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12 Megapixels Enough?

Tom Gresham

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Tom Gresham Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Dec 2005
Wed 22-Oct-08 02:05 AM

I need help here. I'm not looking for yet another Canon vs. Nikon debate.

Here's the situation. I've been shooting film since 1964, have shot thousands of magazine photos and bunches of covers. I know film.

Got out of photography almost 10 years ago, so I don't really understand digital (though I do have a D200). I'm going to jump back in, and after days of spending hours and hours online, I still can not find an answer to this question:

For real magazine and book work, is 12 megapixels enough, or (put another way) is 21 megapixels much better? Yes, I have a couple of medium format film systems, but I want to do it with the "35mm" format.

I'll buy whatever lenses are needed (the top quality ones) in either system. The Nikon gear I have is old - some would work, but it's not great.

I love super wides, and the 14-24mm is almost enough to sway me to the Nikon (though some are shooting it on Canons).

So . . . how good is 12 megs versus 21?

Be gentle.

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