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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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Why does higher aperture (less light) make an image sharper?

Why does higher aperture, less light, make an image sharper? Or rather make everything in focus? And how does this lead to lenses having a sweet spot in sharpness?
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What's the difference between a closed and open aperture diaphragm for night street photos?

I'm capturing a picture during night and to a street with a lot of cars running over the street. What happens (in general, from a theoretical point of view) if I shoot the same photo under the ...
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What's the base f-stop when counting an ideal f-stop for lens?

I've read a lot around this site that an ideal quality of the lens is achieved when using f-stop roughly 2 stops slower than the fastest value of the lens. Firstly, I'm not exactly sure what "2 ...
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Can custom (or any) function override aperture on a Canon 7D?

I'm a new owner (1 week) of a Canon 7D and a 28-135 USM lens. While experimenting and just shooting randomly, I was surprised to see my aperture setting (through the viewfinder) showing me a 2.8. Is ...
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Do the same camera settings lead to the same exposure across different sensor sizes?

Let's say I have a micro-4/3rd camera and a full frame camera, both set to 1/60 at f/2.8, taking a picture of the same scene in the same lighting. Will the exposure be the same across both cameras ...
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Why are some original files unavailable for export from Aperture?

I started using Aperture a year ago. I never spent any time watching Lynda.com or anything else, I just thought I figured the darn thing out, as far as downloading images. I plug my phone or Canon ...
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Is it possible to calculate focal length if you know the aperture?

I need focal length (for my IA homework), but I didn't know that in real world I would only get the aperture. Ok, my camera is an Olympus X-21, and manual says: -----Olympus lens: 6.3 to 18.9 mm, ...
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How to stop a high F number from appearing blurry?

I have been out taking some evening photos (just after sunset) and I have noticed that in a number of instances the higher f numbers ( 14+ ) are appearing more blurred than the lower f numbers ( < ...
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RAW export in Aperture giving square “grid” pattern over noise

I have a RAW photo in aperture that has quite a lot of noise. When I export the photo to JPEG (and TIFF/PSD, 16 bit) I get a strange square grid like pattern on the photo. Here is an example of the ...
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Aperture not stopping down on Tamron lens

I have an EF-mount Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 lens that seems to have developed a problem. On all focal lengths from 70mm to approx. 200mm, the lens works flawlessly. When the zoom ring goes above 200mm, ...
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Focusing on moving target with large aperature?

I have read about difficulties getting focusing right when using a large aperature (because of depth-of-field issues). If I am using a fast prime wide open (say F1.4 or F1.8) to shoot a target in ...
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DSLRs with separate controls for aperture and shutter?

I just bought a Nikon D3200 DSLR and I'm going to return it. It's fine if you always want to use in fully automatic mode, but in Manual mode, it's much less convenient. You have to set the shutter ...
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How does aperture size or shutter speed affect color temperature?

With all other parameters assumed constant, does aperture size or duration of exposure have any effect on the resulting color warmth or vividness? (Even slightly.) While answering please also ...
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Why would a serious photographer buy a lens slower than f/2.8?

It seems to me that the general idea is that, once you start getting to become a decent photographer and are really moving beyond your kit lenses, you shouldn't be looking at anything slower then ...
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Solid explanation behind the physics of the relation between aperture size and depth of field [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Technically, why is the out of focus area blurred more when using a bigger aperture? Many of us know that there is a relationship between the aperture size (f-stop) and ...
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Why dont I see a difference in the brightness through my viewfinder when I change the aperture?

If I change the aperture for a particular photo, why don't I see a change in the brightness of the image in the viewfinder?
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Is it important that the Canon 1DX isn't specified to autofocus with lenses slower than f/5.6? [closed]

Seeking the lens market AND the related info WRT Canon 1D X, I found some things which seems concerning: 1st, a note from Canon's Chuck Westerfall (see here) saying: “AF is unavailable on the ...
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What settings should I use to photograph aurora borealis with a wide angle f/4 lens?

I've tried my first night photography of the stars last week. Most articles I've seen were recommending a fast lens, fully opened, @ ISO 800 and about 20 - 30s exposure, etc. Unfortunately, my only ...
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Does the same aperture at a shorter focal length allow for faster shutter speeds?

I was about to ask why the new Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L II doesn't have IS, but then I came across the answer to Why there is no Canon 50mm *IS* lens? and it got me thinking... (The short version of the ...
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Why does wide angle lens adapter + large aperture make images blurry?

I have a kit 18-55mm lens on my Canon. I also have a .45 wide-angle lens that I use on the kit lens. The results are fairly sharp. When I try to use the .45 wide-angle lens on the 50mm @ f/1.4, it ...
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How to make the faces clear and bright in dim light photography?

I have a Fujifilm Finepix S2980 with which I do a lot of experiments. One thing which really bothers me is taking pictures in dim light. I wish to take decent quality pictures in dim light without ...
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Small Aperture difference - A big difference?

I had a second a second thought about asking this question because I have already asked a very similar question here but then I decided to proceed and make this one as different as possible. I ...
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Why does my DSLR's viewfinder ignore the aperture ring on a legacy lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, and I am borrowing an old Nikkor 50mm SLR lens (http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_50mm_f1.8_1828564.html). I've had a lot of trouble with that lens, in that pictures that appear ...
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How is aperture handled when in live view mode?

When you are using the viewfinder, whatsoever the aperture value is, the lens will be in widest aperture until DOF-preview button pressed or half-shutter button.But what about the aperture value when ...
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How do I photograph the moon with a compact camera?

I have a point and shoot digital camera, with a 26x optical zoom and 10 mega-pixel resolution. What are the adjustments that I should do to get a nice photograph of moon in the night? What are the ...
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Why does my Zeiss Hasselblad Distagon lens have a 5 blade diaphragm?

As we are all aware, the more blades there are in a lens’s diaphragm, the rounder the resulting hole can be made, and in turn this gives a more natural looking bokeh. So on receiving my recent ...
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Can a consumer-grade camera take good aurora pictures?

It's generally hard to take clear pictures of auroras because they are fairly dim and move around. To get enough light for a good picture, you need a long exposure. But then your picture will be ...
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What would be a good indoor setup to find a lens's sharpest aperture?

I read the whole of How do you find out the "sweet spot" of a lens? — great question and answer, but it didn't discuss a potential homemade rig for finding the sharpness aperture of my ...
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How do aperture and the tilt portion of a tilt shift lens relate?

I have found that you can use the tilt feature of a tilt shift lens to do some pretty neat things with depth of field. I can throw it 8° to the right and everything on the left side of the image drops ...
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Is there a way to create a tilt-shift photography effect without changing aperture? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get a miniature effect on pictures without special equipment? I recently asked a question that was closed, and this question is not the same. I am still trying to ...
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Fixing F number in Manual Focus 50mm lens on a D7000

I have a 50mm f/1.2, this lens: http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/1435/NIKKOR-50mm-f%252F1.2.html that I got used from a guy I know. When I mounted it in my D7000 though, ...
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Is there a difference in sharpness between aperture stops?

Is there a notable difference in sharpness between aperture stops of a lens? If so, where can I find that information for my Canon 550d Kit lenses?
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how the camera determines correct aperture and ISO in bulb mode?

Consider that the camera is in shutter priority and the exposure time is set to bulb mode. Now the camera doesn't know how long the shutter is going to be open in advance and so how does the camera ...
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How to calculate f-stop and ISO equivalents for a Lomography Spinner 360°?

In this review, there's this paragraph explaining f-stop and ISO equivalents: The two aperture settings are marked with the sunny and cloudy symbols which equate to f16 and f8.0 respectively ...
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Why doesn't the background become blurred when I change the aperture on my Fujifilm S4000?

I am sorry if my question is too naive, but I am a complete beginner in photography, and I think I still need to understand well what aperture is. I have a Fujifilm S4000 camera, and I know I can't do ...
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Why don't comparisons of aperture take sensor size into account?

When one compares focal length, many times we use the 35mm equivalent length. A 50mm lens on an APS-C sensor camera(1.6x) would be a 80mm equiv. length on a full frame camera. But when we state the ...
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DOF and picture quality

Is it possible to say that picture quality is better with small f number but on very small DOF, so this perfect quality degrades very quickly? So basically is there any reason to shoot with big ...
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What impact on image resolution does the aperture have?

What is the effects on depth of field, signal to noise ratio and image resolution when reducing the aperture?
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Max aperture on zoom lenses - stepwise or linear?

When zooming with lenses without a fixed max aperture, the change in aperture* that the camera displays is stepwise, usually in steps of thirds. But, is the max aperture really the same all the way as ...
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Do rounded edges on aperture blades improve image sharpness, and how?

In the description for the XF lenses for its new X-Pro system, Fujifilm crows: The [XF lenses] all offer precise control over depth-of-field and deliver excellent out-of-focus bokeh thanks to the ...
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Forgive my ignorance: Aperture changes as I zoom in why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do zoom lenses and compact cameras have varied maximum aperture across the zoom range? Just starting out with lacrosse pictures on my new Canon EOS 60D and zoom lens ...
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Why do compact digital cameras not have the aperture range of DSLRs?

Why is it that on compact digital cameras the aperture never seems to go any smaller than about F8 ? Even on high-end compacts such as the Cannon G10 or Panasonic LX5. Is there some practical or ...
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Why are the area of aperture, focal length, and amount of light specified in these terms?

So I'm looking at the wikipedia article on Aperture, and I'm a bit confused. I understand aperture to be the diameter of the hole that lets light in. In the article, someone states that The ...
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Why does Canon and Nikon limit or disable autofocus beyond certain f-numbers?

One thing that I've noticed with Canon DSLR camera is they will disable or limit autofocus when the lens is below certain aperture values, which are specified in my answer to What are the aperture ...
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Why isn't my variable-aperture photo more interesting?

I took a photo where I changed the aperture of the lens during the exposure. I was hoping to get a cool or unusual effect, but I didn't. Why not, and is there any really interesting effect that I ...
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How does aperture affect exposure? [duplicate]

I've heard that aperture can change the exposure, but I would like to know if this is true, and how it does it. P.S. I hope this question isn't dumb like my last two.
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How to test what aperture is actually used?

It seems odd to me that Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L does away with a front element of only about 63 mm, as reported by @jrista - which would be enough for only f/6.3 at 400mm, missing the spec by ...
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How can I use aperture to make my pictures better? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is aperture, and how does it affect my photographs? I've recently started trying to change the aperture level on my camera to get cool effects, and I would like to ...
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How can I take hi-speed photos of water rockets?

How can I take a picture of water rockets as they fly through the air? What settings would be best under normal daylight conditions? What is the slowest shutter speed I can use that the lighting will ...
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autofocus and maximum aperture of 60D [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the aperture limits for autofocus on Canon DSLR cameras? It is mentioned on page 79 of the EOS 60D manual that the center point AF is twice as accurate at ...