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    Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    I'm curious how others feel about this. I know LF in film is determined by sq inches of film area but in the digital world I don't think this applies. Let me give an example, 8x10 film is obviously LF but is a digital back with a native file size of 18x22 inches with the back mounted on a view camera LF? I see a digital file uninterpolated at it's native size as being the equivalent of a piece of film that size. Is a file of 120 Megs at 18x22" ULF? What about a betterlight scanning back on 4x5? The sensor is only a small array of pixels on a bar that traverses the width of the back but the file sixe is very large. It may be 30x40 inches or so. Is it sensor size or native file size. Do we need to rethink the definition of LF in the digital age?

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    Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    Oh boy here we go again.

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    Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    Don - This very issue has been recently discussed ad nauseum. See http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ad.php?t=72076

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    Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    18x22" is 18x22" at 72 dpi, which is the only way we can see it (on screen). Now if you take 80 full size 35mm sensors and put them together, now you're talking 8x10 quality.

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    Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Dudenbostel View Post
    Do we need to rethink the definition of LF in the digital age?
    Yawn.

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    Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    Someone please close this thread..

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    Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Dudenbostel View Post
    ...a digital back with a native file size of 18x22 inches...
    How do you get an 18x22 inch file on to a 3.5 inch disk drive?
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    >>How do you get an 18x22 inch file on to a 3.5 inch disk drive?<<

    Just use 32.3 disks, duh!

    Assuming they are the same *quality* of inches...or disks...or whatever.

    Then again, there is something about the pleasure of the physical *process* that makes such comparisons irrelevant.

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    Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    Quote Originally Posted by Darin Boville View Post
    Just use 32.3 disks, duh!
    My computer has four 3.5 inch disk drives for a total capacity of 14 inches. I guess it's time to upgrade.
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    Re: Your thoughts on digital sensor size vs film format

    My monitor is 94 dpi.
    Do I need a bigger camera?

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