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I use a Mamiya RB67 as my real workhorse. The 6x7 format is ideal for making very high resolution digital images using my Minolta Dimage scanner. This approach beats any digital camera that I can afford, and may even beat the high-end professional digital cameras for resolution. I can photograph mountainsides a few miles away and still see less than meter scale details in the finished image. I frequently build photocollages of miles-long outcrops using this camera.

Great point. Not many people are willing to listen to this these days. But, what you have described is exactly why I have not yet choosen to move to digital. In order for digital to technically match the quality of film, the camera would have to have 200 megapixels, at a minimum, comparing to 100 ASA film.

That's a large difference. Where are all those differences? Well, to the naked eye, they are normally not very noticable if you have a high-end camera that produces at least 6 megapixels and you are doing 8x10's prints. Or, photographer who really know there stuff can produce larger prints with very little noticability that it's been done digitally.

Where you can tell the difference, and here's the reason most people don't care, is if you blow up a print to gigantic proportions. On a normal 6x7 format camera using a 110mm normal lens, you can blow that sucker up to billboard size and you get very good clarity. If you blow it up larger than that (why would you, who knows?), and compare that to the highest resolution digital image, you will find that the digital will prodcue the crappiest looking print you have ever seen in your life. It will literally look like a blob of color; while the film will hold together and you can make out what you are looking at, although it will be very grainy.

Here's a great article about it:

I do think it is fair and detailed and says things that digital people just simply refuse to listen to, in my experience.

I know it is just nitpicking in many cases. For the average person, digital is a wonderful alternative. In many ways, it has helped the photographic industry.

Also, I have been down this road and will not argue about it. I think digital and film are wonderful mediums. But, digital has just as many pitfalls, it just seems that digital users "overlook" the pitfalls because it is technology.

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