# Estimating depth of field

Started Feb 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
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 Re: 2nd Test - Solving for DMC-LX7 DOF Indicator Reference COC Diameter In reply to Detail Man, Feb 23, 2013

Detail Man wrote:

Hmmm. The DOF indicated is harder to estimate. I went with 1.64 Feet (0.5 Meter) of DOF. I get a COC diameter of 2.016 Micron (not that different than the previous 2.424 Micron result).

Yes, that is what I thought, the DOF is very ambiguous from the displayed scale.

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Anyway, since you yourself are not mathephobic, here are my formulas for estimating LX7 DOF and Hyperfocal Distance (based on the Zoom Factor reading that your camera display shows you): ...

What is the zoom factor? 6.9/4.7 in this case?  I thought the DOF formulas 2ssH/(HH-ss) and H=ff/(Nc) did not involve anything like that.

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LX7 (units of Meters):

D(hf) = ( 3.500 / F ) x ( Z^(2) )

D(dof) ~ ( F / 1.750 ) x ( ( D / Z )^(2) )

Did you start from theĀ 2ssH/(HH-ss) formula and plugin values (for s, f, c) to get to the above equation?

On a side thought, it may be possible to get to c by reading the H (hyperfocal distance) from the camera scale - read the left end of the yellow bar (H) when it starts to extend all the way on the right to inf.  And then just use H = f^2/(Nc).  Right?

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