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Is it possible to change aperture in 1-stop (increments instead of 1/3-stop increments)?

cbloom
Apprentice

When shooting at events, I like to quickly switch between f1.4, f2.0, f4.0, and sometimes higher. If I wanted to go from f2.0 to f5.6, it's 3 stops so would take 9 clicks of the aperture wheel. It would be much more convenient to go there and back in only 3 clicks. Is there a setting for this? So far I could only find a setting for doing this with ISO, but not with aperture.

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Waddizzle
Legend
Legend

You need to tell us what camera you are using.  Most DSLRs allow you to set the step value between increments.  The ####D / Rebel DSLRs default to a whole stop, I believ

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p4pictures
Whiz
Whiz

There are some camera models that allow you to change settings in 1/2-stop increments instead of the default 1/3-stop increments. As you have found, when 1/2-stop is selected ISO then jumps in whole stop increments. I am not aware of any models that allow whole stop increments for aperture value. 

 


Brian
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stevet1
Whiz
Whiz

cbloom,

I have a T8i.

As Brian indicated, You can set your exposure levels in either 1/3 or 1/2 increments, but not whole stops.

On my camera, you can find this setting in the Wrench settings, page# 5, the first tab. It's called Cusom Functions. It's Custom Function# 1, Exposure Level Increments.

You should be aware that this will change the stops on not only your aperture, but also your shutter speed, exposure compensation, auto exposure bracketing, and others.

I toyed with the 1/2 stop setting a little bit, and realized that while I could gain the convenience of going from f/8 to f/11 in two clicks, it also meant I would lose f/9 and f10 as possible options.

I could go from 1/30th to 1/60th shutter speed in two clicks, but I would lose 1/40th and 1/50th shutter speed in the process.

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