' Image Quality ' D2xs OR Mamiya ZD ?
I have the D70s, and it is working very well with me, so my upgrade will pass the D80 and D200 to reach to this dream SLR the D2xs, i readed alot about it, and some people were saying that its image quality is superior to the Mamiya ZD 22 MP images
Is this possible ? or any true ?
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#1. "RE: ' Image Quality ' D2xs OR Mamiya ZD ?" | In response to Reply # 0Sharp30 Registered since 09th Jul 2006Wed 25-Oct-06 04:44 AM
From what I understand the Mamiya ZD is only available in Japan at the moment... so you would have to it mailed where ever your located
The Mamiya and D2x are completely different animals
D2X is a professional camera aimed towards a huge range of different types of photography.
The ZD is designed more towards fashion, still-life, or landscape photography. Its medium format sized sensor and is rather slow at 1.5FPS with an ISO of 50-400
So if you do any fast paced photography the Mamiya would be very difficult to capture the images you would need. However if you need a medium format quality image and have the money than the ZD would deliver.
#2. "RE: ' Image Quality ' D2xs OR Mamiya ZD ?" | In response to Reply # 0MelT Registered since 06th Jul 2002Wed 25-Oct-06 12:12 PM
You have gotten the point that you have to make the same decision people made years ago choosing between 35mm and Medium Format. I do not think it is a stretch to think that the Mamiya ZD image will be superior to the D2Xs image; especially at larger sizes when it comes to fine details just like 6x7cm format is superior to 35mm format.
Just like 35mm film cameras, the 35mmish digital camera brings greater flexibility and is actually superior when it comes to faster action situation. You will also have a greater selection of lenses, etc and equipments costs are less when compared to medium format.
Each format has its strengths as well as weaknesses. It really just boils down what your shooting priorities are and the intended use.
#3. "RE: ' Image Quality ' D2xs OR Mamiya ZD ?" | In response to Reply # 2Martin Turner Nikonian since 19th Jun 2006Wed 25-Oct-06 03:59 PM
The real question is: do you need 22 MP? If you are shooting mainly images that require this resolution, then buying the cheaper D2Xs is a false economy. On the other hand, if you don't actually need any more than the D2Xs 12 MP, then you would be foolish to lash out on the more expensive and less flexible Mamiya.
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#4. "RE: ' Image Quality ' D2xs OR Mamiya ZD ?" | In response to Reply # 0
Mabey its just me but I have no problem printing 20x24 at 5mp, unless you are doing hugh billboards do you really need more than 10 or 12mp? And even on hugh billboards even if you have large amounts of pixalation you cant see it from the road anyway. Just my thoughts and my two cents.
#5. "RE: ' Image Quality ' D2xs OR Mamiya ZD ?" | In response to Reply # 4MelT Registered since 06th Jul 2002Thu 26-Oct-06 12:28 AM
You can print huge billboards from 4mp file because the viewer is a fair distance away. There is a difference between that billboard and the viewing of a gallery print though. I have printed upwards to 30in prints from a 4mp (D2H) file and people think they are great and are surprised they are 4mp. Most think they are at least 8mp.
That said though, if I layed down a 12mp (D2X) print of an identical shot beside the 4mp shot, those same people will see a difference. The reason I know this is because I took some side=by-side shots of with a D2X and a D2H to see how much bang I was really getting for my D2X buck. I had non-photographers view them and they could tell a difference so it is not just me, the photogeek, making the determination.
A common person will not really care how many mps made up a print when viewing it just by itself so it really boils down to the choice of the photographer whether the difference matters or not to him/her unless they are providing work commercially and are dictated what quality they need to provide.