Maximum enlargement with D 100
I have never used a digital camera before. I would like to get one. My question is, using an D 100 camera on Best mode, how big an enlargement can I make without it losing sharpness and tonality ? Could I make 20x30 inch A1 quality prints from this camera? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#1. "RE: Maximum enlargement with D 100" | In response to Reply # 0tad2561 Registered since 28th Mar 2002Tue 02-Apr-02 12:01 PM
I use film w/ a scanner but should be the same. Have read that for photo quality prints one should stay within the 200-300 dpi range. Using this general rule for D100:
3008/200 by 2000/200 yields maximum 15" by 10" prints
3008/300 by 2000/300 yields maximum 10" by 6.67" prints
However, following is excerpt from ofoto.com:
For a 4 x 6" print, the image resolution should be 640 x 480 pixels minimum
For a 5 x 7" print, the image resolution should be 1024 x 768 pixels minimum
For an 8 x 10" print, the image resolution should be 1536 x 1024 pixels minimum
For a 16 x 20" print, the image resolution should be 1600 x 1200 pixels minimum
For a 20 x 30" print, the image resolution should be 1600 x 1200 pixels minimum
For a Wallet-size print, the image resolution should be 320 x 240 pixels minimum
Maybe you should make multiple size prints and find the largest whose quality still suits you. If you need a 3008 x 2000 pixel image, I may be able to assist.
Hope this helps,
#2. "RE: Maximum enlargement with D 100" | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberTue 02-Apr-02 12:50 PM
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#3. "RE: Maximum enlargement with D 100" | In response to Reply # 0
There is no answer that will be correct for everyone - your standards of sharpness are unique for you. Since the D100 is basically known only by its specs, any comments on it are subject to what kind of image quality it demonstrates when it becomes available.
By resolution alone, the 3008 x 2000 resolution should easily produce sharp prints up to "8x10" print size. I would bet that you could get quite good quality up to 11x14. To get to 20x30 inches, you would need to resample the image file and the results won't hold up to close inspection. But then not many 35mm film images could hold up to such enlargment and be considered "sharp" by many people. I personally would use a medium format film camera if I regularly planned to make 20x30 enlargements.
#4. "RE: Maximum enlargement with D 100" | In response to Reply # 0
I'm facing the same question right now.
Currently, I'm using a 4000 DPI scanner which gives me aprox. 5500 x 3800.
No problems in quality when printing A3 on an Epson 1280.
Assuming the D100 delivers the same or better quality compared to the Canon D60 I'll go for it.
A few days ago I downloaded D60 test shots and got impressive results on the Epson 1280.
I had to resample the image to be able to print at the max size. Surprisingly, the quality surpasses the results I could achieve with the scanner. They appear more vivid and brilliant.
To some extend, even cropping is possible. I took pic P44-2 from the samples and cropped the pic down to a head shot format and resampled the pic to max print size. Obvious quality degradation when viewed close, but still impressive results when viewed in normal viewing distance for that size of print.
(Note: the test shots are provided in jpeg/fine format. I don't know if the raw format would give even better results)
I also consider the Fuji S2 which gives an interpolated 4256 x 2848 pixels. The 'hardware' interpolations due to the pixel shape is supposed to give better results than pure software interpolation like Photoshop would perform.
In addition the S2 has an ISO starting at 100 (D100 ISO 200) and offers Firewire connection (D100 only USB).
Does it take VR lenses?
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