Definition of f-number in English:


Syllabification: f-num·ber


The ratio of the focal length of a camera lens to the diameter of the aperture being used for a particular shot (e.g., f8, indicating that the focal length is eight times the diameter).
More example sentences
  • The f-numbers marked on a lens are only truly accurate when the lens is focused at infinity.
  • All these f-numbers, focal lengths, film speeds and apertures are actually really simple to get to grips with once you understand how they relate to each other and to the finished picture.
  • The higher f-numbers mean the diameter of the lens can be smaller, so the lens, using only 20% to 25% as much material, will cost less and weigh less.


early 20th century: from f (denoting the focal length) and number.

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