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Old Dec 21, 2004, 10:25 AM   #1
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Just curious what is the biggest print size you people have got with your D70 that still looks good and sharp (good enough to hang up on your wall)

Thinking of taking some for my new house, but wondering how big I can go (mostly macro shots)


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Old Dec 21, 2004, 12:45 PM   #2
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That all depends on the picture. Digital is certainly not as good as 35mm. You would need a 25 megepixal camera to be even with 35mm slide film.

Here is a simple formula to figutre it out

Long print dimension in inches = 4 x (square root of megapixels)

The D70 is about 6 mege Pix = 2.45

so 2.45 X 4 = 9.8 thus the biggest print you can make without losing sharpness compared to film at normal viewing distances is ABOUT 8x10.

WITH THAT SAID - we're only talking about sharpness! Color is more important to most people.

20 x 30" if you want, since normal people view big images from further away. This is all art and in the eye of the beholder.
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Old Dec 21, 2004, 7:19 PM   #3
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So basically totally dependant on the picture itself.


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Old Dec 22, 2004, 7:06 AM   #4
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Basically - yea :-) Some things NEED sharpness and others are more color orientated. Whatever it is though take the show on FINE/LARGE or RAW (which I have not done yet).

Honestly - I have had GREAT shots blown up to 8X10 with my 1.3 mega pixe Olympus with very little pixelation. It was a VERY colorful flower shot.

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Old Dec 22, 2004, 10:13 AM   #5
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I print attached pic.(of course nef version of it)90X60 cm. and its still looks sharp.
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For us metricly challanged thats about 36x23inchs.

D70? what settings did you use. A shot like that is perfect for blowing up. It's soft with few edges.

Very nice
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Thanx for your compliment Grinder.

D70 with70-300G

Focal length 200

S 1/250

F5

iso 200

center-weighted metering and image optimization is set to vivid colours.


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I've printed 20x30 prints with photos taken in FINE/LARGE mode with my D70 and there is absolutely no pixelation. I've taken these prints to art studios and they can't tell that they are taken with a digital camera.



Your mileage may vary...
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