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Old Sep 26, 2010, 2:03 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by snostorm View Post
Hi Les,

I think that with digital, it's likely that they'll stop at MF, and the APS-CD=135F, 135D=MFF, and MFD=LFF are probably about the right equivalents for the foreseeable future. Assuming that the 7D's sensor technology can be used in a 135 sensor, that's 36MP, so let's say APS-C tops out at 20MP, 135 format tops out at 40MP, and MF at 90-100 MP. . .

Speculating like this is really silly. . .

I think that given the physical characteristics of light, these figures seem like a good practical limit. Once pixels become too small the wavelength of light becomes an issue so these numbers still leave a comfortable zone for low noise. There will always be efforts to go beyond, as a marketing exercise mostly, but look at Canon with its G series compacts, they actually reduced the resolution of their last offering because they had exceeded the limitations of the tiny sensor and no longer had clean images (remember the G series is a pocket camera for serious photographers, not just a point and shoot).
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Old Sep 26, 2010, 3:17 PM   #42
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Ira , You are likely correct about the limitations if tiny pixels. Currently. One of four things will occur. 1.There will be a break through in the future that allows even smaller pixels. 2. Instead of making contiually smaller pixels the maufacturers will simply all move to larger sensors and in short order FF will be the standard and prices on them will drop to the range of current APS models. 3. A completly new way of recording light will be discovered/ developed, rendering current sensor technology obsolete. Maybe cameras in the future will have organic retina like sensors that can "see" better than any "living" eye known to man. And to increase the dynamic range the camera will process the images more like our brains, rendering the image the way we 'percieve" it and not the way it is. After all thats why we get so frustrated with our images. They dont look the way we saw them. 4. There will be a catastrophe of some sort that will cause us to lose current imaging technology thus putting back to using burnt sticks to draw on the sides of cave walls. Dont laugh ! We still dont have a consensus from our leading minds as to how the pyramids or the monoltithic sculptures on Easter Island or Stonehenge were built. That knowledge has been lost to us. Those folks obviously knew some thing we dont!!!! Heck most of us married guys dont have a clue as to where our wives put things when they clean the house!
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