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Lensbaby Sol 45 brings on the blur

The company's entry-level special effects lens has some interesting niche uses for the money

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Manual blades

You can move the two effect-blades into the frame as much or as little as you want, independently of each other. The ring they're on rotates as well.

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Blades

The manual blades create a more swirly bokeh when flipped all the way in, but it's hard to get anything in focus.

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Just the edges

You're probably best off setting them to just distort the area around the subject.

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Focus

The manual focus ring feels relatively precise with nice tension.

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Compact and sturdy

The lens has a pancake profile and is made of metal (except for the mount).

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Tilt

You can tilt the lens in any direction.

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Focus ring

The focus ring moves in and out, something you might have to get used to if you typically use internal focus lenses.

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