I got my hands on a Lensbaby Velvet 56 this month. Took it out to a local garden to play with it one morning when the insects were out checking out the flowers. I feel like I’m still on the learning curve for sure, but so far I’m liking what I’m getting. It’s designed to give images a velvety softness, even haloes, when shooting wide open, and much more sharpness when stopped down. I tried both ways. Not sure I loved the haloes on all the photos, but I did love the softness. The out of focus bokeh was fun to play with, too, and since the sprinklers were on in some areas, I had lots of opportunity!