What is the largest photo that can be printed with a D40?
#1. "RE: Largest Photo on D40?" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Thu 28-Feb-08 10:25 PM
That's going to depend on a variety of things:
- the capture format (raw, jpeg fine, jpeg basic, etc)
- how much you crop
- your quality standards
- your technique while capturing the image
- the glass used
- the subject
- the ISO
- your techniques for upsizing and otherwise preparing the image for printing
- the intended method of display
I've made good-quality 16x20's from slight crops from the 4mp D2h captured in raw mode. The D40 has a 6mp output, so it seems reasonable to expect that you can make a 16x20 or 20x24 or thereabouts from a D40 - at least, if your technique is equal to mine.
With great glass, great technique and probably more skill than I have, an even bigger print might be feasible.
Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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#2. "RE: Largest Photo on D40?" | In response to Reply # 0KazooTom Registered since 15th Dec 2007Thu 28-Feb-08 10:44 PM
If it is any help, I have printed to 13 x 19 with no problem at all. In fact I have one severely cropped photo I printed at 13 x 19 and it looks beautiful. It is a picture of a cat's face and you can count each hair. This was with the D40 and 55-200 kit lens (non VR). Unless you are printing posters you should get all you need from the D40.
#4. "RE: Largest Photo on D40?" | In response to Reply # 0
The general rule for inkjet & dye sub printing is that the best quality is at 300ppi, very good quality can be gotten down to 180ppi, and you don't want to go below 120ppi.
What that means to a D40 picture at 3008x2000 pixels:
300ppi 10.03" x6.67"
180ppi 16.71" x11.11"
120ppi 25.07" x16.67"
So, the theoretical outside limit for good quality is around 24"x16". Like was said above, a lot depends, on the initial sharpness of your photo, the upsizing method, your quality requirements, and at what distance your photo will be viewed.
In practical terms, I've made many 12x18" & 13x19" prints from my D50 (same resolution as D40) and they stand up to nose-pressing on the glass. I've done one 44"x32" printed on canvas which is spectacular, as long as you stand back about 4-8 feet, which is the intended viewing distance.
Larry - a Bay Area Nikonian
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