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Hi all,

 

What does it mean when you have, say a f/2.8-5.6 split? I came across it in another forum and I'd never heard of it.

 

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Aaron

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Any times I've heard the term used it's setting the aperture half way between two f stop markings on the iris ring. E.G. split between f2.8 & f4, you set the aperture at the mid point between these stops.

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Any times I've heard the term used it's setting the aperture half way between two f stop markings on the iris ring. E.G. split between f2.8 & f4, you set the aperture at the mid point between these stops.

 

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I don't think I've ever heard of a 2.8/5.6 split, but for the record that'd be an F4 ;) Generally it has to do with increments between 2 stops which are next to each other.

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I don't think I've ever heard of a 2.8/5.6 split, but for the record that'd be an F4 ;) Generally it has to do with increments between 2 stops which are next to each other.

 

Sorry yeah I just made up two F numbers because I was was just trying to find out what the split meant. How do you calculate that to be an F4? So it refers to increments between stops?

 

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F4 is between F2.8 and F5.6, so if you "split it" meaning down the middle that's where you'd wind up. There's no calculation really. Generally when you're calling a "split' you mean between, something like a reading of 2.8 and 1/2. You could say 2.8 and 1/2, but most people call out a 2.8/4, or a 2.8/4 split. I also often call out "bumps," which would be 1/3 or a stop. something like a Bump over 2.8 (2.8 and 1/3) or a bump under 4 (2.8 and 2/3).

 

The other time you might use a split is when you have 2 different luminance which you want to keep exposure on; let's say you meter a scene and you see that person A by the window is at an 8 and person b in the room is at a 2. You could bring in more light, but for this example you'll just call out a 8/2 split and split the difference in exposure. letting person A over expose a bit and person B under expose a bit. Again, this would be an F4 as its directly between 2 and 8 on the F stop scale (2/2.8/*4*/5.6/8).

 

Hope that helps.

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Between stops are usually done in thirds or halves a 2.8/4 split would be directly between the two, or 2.8 and a third or 4 minus a third. In Europe people usually just say 2.8 plus to mean 2.8 and a third.

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Thanks guys. Adrian I understand your second example. For the first example, are you saying that it's sort of a way of breaking down a stop into smaller pieces? So its half way between 2.8 and 4? Remind me to go memorize the f stop scale. My mom would never want me to say this but im a minor (out of respect for her I'm not gonna say my actual age, though I trust you guys) who does event camera work but I love doing fiction stuff and my goal is to be DP so let's see how this turns out. Thanks again guys.

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That's it. Just a way of breaking things down. Nothing wrong with being a minor, I was a minor once. it's good to start young and get your feet wet.

The thing with F stops that helped my was looking at their pattern of doubling and halving every other number so:

 

0.5 0.7 1 (see double the .5) then 1.4 (double the .7) 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, 32, 45 64 . . .

 

For the most part you'll be working with 1.4--->22 on lenses ;)

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