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Aperture blades make up the lens diaphragm which usually has multiple blades.

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Why do lens manufacturers produce lenses with few aperture blades?

A lot of lenses have very few aperture blades (especially budget lenses). A large number of aperture blades can make a real difference to the bokeh and seems like it should be a priority for the lens ...
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How does a circular polarizer affect the “stars” from strong lights at night?

When taking night photos at narrower apertures strong light sources such as streetlights demonstrate a star effect based on the number of blades in the lens' aperture. What effect would a polarizer ...
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What are the types of aperture blades?

The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L USM IS lens has rounded aperture blades. What other types of aperture blades are there, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each of them? Is the aperture ...
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Do rounded edges on aperture blades improve image sharpness, and how?

In the description for the XF lenses for its new X-Pro system, Fujifilm crows: The [XF lenses] all offer precise control over depth-of-field and deliver excellent out-of-focus bokeh thanks to the ...