Today, Lensbaby has announced a brand new optic for their system: the Velvet 56. This 56mm lens comes with an f1.6 aperture and can focs as close as five inches. With a 62mm filter thread on the front, Lensbaby also hints that this lens was designed to give off a look akin of that of mid-20th century lenses (which basically means something like the Lomography Petzval lens).
The company is billing this lens as a high end lens and says that it delivers a velvety glow that gives digital cameras a film-like quality when using it.
The Lensbaby Velvet 56 comes in at $499.95 and is available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony DSLR mounts.
Sample images are after the jump. We’re trying to call one in for review now.