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Film is soooo 1999 10 58.82%
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Old 02-21-2007, 03:50 PM   #21
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I don't mean digital is useless. Just that, if you want to make an 8x10 print from 35mm film, it will be perfectly clear, but if you want to make an 8x10 print from 6 megapixels, it's going to look bad.
Most people want digital for online work, which if fine, you could even go so low as to have a four megapixel camera for that; or just to print out handy little 4x6s or 5x7s to pass around, put in an album or whatever, and if that is the case, then a 5+ megapixel will be perfectly acceptable.
Especially for newpaper work, where the print quality is somewhat low anyway, a high res isn't going to be needed. For mag. work a higher res would be good, but isn't completely necessary.
But still, in terms of quality for space, film is better (unless you've got $30,000.00).
there's more to it than megapixels. I've done 8x10s with a 1.2 megapixel canon a10 and they looked great. I still have a few on my walls. 7 years and still lookin' good. not bad if you ask me.

the megapixel myth is what keeps people buying cameras that are junk because they're 10mp with a terrible lens and sensor.

the prints from my xt are excellent. better than my old film prints? maybe. I always had my film stuff printed commercially, but digitally I control post processing....and that's a real advantage.
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^ Exactly. My 2mp A60 produced FAR better quality photos than a friend's 5mp Kodak. More is not always better.
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:21 PM   #23
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"the prints from my xt are excellent. better than my old film prints? maybe."

that should say "maybe not"

check this article on megapixels
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/mpmyth.htm
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i have a film slr for play

but all the pics i have that have been in the paper were shot using digital
just makes life a little easier
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Actually, the 8x10's I have hanging on my wall from my old 5mp camera would loudly contest that. Clear, sharp, perfectly saturated, lovely. And from my current 8mp camera I have a couple of 16x20 prints that I seriously cannot find any flaws with. At all. And I actually have a couple of 8x10's from my ancient 2mp camera... and the flaws in those are so tiny as to be pretty much negligible unless you're really looking for them. The 5x7's from that are perfect.

Very true.

I have a whole bunch of 12x16s that I took at 4 MPs, and they're beautiful if I do say so myself.
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I can't do B&W on digital like I can in the darkroom - film is the only way to go for that - it seems too flat if I try the same thing in digital.

For color? Digital is the bomb - and digital film is cheaper than regular film...
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