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

Started Jun 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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NancyP Veteran Member • Posts: 5,319
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These little Foveon sensor cameras punch well above their weight in resolution - as long as the ISO is 400 or lower, preferably 200 or 100. All that said, resolution is but one element in a good photograph. How much resolution is "enough"? Depends on your viewing practices. My Canon 60D is fine for 11" x 17" prints. I don't have room for 20 x 30" prints in my flat, so I am not lusting after a D800e. If Canon comes out with a 40 to 50 MP FF camera, would I be interested? Well, yes.

Panoramics are another way to increase resolution in stably-lit landscapes. I just picked up a tip for panos involving water - use high-optical-density neutral density filters (2.0 to 3.0) to get exposure to 1 second to 10 seconds, the water will be glassy and easier to merge. I will have to try this myself - it looked good in the OP's post.

The ultimate in resolution is a view camera.

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