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12-25-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Wait a minute... 3:2?

I was so focused on the features, operation and quality of the pics coming out of my K-x that I totally missed the new aspect ratio. It looks like 3:2 is the default? Looked at the manual, but could not find the setting to change aspect ratio to conventional 4:3. Everything other than 3:2 would be cropped. Not that I mind, I actually love this, but was just wondering...

12-25-2009, 12:10 PM   #2
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Conventional 4:3 and the new 3:2? Are you sure about that? 36:24 = 1,5. 23,4:15,6 = 1,5.
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What we have here is a failure to communicate

See, I'm an old time SLR user, but a recent convert from PS to DSLR. Ignoramus, novice, got it? What I meant by "conventional" is what the norm is for regular PS digital cams. I have a decent little Canon (4:3) which has a selectable 16:9 aspect, but it does nothing but crop what its 4:3 sensor captures.
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All Pentax, Nikon, Canon and Sony DSLRs are 2:3 aspect to match the aspect ratio of 35mm film.
This aspect is more the norm, the 4:3 P&S aspect is the newcomer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
All Pentax, Nikon, Canon and Sony DSLRs are 2:3 aspect to match the aspect ratio of 35mm film.
This aspect is more the norm, the 4:3 P&S aspect is the newcomer.
4:3 may be the newcomer but just try to find readily available 3:2 frames and mats in this format. Almost anything larger than a 4x6 frame is in 5x7, 8x10 or 11x14 inch, etc. which requires a fair amount of cropping. With all of the 35mm cameras in existence and now the dSLRs in 3:2 format, you'd think there would be more framing stuff geared for the format.
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The 4:3 ratio is also common for some video monitors (1024*768, 800*600) and standard (non-HD) Televisions. When I bought my K100D years ago 3:2 took some getting used to!
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Since 3:2 camera formats and 4x5 frame formats have *both* been around for a very long time, this is hardly a new problem. Traditionally, photos are framed with with mats when using larger than 4x6", and that's probably why isn't seen as a big enough problem for people to actually do anything about. For example, take an 8x12" photo and put a 4" mat around it and it fits perfectly in a 16x20" frame.
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3:2 is 35mm film standard, with 4x6" prints.

4:3 is CRT (TV and computer monitor) format. Historically, P&S cameras started in 4:3 with the sole purpose of seeing the pictures on a monitor (1024x768 1MP cameras). 4:3 is cropped on 4x6" prints.

Nowadays, most TVs and computer monitors are 16:9. I don't understand why 4:3 is still the common P&S format.

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