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Old 29-01-2009, 02:29   #1 (permalink)
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I,ve just been informed that the d50 is limited to roughly A4 size enlargements because it only has 6 megapixels. This got me thinking... what limits FILM enlargement size? The quality of the film or camera? Its probably very obvious too most of you, but I'm new, so I'm allowed to ask silly questions right?
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Old 29-01-2009, 08:21   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Film Enlargement

Well, my D70s that has the same sensor as your D50 has provided me with 20x30 inch enlargements that look OK to me.

I've seen an enlargement from a 35mm negative that was about 48 inches high in portrait orientation. MF cameras ought to be able to go bigger, and plate cameras bigger still. Lens quality is the main factor.
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Old 29-01-2009, 09:52   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Film Enlargement

I have printed from 35mm negatives and transparencies up to 30x24 in the past. The key is the quality of the original negative/transparency and the developing. However MF would be better for large prints.

This was along time ago think I still have some of the prints in the loft somewhere.

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Old 29-01-2009, 10:21   #4 (permalink)
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Dont be put off by 6MP, hold your camera steady or use a tripod you will get 18x12s quite easy, I only do up to 16x12s but you can get much larger than this, I still use my Nikon E5700 which has 5MP and I manage to 16x12s off it, I am a regular user of small compact cameras as well and you will be surprised at the results. Dont try to compare film with Digital they are so different. Lets all move on and stop comparing! Oh and by the way I do have a 12MP camera as well which I use quite often, the pictures that I take are more important than the cameras !
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Re: Film Enlargement

Thanks for the quick responses! just a few more... Firstly, Dabhand16 you mentioned MF and plate cameras... What are they? I looked them up in the glossary but can't find. Secondly, so the lens and negative are the limiting factors in 35mm enlargment? Thirdly, I'm sorry Des Gardner I wasn't trying to start debate between film and digital, I'm sure they both have pros and cons I'm just trying to understand it a little better.
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To butt in...

MF = Medium Format. This was the standard film size before 35mm came along, and typically has a negative size of 2.25 inches square.

Plate cameras (or View Cameras) pre-date all this and are still used by keen landscape photographers. Full-plate uses a film sheet 8.5"x6.5", and half-plate is 5.5"x4.5" - although there were/are also plenty of other sizes up to 10"x8". You could do a full-size contact print from the negative, without an enlarger.
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Best enlargement I've seen was from MF - blown up to around 8 feet by 12 feet to go on the side of a lorry!
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Ay! but it was a small lorry,
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