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  1. brian_f2.8

    brian_f2.8 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Anyone that has a D3, just wondering if anyone has printed anything beyond 30x20? What is the biggest size you can print? I like the 9fps for sports but I'm wondering the quality for large prints. I have a few jobs coming up which could require large printing. I'm thinking of going with a D800 because I can get 6fps in DX mode and use the FX mode for portraits and landscapes. I will be doing fatheads, in which I really need good quality.


     
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    KmH In memoriam Supporting Member

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    I have had photos from a D3 printed as large as 20 feet x 60 feet.
     
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    Helen B TPF Noob!

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    This is a bit like asking 'How long is a piece of string?' because it depends on your standards, how they are printed, viewing distance etc. Personally I don't like to print D3 images any larger than 288 ppi at the native pixel dimensions, although the printing company sends proofs back at 240 ppi and they are OK. If I knew that an image was going to be printed larger, I would prefer to use something else if possible. This is just my preference. Everyone else's may be different.
     
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    Anybody who is even remotely familiar with photography understands that quality of a large print has more to do with viewing distance than megapixels.
     
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    brian_f2.8 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you for your input but how big can you print before you loose quality? What size in inches is a NEF file? Can you print 30x20 no problem? Would you print a life size image of the average adult?
     
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    I've printed 11x13 out of a d40 with a 35 prime. No PP done. The picture looks fine. I would assume you can get 20x30 out of a d3.
     
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    brian_f2.8 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you for a response, this is what I'm looking for is help..
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    So knowledge should be limited by the gear you own?
     
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    cgipson1 TPF Noob!

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    Funny.. I get good 20x30's out of my little old D7000! Proper exposure and good, sharp focus is more important to a large print than what body you use.. although a FF sensor does make it easier in some ways.

    just like I used to get good 20x30's out of my OM4's back in the 80's for my studio walls! ;)
     
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    I don't have a D3. Out of my D700, I have images printed at 24x30 quite regularly and I've printed at 24x36 on my D90.

    It's like with anything else, quality is relative. If you are viewing a 20x30 from a few inches away, you will see a lack of detail, just the same as a smaller sized print under a magnifying glass. From a normal viewing distance, it is much less apparent.

    One thing, at 20x30, you are effectively pixel peeping. Any flaw in the photo will show up on a close examination. It is imperative that your dof/shutter speed/exposure is appropriate and that your processing is done well.

    Also, one thing to point out, 20x30 is still a non-standard picture size and as such, frames may be difficult to find without a custom order. You may want to consider frame sizes that are readily available for you when choosing your aspect ratio.
     
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    brian_f2.8 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree about proper exposure need details on a D3
     
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    o hey tyler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Take note. ^
     
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