What res for 30 x 40?

marlinspikemarlinspike Major grinsWilliamsburg, VARegistered Users Posts: 2,095 Major grins
edited November 17, 2004 in SmugMug Support
If somebody wants to make a 30 x 40 inch print, will my 6mp dRebel cut it? What's the lowest resolution that would still be ok?
Thanks,
Richard

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  • mercphotomercphoto Bill Jurasz Cedar Park, TXRegistered Users Posts: 4,550 Major grins
    edited November 17, 2004
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    If somebody wants to make a 30 x 40 inch print, will my 6mp dRebel cut it? What's the lowest resolution that would still be ok?
    Thanks,
    Richard

    It depends on too many factors to give you an answer. The quality of the lens used is one important factor. The subject material is another. For example, a highly detailed landscape wants lots of pixels, whereas a racing car on a track might not need so many.

    People who say "you need at least XYZ dots per inch" over-simplify things. I've made really great looking 20x30's from a Rebel, which works out to 100 dpi.
    Bill Jurasz - Mercury Photography - Cedar Park, TX
    A former sports shooter
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  • marlinspikemarlinspike Major grins Williamsburg, VARegistered Users Posts: 2,095 Major grins
    edited November 17, 2004
    It's football, in particular a kicker, sadly not the greatest lens (ef 75-300 IS)
    Richard
  • PerezDesignGroupPerezDesignGroup Illustrator North Miami Beach, FLRegistered Users Posts: 395 Major grins
    edited November 17, 2004
    From what I understand, a lot of printers use a RIP program to increase the size of the photos to printable size with little loss in quality. This RIP program is supposedly much better than anything Photoshop can output since it was designed specifically for printers and this task. Then again, I haven't had an experience ordering such a large size. And, I'm quoting info from these cats...I'll be ordering from them as soon as I take a decent pic :)

    http://www.elcocolor.com/hot_internet_only_specials.htm

    That site was hailed quite nicely at the www.fredmiranda.com forums.
    Canon Digital Rebel | Canon EOS 35mm | Yashica Electro GSN | Fed5B | Holga 35 MF

  • mercphotomercphoto Bill Jurasz Cedar Park, TXRegistered Users Posts: 4,550 Major grins
    edited November 17, 2004
    Try it?
    It's football, in particular a kicker, sadly not the greatest lens (ef 75-300 IS)
    Richard

    Yeah, that lens isn't the sharpest in the bunch. But, if you can afford it, make one print of your best image and see how it turns out.
    Bill Jurasz - Mercury Photography - Cedar Park, TX
    A former sports shooter
    Follow me at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bjurasz/
    My Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mercphoto?ref=hdr_shop_menu
  • marlinspikemarlinspike Major grins Williamsburg, VARegistered Users Posts: 2,095 Major grins
    edited November 17, 2004
    I think I'll take my chances with an unsatisfied customer, if he buys it and doesn't like it, whatever, it's not like I hide the resolution. I don't really have the disposable income to buy prints of my own stuff. I'm sinking a bunch of money into trying to get my Sigma lens to work (which means I haven't been able to do any new shoots to make money). I've already spent $35 in shipping,will probably spend at least another $15, and I need some other stuff too. Cash is tight for a college student
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