Re: Aperture vs Focal Ratio to determine exposure time


Ray Gralak
 

f ratio is just a calculation. You cannot turn a dial and change the f ratio, but leave everything else alone. You
have to change either aperture or focal length.
But, f-ratio has some importance in physics.

For instance, did you know that the size of the Airy disk is not relative to aperture or focal length, but is relative to f-ratio? It gets smaller proportional to f-ratio.

So, a 200" f/3 has the same size Airy disk as a 2" f/3.

-Ray Gralak
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f ratio is just a calculation. You cannot turn a dial and change the f ratio, but leave everything else alone. You
have to change either aperture or focal length.


Bryan

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