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02-12-2010, 08:10 PM   #136
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is there much point in mf camera at 30mp? ff cameras is at that and probably soon past it - kinda needs to be in the 50mp range to make it worth the hassle

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IMO there's as much point as chosing a 12Mpix DSLR over a 12Mix P&S.
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not to be rude or anything but the true benefit of a larger sensor (MF or FF) is not high resolution but better image quality. More space between photosites on the sensor means better performance.

Also, what would you do with those 20 extra megapixels that would suddenly make it worth your while?


ps. For the record, I will not be purchasing a 645d or even a FF dslr when it comes out eventually.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jmbradd Quote
not to be rude or anything but the true benefit of a larger sensor (MF or FF) is not high resolution but better image quality. More space between photosites on the sensor means better performance.

Also, what would you do with those 20 extra megapixels that would suddenly make it worth your while?


ps. For the record, I will not be purchasing a 645d or even a FF dslr when it comes out eventually.
More resolution (and a larger sensor) allows for poster sized prints and/or tighter cropping. It really doesn't matter whether you find that useful or not. Somebody out there does.

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I don't see the point in higher resolution FF cameras. The quality of the glass isn't there to make it worthwhile. A 30MP MF camera will beat a 30MP FF camera out of the water in IQ. 15MP is really a bit too much for APS-C, 30MP is a bit too mch for FF, who knows...70MP would be pusing it for MF?

Large wall-sized prints, tack sharp billboards at ten paces, it's not the land of the amateur, but it's like someone once said about an extreme wide angle lens. It's totally pointless until you absoloutly can't do without it.
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Number of pixels of optimal size for different apertures of a diffraction limited lens,
wavelengths of the light and formats, considering 2 pixels per Airy disk diameter.



You have all the data at hand, but take the green-yellow light and f/8-f/11 aperture values as a reference. It represents a realistic, not too demanding case. Consider a 35mm system with a lens at f/11. At best, the maximum resolution you will get is equivalent to 16 MP, even if your camera has 22 or 25 MP. In the case of an APS-C based system the limit goes to 7 MP, and 4 MP considering a Four Thirds format. Stopping down to f/22 the limit of the effective resolution of the 35mm based system goes to 4 MP!
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It's not bad to put 30 MP sensor in 24*36 mm, you can use all apertures till f/8 and you get 16 MP's resolution picture at f/11.

As for MF, it will be better not to put above 60 MP in sensor 36*48 mm, but it's easy to put more in bigger sensor.

As for APC-S - you think that 15 MP is enough. But, even with 27 MP sensor in APS-C you can shoot with apertures till f/5.6

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So how many here are going to purchase the 645D body for $9,500 ? I still have my 6x7 Pentax with four lenses and Epson V700 scanner and could get huge files using the latest 120 film like 100 Velvia.
But I would prefer a FF DSLR with EVF and 1080p video with manual control to use with my many FF K mount lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jptreen Quote
I don't see the point in higher resolution FF cameras. The quality of the glass isn't there to make it worthwhile. A 30MP MF camera will beat a 30MP FF camera out of the water in IQ. 15MP is really a bit too much for APS-C, 30MP is a bit too mch for FF, who knows...70MP would be pusing it for MF?

Large wall-sized prints, tack sharp billboards at ten paces, it's not the land of the amateur, but it's like someone once said about an extreme wide angle lens. It's totally pointless until you absoloutly can't do without it.
Why is 15MP 'a bit too much' for APS-C? I shoot a 15MP APS-C camera and for what I do (wildlife, always wide open at f/5.6) it's far superior to the previous generation 10MP camera in the same line. At ISO 1600 and up there's not a lot of difference, but below that the higher MP camera pulls in quite a bit more detail making for nicer large prints and tighter crops. And good glass has enough quality to not only handle this pixel density but more.
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14.6 MP is good. But 18 MP is rather high.
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Don't get me wrong, I shoot 15MP as well, the only glass I have that I still regard as 'superb' all round at 15MP is my DA 35 Ltd. I have Pentax 16-50, 50-135, 70 Ltd, 50/1.4, and a few non Pentax lenses, my experience with all of them is that they suffer moving from 10MP to 15MP. The only reason I don't doubt my K-7 is that the DA 35 is still perfect.

I'm not saying I can't get tack sharp shots with these lenses at 14.6, but I feel my hit-rate for similar situations has dropped. I can't prove it, I'm too busy te test it, I'm going with my gut.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
14.6 MP is good. But 18 MP is rather high.
Bring on the gigapixel sensors.......
http://ericfossum.com/Publications/Papers/Gigapixel%20Digital%20Film%20Sensor%20Proposal.pdf
http://www.imagesensors.org/Past%20Workshops/2007%20Workshop/2007%20Papers/0...%20et%20al.pdf
http://www.imagesensors.org/Past%20Workshops/2009%20Workshop/2009%20Papers/0...a_smallpix.pdf
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1000&message=34477953

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02-13-2010, 01:15 PM   #148
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OK, I'm as excited as anyone here over that Pentax is releasing, not a full frame, but an über full frame camera. But what will one actually gain from the bigger sensor provided it's implemented properly? Higher dynamic range, more sensitivity, more pixels, right? So who's expected to use one of these beasts (and who's using the competing digital MF cameras)? Pro landscape photographers? Fashion photographers who print BIG? Who else? Naturally, if the price is right, many amateurs here may buy one, but who really needs one or actually gains from one?
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Honestly, how many on here would buy one even at $6500?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ogl Quote
It's not bad to put 30 MP sensor in 24*36 mm, you can use all apertures till f/8 and you get 16 MP's resolution picture at f/11.

As for MF, it will be better not to put above 60 MP in sensor 36*48 mm, but it's easy to put more in bigger sensor.

As for APC-S - you think that 15 MP is enough. But, even with 27 MP sensor in APS-C you can shoot with apertures till f/5.6
Time to pull the tilt&shift lenses out of the pocket with hi-res sensors. Then, f/8 is more than enough for average landscapes.
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