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Started Dec 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP tbcass Forum Pro • Posts: 40,334
Re: Why standardize on substandard resolution

I went through a couple thousand of my 35mm slides and negatives and scanned them all a couple years ago (a slow painstaking process). I found the quality resolution wise quite variable depending on the film used. High quality slide film was about equal to 12mp. Color Negative film varied from about 4 mp for cheap off brand to approaching 8-12 mp for high quality Kodak and Fuji. Black and white negative film fared a bit better equaling 12-14mp. These estimates are subjective of course but it gives you an idea. None of the 35mm films could equal my digital cameras.

As a point of interest I also scanned some 4x5 B&W negatives from someone else and these easily were equal to 36mp, maybe better.

My understanding is there exists today some films that will perform better than these older films.

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