The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Lensbaby Velvet 56 and the Nikon 50mm f1.4D for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Lensbaby Velvet 56 is the longer of the two lenses at 86mm. The Nikon 50mm f1.4D with a length of 43mm is 43mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Lensbaby Velvet 56 also has a larger diameter of 72mm compared to Nikon 50mm f1.4D's 65mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Nikon 50mm f1.4D weighs 230g, 42% (170g) lighter than the Lensbaby Velvet 56's weight of 400g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Standard Prime Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for size comparison purposes.
Standard Prime Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for Size Comparison
Both Lensbaby Velvet 56 and Nikon 50mm f1.4D has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.
Lensbaby Velvet 56 is also available in Canon EF , Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax KAF3, Samsung NX, Sony Alpha and Sony E mounts.
Lensbaby Velvet 56 is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 56mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 84mm.
Nikon 50mm f1.4D is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 50mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 75mm.