The trend continues

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yray
yray Senior Member • Posts: 2,095
Re: The trend continues
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Leonard Shepherd wrote:

yray wrote:

All of these statements might be true

They are easily demonstrated as true.

but not necessarily meaningful unless one either crops a lot, prints very large, or has pixel peeping as a favorite pastime.

If you are happy with reasonable 10x8 prints or viewing on a low resolution low priced laptop then improvements may not be meaningful - to you.

I made a lot of “reasonable” 12x18 inch prints out of af-d lenses and 10-12 MP sensors over the years. With decent software you can resize images quite effectively for print if needed. I usually view my images on a 32” $1000+ monitor. I rarely find that resolution is what’s missing. What normally separates a good shot from a mediocre one are subject, light, and composition, or any combination of the three, or possibly misfocus.

What I find ironic is that I encountered more than once on this forum that some of the same folks who criticize older cameras and lenses are raving about new smartphones.

Maybe this is because using them sensibly and taking advantage of their inbuilt post processing ability they can usually easily exceed 10x8 inch print standard - are are even good for 4k monitors.

If you try to zoom closely, iPhone pics taken even in decent lighting fall apart long before DSLR pics do, even taken with a 10 year old camera, I know because my daughter has iPhone 11. If you don’t zoom in they look pretty good, and their built in post processing is superior to OOC jpegs. But I never cared for OOC jpegs anyway.

The smartphones do not have a significant telephoto lens option - but sometimes at wider angles straight out of a smartphone can beat straight out of an old DSLR and lens.

I am not saying that all old lenses were great. But the better ones are keepers in my opinion.

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In lots of ways good photography is much more about how equipment is used rather than anything else.

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