Why do older camera lenses have faster F-stops?

Started Apr 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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vjk2 OP Regular Member • Posts: 231
Re: f1.8 equivalents...

Man, I really like the old viewfinders + pentaprism.

They're so much bigger, and the pentaprism makes it feel more craftsmanship-like.

Too bad you can't get them for digital. Wonder why the viewfinders of DSLR's are so small? I'm guessing the extra size of the sensor vs film requires you to reduce the size of the reflex lens. Still, I wish they'd make a "manual focus" orientated DSLR.

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