Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/11/03[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
I would go so far as to suggest that comparing good digital photographic files and prints with good traditional film negatives, transparencies and prints no longer makes any reasonable sense. The traditional film image approach reaches its logical, highest state-of-the-art through optical means; whether through a loupe, projection or printing to light sensitive material. The process has its own integrity and its own gorgeous aesthetic. Scanning film seems cumbersome and does not deliver the beauty or depth of a traditional print from the same negative; In my opinion. The digital image approach reaches its logical, highest state-of the-art through digital means; whether on fine monitors, high-end projectors, or various digital printers. The process has its own integrity and its own gorgeous aesthetic. Both approaches have reached a comparatively and equally high level of development. From the point of view of resolution relative to image capture area they've met one another. In some ways (difficult color balance situations, dynamic range, etc) some digital methods have surpassed film technically. But that does no diminish the quality or aesthetics of well exposed, and properly filtered film. At this point the two mediums, they've become separate but equal. Both offer extremely high quality potential - yet, possess different aesthetics. Much like the differences between movies made with the various film formats and those shot digitally and converted. No better than or best. The meaningful questions seem to me What kind of look do you want? What kind of work flow do you need? How will the images be used? Better or best for what application? Yes. A 3 projector 6x6 cm slide show will impress anyone in the room. I have never seen a digital show that can compare to that aesthetic experience. However, I may live to see one. Fond regards, George email@example.com http://www.imagist.com http://www.imagist.com/blog http://www.linkedin.com/in/imagist On Nov 3, 2008, at 8:30 PM, Jan Decher wrote: > I think comparing DMR/M8 pictures to scanned K25 film is not a fair > comparison.