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Why isn't glass transparency part of the exposure calculation? [duplicate]

The F number is a ratio calculated purely from the focal length of the lens and the size of the aperture. Any light meter talks in terms of F, Shutter, and ISO. Different glass, or just different ...
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What do all those cryptic number and letter codes in a lens name mean?

When looking at a lens name, there are a lot acronyms describing its features (often specific to the manufacturer). Examples, Nikon: Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm VR f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Nikon AF-I 600mm f/4D ...
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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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Why do two lenses with the same F-number give different amount of light?

Why do the following two lenses provide different amount of light? In both images we have fixed focusing distance, distance to the object, ISO, shutter speed and F-number.
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Will metering from a DSLR apply to a film SLR?

I still like to shoot with film (I use a Nikon F3) but I like the immediate feedback of digital. I'm thinking of buying a used DSLR to help me get the framing and lighting right when I shoot static ...
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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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Why is a lens darker than other ones when applying the same settings?

I own a Nikon D500 DSLR, with a Nikkor 16-80 mm 1:2,8-4E ED VR lens. I noticed that this lens, when applying exactly the same settings (same ISO, same aperture, for instance F8.0, same Shutter speed, ...
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Why are exposure settings different while using different lenses under the same lighting conditions?

I was shooting a scene, using a Canon 28mm 1.8, and after a few seconds I switched to a Canon 100mm 2.8, and the in-camera meter was suggesting different exposures! Why does this happen? Is this ...
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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 factors make a lens brighter? [duplicate]

Let's say I have two lenses of 50mm, one with maximum aperture f/1.8 and another with f/1.4. I understand that when using maximum aperture, for the latter lens more light will get to the film or ...
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What are STF lenses?

What are STF (smooth transition focus) lenses? How much do they differ from other fast lenses? What artistic techniques are done with them? For example Sony has an a-mount 135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF. What ...
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F-stop vs T-Stop - how do I quickly grasp a videographers view of the world?

I'm aware this is flirting with video rather than photography, but the question really relates to how each world can be understood by the other. Very briefly - I am an amateur photographer who ...
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Do different lenses affect noise level?

I unfortunately got a very poor and cheap 18-55mm lens on my Canon 60D. In addition to poor quality of my photos (poor in comparison with my 50mm f/1.8 Lens which makes great pictures) the noise level ...
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Should I avoid used lenses involved in video shooting?

When looking to get a used lens, I was told by a fellow (amateur) photographer to avoid buying lenses involved into video shooting. He didn't gave any explanation and left before I could ask him. ...
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What is the difference between the Rokinon 16mm f2 or Rokinon 16mm T2.2 for Canon?

Hi I have a Canon 450D and I am interested in buying a lens for astrophotography. I am looking for either a Rokinon 16mm f2 or a Rokinon 16mm T2.2. I read reviews that the T2.2 is a hybrid lens. ...

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