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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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Can I use a large aperture of f/2.8 while shooting landscape photography?

Can I take a picture of a wide area such as a big house at 10m, in low light, using a large aperture of say f/2.8, at a focal length of 50mm? I will have no subject between my camera and the house.
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Correct aperture to manage precisely blur and focus zones

There is something that bugs me about aperture... I understood that aperture will influence my picture on both light and focus zone. Now when taking a picture, I find it difficult to know precisely ...
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Settings for the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens (both macro and portrait)?

I have a crop body camera (Canon T3i) and I'm renting the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for the weekend. I hope to use it for both macro shots and portraits. Can you recommend an aperture ...
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Do lenses with the same f-stop but different focal length gather the same amount of light? [duplicate]

I'm taking images of a light source in a scientific labratory, and I thought I had a good grasp on all these things, but now i'm second guessing myself after some results. The most important thing is ...
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What is a good rule of thumb to use large aperture for portraits vs showing more background?

I recently got a Canon 50mm and have found myself probably over-using the large apertures for portraits. I'm curious if anyone has a good rule of thumb for when to avoid it. My sense is that its ...
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Does a larger aperture automatically mean a bigger shot?

Say I take a photo with a camera that has the aperture and lens of, say, a camera specifically designed for wide-shots and large display ratios to capture more elements, such as a motion picture ...
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How do metering and aperture setting play together in manual mode (Minolta X-700)?

I have been playing around with my mother's Minolta X-700 (objective: Minolta MD 50 mm f/1.7) and though I read the manual (here it is: Manual X-700), I am still unclear about one thing: When I use ...
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Are there any lenses have smaller apertures than f/32?

While most photographers prefer fast lenses that range down to f/1.2, are there any lenses that go smaller than f/32? If there are, what is so special about those lenses that an aperture of f/32 ...
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Aperture value appears as '- -' in Olympus E410

I have just started using manual focus and prime lenses with my Olympus E410 (four-thirds). Intermittently, the aperture value is invisible, both through the viewfinder and in the LCD display. ...
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How to fix stuck aperture?

I have a Micro-Nikkor 55 mm 1:2.8 lens. The aperture appears to be stuck. Is it worth trying to repair the lens? Are there any good guides for disassembling the lens?
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Why is my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 giving me an fEE error?

I have a AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. When I have the aperture setting on the lens to 22 I can take photos. But when I change the dial to anything other than 22(lowest f/stop) then I get a flashing fEE ...
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How is it possible to have shallow depth of field with a small aperture? (The tele-macro paradox.)

Some longer tele lenses have a macro mode that allows for really shallow depth of field that have a lot of background melting when using relatively narrow apertures; like f/4.5-6. I have tried and ...
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How is the F stop number derived?

How are F Stop numbers derived? I have both a Canon 50d and a Panasonic DMC-LZ8k, a compact with full manual mode. When I set all settings but shutter speed identically between cameras, I end up with ...
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Why aren't lenses designed with extra large apertures for autofocus beyond what's used for imaging?

Historically, designing large-aperture lenses has been difficult because correcting the optical aberrations that arise from large apertures requires complex designs and very large amounts of glass. ...
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What is the best order to set exposure parameters (ISO, aperture, shutter)? [duplicate]

Let's say that you're in a very controlled environment, there is no hurry to get the shot, and you're shooting manual. In order to correctly expose the photo, what order should you alter the ISO (if ...
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Why is aperture built into the lens and not the camera? [duplicate]

Maybe this is physically impossible, but I'm curious why cameras have been designed where the aperture is controlled in the lens rather than in the camera like the shutter. Wouldn't building this in ...
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ND filter vs stopping down for long exposures?

To achieve long exposures in daylight, one might need to stop down, or use an ND filter. By stopping down, the depth of field increases, but at some point the image quality/sharpness will suffer, due ...
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Can a smaller sensor's “crop factor” be used to calculate the exact increase in depth of field?

If APS-C and similar crop-sensor digital cameras have a focal length multiplying effect such that a 50mm lens has an apparent focal length closer to the field of view of an 80mm on a full frame ...
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What is the best way to photograph a marathon?

I've had trouble finding information on how to best photograph action at a marathon. I don't mean tips for finding locations, ideas, etc, but rather technical tips for a beginning photographer to ...
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Why do the Nikon V1 lens' websites seem to give different f-stops than the lenses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can aperture be f/11 on a lens with an aperture range designation of 3.5-5.5? I am a recent (and so far quite pleased) owner of a Nikon V1. I am in the process of ...
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Image stabilization versus aperture [duplicate]

I want to do hand-held, natural-light photography in low-light situations, e.g. inside a room with a small window on a rainy day. No tripod, no flash. Canon claims that their "Optical Image ...
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How do I properly understand what f-stop is? [duplicate]

I don't quite understand why most lenses seem to have approximately the same diameter aperture regardless of focal length. F-stop is, by definition, a ratio of focal length to diameter, so a 20mm ...
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Does micro 4/3 have an advantage in low light due to aperture equivilence?

Recent Micro Four/Thirds sensors seem to have improved their noise performance significantly. I own a Canon 5D Mark 2 full frame DSLR and am considering purchasing an Olympus OM-D EM5 micro four ...
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What is the optimal “default” aperture value in AV mode?

This is a very basic question.I am trying to learn how to use AV and TV modes with my T3i (after 2 years of shooting in Auto). What should I set my aperture to in order achieve the best results? I ...
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How do I find the right motion blur/depth of field trade off in sports photography?

I could be wrong but when doing sports photography I'm always thinking about the following trade off: A fast shutter speed to freeze the action. A small(er) aperture to increase DOF and thus ...
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How do you find out the “sweet spot” of a lens?

I've tried googling this, but have never found a satisfactory answer. I've heard the term "sweet spot" thrown around by some photographers to mean the f-stop of a lens which results in the highest ...
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What are the biases in daytime and nighttime landscape mode?

What are the biases in day and nighttime landscape auto modes in terms of aperture, iso and shutter speeds?
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Does the time required to stop down the aperture affect the shutter response time?

In a (D)SLR. When pressing the shutter release button the camera must first move the diaphragm to the required setting. When a small aperture is selected it has to move it more than when you shoot ...
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Does a specific f number across all lenses denote same amount of light?

When we say a light source emits 1500 lumens of light, it does not really matter if the light source is incandescent, CFL, diode etc. Similarly, when I say f/1.8 can I assume that all lenses pass the ...
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How does aperture work without “cropping” the image hitting the sensor?

I've been teaching myself the various settings in cameras and now have a much fuller understanding of how to use my camera effectively, but one thing is still bugging me. When the aperture size is ...
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Do smaller apertures provide more depth of field past the diffraction limit, even if peak sharpness suffers?

In Understanding Exposure (3rd edition, on page 48), Bryan Peterson has what might be called a rant against modern on-line conventional wisdom about diffraction limits. Answers on this web site are ...
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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 ...