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

Started Jul 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Beachcomber Joe
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Re: Focal length 35mm equivalent, but not F-stop?

Chikoo wrote:

Beachcomber Joe wrote:

Because it is not necessary.

Says who?

The f stop of lenses has always been marketed and thought of as an indicator of its light gathering ability, not its depth of field. This is why we refer to lenses with wide apertures as fast, not shallow. That ability does not magically change with format. In the heyday of film and until recently in digital, photographers were ISO restricted in low light conditions. The difference of a stop of light gathering ability was a significant reason to pay the premium in cost, weight and size for a fast lens. That is how most fast lenses have been marketed and the primary reason those lenses are purchased. In many cases the shallower depth of field of the faster lens was looked upon as a negative.

That was then. You got to change with the times.

Why?  Large format shooters have managed for years without f/stop equivalents.  FF and APS-C don't need them.  The only people to whom it seems to matter are MFT users.  They are, they tell us, so much smarter and cleverer than the rest of us.  That being the case I'm sure they have an app to figure it out themselves and don't need published figures.

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