D800E vs. 5D3: Diminishing Returns or Reversal of Returns?

Started Jul 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Thank you for asking.

Rick Knepper wrote:


3.) Express the idea that down-sizing to a given dimension seems to have a greater impact on the larger file as proximity to this tipping point nears just as the opposite must be true for enlargements.

4.) I was careful to say that the slight degradation in MY D800E sample caused by the severe down-sampling didn't harm the photo from being viewed at normal distances. In fact, I am enjoying a full set of 1800x1200 shots from a recent trip to Zion NP without it eating at me.

As I posted above, I think that downsampling may hurt the larger file more due to pixel merging and may require different PP setttings, like USM. But were you careful with lenses, focusing, etc? I also didn't read everything in detail, sorry if you have already replied about that.

As I recently wrote in the Canon forum (about a 75MP camera) I think that too many pixels, unless you really need them (if one prints billboard sizes eveyday), may hurt IQ. I thought the D800's density was about the limit, maybe I'm wrong (I have had very good experience re that density with the 16MP D7000).

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