Full screen vs. pixel peep
After years of looking for the best resolution, lenses, sensors, tripods...I did a quick sanity check with a simple calculation:
the monitor screens we almost all watch our pictures on have at most 1200 lines which, with the usual aspect ratios (3/2 and 4/3), give us about 2M pixels for full screen pictures. Most of the time there is something else on the screen so we use much less than 2M pixels.
so we admire our own and other people's great pictures downscaled to less than 2M pixels,
unless we pixel peep, i.e look at less than the full picture.
Don't take me wrong, I am proud of a landscape I shot with no shaking which I can peep down to the pixel, and I do panoramas with multiple of these shots.
I delight in large prints - sharp and colourful at 18"+; but sometimes I can't get the result I want without cropping.
Coincidentally, I rediscovered this shot this morning (taken last July with My G1 + 45-200mm lens at 200mm full aperture) and prepared this at pixel level 1400x1050 for competition purposes. I'm delighted with the sharpness - for results, not merely pixel-peeping!!
Photographing the public for over 50 years