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Michael, Is it simply that our current printers can't take advantage of 16-bit files? If so, then using 16-bit now is more for future-proofing our images, than getting an obvious immediate gain. File size is not so much a problem these days, surely? I've two old computers, one with a single 1.2 GB hard disk, one with a 30GB hard disks, and a new one I've put together with 240GB of disk space. Together with DVD-RAM disks that store nearly 10GB, storage is not the problem that it was a few years ago. So if keeping my files in 16-bit means that in a year or two I can reprint them on a 16-bit printer, then that is probably a good enough reason. Bob Frost. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Greer" <email@example.com> > I know and understanding all of the theory behind why using 16 bit images is > preferable to using 8 bits images. Like I wrote initially, mentality, it makes > perfect sense to me. But read what I wrote, nobody has yet produced a side by > side comparison that I've seen of an image that actually reveals the issues > with using 8 bit images. I just haven't seen it. That's not to say I don't > believe it isn't possible. But why after all these years has a simple 16 bit > vs. 8 bit side by side comparison of the same image undergoing the same editing > functions been produced so that the diferences can be seen? Why all of the > theory explanantion when a simple side by side display on the web would do the > trick? I read a lot of people rehashing the same theory, but still no > comparisons. And believe me, I've tried! I've taken real 16 bit images and > preserved them at 16 bits in an editing session. I've taken that same image, > bumped it down to 8 bits, then edited it with the same editing steps. The > result? No difference. I've done this with several different images at > different points in time over the years. > > I remain ready to be convinced. Maybe it only reveals its superiority with > certain types of images. I don't know. But it's a heck of a penalty to pay when > the advantages are apparantly so hard to come by. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.