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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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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 ...
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Why does an aperture crop the image when you look through a lens itself but not when you look through the viewfinder?

I have been studying lenses for two days now and the aperture is very confusing. Based on the question here it appears that the aperture should not crop the image at all but when I look through a lens ...
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What aperture should be preferred while shooting the subject which is close enough, to get maximum sharpness?

From here: http://photo.stackexchange.com/a/20930/5205 f/8 sounds like a small aperture, and it might be good enough to get everything in focus in a landscape, but the closer (more magnified) your ...
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Do bigger focal lengths capture more light?

I never understood what the f really stands for in the f-stop values, like f/1.8. Wikipedia explains it in various articles, but I still find it very confusing. What I understand, though, is that it ...
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What is the effective aperture of two stacked lenses for macro?

Is there a way to calculate the aperture of two lenses stacked together for macro? In my specific case, I have 90mm f/2.8 and 18mm 1/3.5 lenses.
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Why does my camera show “f00” when using extension tubes for shooting close ups?

As a beginner in close up photography, I am using extension tubes with my Canon 550D and standard 18-55mm lens. I noticed that when I use this, the f-stop meter in the camera does not work and always ...
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Why are my photos taken at f/11 less sharp than those taken at a wider aperture?

I am new to photography. I have Fujifilm FinePix HS10 camera. Lately I was trying my hands on landscape photography. I learnt from different tutorials that setting high aperture value gets most of ...
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In what kind of scenes does it make sense to use f/1.4 aperture?

I have been told that it is difficult to focus with an aperture of f/1.4. So, in which kind of scenes does it actually make sense to use the f/1.4? In portraits they say that it is important to keep ...
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Why does the max aperture change when use Nikon 60mm AF-D Micro on D90 camera?

I have found that my Nikon 60mm Micro AF-D changes aperture from 2.8 to 3.2 when used with a D90. I have tried both A and M mode. Is it by design? Why? I intend to buy Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-D, but it ...
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Does maximum aperture change with focus distance with the Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens?

This site says The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens loses 1/2 stop at 1:5, 1 stop at 1:3, 1.5 stops at 1:1.5 and 2 stops at 1:1 (lifesize). Can anyone confirm that at 1:5 magnification, ...
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How do different apertures affect photographs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is aperture, and how does it affect my photographs? As an amateur photographer, can someone explain to me how different apertures affect photographs?
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What is the limiting factor in lens construction when it comes to f-stop values?

This widely praised Nikon 105mm macro lens has a maximum f-stop value of 2.8. I've held it in my hands, it's a big lens. Meanwhile, this 50mm Nikon lens can go up to f/1.2, despite being 25% cheaper ...
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Technically what happens that aperture affects Depth of field [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What exactly determines depth of field? Technically, why is the out of focus area blurred more when using a bigger aperture? It is obvious that the aperture affects ...
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Is overall light gathering of a lens only dependant on aperture?

My impression is that the aperture value of a lens determines its light gathering ability, but I'm not sure I understand how it works... When considering light gathering in telescopes, it is ...
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Exif aperture larger than possible for the used lens

A photo shot with an 1:1.8 lens contains the following exif data: ApertureValue: 1695994/1000000 MaxApertureValue: 16/10 How is this possible? Both values are <1.8
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Why are only certain shutter speeds or apertures available?

For the exposure control function DSLRs there are specific shutter speeds available. For example there are 1/4, 1/100, 1/500. Why, even in high end DSLRs, is there no option to use a custom shutter ...
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AF-D vs AF-G: is the aperture ring necessary?

I just purchased a Nikon D7000 with an 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S lens. I'm also looking at purchasing a lens around the 200-300mm focal length range, and I found the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 AF lens. As far as I ...
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How can I see both aperture and shutter speed in Av mode on my Canon 550D?

I used to be able to see both aperture f-number and shutter speed, and change both values on Av mode on my Canon 550 DSLR. Now, I can only see the aperture f-number and not the shutter speed on the ...
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Why Small aperture (less light) has Large depth of field? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Technically, why is the out of focus area blurred more when using a bigger aperture? I understand that a small aperture (large aperture number eg. F/22) means large ...
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How do I decide the best aperture to use with my Canon 18-200mm lens and 50D?

I am using a Canon 50D with the 18-200mm lens it came with. Some of my pictures turn out un-sharp, even taking metering and Auto Focus points into consideration. I wonder if this is caused by my ...
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How can I get bokeh with an aperture of 3.5 as my max?

I am trying to get DOF portraits of my daughter with my Nikon d7000, as per my previous post. I have zoomed in to 100mm or so and tried to get a large aperture but as I zoom, the camera decreases f# ...
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Why do zoom lenses and compact cameras have varied maximum aperture across the zoom range?

Why does a camera's maximum (allowed) aperture get smaller when you increase its zoom?
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How do different aperture and shutter settings affect a photo with the same overall exposure?

Ok, here's my doubt. Suppose I want to get a certain exposure for an image. Keeping the ISO constant, there are two tentative possibilities here: Put the camera at f 1.4 (say) and at 1/1600 shutter ...
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What is a “fast” lens?

I've been reading lots of camera reviews lately and have ran across several references to "fast" lenses. What exactly is a fast lens and what are its advantages compared to other lenses?
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What shutter speed to use when shooting video?

My camera is Canon 60D and I will be using it to shoot a short parkour video, that means: a lot of motion, moving subjects, moving camera focal length usually from 24 mm to 75 mm, but there will ...
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How do constant aperture lenses work?

Cheaper zoom lenses usually are faster at the wide end and slower at the long end (for example, the $150 Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6). More expensive constant-aperture zoom lenses have the same ...
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Does Av mode on my Canon DSLR take IS into account when deciding shutter speed and ISO?

Most of the time when I'm out I'm shooting, my camera is in Av mode. I've selected the aperture size I want and I'm letting the camera decide on the correct shutter speed and ISO that are required to ...
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How does Sunset Mode affect exposure on Canon A800?

I was puzzled recently when I did some test shots with my Canon A800 by shooting the same (landscape) scene with and without full optical zoom and with the camera program set to SCN - Sunset. (Sunset ...
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Can I adjust the aperture of a Canon T2i while shooting a movie?

Can I adjust the aperture of a Canon T2i while shooting a movie? I really want a greater depth of field when I'm shooting a movie.
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Nikkor 50mm F1.4D vs. Nikkor 50mm F1.8D [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a noticeable difference between 1.8 and 1.4 prime lens? I am a new to DSLR cameras and I just recently got my Nikon D5100 camera. I am now considering buying a ...
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How to shoot sharp “landscapes” with a point and shoot camera?

So, I have been told in a thread here previously that the minimum aperture (F8) on my point and shoot camera can cause diffraction and result in losing details of the subject if too many things are in ...
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Does focal length affect diffraction, in addition to aperture?

The reason I ask is that f/18 on a 24mm lens = 1.5mm, and f/18 on a 180mm lens = 10mm. I thought diffraction is due to the small physical size of the aperture, rather than the f-ratio, yet I only ever ...
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What are the best settings for black and white film portrait photography?

trying to do some "daily shots" thing, and I was wondering what's the best setting for black and white portraits in areas that are well-lit and sometimes not (fastfoods, restaurants, malls) I want to ...
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Why does a larger aperture cause more blur of the background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Technically, why is the out of focus area blurred more when using a bigger aperture? Why is it that a larger lens aperture produces a shorter depth of field, causing the ...
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Do crop sensors increase the depth of field when using full frame lenses?

I'm trying to achieve maximum depth of field without sacrificing light. I have a micro-4/3rds camera and i want to attach a full frame lens to it for the large and constant aperture. My question is, ...
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Does lens speed still increase meaningfully when the physical aperture is larger than the sensor size?

This question came to me this morning, thinking about 50mm lenses. I have the Pentax 50mm f/1.7 (manual) and it's a very nice lens, but would be considered (relatively) slow on 35mm film, and many ...
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How does one deal with too much light when taking a photo?

How does one cancel out extra light while clicking a photo? Is decreasing the aperture a better option, or using a faster shutter speed? What are other options we could try?
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Why does my camera's meter suggest the same exposure time for lenses with different apertures?

On the same camera body (Canon 1Ds MkII) at the same ISO setting (400) and with no filters attached, two different lenses give the same exposure time (0.4s) at very different apertures. The lenses and ...
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Can I use aperture ring of Pentax FA lens in aperture priority mode?

I'm considering getting an FA Limited lens for my Pentax DSLR. The FA series has an aperture ring with an "A" setting for control by camera bodies that support it. Can I instead use the aperture ring ...
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Choosing the proper aperture [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is aperture, and how does it affect my photograph? I have just started learning photography. One question for which I am still not able to find a good answer is how ...