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Old Dec 26, 2005, 6:22 PM   #1
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Hi there

I hope you can help me. I am about to buy a digital SLR but I don't know what the minimum requirement is for megapixels for publishing purposes. Currently I write travel articles and take pics with a film SLR on fuji velvia/provia 50/100. I'm looking at the Konica Minolta 5D or 7D, both of which are 6.1 megapixels. Is that enough for high quality magazines or coffee table books? If not, what is the minimum I should get?

Also, any advice on the 5D/7D debate? Quite a price difference but it doesn't seem like there is a huge amount of difference in the spec.

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Old Dec 27, 2005, 6:51 PM   #2
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My agent firmly requires a minimum of 8mp for cofee table books, and really prefers 10mp if they could get it.

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Old Dec 27, 2005, 7:33 PM   #3
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thanks, that's a great help
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Many publishers want 300 PPI images. For an 8 X 10 print that would be 7.2Mp. For 8.5 X 11 you would need 8.4Mp. For that small an upsample you could probably use Genuine Fractals or maybe stepped interpolation and get an acceptable image from 6Mp. I have read posts by several people who have resampled successfully for publication.

But your best bet would probably be to bite the bullet and get an 8Mp camera. Keeping the images completely in the photographic process, Provia is about equal to 11Mp.

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thanks for getting back to me, that helps a lot
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Here are the specifications.

http://www.disc-info.org/

Hope this work to you.


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you are confusing final (submittal) requirements with 'out of camera' capabilities

the general specs for publication are 300dpi at the final printed size

the actual jpeg size does not matter as long as it will yield 300dpi when 'opened'

for example the 20065pop photo nature shot of the year was taken with a fuji s7000 and 'worked' to a final 8x8 at 300

pop photo, jan 2006, p 84

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Old Dec 28, 2005, 11:04 AM   #8
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that helps, thanks, found the chart thing on that website and i'm starting to get the idea about the 300ppi but now i'm getting even more confused about which camera to buy and the minimum mp to get to be safe - 8 sounds ok i think. thing is that the 11 and 12s are very very expensive. thanks for all your help folks though, it's all grist to the mill
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mups wrote:
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... Currently I write travel articles ...
Ask the publisher where you want to submit the photos. No one else's opinion matters very much.
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Old Dec 28, 2005, 4:46 PM   #10
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thanks, yeah, i will do that at the time but i'm freelance and write for new publications all the time so can't buy a new camera for each piece... i'm just canvassing so i don't spend loads on a camera then have to buy another one later. you're absolutely right though, thanks, m
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