D800 vs MF Film, not a standard question

Started Nov 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
lukaw Regular Member • Posts: 312
Re: D800 vs MF Film, not a standard question

nathantw wrote:

bass wrote:

I hope most people here realize that as soon as you scan a negative you are dealing with a digital file. You are converting analog to digital. If you really want to compare digital to film you have to have a analog path from capture to print. In other words you are buying an optical enlarger and setting up your own darkroom. The only other alternative is to find a lab that still uses enlargers,not scans. Good luck with that as they are quickly going away as is much of the chemistry that was used. I shot a Mamiya RZ 67 Pro 2 for 10 years. I sold it 4 years ago, and other than nostalgic memories, I don't miss it one bit. Jim

When I buy my D800 next year I'll do the comparison since I have a Hasselblad and a darkroom. I can even use 35mm, 6x6, and digital for a comparison, plus use the same lens for each comparison photo.

However, once I scan the print, though, then we're working with a digital file.

Yes, and the quality of your image is as good as the weakest link in your processing chain.

In order to get a high quality image, your neg has to be scanned in a top notch scanner.

Most labs don't deliver quality scans.

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