Do pixels matter? What 20" x 30" prints reveal.

Started Jun 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
misolo
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Re: I have some questions.
In reply to The Davinator, Jun 18, 2013

Dave Luttmann wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

misolo wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

  • Or put it all together -- a modern day compact, like the G15, vs modern day FF, like the 6D with good lenses? Is there any noticeable IQ difference between the compact and FF?

The sad truth is that, in good light and if you're not looking for shallow depth of field, there isn't that much difference. Still, you'll only pry my 5DIII from my cold dead fingers...

MASTERPPA wrote:

BS.

Even in the BEST of light, a G15 vs a 5D3, on a good sized print (20x30) I can see the difference in a second. Mostly from DR, and edges.

The 5D3 and G15 have about the same DR. What do you mean by "edges"?

If the pic is a landscape, I can tell instantly at about 2 feet. A portrait, except for DOF is much harder if it is a soft image. But as soon as I look at the hair and eye lashes, I can tell.

So you've seen landscapes and portraits of the same scene from the G15 and 5D3 printed at 20 x 30 inches side-by-side? I never have, so I don't know if I could tell. But a lot of people here are saying that they wouldn't be able to tell.

I've seen 20x30 prints from the G15. If one were to confuse it with a 5D3 at that size, I'd have to say at viewer is in dire need of an eye exam. The difference is not subtle.

Most of that difference has to do with the skill of the typical user of each camera and the care that was put into the results, tripod vs. handheld, careful raw processing vs. out-of-camera jpeg, etc.

I'll re-link the example above:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/kidding.shtml

However, independently of the typical skill and care put into the results from each camera, as soon as the light drops a bit (and without a tripod or with a non-static scene), the difference does become dramatic very quickly.

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