A 40x60 print is really pretty enormous. My office is kind of average size - 14x11 and I have two 16x20's in there. They do not look ridiculously huge, but you can't miss them either. Down in the rec room around a 9' pool table the 17x22's get lost. They look kind of small, as if they really should be bigger to go on those walls, at least by themselves. But a 40x60 is ten times the area. Put some masking tape on the wall where you think a 40x60 should go. Don't forget to leave space for the matte and frame - you're probably looking at 54x76 or thereabouts. I'm guessing because I sure don't do 40x60's, but I do know that a 3" matte looks reasonable with 20-24" prints. With a print consuming 6+ linear feet by itself - and 5+ even in portrait orientation - I think it will be a pretty big room that can accommodate more than two of these. It takes at least 12 feet just to put two of them up in portrait orientation, and that's with claustrophobic distance to the corners and only a couple of inches between the frames. More realistically I think two of them would need closer to twenty feet of wall to not look cramped. If the long wall is twenty feet, the short one probably can accept only one - I presume there are doors and windows. So it's hard to imagine having even five of them in a 20x12 room - that's bigger than my pool table, with basically no space left.
> Will my D3s print a high quality 20 x 30 print? Yes, it will. How much larger will the D3x print?
About 40% longer, so 30x45 or so at the same quality as the D3s at 20x30. For perspective, the D800e will make about a 36x54, maybe a bit bigger, at the same quality as the 12mp 20x30.
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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