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Re: Digital CAMERA Negatives
I shoot with a Nikon F5 & TMaz 100 and scan with an Imacon Scanner at 6300
pixels per inch. I also shoot with a Nikon D1X.
I do most of my printing in an Epson 10000, though I have made both inkjet
and imagesetter negatives for alt photo. Below though I am speaking
primarily from printing digital images from both film and digital camera.
However, the quaility of the prints should hold through to the quality of the
The resolution I get from the scans of TMax is great... and I can print these
files BIG. The digital files from the D1X are very nice, since it is a six
megapixel camera.... and I have no problem making a print from the D1X that
is 11x14... I am not sure you would be able to tell them apart...
However, it depends on the subject somewhat.... images with very fine detail
in them, like most scenics, fall short of expectations. Other images, can
sometimes surprise you with the D1X image looking sharper and smoother than
you would expect.
I think because the D1X is a first generation image (no scanning step in
between) it can sometimes (with the right lighting circumstances) be almost
totally noise free—especially if you rate the camera at ISO 125 rather than
ISO 3200. This helps a lot because the files can be upsized and still look
good... I have made prints from the D1X at 100 ppi resolution and they look
Sooo.... after all this babbling... it depends on what you are looking for...
I think you will be happy with smaller prints made from digital negatives out
of the Coolpix 995....it's a good camera. It also depends on what "look" you
want in your final print... experiment with it and tell us what you think :)
In a message dated 5/24/02 2:39:38 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< I've just read Dan Burkholder's past review of the Coolpix 995, which he
said became his new "carry everywhere" camera. It happens to be my
carry-everywhere camera too, and I've wondered how much experience list
members have had making digital negatives and alt prints directly from 3
megapixel digital files. Are there any examples on the Web? I've seen a
lot of posts involving digital negs in general, but most people seem to be
using hi-quality scanned files. I've purchased Dan's excellent book and
hope to make my own tests soon. >>