MMiller Posted February 10, 2015 Share Posted February 10, 2015 Just when I thought I understood the relationship between megapixels and sharpness and resolution, I am having second doubts. My perspective has come from large format vs 35mm film cameras, LF and MF results are superior because the captures are larger, 35mm glass was always much sharper, but the critical difference in final qualtity related to the limitations of film resolution. If you made, say an 11 by 14 print, or it was published on a calendar page, even at that small size, the resolution quality is noticeable better with the reproduction from the larger format original slide. Theoretically, 35 mm had the potential to rival large format because of the difference in glass, but the film resolution never allowed this. Now I am a bit confused with megapixel captures with 35 mm cameras. If all things for a capture are equal- same lense, same f stop, same lighting, etc- except the megapixel count of the capture, will the final results, also be noticeably different? That is, will one be able to look at a 11 by 14 print, or a calendar page, and immediately be able to tell the difference from a lower megapixel capture vs a higher megapixel capture (when pixelation is not an issue)? Of course with very low megapixel captures, enlargements suffer because of pixelation, But let's assume reasonably large megapixel counts of original captures, such as 20 mp 35mm sensor vs Nikon's D810 35mp sensor, in say reproductions up to 16 by 20 ? That is, if pixelation is not noticeable, will sharpness be more obvious with a larger mp count, or is there any difference at all? In summary, will the larger megapixel original 35 captures appear to have same larger format film camera characteristics of sharpness with englargements where pixelation is not an issue? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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