Megapixels gone mad

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Dave E, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. Dave E

    Dave E Guest

    Look out wallet - I've just seen some pretty amazing stuff, straight from a
    39 Mp back for Hasselblad by Phase One. If peering at your monitor and
    zooming, zooming, zooming into ridiculous detail is your thing, then you'd
    better start saving for one of these babies. From memory, such a back
    retails for about $44k, so just over a grand a megapixel (or roughly 1000
    pixels per dollar [ exactly 886pix/$1]).

    Of course to justify such a beast, you have to have the right kind of glass
    so maybe double that amount. With such HUGE files (about 40Mb per RAW
    file), storage on the run becomes an issue, solved with the right hunks of
    cash of course. Keeping the whole thing steady requires sufficient rigidity
    in a tripod... make that tripods and so chuck a few of them in too. You'll
    need a very large laptop with tons of RAM and a generator to use it on
    location in southern Vietnam or Galapagos Island. Damn, now you have too
    much to carry, so hiring a few assistants is necessary. Need to get to
    locations quickly? Easy - Gulfstream V...

    .....aaaaaaagggghhhh, it's driving me crazy. Why aren't I the head of some
    bank/corporation/mafia organisation...???

    Back to my little 6.1Mb D100 and the handful of film bodies for a while for
    me I think. The next step could be the Xpan and a suitable medium format
    scanner (and Gulfstream V of course). :)

    Dave E (...twitch twitch)
    Dave E, Nov 23, 2005
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    Henrik Tived Guest

    You have gone mad, PhaseOne is not part of Hasselblad (but Imacon has merged
    with Hassy!)
    and I am sure they will follow suit.

    as far as I know we can expect up to around 80mpix for Medium format (645
    size chips)


    Henrik Tived, Nov 23, 2005
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    [BnH] Guest

    You can start by getting those Kodak 16mpx back.
    Quite affordable already :)
    or since you own a D100, might as well get a D2x for the time being.

    [BnH], Nov 23, 2005
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    Noons Guest

    Hmmm, exactly what part of all that is not the same as hauling around
    a MF film camera and all its gear, tripods, film, etc?

    Ah yes: the bit about the 40Mb RAW file.

    High resolution is a great equalizer, isn't it? :)

    and the tripod! And wait until you get into the wonderful
    world of drum film scanning and you realize you need
    TWO mafia jobs!

    <resistance is futile, we have your bank account in our sights...>
    Noons, Nov 23, 2005
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    Dave E Guest

    Hehe - yes, you are right. However, it was a Phase One back on a 'Blad.
    Honest, cross my heart... :)
    Aaaaagh - yikes. How much RAM would I need then???


    Dave E
    (I think I'll just stick to the Gulfstream plan.)
    Dave E, Nov 23, 2005
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    Dave E Guest

    Not so sure about that one. I'm currently having a bit of a film love
    affair and so that will naturally bear me a scanning device, which will then
    provide an avenue to justify some medium format gear... hmmm

    Today's foray into some boy's toys shops found me a wonderful new idea in
    the shape of an Epson 4800. I am already planning the space (vast amounts
    of it) required to position it next to my server... more learning curve,
    more novelty value, more consumable costs....

    Dave E (Sydney)
    Dave E, Nov 23, 2005
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    Dave E Guest

    Indeed. In recent travels across China, I hauled 2 bodies, tons of Velvia,
    7 Nikkor lenses, one carbon tripod, a laptop, extra hard drives, batteries
    a-plenty and other 'necessary' accessories around. Almost didn't have room
    for silly incidentals like clothing etc. (Next trip add an XPan.) :)

    Last year I almost dropped the lot in southern Vietnam crossing streams by
    walking on very narrow boats. Would have made a great picture I'm sure -
    thankfully the pleasure didn't eventuate.

    Lord knows how I'd go with MF stuff.

    Indeed. However, I suspect one would do well to ask the question "how much
    resolution do I really need?". Of course this is like saying "my bike/car
    has enough power". Noone in their right mind believes such a statement.

    Indeed. Those Imacon scanners (pseudo drum) are verrrrrry tasty. Are we
    all afflicted with such desires?

    Yes - I suspect you know exactly what I'm talking about here!

    Dave E (Sydney)
    Dave E, Nov 23, 2005
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    Noons Guest

    Cripes, you're nearly as bad as I am!
    I haul the f4, the fe2, 3 nikkors, 1 tamron, 1 rb67 and 180 lens
    and a monster kenett benbo tripod.
    Ah yes: overseas, I take the Canon video as well.
    Folks around here know me as the nutter with the big
    shoulder bags around the Northern beaches and parks
    every weekend with good weather...

    Exactly. V8s rule, I'm afraid! ;)

    Worse, much worse, than chook flu...

    Noons, Nov 23, 2005
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    alx Guest

    Dave, buy postcards at the airport and leave the cameras at home :)

    < delete Dave Whinge >

    need a very large laptop with tons of RAM and a generator to use it on

    I choose Polesoft Lockspam to fight spam, and you?
    alx, Nov 23, 2005
  10. What is it they say - the bigger the car, the smaller the dick.....?
    David Springthorpe, Nov 23, 2005
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    kosh Guest

    good thing I always had a thing about the Leica M cameras! not ot
    mention the Olympus XA !
    kosh, Nov 24, 2005
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    Noons Guest

    Yeah. That's why we all NEED to get that 180 f2.8:
    everything helps.

    And the more ppi that scanner does, the more
    it can see into microscopic stuff...
    Noons, Nov 24, 2005
  13. Dave E Guest

    "they" being those who don't have one! :)
, Nov 29, 2005
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