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 Tamron 60mm f2 II LD IF Macro 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 Tamron 60mm f2 II LD IF Macro with a length of 80mm is 6mm shorter. On the other hand, the Tamron 60mm f2 II LD IF Macro has a larger diameter of 73mm compared to Lensbaby Velvet 56's 72mm 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.
Both Lensbaby Velvet 56 and Tamron 60mm f2 II LD IF Macro has the same Sony Alpha lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony Alpha lenses are Sony A99 II, Sony A68 and Sony A77 II.
Lensbaby Velvet 56 is also available in Canon EF , Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Samsung NX and Sony E mounts.
Tamron 60mm f2 II LD IF Macro is also available in Canon EF and Nikon F (DX) 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.
Tamron 60mm f2 II LD IF Macro is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 60mm which has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 84mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.