Lensbaby Velvet 85 Review

June 15, 2018 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star

Sharpness at 85mm

For this review, the sharpness test is carried out by photographing a real-world sample, rather than a test chart. The Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 was mounted on a Fujifilm X-E2S, which was in-turn mounted on a sturdy tripod. Exposure delay was activated to prevent camera-shake. Any changes in tone you might see across the crops are due to natural light changes during the shooting session.

The full frameThe full frame at 85mm

Sharpness is not the point of the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8. In fact, it’s difficult to get sharp pictures at any of the wide apertures. In the centre, sharpness only starts to become apparent when you reach fairly narrow apertures like f/5.6. The sharpest results can be seen between f/8 and f/16. At the edges of the frame it’s a similar scenario, with the best results seen at f/8 and narrower. 

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/1.8 f1_8.jpg f1_8.jpg
f/2 f2.jpg f2.jpg
f/2.8 f2_8.jpg f2_8.jpg
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5.6.jpg f5.6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg