Ray, are you a shrink or a photographer?
I don't believe in strict categories of compartmentalization
Yesterday I printed a 60 inch pano I shot of the Toronto skyline from a boardwalk around a bend on the waterfront with the Phase-One. It was a stitch of three shots, put together seamlessly in CS5. The total file size is just over a Gig. The pano is stunning if I dare say so myself - for a shot like that NO DSLR would have achieved that kind of detail and clarity for such scene.
I'm curious to know why no DSLR could have achieved that kind of detail and clarity. The P40 has approximately double the pixel count of the 1Ds3, and less than double the pixel count of the A900 and D3X..
A stitch of 3 x P40 images should be roughly equivalent to a stitch of 6 x 1Ds3 images, depending on camera orientation.
Now I accept that the lack of an AA filter on the P40+ (I'm presuming it has no AA filter) might result in some marginal increase in apparent resolution with nose pressed against the print. Perhaps the ventilation grid on an airconditioner sticking out of the wall of an apartment on the Toronto skyline might have more clearly defined edges.
If that's the case, that would be no big deal for me. What's the size of your printer, Mark?
I have a 6ftx2ft print clipped to a board in the living room of my new house. I'm not sure whether to paste it on the new plasterboard, or mount it so it can be easily removed if/when desired.
It consists of 5 stitched images from the Canon 5D of the Himalayas, with camera vertical. The detail is so good from close up, I get the impression if there were a climber on one of the mountain peaks waving an Australian flag, I'd be able to see him. (But maybe not
Because the image is so impressive, I've been wondering if I should make it larger. My Epson 7600 can manage only 24" wide prints, so anything larger would have to be segmented with an obvious division.
I see two ways of managing this, and I'm not sure which would be more effective. One is not
to attempt to disguise the segmentation, as opposed to creating an imperfect seamless join.
The other is to create a realistic representation of a window frame (photographing the existing windows in my house), and use that as a more natural division of the segments in order to create the effect that one is looking out of a window and seeing a view of the Himalayas. What do you think?
Because of the resolution limitations of the 12.8mp of the 5D, I would be reluctant to make a print larger than 3ft x9ft (from 5 x 5D stitched images). For that, I would want a camera with at least the resolution of a 5D2 or D3X, or even an MFDB.
However, if the situation permits taking multiple rows of images for stitching purposes, I can't imagine needing more resolution than a 5D2 can provide, for my purposes.