Definitions for f-numberˈɛfˌnʌm bər

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f-numberˈɛfˌnʌm bər(n.)

  1. a number corresponding to the ratio of the focal length to the diameter of a lens system, esp. a camera lens.

    Category: Optics, Photography

    Ref: Symbol: f/ 9

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  1. f-number(Noun)

    The ratio of the focal length of a lens to its diameter; a measure of the light-gathering ability of the lens.


  1. F-number

    In optics, the f-number of an optical system is the ratio of the lens's focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. It is a dimensionless number that is a quantitative measure of lens speed, and an important concept in photography.


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