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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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7 answers
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How does background blur (bokeh) relate to sensor size?

This is a somewhat theoretical question. Suppose I first take a photo of a subject using a full frame sensor DSLR, with a given lens (say 50mm prime lens at f/3.5). Now suppose I exchange the camera ...
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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 camera,...
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Why does a bigger sensor lead to a shallower depth of field?

It has been mentioned at a few places that a larger sensor results in images with a shallower depth of field. Example image: APS-C Canon 30D left, FF Canon 5D right, same lens¹, same composition, ...
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How do you determine the acceptable Circle of Confusion for a particular photo?

I've noticed that several online and/or downloadable Depth of Field Calculators use different values for the acceptable CoC (Circle of Confusion) for some of the same camera models/sensor sizes. This, ...
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12 answers
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How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens?

I'm currently using an entry-level DSLR with 18-55mm lens and having great trouble trying to creating a blurred background effect in my photos. Now matter what aperture or shutter speed I choose, I'm ...
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For digital sensors and in terms of imaging medium, is the minimum CoC equal to the size of 1 sensor pixel or 2? And why?

For digital sensors and in terms of imaging medium, is the minimum CoC equal to the size of 1 sensor pixel or 2? And why? For example purposes using a 35mm Full Frame digital sensor where the pixel ...
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What are the depth-of-field capabilities of point & shoot cameras?

Is it possible to show following by using a point-and-shoot camera? shallow depth of field deep depth of field
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How to calculate the Aperture and Focal length needed for depth of field

I have a virtual camera in a game engine. The camera has an DOF setting where you can set the : Distance to object Aperture Focal length I would like to set a depth of field (lets say about 5m) ...
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20 answers
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How can I maximize the "blurry background, sharp subject" (bokeh) effect?

I know that this effect occurs when there's a shallow depth of field. My question is, what are the various ways I can increase this effect in my photos when I'm taking them? Note that I'm not ...
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3 answers
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Is aperture the same on different format of lenses?

I have just acquired a large format lens (a Schneider-Kreuznach Angulon 1:6,8/90) for the first time, coming from 35mm and medium format, and I am a bit puzzled by its aperture. I want to make sure I ...
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Is the sharpness of imaging different within the depth of field?

Is the sharpness of imaging different within the depth of field? Where is the sharpest? What I am asking is the distance from the lens to the object, not the image distance in the lens. How to ...
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For the formula 1 / u + 1 / v = 1 / f, what is infinite depth of field or hyperfocal distance?

For the formula 1 / u + 1 / v = 1 / f, what is infinite depth of field or hyperfocal distance? In other words, when u, v, and f, we have infinite depth of field or hyperfocal distance?
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3 answers
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Why are DSLR lenses measured in F stops instead of T stops?

I understand the difference between f-stop and t-stop, but why are cinema lenses measured in one, and dSLR lenses measured in another?
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What kind of lens to use to get sharp images of people from a distance?

I am looking to buy a new lens and want something that will produce sharp images of people from a distance. I currently have a 50mm prime lens and my close-up portraits are great - crisp and clear - ...

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