The (in)significance of resolution

Started Apr 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
DaSigmaGuy Forum Pro • Posts: 12,306
Re: The (in)significance of resolution

victorgv wrote:

rattymouse wrote:

I remember the first time i saw a medium format film negative printed.  Both a 6 x 9 negative as well as a 6 x 4.5 negative printed to only 5 x 7 absolutely CRUSHED a 35mn negative printed the same size.  It was so different, you could pick out the medium format print 100% of the time.

Clearly resolution mattered then.  Why would it not matter now??

1. In general photo paper will have much much better resolution than printer.

2. Lenses on medium format probably better .

3. Effect from grain would be much less on print from medium format.

In digital world it does not matter after certain point how good your camera is from point of view of dpi on paper.

1) Yes.

2) No.  Generally speaking, most MF lenses are not as sharp as FF lenses, although there are a few exceptions.

3) Basically, Daves problem is all down to the print resolution of his printer.  If that isn't high enough, a print from a lower res camera will look exactly the same as one from a higher res camera, when printed at the same size.

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