Lensbaby has announced the Velvet 85 F1.8 lens for interchangeable lens cameras. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts and focuses manually. Like the Velvet 56mm, it is designed to offer an atmospheric, soft rendering at wide apertures.

Lensbaby says the lens "combines lustrous skin tones with the added compression and sublime bokeh of high-quality 85mm portrait lenses." Construction of the Velvet 85mm comprises four elements in three groups and the lens has a 67mm filter thread. The minimum focus distance is 24cm (9.5in). The Velvet 85mm F1.8 is currently available for pre-order for $499.95 and will begin shipping July 11th.

More information and sample images are available on the Lensbaby website.