Formats, pixels and max print sizes

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Formats, pixels and max print sizes
9 months ago

With the technology available today, scanned film or digital, what are the maximum print sizes one could be comfortable with in terms of resolution and IQ generally? Or, to turn the question round, which formats and pixel densities are more than adequate for A0, A1, A2, A3 etc.? For my part, how big can I go with a 5MP scan of a 6x9, or with 16MP APS-C?

I've just had some printing done, very interesting. Printing from APS-C, for example, at 8x12 or 12x18 forgives a multitude of sins in all sorts of ways; I'm interested in finding the point where the sins are not forgiven.

It is a bit of an eye-opener if you don't print often. At the sizes I quote above, I seriously don't think one would be able to tell the small formats apart, although I'd be interested in the maxima for, say, an A7r or D800 versus a 5D Mk 1, say, and whether those extra pixels would make a visible difference.

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