I confess I'm not a pro, so this is likely something I just don't know about, but what is the purpose of the 4x5 crop mode on the D3? I notice it's the same dimension as an 8x10, so is it for portraiture? I'm also trying to remember if medium format is 4x5, which could further explain it.
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#1. "RE: Why 4x5?" | In response to Reply # 0benveniste Nikonian since 25th Nov 2002Sun 27-Jul-08 12:07 AM
I notice it's the same dimension as an 8x10, so is it for portraiture? I'm also trying to remember if medium format is 4x5, which could further explain it.
While it is to match the aspect ratio of an 8x10, it's not just for portraiture. 8x10" view cameras have been with us for more than a century, and 8x10" has been a standard print size for just as long.
As a result there are a lot of pre-cut paper, framing and display materials designed for that size.
4x5" was once considered medium format, but it's a very old school definition. Today, 4x5" cameras are generally considered to be large format.
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