A very interesting question on resolution and prints

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A very interesting question on resolution and prints
10 months ago

John and Joe got into a debate about the impact of different camera systems on printed images. It's been long running, but the most recent posts started here:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51570043

I stuck my ore in here:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51575131

I too have printed images on my wall from the E1 and E3 and have challenged photographers to say which is from which (12 x 16 inches). One is a landscape and one is in an aircraft museum, both shot at 7 mm with lots of detail. None could.

The reason this discussion interests me is 1) what is good enough? 2) are light or no AA's really a good thing? 3) the fact we almost always view images on a screen with "100%" 1 click away is influencing our idea of what good photography is about ... but is it in a good way?

The "100%" interrogation certainly feeds our resolution lust. But what portion of excellent photography lives and dies on resolution?

There may be a skew in values here. Is it possible one facet of photography has been artificially elevated even though it has little to do with the art of photography ... because it serves the dark art of incremental gear lust?

Joe responded:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51575156

I've been coming to the opinion that, with the exception of extreme situations such as massive prints viewed closely or low light photography with motion, for example, that the IQ differences between modern (and not so modern) systems have little to no effect on the success of a photo.

That said, in this particular case, I'm not asking why 12 MP didn't make a "better" photo than 5 MP -- I'm asking why the difference is not even visible to the naked eye for a 17 x 22 inch print.

I'm wondering what people think about this?

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