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Aperture is the opening in the diaphragm of a camera lens. For questions relating to Apple's photo management software, please use [apple-aperture] instead.

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Where can I find tables of common shutter speed and aperture values? [duplicate]

I'm working on image processing software (mind that I'm a programmer and when talking about photography, I'm "tabula almost rasa"). In this software, I'm using a RAW decoder that returns a data ...
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How does Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 image quality compare between f/1.4 and stopped-down to f/4?

I have a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens that I use as my go to for dark sky imaging with my full frame camera and it is amazing. However, I just bought a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens for my crop sensor camera so ...
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Difference between short/long exposure for faraway objects?

Say I want to take a landscape-type photograph of some large object in the distant (focus at infinity); for instance a mountain range at the horizon, or even the moon. Suppose no closer objects appear ...
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What is the limiting factor of picture resolution?

What is the limiting factor? E.g (thought experiment) If we are 200m away from a tree (let's pretend it's perfectly stationary) and we take an exposure for a week, shouldn't we collect enough photons ...
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What is the relation between shutter speed and exposure compensation in aperture priority?

I was using a manual focus lens with canon 600D and notice something in aperture priority mode. When I was applying the exposure compensation of -2EV, I had a shutter speed of 1/20 sec and when the ...
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How to find numerical aperture of lens

I need to find the precise collection cone angle of an arbitrary objective at an arbitrary (but known and finite) object-side focal length. This is typically given as the "numerical aperture", defined ...
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What is a “diffraction limit”?

I've seen the term used, but what is a "diffraction limit", when should I worry about it, and what undesirable effects are a result of it ?
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How to view a thumbnail for each lightroom folder in a catalog?

I'm trying to convert from Aperture to Lightroom. The first thing that does not make sense to me is how do you get an overview of your entire library (called catalog in lightroom)? In aperture, this ...
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Is it possible to add an aperture ring on Nikon G Lenses?

Many of the more affordable Nikon FX Lenses are G Lenses, without the aperture ring. One of my Cameras is a Nikon FG manual 35mm SLR from the 80s, which could only support a G Lens at the lowest ...
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Aperture? Have i got this wrong? [duplicate]

At the widest aperture the depth of field was shallow. So the object was clear, sharp and the background was blurry. And the shutter speed was shorter. The larger the aperture, the smaller the area in ...
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How does a camera in an automatic mode choose what exposure, aperture and ISO to use? [duplicate]

For example: Does the camera detect if the scene contains fast-moving objects and if so use a shorter shutter speed? Does it detect if the entire scene is beyond the hyperfocal distance, and there's ...
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Why doesn't an f/1.8 lens result in a lower ISO than an f/2.8 lens?

When I bought my Sony NEX-5R, I had a choice of an f/1.8 or an f/2.8 lens (both are prime, normal lenses). I was told the 1.8 will work better for low-light photography since it will let in lot more ...
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How do DSLRs figure out what aperture to select in P mode?

In program mode, DSLRs adjust not only the ISO and the shutter speed, but also the aperture. The aperture has a huge impact in some situations. For example, when shooting a close subject in front of ...
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Is there a way to adjust the aperture of a Nikon lens without a camera or physical aperture ring?

If I have a camera that does not have any electronic connection to the lens, is there any way to adjust the aperture on the lens if it does not have a physical aperture ring? We're using a scientific ...
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Is there a way to quickly take two photos at different apertures?

I would sometimes like to take two shots quickly, at different apertures, such as f/2.8 and f/4, but with the same exposure value (EV). Is there a way to do this with the Sony NEX-5R? In some ...
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How to change aperture in manual mode on an entry-level Nikon SLR?

In manual mode on my Nikon D3200 I cannot change just the f/stop setting. It only changes in relation to the other settings. How can I reproduce settings that I have found in books on photography if I ...
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What are the theoretical minimum and maximum apertures?

Is there such a thing as a maximum aperture that a lens can be open to? What about a minimum aperture that it can be closed to? Do these concepts even make any sense? Is there a lens with the ...
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What is the smallest f number possible? [duplicate]

I've quite a few questions in this regard: Is there a theoretical limit? What has been achieved till date? What is commercially available today? If there is a sudden exponential increase in price ...
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Can I make custom bokeh shape using a 18-55mm Nikkor lens?

Custom bokeh shapes need a large aperture. The max aperture my lens can reach is f3.5. Is it big enough for a custom bokeh? I tried but it doesn't work.
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How do analog photography light meters work?

I have a Canon AE-1 film camera. It works well and I've several FD, FL and Vivitar lenses. For recent digital cameras, I know how the light meter works. However, with this old camera, I would shed ...
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What is the relationship of aperture, focal length, and ISO in a SLR?

I was using Nikon digital camera, and recently bought a Canon 550D. I am totally new to SLR. I am not familiar with SLR terms: Aperture, focal length and ISO, and their relation to one another. What ...
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Aperture and field of view - percepted by eye vs camera

I very well informed and I know about how aperture works and why is it not restricting field of view, but I somehow cannot get around the following: Aperture doesn't restrict field of view for the ...
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The aperture size of my camera ( Fujifilm Sx1) is minimun of f11 can i use a filter or something to get images similar to f16 or f22

The aperture size of my camera ( Fujifilm Sx1) is minimum of f 11 can i use a filter or something to get images similar to f16 or f22
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Night photo with Leica 25mm: blur at f/1.4 [duplicate]

I have an Olympus OMD EM5 and a Leica 25mm which takes wonderful pictures in daylight. I was trying to take night pictures with this setup and I had the following results (after several tries and ...
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What do the specifications mean on the Canon G15's lens?

I am quite new to photography, but spent some days understanding aperture, timing, zoom and ISO. Now I see the values printed on the Canon Powershot G15´s lenses, and I can´t interpret them. I ...
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Is f/number more relevant than aperture and/or shutter speed?

I've seen on Flickr that the photographers specify values for four settings about their photos (where exif data is available) - Shutter speed F number ISO Focal Length An example can be found ...
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Canon Film SLR 28-80 mm lens with sunfilter; what should be my aperture settings and distance

With the Canon Film SLR 28-80 mm lens with sunfilter (I think it has zero impact on focal length) what should be my aperture settings, if I have to take pictures of people in crowd and restaurant to ...
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Connection between aperture and depth of field? [duplicate]

I want to know what's the relationship between aperture and depth of field. Why depth changes as aperture is changed?
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How do I determine the actual calibrated specifications of a Holga?

I've decided to get back to using my Holga, and while in the past I've been happy with the the pics I have taken, I started thinking about how "accurate" the settings on the camera are. (Yes I know ...
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Nikon P7800: Why is that different apertures result in different shortest shutter speeds?

While testing my new Nikon P7800 i came across the fact, that it cannot shoot at 1/4000 s through its entire aperture range, which is f2 - f8 @ 24mm (full frame equivalent). At f2 i can only go down ...
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What is the largest aperture on a commercially available lens? [duplicate]

Out of pure curiosity, what is the largest aperture, or lowest f-stop, a commercially available lens has. I have seen the 50mm prime lens from canon with 1.2, but not lower than that. What are the ...
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What will be my aperture with a 2× teleconverter? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 60D (crop factor 1.6x) and an 85mm f1.8 prime lens. Now I want to add a 2x teleconverter and attach the 85mm lens to it. My question is: What will the effective aperture be?
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How does the Dandelion chip affect the aperture lever with old lenses on Nikon D3200?

I'm trying to understand how adding the Dandelion chip to an old lens works in practice. I understand that the chip is programmed by the user with the focal length and max and min aperture. Am I right ...
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Why do landscape photos with large apertures have dark corners?

I'm currently reading Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure and wanted to test his suggestion that f/11 or larger for landscapes can produce sharper photos. Perhaps not the best test but I took a ...
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Why is the aperture ring removed from new Nikon lenses?

Maybe I'm wrong, but I notice that Nikon's newer lenses don't have an aperture ring. For example, an older AF 35 mm f/2D is now replaced by AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8G, or AF 50 mm f/1.8D is replaced by a ...
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How to compare the speed of lenses taking transmission into account?

When comparing the speed of two lenses, you almost exclusively hear about the maximum aperture. This of course makes sense, since at a certain lighting condition, a larger aperture in general allows a ...
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When using an Extender, does it actually change the Aperture of the lens?

I just bought a Canon 2X Extender and I always believed that It would only result in 2 Stops loss of light and not change the aperture. When I tested this extender on a Canon 135mm F/2 lens, the ...
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Why does my aperture setting change as I zoom on my DSLR kit lens?

I am new to the photography field, there are few things which I am not able to understand. I am playing around with my Nikon D90 along with its kit lens (18-105mm). While reading about Depth of ...
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What is the basic relationship between aperture and focal length? [duplicate]

How does a photograph vary with a decrease or increase in aperture as well as focal length?
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Is there a noticeable difference between 1.8 and 1.4 prime lenses?

I have been shopping around for a prime lens for my Nikon D50. I noticed that the 1.8 is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the 1.4 AF-S. What will I gain for that cost difference? Is it really ...
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Wide angle with low F stop number (eg.F2.8) in relate to depth of field

What is the purpose of having a wide angle lens like the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED with a low f/stop? For example I am shooting a landscape mountain scenery shots or group photos, why would I use ...
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What does the aperture range in a lens name mean?

Regarding lens descriptions, what does the relationship between aperture range f/3.5-6.3 and focal length range 18-270mm mean? How does this work?
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Night photography settings

I have watched a few YouTube videos now and one guy states that you should have a smaller aperture but to compensate for the lack of light coming through, you should set the shutter speed higher, ...
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What are some common ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings for street photography?

I recently purchased a Panasonic GF1 with the 20mm pancake lens. It's by far the nicest camera I've ever owned and I'm really excited to learn the basics of digital photography (primarily street ...
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I have a Fujifilm HS25 EXR and its minimun aperture is F2.8. Is there a way of getting a lower aperture for my camera?

I have a Fujifilm HS25 EXR and its minimum aperture is F2.8, but I want it to be F1.8 (my dream is to achieve the bokeh effect) Is there a way of getting a lower aperture for my camera; maybe a lens ...
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Why does the live view switch off for a long time and my photo is of low quality when I take a picture in low light?

I have Nikon D3200. I am trying to take picture in A mode. I have set Aperture f/3 and ISO to 200. I am taking a picture in very low light. The problem I am facing is that when I press the shutter ...
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What are some good examples of using ND filter with wide apertures?

Usually pictures shot with ND filters look like this one. The typical recommendation is to combine ND filter with narrow aperture to get slower shutter speed. This results in a very big depth of ...
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What's the benefit of a tiny aperture?

In this answer to another question Rob Clement wrote: Think background first. What story do you want to tell? Epic background, big mountains. Looking to deliver a sense of grandeur with your ...
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How can I shoot in a studio at the widest apertures?

I ran into a limitation while shooting a newborn baby this weekend. I was indoors next to a set of windows. I was also using an off camera flash on a stand through an umbrella. The flash was a Canon ...
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How to know the F-Stop in a Webcam? [closed]

I'm looking for a Webcam with large aperture and shallow depth of field, similar to the F 1.8 Canon lenses, so far It has been really difficult since most of the specifications for any webcam are ...