I had the best idea come to me when I was taking some photos with the Lensbaby Sol 45 today in my tiny studio… I was talking about the aperture blades and how I wish they were interchangeable with other shapes in the blades in the original blog post I did on this lens… It occurred to me that maybe the Lensbaby creative bokeh disks could be used on this lens and the blades could hold them in place!! And it worked!

As you can see from the camera photos above that the creative aperture disks they made fit the lens hole exactly and the blades can swing in to hold the disk in place. The photo possibilities are now endless with the texture and bokeh you can add in with this lens and some of these little disks. So if you have these disks – start experimenting!

AND…. since these disks aren’t being sold on the Lensbaby site by themselves anymore (I only saw them included with the creative bokeh optic).. you can either look on eBay for some – or you can make your own!!

With a little black construction paper or black cardstock and a bit of creativity – you can make any shape you want. Just cut the round shape of the hole out of the construction paper – then either using an Exacto knife and cutting out shapes or using a decorative paper punch and punching out some shapes – the possibilities you could have are endless and cheap to make!

I have a few examples below using different disks:

10 Comments

  1. Wendy

    You are some woman Denise! Your initiative and intuition paid off with this one. What a fab idea.

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    • Denise Love

      I’m super excited about it!! Can’t wait to see others try it too 🙂

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  2. ooms307

    Wow Denise, this is brilliant. Have to try and order these too!

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    • Denise Love

      You’ll love these, really extends the creativity of this lens! 🙂

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  3. Sharon

    You’re so smart, Denise! I was wondering the same thing! I just got my Sol 45…..must try this….the star dis is my fave and the paw prints!

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    • Denise Love

      Yay!! you are going to love having other choices for that bokeh on this lens!! 🙂

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  4. Ina

    wow, what a great idea … where have you got those disks please?

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    • Denise Love

      I talk about where to get the disks above in the article:

      “AND…. since these disks aren’t being sold on the Lensbaby site by themselves anymore (I only saw them included with the creative bokeh optic).. you can either look on eBay for some – or you can make your own!!”

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  5. Carla D. Wood

    Well, you’re like my new best friend ever, Denise! I found your site the other day when choosing between the Sol 45 and the Sweet 50/Composer II set. I chose the Sol. This will make it even more fun. This brings up another question: I have boxes full of filters from my pre-Lensbaby days. The threading on the Sol 45 is 46mm and I have 58mm filters. Do you think I could pick up a step-up adapter ring and try the filters with the Sol? Also thinking of doing that with my Velvet 56. I know Lensbaby makes its own macro filters for the 46mm threading, but I hate to re-purchase what I already have in a different size. Plus, then I could buy the bokeh discs! You’re brilliant to figure out how to do that with the blades.

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    • Denise Love

      I think you’ll love the Sol! Definitely worth a try with the adapter for the filters. I’m all about experimenting! The bokeh discs are really fun and I love how they extend the use of the Sol – I need choices 😀

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