Maximum enlargement for 35mm Velvia 50?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Donald A. Morrison, May 24, 2004.

  1. Hello,

    Could somebody tell me what the typical maximum enlargement for 35mm Velvia
    50 would be - using a stable tripod and a high quality prime lens?

    Many thanks,

    Donald A. Morrison, May 24, 2004
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    Chris Brown Guest

    I've made 19*13 inch prints from Velvia 50 using a scanner and inkjet, and
    they look good. A little soft, but a) I don't have a really expensive
    scanner, and b) we're talking about a handheld shot. Grain wasn't a problem
    at that size.

    If you were meticulous, and used really good equipment, and perfectly
    exposed the scene, you could probably make a usable A2 print. Just depends
    on how much softness you're willing to put up with, I guess. TBH, 35mm is
    going to be struggling to give consistently great results much above A3
    Chris Brown, May 24, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    I've recently had some printed to 20 x 30 inches, and while they are a bit
    soft closeup, they look fine from 5 foot or so. Moreover, I used a cheap-o
    film scanner to create the digital file--ergo, professionally scanned images
    from Velvia taken using good technique and high-quality optics should look
    sharp at 20 x 30.
    I've yet to try anything beyond that.
    Matt Clara, May 24, 2004
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    Alan Justice Guest

    It depends on how you intend to do the printing. There's less loss of
    quality when directly projecting the slide onto photo paper (R print) than
    there is from a scan and inkjet print. Or try a Cibachrome.

    But I saw an excellent print about 4x6 feet made from a Frans Lanting photo.
    It was scanned (I assume some sort of drum scan) and then digitally enlarged
    (probably something like the fractals program).
    Alan Justice, May 26, 2004
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