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The circle of confusion

Postby melek » Sat May 31, 2014 10:48 am

I'll admit right away that I don't understand this. Can someone please define this and how it relates to the image circle?

By the way, the only circle of confusion was inside my head when someone tried to explain this to me before.
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Re: The circle of confusion

Postby Dustin McAmera » Sat May 31, 2014 11:33 am

I don't think it does relate to it. A circle of confusion is the area covered by the blurred image of a point object (say, a small bright light); something that would ideally be rendered as a sharp point in the image, but isn't, because it's out of focus. The diameter of such a blurred image is used to define where the depth of field starts and finishes, in a quantifiable way. You can say that an object is just in focus when the circle of confusion is (say) 0.1 mm across; that is, we get rid of subjectivity in whether the thing is sharp by defining this criterion.

Then for a given focus distance and aperture, there are near and far limits (in the object field) where a point source of light will give an image that size, and those are taken as the limits of the depth of field, given this value of the limiting circle of confusion (I forget, without looking it up, what the conventional value is; it isn't 0.1 mm). This ignores other factors, including how much you enlarge the image afterwards, and how close people will be to view the picture.
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Re: The circle of confusion

Postby PFMcFarland » Sat May 31, 2014 12:41 pm

I'm usually smack in the middle of the confused circle. :mrgreen:

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Re: The circle of confusion

Postby LarryD » Sat May 31, 2014 1:49 pm

Every time I try to understand this my brain gets Boketh. :D
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