Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by prodigy2k7, Jul 21, 2008.
What is the MP equilivant for film? Also how many dots per inch is on a piece of film?
There are too many variables to directly compare a MP number to film. I did read an article, a few years ago, where the magazine staff (Pop Photo, I think) did several tests to compare the Canon 1Ds (or maybe the mark II) to 35mm film (Kodak 100, I forget the specific type/name). At that point, they concluded that the Canon was better, over all.
As for your other question...I don't know. I don't think it's that easy.
This film claims it is equivalent to 500 MP.
When you say "film," do you mean 35mm?
What determines the working digital resolution of scanned negatives is (at least for now) often the resolution of the scanner, if you want a literal translation from film into digital. Also remember that there are many different film formats- smaller negatives like 110 have the lowest resolution and are the least enlargement friendly, while many large format films with their humongous negatives are often said to crush even the 22mp full-frame DSLRs in resolution (I wouldn't know firsthand).
I have heard that before too. 35mm film was the equivalent to 22 MP.
They crush even the 50MP medium format DSLRs. Nothing will ever compare with 8x10 film, short of an 8x10 or MAYBE a 4x5 digital camera.
Currently available 4cm x 5cm digital sensors have greater resolution and dynamic range than 4x5 inch C41. Scanning backs that are significantly better than 8x10 film have been around for over 10 years, although they require very long exposures (10+ minutes) so they aren't practical in all situations. Professional digital studio cameras that surpass 8x10 film image quality with normal exposure times will be introduced within the next 10 years.
I agree with the above posts that there are a lot of variables that make it difficult to generalize comparisons of image quality between film and digital, but a large majority of serious enthusiasts and professional photographers, including myself, are of the opinion that most 8 mp APS DSLRs match or beat 35mm film at ISO 100, and once you get to ISO 400 and beyond there is little comparison.
Holy crap! Matt! Where have you been, bud?
Film and digital photography have different attitudes. Chose which one services your needs. As far as MP I agree with Matt[FONT="] [/FONT]
If you're a meticulous film shooter, and you shoot slow, I would ballpark the native resolution of film at about 3000DPI, or higher in certain circumstances. From there you can do the math according to negative size.
So with film you can make a 100" long poster at 300 dpi?
That is the viewing distant?
Will the grain show?
Will the film be scanned?
How will it be printed?
I have a few older 24x36” prints made from 35mm film, they look nice to me, yes a little grainy compare to today digital standards but still nice prints[FONT="][/FONT]
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