This weird drawing compass was inspired by lens aperture

Jan 19, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This weird drawing compass was inspired by lens aperture

Jan 19, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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We’ve seen plenty of interesting things inspired by cameras and lenses: from gadgets, tools, and glasses to edible stuff like cakes and chocolate. This time, we bring you a very unusual lens compass that looks a lot like a lens aperture.

I saw this unusual product on Facebook, in one of a million irrelevant ads I see daily. And even though it’s not something I’d buy, it caught my attention because it looked like an aperture mechanism. It acts the same way, too: you can turn the ring to make the “aperture” smaller or larger. But instead of producing circular bokeh, this “aperture” is used for drawing actual circles.

The drawing compass has a metric scale to measure a circle’s diameter, going between 2 and 70mm. It was made of solid machined brass and stainless spring steel. If you wonder how on Earth you center a circle with this, the base of the tool doubles as a centering gadget.

To produce a perfect circle, this drawing compass has a bunch of aperture blades. If I counted them well, there are more than in the Biotar 58mm f/2.0 lens. And if this was a part of a real lens, I believe it would produce darn beautiful round bokeh.

This product caught my attention because it looks beautiful and very elegant. Still, I think I would stick with a traditional drawing compass, it seems like less of a fuss. But that’s just me. If you’d like to own this gadget, you can order it here at the price of $30.90. It’s currently on a discount and costs $19.95.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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One response to “This weird drawing compass was inspired by lens aperture”

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    Martin Pot

    Looks like that’s a cheap knock-off of the Iris drawing compass: https://www.makerscabinet.com/collections/all-flagship-products/products/iris – and some of the photos in your post are of the genuine item, while others are of the knock-off.