A simple poll......24MP or 36MP...

Started Sep 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
Tony Beach
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Re: 36mp
In reply to kayone, Oct 11, 2012

kayone wrote:

Tony Beach wrote:

kayone wrote:

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

More is better!

Hardly, not everyone needs that excessive size to choke up storage space & CPU processing cycles when processing RAW files.

Storage is cheap, and the practical differences between 24 MP and 36 MP are not that great.  Want to spare your CPU?  Reduce the file sizes as a first step in Photoshop before doing any editing.  Don't want to do that?  Well there you go then, because most people when given the choice will choose to work on the larger file rather than the smaller one.

The 'storage is cheap' line is a very tired defense.

You can put it in quotes if you like, since you obviously don't believe it.  Nonetheless, the costs of storing a 36 MP file today are lower than they were to store a 12 MP file when the D700 came out.  You may consider that a "very tired defense," but I consider the complaint about 36 MP files costing too much to store to be ridiculous, especially considering that you will "choke up" a $120 2 TB HD with a mere 50,000 40 MB files (that's full resolution, 14 bits, with lossless compression).  The difference in price to store a 24 MP and a 36 MP file (times two for a back-up) works out to $.0016, and if that's a deal breaker for you than maybe you should give up photography because practically every other thing we spend money on costs more, or you could just shoot 33% fewer photos because anyone that is stressing over fractions of a penny per shot is either taking way too many shots or not getting paid enough to take them.

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