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File size and print output


Toronto, CA
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AdlC Registered since 17th Mar 2003
Sun 11-May-03 12:27 PM

Hello all,
I've seen scattered threads about this throughout the forum and it must be a tired question by now, so forgive me for asking yet again.
However, I'm wondering if someone has put together a table or matrix of file sizes (ex: Large - FINE, Large - TIFF, Large - RAW) and corresponding maximum acceptable print sizes (ex: 8 x 10, 16 x 20 ..) at 300 dpi.

Actually, I'd like to qualify "acceptable" as acceptable by professional portrait standards. I'm sure the answer isn't as clear cut as client requirements vary, but I'm hoping to use the matrix or table as a general guide to avoid shooting a smaller file size with expected larger print output. I'd like to be able to shoot the large file size for important pics and shoot lower file sizes for shots I know I won't be enlarging (web/e-mail shots), thus maximizing use of my CF cards.