HBRstudios 6:02pm, 31 July 2008
Well, a while back I shot the same scene with my 4x5 and a 120mm lens and with the D200 and a 35mm lens (to get approx. the same angle of view) for a test comparison. The softness of my first scan of the 4x5 left me wondering what the deal is so I tabled the conclusion of the test. I recently had professional photographer John Gregor of Coldsnap photography do a scan of the same 4x5 sheet on his liquid mounted Epson Perfection V750-M Pro and did get a much sharper image than with my older Epson flat bed scanner.

But, when comparing his better scan to my D200 NEF file, here is the results:

(Look at it large, please.)


So far my conclusion is to dump the 4x5 all together, but I just have to do more thinking and testing before committing to that.
Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 10 years ago
I'll add here what I put on the image comment.

The D200 looks better in the foreground, it has more detail and less noise.
The Gregor looks better in the background it is sharper and seems to have more detail.
At least that is the way I am seeing it on your large image.
peteSwede PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by peteSwede (admin) 10 years ago
i noticed (and liked) the color and sharpness in the trees of the 4x5 right away.

that and you have (possibly) too many quick launch icons on your toolbar. my opinion of course.
K. Praslowicz Posted 10 years ago. Edited by K. Praslowicz (admin) 10 years ago
I will probably never ever be sold on a format test that doesn't end up in print. Web resolution is a great equalizer to make things look mediocre, and pretty much undermine the power of the different formats.

Needless to say. If you ditch the Shen-hao, I'll take it. ;)
HBRstudios 10 years ago
Yes, looking at them on screen is not an ideal way to see what it will look like in print, but as a comparison, they are nearly identical and will lead to virtually the same sharpness in the final print so this comparison is valid.

But what I would like to do next is to print the 4x5 directly from transparency (the old chemical process) and compare that to a print from the scanned image.
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