The case for "Good enough"

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The case for "Good enough"
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As I follow the threads within this forum and the discussions that take place, more and more, it seems that the arguments about the image quality concerning various formats in general and the different systems within the formats are mostly academic.

It appears that we have entered a technological point of not just diminishing returns, but the point at which further development in image quality (at base ISO) is mostly academic and has little to no bearing on the quality of the final output.  We have passed the point of "Good Enough".

We had hit that point before, during film days when all cameras within a particular format were good enough.  They were easy enough to use, the lenses were more than good enough and the output was solely dictated by the creativity and the vision of the photographer and was pretty much system agnostic.  It looks as though we are at this point in digital.  It took a while, but here we are.  We argue about having a "trained eye" to be able to see the differences among various formats.  The resolution of even consumer grade cameras rival those of 6x7 film cameras.  Pixel peeping is equivalent to looking at a 6 foot photograph from one foot away.  It's gotten to the point where the photographic tools are good enough to produce quality work even with APS-C based cameras.  FF and 33x44 formats are so good that they rival some of the best film based med format systems.

Sure, we can get 100mp cameras, in which case, we'll be traveling around with hand held cameras which produce images as good or close to 4x5 film cameras, but do we really need that?  A 20mp camera can produce a beautiful 20x30" print.  A 50mp camera can produce a beautiful 36 x 50" print.  How many people print that big?  What is the point of pixel peeping, or arguing about the minutiae of image quality improvements of a 33x44 based system vs FF?  We have reached the point of "good enough".  It's time to produce quality work that's equipment agnostic.

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