Lepp: 21mp matches 6x9 film

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Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 19,507
Lepp: 21mp matches 6x9 film

See second question:

http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/columns/tech-tips/time-for-a-new-printer.html

"In 35mm film capture, the limiting factor to sharpness was the film. In my film days, the only film that could resolve all the information from a macro lens was Kodak’s Tech Pan. Now, digital captures from a 21-megapixel camera match what can be achieved on 6x9 film. With the new cameras at 12 to 25 megapixels, the limiting factor is becoming the optic. The camera manufacturers are designing new lenses with resolving power that’s getting better than what we ever had for film. For me, there’s no reason to continue the film/digital debate; it’s over, and my 40x60-inch prints prove it."

I long ago decided I prefer digital to film even though I used film for many years so the whole digital vs. film thing has already been decided for me. Still, the quote is interesting. 6x9 is 54 square centimeters so based on the above quote I suppose my 12mp DSLR is about equivalent to 4.5x6 film (27 square centimeters).

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