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Thread started 20 Jan 2010 (Wednesday) 07:28
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Dawud
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Jan 20, 2010 07:28 |  #1

Hi everybody,

I wanted to know how much megapixels everybody uses and why?
Do you really need that?

For me, I shoot my Canon 5D Classic on medium. So my 12mpx camera does 8mpx and all the images I see on my screen and the ones I print (10*15cm) look fine. My files are only 2.5 - 3.5mb big, so it doesn't take a lot of space. I don't see why I need 21mpx...


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Jan 20, 2010 07:52 |  #2

I would bet that for the vast majority of people, 6-8MP is plenty of resolution to do what they need. Of course, if you've got the storage space, there's no harm shooting at higher resolutions.




  
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Jan 20, 2010 08:08 |  #3
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I get a lot of demand for large sizes. 13x19" is as small as I do, with 24x36'' reasonably being the largest size I can economically do...unless commissioned to do a larger one I have my hands tied by high shipping costs.

Largest I've ever went was 40x60"ish and not had problems. Larger the print, the further back you have to be anyway.

13x19" you need to be back at least 4 feet to properly see it.


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Jan 20, 2010 13:01 |  #4

Dawud wrote in post #9432270 (external link)
I don't see why I need 21mpx...

The question is then why did you buy a camera that gave you way more than you need.

A large component of my work comes through an advertising agency and they want huge files (50mb+) so the larger sized cameras work for me. I do some very large prints and the larger sensor along with Genuine Fractals allows me to do this with a minimum of loss of quality.

I will often shoot my weddings in JPG to minimize space and knowing full well that the largest thing the couple is going to order is maybe a 16x20. The space saved from doing this over shooting CR2's is pretty significant.


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Jan 20, 2010 13:32 |  #5

ssim wrote in post #9434058 (external link)
The question is then why did you buy a camera that gave you way more than you need.

Er...OP hasn't bought the 5D Mark II. OP is just wondering about whether he/she would ever need to use 21 MP. Unfortunately Canon doesn't offer the same model in different MPs. So if one were require full frame and HD video, one have to have the 21 megapixels.


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Jan 20, 2010 19:56 |  #6

Shooting at 8 and 10mp (not really much difference) is usually fine for what I do. I can crop moderately and still retain good detail.

I would love to have a 5DmkII, for portraits and weddings I could shoot at full resolution for incredible detail. For regular shooting, sRAW1 is 10mp which is a great size to work with. Of course the 5DmkII might have more detail in sRAW1 then a 30D or 40d, so shooting at sRAW1 for almost everything could be possible!


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Jan 20, 2010 20:14 |  #7
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Persephone wrote in post #9434259 (external link)
Er...OP hasn't bought the 5D Mark II. OP is just wondering about whether he/she would ever need to use 21 MP. Unfortunately Canon doesn't offer the same model in different MPs. So if one were require full frame and HD video, one have to have the 21 megapixels.

The OP can shoot in SRAW or SRAW if they want to use different amounts.


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Jan 20, 2010 21:21 |  #8

There's only a few times where I needed the high MP that the 1Ds2 offers. And those were printed HUGE.




  
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Jan 21, 2010 01:14 |  #9

My 50D shoots 15 megapixels, so that's what I use. I seldom see any reason to shoot at a lower resolution...I can always downsize the images, but it's much harder to upsize if I got a real great image and decided I'd like to do a large print of it.

Truth be told, I don't "need" anything when it comes to photography - I'm a hobbyist shooting purely for my own enjoyment, so "need" doesn't factor into the equation. If I were a pro relying upon my camera gear to put food on the table, then I would have "needs".


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Jan 21, 2010 05:39 |  #10

I have 10MP, 12MP and 12.8MP cameras. The number of pixels between them are similar but the IQ is not really.

I've made prints up to 20x30 with a 10 MP image and the resolution was absolutely up to the task. Since that is the biggest I ever print, I see no real need for higher pixels counts.

High pixel counts are lumped in with the group of features that make absolutely no difference to me in picking a new camera.


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Jan 21, 2010 07:32 |  #11

Veemac wrote in post #9438294 (external link)
My 50D shoots 15 megapixels, so that's what I use. I seldom see any reason to shoot at a lower resolution...I can always downsize the images, but it's much harder to upsize if I got a real great image and decided I'd like to do a large print of it.

Truth be told, I don't "need" anything when it comes to photography - I'm a hobbyist shooting purely for my own enjoyment, so "need" doesn't factor into the equation. If I were a pro relying upon my camera gear to put food on the table, then I would have "needs".

That matches up with my situation almost perfectly.

If you capture the full image and store it at full size, you have the maximum scope for future printing/PP.

Imagine if you capture the shot of a lifetime. You want to print it as large as possible so why not capture and store it as large as possible.

Storage these days is so cheap that I personally dont see the reason not to have as big a file as possible


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