.
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Prioritized in the first heap of mounts. Sigma should be inspired by Lensbaby and prioritize pentaxians just as good as any other mounts.
It is easy to make mounts without electronics. Just requires a fitting piece of metal.
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