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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 did Pentax change to open-aperture metering when this causes the need to stop-down for old lenses?

On my Pentax ME Super with a legacy lens (Pentax SMC 50mm 1.7) my camera meters at all aperture ring settings. Yet, if I transfer this lens to a modern Pentax DSLR, I need to stop down the lens to ...
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What are the pros and cons of constant-aperture zoom lenses, for a relative beginner?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and I bought the Sony 18-105 F4 constant-aperture lens. I'm aware that the constant-aperture F4 gathers more light than, say a F3.5 - 5.6, and it gives you more control over the ...
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Can you adjust Aperture in [Tv] mode on a PowerShot G7 X?

I do not own a PowerShot G7 X, but my friend does. We want to know if it is possible to adjust the aperture when in [Tv] mode, so that she can try for milky water on a waterfall. Is this possible?
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Why do I get the “Press Shutter Release Button Again” error when my D3200 isn't set to max. aperture?

I know there are quite a few posts out there about the famous "Press Shutter Release Button Again" error. But mine seems to be quite weird. I own a Nikon D3200 with the standard 18-55 mm lens. It ...
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How can I maximizing dynamic range without postprocessing?

How can I maximize the amount of detail captured in both dark and light objects in the same photo? I don't have the option of post-processing, so "traditional" HDR is not possible. If I reduce ...
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tokina at-x pro 100mm f/2.8 macro for Nikon - aperture automatically changes while in manual mode

The max aperture on my Tokina 100mm at-x pro is f/2.8 but when I focus on anything closer than around 9 feet, the aperture automatically starts to close down and get progressively smaller (higher ...
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Do I use the crop factor in calculating aperture size and area?

How do I calculate the aperture size and area, considering an 35mm equivalent focal length value and non-equivalent aperture f-number (in terms of exposure, no multiplication of the crop factor of the ...
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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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Aperture iris in front of lenses (in object space)

This question discusses the iris placed in camera body and this question does not reveal too much details about external iris. I recall from scattered information that I have read that iris placed in ...
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Apertures required to enable autofocus on Rebel T6s/T6i in Live View?

Your article "What apertures are required to enable autofocus, including cross-type or high-precision focusing, on Canon DSLR cameras?" is most useful. Would the new Canon autofocus technology, in the ...
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Why don't compact digital cameras 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 Canon G10 or Panasonic LX5. Is there some practical or ...
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Which equipment and settings were used for this kiteboarding photo?

My question is how was this picture taken. And I've got a few assumptions I made regarding the photo, please correct me when I am wrong. Low aperture value, like 1.4-2.0 Quite high shutter speed, my ...
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What does f-stop mean?

What does f-stop mean? Is it the same thing when people say "2 stops" for example?
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Finding the real settings of my camera

I installed the CHDK firmware on my camera. One of the options it has is to show the "true" ISO that any given displayed ISO represents (eg. display ISO 80 is really ISO 45). This got me wondering: ...
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What all techniques and best practices I should use or improve for these photos? [closed]

I am beginner in photography. These two photos are taken in manual mode and I feel it's perfect shot. Please have a look and let me what all things I should improve and what I shouldn't consider. ...
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Nikon D7000 thinks aperture of non-cpu lens is always 16 and overexposes photos

I have a non-cpu lens with manual aperture control (I use the aperture ring to set it, and it stays that way when I shoot). My D7000 used to work fine with this lens in A mode - all images were ...
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zoom or aperture which one decreases DoF?

When I want to decrease my DoF and have Bokeh in my photos, I always stuck between choosing either opening the aperture or zooming. Should I start zooming or should I decrease the aperture? Edit: ...
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Does F number stay the same between 35mm and Medium Format?

Rented a medium format camera to see "what is this medium format look" everyone talks about! and evaluate if it is awesome enough to start saving money for it or not. So my own camera is a Nikon ...
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What are the practical advantages of fast lenses when shooting landscapes?

I'm still using my 18-105 kit lens on my Nikon D5300, and the (lower) quality of the photo on edges is bothering me, so I want to get some lens that produces good quality through the whole photo. ...
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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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Why can't I set the aperture on my Nikon D7200?

I have just recently bought the Nikon D7200 and am having trouble using aperture priority mode. I have been doing exactly what the manual says - I switch the mode to A but when I turn the dial on the ...
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Scrum photo technique

I remember seeing some photos taken of children which had been staged by getting the kids to form a rugby scrum - all in a circle with arms around each others shoulder and leaning in to look at the ...
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Which smartphone camera would give better low-light picture results?

Just interested in choosing the right smartphone for lowlight photography I have following contenders. Option 1 has 16 MP, Aperture f/1.8, OIS, with sensor size 1/2.6" and 1.12 μm pixel size Option ...
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What apertures are required to enable autofocus, including cross-type or high-precision focusing, on Canon DSLR cameras?

This is a follow-up to Why does Canon and Nikon limit or disable autofocus beyond certain f-numbers? I'm doing this to separate the AF aperture requirements from the linked question above. My goal ...
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Why doesn't the f-stop on my D7100 change when I hold +/- and change the dial in manual mode?

On my Nikon D7100, the f/stop will not go down from 14 when I hold down the +/- button and turn dial. All I get is a little number below but the photos do not change exposure when I change this ...
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Will a faster lens, like f/1.4, help get better Milky Way images?

I have a Nikon D7000 and don't know whether my 50mm 1.4 or 17-55m 2.8 lens would be better. I was automatically going to go with the 50mm lens, but then I was reading up on how I can use a longer ...
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Reverse Engineer this processing in lightroom

Wondering if anyone can put a quick eye on these photos below and share what develop edits in Adobe Lightroom they think could help create a similar style in other photos. These were taken by ...
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Why my dslr takes more time to process pictures shot at high apertures?

Using the same setting, my 600d takes about 10 secs from flash to preview picture if I shoot with a high aperture of f/22. But if I shoot with the same settings at f/3.5, I can see the picture preview ...
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Landscapes: why *narrow* aperture?

In an earlier question, several people suggested that for landscape photography, you want a small aperture, “to maximise the depth of field”. I'm not sure I understand that… Surely if you're ...
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Why is the Depth of Field Preview button necessary?

I've looked far and wide but i cannot find the answer for this question. I know some older cameras and lenses used to have aperture rings on them, which allowed the user to set how open or closed the ...
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What is an easy way to remember the full stop scale?

If you were teaching someone new to photography the full stop scales, is there a better way then flat out memorizing these values? Does anyone have an easy way that they remember the scale? Would it ...
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Can't duplicate Auto results in M, Tv, and Av Canon 70D

I've been a an amateur photographer for several years. I understand the technical side and enjoy explaining it to others. But...with my 70d, which I've owned for over a year, when I take an indoor ...
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What is the sweet spot of the Canon's 18-55mm IS STM lens?

I'm plannning to photograph negative film like this. And I would like to know what would be the sweet spot of my lens to achieve best sharpness possible, what f stop and at what mm I should be ...
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How does aperture affect focus area? [duplicate]

How does the aperture affect the focus area? Here are some examples: With an 35mm(50mm)/f1.8 prime lens What f-value will bring a group of people standing in five rows into focus? What f-value will ...
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What is the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed?

I know digital cameras have ISO options, and that ISO is the camera's sensitivity to light, but if you set higher ISO then you can get a noisy image. I also know there are two other camera options, ...
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Does a full frame lens require more light on a crop body?

When using a full frame lens on a crop body, does the lens require more light? If I use an f/2.8 full frame lens on a crop body, does it become an f/4.2 (*1.5)?
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How do zoom lenses restrict their widest aperture at the telephoto end?

Does the aperture ring lock the apertures beyond, say 5.6 at length lens's telephoto end? Does the lens introduce an obstacle to the aperture ring so the lens can't be opened anymore beyond the ...
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How do constant aperture zoom 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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Why don't the Shutter Speed, Exposure Time, Lens Aperture, and F-Number metadata values from my camera make sense?

I was just looking at some digital image properties, and it did not seem to make sense. Shutter Speed: 1/16 sec. Exposure Time: 1/11 sec. Lens Aperture: F/1 F-Number: 2.8 I would have thought that ...
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What prevents a f/1.8, 24 mm - 70 mm or similar range zoom lens from being made? [duplicate]

I see that it is common to have professional grade lenses such as 24-70mm lenses made at f/2.8. After using a 50mm/1.8, I was wondering what would prevent a more versatile zoom lens to be made that ...
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Does aperture effect the “depth” of faces in a portrait? Wide aperture make noses look shorter, wrinkles less pronounced?

Having a debate with myself that F/10 makes my portraits look better by making faces have less "depth." What I mean is I feel like wider apertures such as f/4 make my nose look longer and wrinkles ...
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Does using an extender 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. However, when I tested this extender on a Canon 135mm f/2 ...
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Autofocus with canon EOS 1200d [duplicate]

Can my EOS 1200d autofocus with1.4x canon teleconverter and canon 300 mm f4 lens. What will be my maximum aperture using both of these.
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How can I avoid this blur during taking indoor party pictures?

I tried taking some photos during an office event and noticed that they are all blurred. Can someone suggest what can I do avoid/reduce this ? A sample Picture is given below: **Larger version at ...
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Do photographers avoid using zoom?

Because most lenses do no have a fixed aperture, do most photographers avoid using zoom as to avoid messing up their settings and their established exposure?
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Why is my aperture limited to less than the maximum even in manual mode? [duplicate]

Equipment: Nikon D7000 with a 18-105mm lens that comes with it. Level of photographer: novice I've read that the aperture levels change depending on focus. Is there any way in manual mode to stop ...
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How to do custom bokeh on Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens (f3.5)? [duplicate]

I am attempting to use custom bokeh for an effect in which words appear in out of focus lights. After many experimentations i still can't manage to get it to work, i believe this is largely because of ...
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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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Why do wide angle prime lenses have relatively small apertures?

I've noticed that many of the wide angle prime lenses (at least for Canon) have somewhat smaller apertures than their normal or telephoto counterparts. E.g. the regular Canon 24mm prime is f/2.8 while ...
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What's worse for post-processing blurriness, graininess or softness?

Context Using an a6000, I've been learning a lot about photography and how to control the depth of field (by changing the aperture), blurriness (by changing the shutter speed), and the noise ...