Focal length 35mm equivalent, but not F-stop?

Started Jul 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
AlbertTheLazy Veteran Member • Posts: 8,132
Re: Focal length 35mm equivalent, but not F-stop?

Pixel Pooper wrote:

F numbers are great because they let us use the same exposure settings regardless of format, but that's only useful when you are taking a picture.

And that's something the equivalence-heads don't do much of?

When comparing specs to make a buying decision they tell you nothing about the camera's performance and lead to people thinking that a compact with an f/1.8 lens will be better in low light than a full frame with an f/4 lens.

I strongly suspect that most people base their buying decisions on things like ergonomics or pose factor rather than seriously sitting down to work out that a 1/2.3" compact is equivalent to a FF with a pinhole.

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