29 January, 2014

Digital prints are better

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It's been interesting comparing the prints in my still on-going test of Epson's Advanced Black and White (ABW) printer driver (see the previous post). But, aside from addressing the question of the utility of ABW, it's become clear to me just how good digital prints are. 

The prints from a 16mp APS-C Sony are far better than anything that I was able to get from 35mm black and white film, or 35mm colour film or 35mm slides. This echoes what I said last month about sensors and the E-Mount.

Don't get me wrong, it would be great fun to have an Alpa technical camera with a couple of lenses and an 80mp back for a few weeks. But after pressing my nose to digital prints for a while, it's clear to me that any lust I've felt for a full-frame (or larger) sensor is about cameras rather than photography.

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong,
but that's the way to bet.
—Damon Runyon (1884-1946)

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