Great Bokeh! 5 Lenses That Render Your Photos Like a Beautiful Dream

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Lots of photographers want better bokeh. But to get something truly unique, you sometimes need a special lens. What helps define bokeh are the lens coatings and the aperture blades. Generally speaking, the more aperture blades there are, the smoother the bokeh can be. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. So if you’re looking for that dreamy look in your photos, know that these lenses have great bokeh!

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The Best DSLR Lenses Under $800 That Will Make Your Photography Pop

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The best lenses for DSLR’s can also be some of the most affordable.

When it comes to budgeting money for a camera kit, the majority of your money should go into high quality lenses. Camera technology changes often but a good lens can last a lifetime. In this roundup, we look at high performing lenses for DSLR’s that won’t break the bank. We’ve gone through our reviews index to find some of the best.

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Five Fantastic A Little Longer Than 50mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

There are whole swarms of photographers who absolutely swear by and to the 50mm focal length, yet when it comes to portraiture, it’s easy for a lot of photographers to find the focal length a bit lacking. That’s where all of these slightly longer focal lengths have been coming from for a while now–something just a bit longer than a 50mm lens is often a fantastic option for portraits because while it isn’t as constrained as an 85mm lens, you tend to get a slightly longer field of view and therefore just enough more compression when shooting.

Here are some of our favorites.

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Review: Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f1.6 (Sony A Mount)

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Lensbaby’s Velvet 56mm f1.6 is a pretty new lens, and one that many of us didn’t necessarily expect. In the past couple of years, the company has been working on alternative lenses for various systems, and the first sample images look really cool in a lo-fi type of way. Indeed, Lensbaby has always been about seeing the world in a new way, and their newest lenses seem to make you do that, just in a more vintage style.

That’s not to say that these lenses have plastic optics at all, but if you’re a film lover then the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f1.6 lens will give you quite a treat.

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The New Lensbaby Velvet 56 Has an f1.6 Aperture


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.

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