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Old Dec 18, 2005, 7:01 AM   #1
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finally got my D5, love it, knew i would.

would like to know how much difference in print quality should i get in ( laymans terms ) between using raw, extra fine , or fine setting:?
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 6:13 PM   #2
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I cerrtainly can't tell any difference in normal sized images between fine and extra fine. As I have moved over from film slr and digital p & s, raw is still fairly new to me, though I am experimenting with it.

The in camera processing doesn't seem to be as agressive as in some other makes like Pentax, so if I compare the raw and jpeg side by side, if they are processed to give the same basic image, there is little to see. It may be a different story if you make large photos or blow your images up a lot.

Where raw could win is that it gives complete control over the basic image, whereas you have to accept any changes done during in camera processing with jpeg.
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 6:52 PM   #3
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It is possible to extract sligtly more detail from a RAW image because there is no data being discarded during compression. But I'm guessing that you are using a JPEG file for your prints, so there may be little to be gained. I always shoot both, that way if I really need the RAW file, it's there. It's just too bad the 5D won't allow for Extra Fine JPEGs + RAW like my other camera do.
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 10:53 PM   #4
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ok but in a 11x14 print, is there any noticible visual difference between extra fine and fine
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ok but in a 11x14 print, is there any noticible visual difference between extra fine and fine
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ok but in a 11x14 print, is there any noticible visual difference between extra fine and fine
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It largely depends on how much detail is in you picture to begin with. A snow scene may not contain much detail whereas a leafy forest scene might have lots of detail. If a quality print is important, why not just shoot at the higest camera quality available?
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