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Re: Resolution and Banding


I agree that if you are using medium- or large-format film you may have
surplus pixels. But from looking in the large refrigerators - full of
professional film at the photographic dealers that I buy film from - most of
it was 35mm. Of the photographers I know, two or three have larger format
cameras (Hasselblads or Bronicas) but they tend to remain tucked away in a
cupboard and only brought out for 'ceremonial' occasions! So I don't think
most of us have surplus pixels, unless we are printing at holiday-snap size.
Although I can see the benefits from the larger formats, my 60+ year-old
cervical vertebrae simply won't take any more weight than my F100 and AFS
80-200 zoom. I even had to buy a wider strap for that combo recently, to
reduce the pressure. So medium- or large-format might be OK for youngsters,
studio work, or those who have minions to carry their cameras around, but
not for oldies like me who have to carry their own gear, up and down dale.

As for flatbeds used for scanning prints, I thought that there was no
benefit in going beyond about 200ppi. I must confess that I haven't done any
detailed testing in this area, as it is something that I rarely do, but I
seem to remember arguments on this list where the 'winner' maintained that
his tests showed that there was no further detail to be gained from prints
above that resolution. So, if that is the case, using 1200 ppi is probably
just a waste of anybody's time and pixels.

Bob Frost.

PS I suppose I could predict that someone will now tell me that a medium- or
large-format combo weighs less than my 35mm setup. C'est la vie!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Laurie Solomon" <laurie@advancenet.net>

> Yes, but you are scanning a 35mm frame at the 4000 dpi optical and
> it around 8 times to 8x10 which gives and effective optical dpi of around
> what you suggest; however, some either are scanning larger formats at 2000
> plus optical dpi which are then resized by only 1/2 the amount you are
> to get an 8x10 with an optical dpi of around 1000 plus effective dpi or
> scanining an 8x10 print on a flatbed at 1200 optical dpi or greater and
> resixing the image at all to get a 8x10 output to get an effective optical
> dpi of around 1200 plus.

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