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6 megapixels

2000-12-19 17:36:44+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Gadget Lust: In a previous thread I'd ranted that once 35mm cameras hit 6 megapixels film would be dead. I figured it'd take another year or so. Now I'm kicking myself for going with Canon lenses, 'cause the 3040x2016 Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro takes Nikon mount lenses. Okay, so it's still $4k, but I picked up Phil's old Epson[Wiki] PhotoStylus 750 EX over the weekend, and there's a little bit of artifacting and aliasing with the standard printing systems, but an 8"x10" at 150DPI on that printer using an image captured by my 2Mpixel 1600x1200 Digital ELPH[Wiki] looks pretty damned good. Digital's probably still a little more expensive if you don't print a lot of pictures, but if you're in a business other than large format portraits and people shots (where digital still isn't fast enough) that relies on film it's time to start exploring alternate directions.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:46+00 by: baylink

If you're going to spend $4k on a digicam... spend $5k and buy the Nikon D-1 instead. It *still* uses Nikon lenses, though.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:47+00 by: Dan Lyke

But the D-1 is only 3.5 megapixels. That direction and I'd've bought the Canon D30 for $2.8k or thereabouts.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:47+00 by: shad0w

The FinePix S1 Pro actually only has a 4.1 megapixel sensor, though it can interpolate up to 6 million pixels. If you have Canon lenses, go with the D30.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:47+00 by: Dan Lyke

Dang, 'cause that 1.1" sensor was also finally getting big enough that regular lenses kinda made sense. Oh well, affordable printers still don't seem to have gotten there yet, and it's not like with Coyote Grits in the lull while we're pitching product I should be buying pricey toys anyway.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:47+00 by: shad0w

The sensor in the Canon is also about the same size. Pentax will soon have a camera out with a full 24x36mm CCD, as will Contax; I haven't heard anything on pricing yet, though.

#Comment made: 2000-12-21 19:05:28+00 by: baylink [edit history]

"full 24x36mm"... The D-1's sensor is undersized? Really? I thought it was 3072x2048... (looks) 2000x1312. Crap. Well, I guess if you're gonna spend this much money, go rent each of them for a week, and live with it...