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Robert Vigurs
26-May-2010, 20:03
I have the elements for a Symmar-S 360mm, 6.8 lens. Beautiful. Recently have been looking for a Copal 3 shutter so I can use them with my 8x10. The shutters are so expensive. So, I bought a Symmar-S 300, MC in a Copal 3 tonight,(\$330) thinking I can use the 300 with my 4x5, and switch over to the 360 6.8, for use with my 8x10. What is the best way to judge the aperture difference. Will 5.6, wide open for the 300, be 6.8, wide open on the 360? I thank you in advance for information on this. Robert

Accordionist
27-May-2010, 00:37
Hello, best way to recalibrate f-stops is to measure the diameter of hole in the aperture iris. f = focus lenght / hole diameter. So, calculate the diameters for every fstop and then u could make a new scale.

Peter K
27-May-2010, 00:48
Hello, best way to recalibrate f-stops is to measure the diameter of hole in the aperture iris. f = focus lenght / hole diameter. So, calculate the diameters for every fstop and then u could make a new scale.
As mentioned often before, the f-stop isn't the mechanical opening of the diaphragm but the diameter of the image of this opening in the entrance-pupil.

As described here (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?t=17014), place a small flashlight in the focal plane and illuminate the lens backward, place a piece of (translucent) paper in front, close to the entrance lens element, you'll be able to measure the diameter of the entrance pupil easily, it is the diameter of the illuminated circle you can see through the paper.