Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/22

[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]

Subject: Re: [Leica] Film Demise
From: "mdelman" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 06:31:50 -0400
References: <>


You make a good point here.   Also, if you have your digital photos printed
at a digital mini-lab you really don't need to go above 300 dpi to get very
good quality prints... this will work for most consumers.

The real issue with digital right now is not quality... it's convenience.
It's a pain to load the photos into the computer, a pain to store them, a
pain to do color management on the computer monitor/printer, a pain to print
them out on an inkjet printer etc.

Compare the digital process to dropping off film at the drugstore and film
looks really good to most folks.

I do think digital will get easier, but I think that film offers more
advantages for the foreseeable future.

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Austin Franklin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2001 9:18 PM
Subject: RE: [Leica] Film Demise

> > Though a 35mm negative contains more data than digital cameras can even
> > dream of,
> Not really...
> At 5080DPI I run out of (or into as the case may be ;-) grain on most any
> film that is ~160 ASA and above...  Since you have to sample (scan) at
> 'slightly more than' 2x the frequency you want to get, that would be ((1 x
> (.5 x 5080)) x (1.5 x (.5 x 5080))) or ~9M pixels.  This is not taking
> consideration B&W or color, that is a topic all unto it self.
> There are many other issues, such as the randomness of film grains, and
> uniformity of digital sensors...that weigh in here, but I believe the
> shows, as well as the current crop of high end digital cameras does too,
> that very good digital imaging is on the near horizon.  I do not believe
> that spells the demise of film, BTW.

In reply to: Message from "Austin Franklin" <> (RE: [Leica] Film Demise)