When did digital surpass film in IQ?

Started Feb 16, 2017 | Questions thread
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Many variables make it hard to call

Our digital started looking better than low ISO 35mm film when we switched to a Nikon D80's 10MP files, using lenses of equal quality. My 16MP B&W digital now surpasses my previous 6 X 6 cm fine grain film gallery prints from forty years ago. But I was shooting with more affordable TLR cameras back then, and better cameras/lenses than mine certainly existed. I don't mind the more grainless, admittedly plasticky look of digital. Some don't care for it. When I post digital B&W images at forums inhabited by film users I sometimes add a bit of grain. The look seems quite similar to my eyes. There are many variables in how one processes an image, and they are important in the evaluation.

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