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Old Oct 16, 2002, 7:51 AM   #1
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Default Pixels vs. 35mm resolution

I am new to all this, and I hope someone can help me understand something:

Is there a way to compare the resolution of a 35mm negetive to a number of megapixels in a digital image?

i.e. Say you shoot Kodak MAX 100 speed 35mm film and get an 8x10 photo from a lab. Can that be compared to say a 2.5 megapixel camera at the highest setting printed on a Canon S9000?

How 'bout a 4"x6" print?

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Old Oct 16, 2002, 8:10 AM   #2
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This just my observation:

@ 4x6 film is definetly better!

@ 8x10 film grain start to show up whereas with digital pictures the dpi of printer is actually smaller than the enlarged film grain. This fact couple to the magic of Photoshop can make a digital print look better and sharper than film! (with my 990 and D7).

@ 11x14 and larger film grain (24x36mm) are huge (this is when one goes to large format) and I believe a 5mp digicam is still very competitive!
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Thanks NHL:

Where does a sub 5 megapixel camera fall out? i.e. 2.5 megapixels?

Does the digital "grain" show up at 4x6? at 8x10?

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Originally Posted by Dawgcatcher
Does the digital "grain" show up at 4x6? at 8x10?
It's not so much digital "grain" as the dpi (@ least on my printer) can't yet produce a smooth color tone as a 4x6 print photograph.

IMHO 3.3Mpixels is pretty safe for 8x10 with some margin for cropping...
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