Comparing the Image Quality of Film and Digital | Petapixel

By | December 19, 2014

There have been a few film versus digital articles here and there on the interwebs, but seems like very few have approached the subject in a scientific fashion or with the advice of both film and digital experts. However, with the help of Joe Cornish (a landscape photographer who made his living shooting on medium and large format but now shoots Phase One IQ280s), Chris Ireland (who sells Phase One cameras), and myself, Tim Parkin, (I shoot film and run a drum scanning service), a definitive test was born. The first part of the test compared large/medium format film with medium format digital, and a subsequent part was a comparison of high end DSLRs using the Nikon D800E. The results may surprise a few people. Here’s our comparison of the Nikon D800E and a Mamiya 7 medium format camera (both using ~25mm equivalent lenses): First of all here’s the full photo view showing the cropped area we’ll be looking at and a comparisons in color (Fuji Velvia 100F) and black and white (Adox CMS 20) film ….

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