Ever Wonder What This Symbol on Your Camera Means?

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This might seem trivial and you may already know this, but I still thought this was cool (and I didn’t know it before!) – that little funny symbol – always there – always staring back at you…..

So now you know – from PetaPixel:

Ever Wonder What This Symbol on Your Camera Means?

Take a look at your camera, and there’s a good chance it’ll have this symbol: Φ — a small circle bisected by a long line that looks like a hieroglyph of Saturn. If you’ve always wondered what it means, today’s your lucky day: it’s called a “film plane mark” (or “focal plane mark”, depending on who you ask), and indicates exactly where the film (or sensor) plane is inside the camera body. One reason the mark is useful is that macro photographers often want to determine the exact distance between their subject and the film plane, and the mark can make this calculation much easier.

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