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Old Apr 20, 2004, 6:46 PM   #1
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Default How many of You shoot at 3.2 format?????

I notice that most of our cameras will shoot at the same ratio as 35mm which is 3.2 on our menue's. Is it worth using this if printing 5 X 7's and 8 X 10's and 11 X 14 size prints? It seems like a good idea, Is it????? :lol:
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Old Apr 20, 2004, 9:12 PM   #2
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I always end up shooting in the 4:3 default ratio for my camera. I like having the most pixels available to be able to crop what I want latter when and if I decide to print the shot. The shots I end up printing usually end up being on 8.5x11" paper and if you do the math:
4/3=1.333
11/8.5=1.294

compared to the 3:2 ratio which gives a 1.5 ratio and would require more cropping of the picture to print on 8.5x11 sheets. Just my personally opinion and sitution.
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Old Apr 20, 2004, 9:15 PM   #3
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<raises hand>
Um well since there isnt a super switch on my 10D that rearranges the photosites, I kinda have to shoot at 3:2. :lol:
As far as the crop factor, I make sure to do so before I print! And the prints always seem to come out an excellent quality, so I'm not complaining.
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 1:57 PM   #4
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My camera (a Kodak DX4330) only shoots at 3:2 so I have no choice. Since I mostly print 4x6s at a photo lab I would probably shoot at 3:2 if I had the choice anyway. I'd rather crop the sides of the very few 5x7s or 8x10s I print instead of the top and bottom of every 4x6 I print.
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 2:14 PM   #5
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dotphoto.com and some photo printing services are starting to test dicam aspect ratio prints on their sites. (4xD size, where D is whatever)- If the test goes well, maybe in about 15 years maybe picture frames will come in that size.
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 3:12 PM   #6
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I recently started shooting in 3:2, because it's easier than having to crop afterwards to the size of 3:2, if I shot it in 4:3.
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Old Apr 21, 2004, 3:16 PM   #7
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I NEVER DO




....since none of my cameras have that option. :P
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Old Apr 22, 2004, 6:53 AM   #8
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I think it's meant for the extreme inexperienced point and shoot guy who may fill his frame in height and then be disappointed when a 4x6 clips the top and bottom. All print sizes will crop a little differently, just shoot in full mode and know that your width is what stays fixed, except ina 8x10 where the height is maintained, but you lose a tiny tiny bit of the sides, technically, 2/3 of an inch, but even this is confusing becasue you usually frame an 8x10 as a 10 by 8, so by that logic, your width is still maintained because 8 inches is your width not your height.
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Old Apr 22, 2004, 7:18 AM   #9
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I use 3:2 as one of the options on my D100 is 3000 x 2000 pixels. If I crop the image in subsequent processing I use 2700 x 1800, 2400 x 1600 or 2100 x 1400.

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I think it's meant for the extreme inexperienced point and shoot guy who may fill his frame in height and then be disappointed when a 4x6 clips the top and bottom.
It is meant for printing at 4x6 I would guess and it also matches 35 mm film to which the general mass is so familiar with.

The cropping problem is present in film also and digital camera makers only made it more complex.
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