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    Of course, cost is also a factor. But, unlike AF lenses, fully manual (incl. manual stop-down) lenses where cost is not an issue, you still can find plenty of blades. Case in point, my Hartblei/Carl Zeiss Superrotator 80mm f2.8 with tis 12-bladed aperture.

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    The main reason is the auto-aperture function, where you can meter and focus wide open, and then stop down to the shooting aperture automatically as the mirror flips up, before the shutter opens. Starting with some late Graflex reflex cameras, auto-aperture is a relatively modern phenomenon, and it's hard to make it work with 20 aperture blades, without adding an uncomfortable amount of shutter lag. My Zeiss 85/1.4 ZE has 9 blades, which is about as many as you'll find in a small SLR lens with auto-aperture function.
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    I have a copal automatic shutter for a copy camera that has 5 blades. It doesn't get much less automatic than that.

    My XA cameras have only 2 blades. I have seen single use cameras with only 1 moving aperture blade with a tapered slot in it.

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    You can have a small number of blades in a manual aperture shutter, but a large number of blades in an auto-aperture shutter isn't so easy.
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    I do notice that rangefinder camera lenses tend to have more aperture blades, while SLR lenses tend to have fewer. And from a mechanical and physics point of view, it does make sense that it would be complicated to move 11 or more interlocking pieces of paper-thin metal in a fraction of a second.

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    What happened to the old style aperture blades?

    Have you looked at the angle of the rounded more than 6 blade apertures? The curve and angle can introduce more sticking and error and shutter failure that need repair more often, I think it has to do with the mechanism and how long it will last without repair than anything, it doesn't cost them THAT much more for 8 blades then 5, it's that you introduce more components that need to be smaller to function and could easily break more often. I don't think it had anything to do with the aesthetic.


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    Ilex Paragon 6-1/2inch lens in a No. 3 Acme Synchro shutter has ten aperture blades, and my Olympus OM 100mm f2 Zuiko has nine aperture blades and it is an automatic aperture. Not so much difference. Cheap lenses have fewer aperture blades.
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    Oh and my Mamiya RB67 Pro SD K/L 127mm L lens has eight blades.
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    Less blades are also easier for auto reflex lenses.

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    My Olympus XA only has two aperture blades with V-shaped ends so it has a square aperture. Works fine but does make little squares for boka.
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