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F-Stop watch helps photographers keep time



When I first saw the F-Stop Watch I thought it was a cool gadget you could use to calculate exposures when you were using a camera without a light meter. You know, like a Holga plastic camera or maybe an antique, manual one. I know it's hard to believe, but people still use those with great results.


It turns out the F-Stop Watch is... (insert drum roll) a watch. Sure to be a hit with any photography buff, the face of the watch is marked with f-stops instead of traditional numbers. So f2 is marks 2 AM/PM but f2.8 is little before where 3 AM/PM would normally be. Get it?

It has a zinc-alloy frame with a glass-encased dial and a 9.25” band. A quartz movement ensures accurate time-keeping, and a bright-red second hand is can be used for timing long exposures (there, it does have some real functionality for photography). For photographers, this watch will help them be on-time for 11 o'clock appointments if they just remember the famous phrase, "f-8 and be there."

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 3:51pm]


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