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06-06-2016, 07:26 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
To be fair the intended use matters also. If you post to Facebook it might be just fine. If you want to make large prints it will disappoint you.
I agree, It is a matter of degree. As the example @mcgregni linked to shows, a really really sharp lens like the DFA 100 f2.8 allows for acceptable results despite a lot of cropping. Here's an example taken with my DFA 100:

I was looking to shoot flowers when the spinebill turned up. If I had gone to photograph spinebills I would have taken a longer lens. Even the DA 55-300 would have been better. But the 100 is so great that even cropped to maybe a quarter or less of the original image size, the result is quite acceptable for a web photo. Had I been using the 18-135 instead, the result would have been far inferior.

Severe cropping really tests the limits of resolution that can be achieved by a lens and camera combination. I guess it is a kind of pixel peeping. It's where really sharp or pro-grade lenses like the DFA 100 or the star or Ltd lenses particularly stand out from regular consumer zooms.

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QuoteOriginally posted by fstopfanatic Quote
Not to worry UV. I'm learning as I go. I mostly make 4X6 prints for our own photo album. My biggest project every year is making a calendar for our four adult children. The photos on the calendars are 8X10 so again not huge enlargements. I have a variety of lenses and am trying to learn which ones fit certain circumstances best.
You can still get very good 8 x 10 prints with a lens like the 55-300, or the 18-55, with the K200 or K-x. I have done calendars using images taken with a 6mp K100D super and 18-250 superzoom with OK results.

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06-07-2016, 05:52 AM   #17
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Very nice, Des. Sometimes we have to make the best of what we have to work with.

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