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Ulana
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April 29, 2020 12:45 am  

What is the largest size you have printed?  I curious as to your experience.  I use a Nikon D850 and Z7.  

The really large prints that I have seen are usually shot on a medium format.   


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John Motzi
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April 29, 2020 8:20 am  

Hi Ulana,

The D850 files are 8256 x 5504 pixels (2:3 aspect).  I use the Epson 3880 printer which has a native resolution of 360 ppi.  So before cropping you should be able to print as large as 22.9 x 15.3 inches.  I don't think I've actually printed that large since with matting it implies a huge finished object.  I have printed about 15 x 19 on several occasions.  I know of several pros who make 24 x 30 inch prints routinely from 35 mm digital.

The digital files on our 35mm digital cameras have a greater resolution than medium format film, so it's no longer true that you need medium format to print large.  Having said that, I do recall wall size prints at the Galen Rowell museum which were shot with slide film using a Nikon FE and cheap lenses.  The other thing to remember is that the larger the print, the further back one stands for viewing.  So it's not relevant to inspect a 36" print with a loupe.  To print large, one needs to be careful with the processing, but that she be the norm anyway.  Finally, there are programs which allow scaling up of prints (ON-1 Resize is the gold standard) should you want to go mega large.

JM


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Ulana
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April 29, 2020 11:59 pm  

@jmotzi

Thanks John.  Most helpful. 

The medium format prints that I am thinking of are taken with both medium format film and the Phase One camera. They are very large. 


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