old U.S. stops vs. stanard f/stops

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I have several old lenses mounted in Kodak ball bearing shutters that date from around 1916. The callibrations are in U.S. stops. How do these relate to modern f/stops?

-- Clark Savage Jr. (savage36@netzero.net), May 25, 2001


See this thread (which I found by typeing "US fstops" into a google search):


-- Bill Hahn (bhahn@world.std.com), May 25, 2001.

Actually, according to Kingslake (History of the Photographic Lens), U.S. stands for "Uniform Scale" and is N*N/16, where N is the f-number.

The beauty of this system is that doubling the U.S. number halves the exposure, instead of the f-number system in which multiplying the f-number by the square root of two halves the exposure.

-- John H. Henderson (jhende03@harris.com), May 25, 2001.

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