Is pixel size the only advantage of having a medium format camera?

1 year 7 months ago #601857 by FredTrips
Many of the common DSLR's are no getting up there in MP count, an area that used to be just for the medium format cameras.  So is the resolution of the medium format better because of the actual pixel size? 


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1 year 7 months ago - 1 year 7 months ago #601859 by Nikon Shooter
Pixel size is most relevant on the D3S where the 12MS are
huge… making it the low-light master. The D3X is not far
behind with 24MS but with newer Exspeed chip.

Compared to my IQ80 (645), it alls add up to sensel density vs
sensel size — since things improved quite a bit in terms of
low light performance.

The newer iXM-RS is bragging 150MS! (14,204 x 10,652)  :P

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1 year 7 months ago #601861 by fmw
Basically yes.  But I would also suggest that pixel density these days is fairly trivial.  We aren't gaining much from higher pixel density.  Digital sensors have outstripped the capabilities of film long ago.  Larger pixels, on the other hand are not trivial.  They matters in low light situations.  The larger format and longer lenses of medium format cameras also affect a number of other things such as depth of field.


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1 year 7 months ago #601895 by effron

fmw wrote: Basically yes.  But I would also suggest that pixel density these days is fairly trivial.  We aren't gaining much from higher pixel density.  Digital sensors have outstripped the capabilities of film long ago.  Larger pixels, on the other hand are not trivial.  They matters in low light situations.  The larger format and longer lenses of medium format cameras also affect a number of other things such as depth of field.


This....

Why so serious?
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1 year 7 months ago - 1 year 7 months ago #601917 by Nikon Shooter

fmw wrote: I would also suggest that pixel density these days is fairly trivial.  We aren't gaining much from higher pixel density.


I would not concur to this part of the statements.

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1 year 7 months ago #601924 by effron
Opinions will differ, but "fairly" leaves the door a tad open at least, no?

Why so serious?
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1 year 7 months ago #601939 by FredTrips

Nikon Shooter wrote: Pixel size is most relevant on the D3S where the 12MS are
huge… making it the low-light master. The D3X is not far
behind with 24MS but with newer Exspeed chip.

Compared to my IQ80 (645), it alls add up to sensel density vs
sensel size — since things improved quite a bit in terms of
low light performance.

The newer iXM-RS is bragging 150MS! (14,204 x 10,652)  :P


Seeing that you have a medium format camera already, under what conditions do you use the D3X then?


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1 year 7 months ago - 1 year 7 months ago #601982 by Nikon Shooter

FredTrips wrote: Seeing that you have a medium format camera already, under what conditions do you use the D3X then?


In my operation, the shooting conditions will determine — as
well as the final use of the picture in terms of resolution — the 
choice of body and format. 

D3S — My workhorse when I can't control the shooting conditions 
like in events, concerts and journalism assignments. For press and
magazine work.

D3X — My workhorse when I can control the shooting conditions
like studio and corporate on location shooting sessions or land/city
scapes. Favourite choice for architecture with PC lenses and for all
stacking or stitching works like panos and product photography.
For magazine and publishing end use.

D850 — These guys are permanently attached to long lenses and
are used in all wildlife, sports, and some landscapes works too. For
any publishing end use.

IQ80 — In studio or location works for very large media end use in
art reproductions and technical & scientific documentations etc.

NB.
1 — I do very little with consumers. My main occupation is with publi-
shing, corporate and communication ADs.

2 — All are used as backups for the others!

HTH Fred. :P

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