Stops Question

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  1. Overstanding

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    I'm having a little trouble understanding what -2/3 stops is, or 2/3 stops and so on.

    -2 . . -1 . . 0 . . 1 . . 2

    Would -2/3 stops just be the number -2? And 2/3 stops would be 2? I'm thinking this might be wrong. Any help is appreciated.

    -Derrick
     
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    Each dot in your scale above is 1/3 (one third) of a stop. So -2/3 (two thirds) of a stop would be the second dot to the left of the zero. Similarly, 2/3 of a stop would be the second dot to the right of the zero.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    As noted above.

    The numbers are whole stops. The dots represent 1/3 increments. To the left is negative, to the right is positive.

    Just for another example: 1 1/3 would be the first dot to the right of the 1 on the right side of the scale.
     
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    Many DSLR's will let you change the partial stop interval of the meter to 1/2 or whole stops. Obviously 1/3 stop increments give you finer exposure control.
     
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    Sweet! Thanks guys. That cleared up everything.
     

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