Damien Franco PRO 12:57pm, 8 July 2008
Here's the thing. I know that sometimes as photographers we can get all caught up in the whole "more megapixels" race, but come on. Do we really need 50 megapixels yet? I'm having a hard enough time keeping up with hard drive space as it is. What are your thoughts on the new Hasselblad?
Clive Rowland 10 years ago
i guess we need 50mpix as much as we need medium and large format. Anyone who has used large format will tell you the quality is absolutely breathtaking but its as impractical as the huge file sizes the hassleblad will produce.
poppaJ 10 years ago
I'm sure some will buy and use this but I'm not really sure we need it . . .
the 39MP Hassey's have been around for a while and the they show up often. I don't think most of us would need or even like this as the FPS is really FPM as it takes a long time for the camera to write the file. as for image quality, it should be stunning.
gigantic rock [deleted] 10 years ago
Apparently I get that when I scan my medium format negs in at 4000dpi anyway....

And yeah. Way too big. But if you've got the money for that, you've got the money for a computer to go with it....
Clive Rowland 10 years ago
I wonder if Hassleblad themselves really think we NEED 50mpix or are they simply just keeping this type of camera and sensor relevant?

DSLR sensors are approaching 24mpix + for pro models now, if hassleblad don't also upgrade does their 'medium format digital' lose its purpose?
cuulblu 10 years ago
Do we really even need 24 mp? A big part of this is marketing. Photographers tend to think more Mp is better. So the big corporations cash in on this and produce big mp cameras. Even at 24 mp have we not already surpassed the quality of film? If so what is the new standard?

Do we really need transportation that goes faster than 60mph? Do we need tvs larger that 32"? Do we need sub zero freezors? The list could be endless, but we do have these things.
poppaJ 10 years ago
I don't know if it's really Hassleblad, I think it's more Kodak. they are the ones pushing the limits on MP
rick forgo 10 years ago
It's a pissing contest, pure and simple, Sure, the quality is likely staggering, and may be of use for a few hundred photographers worldwide, but I think this is marketing driven. Having a claim to a 50 megapixel camera gives the rest of the Hasselblad lineup the "halo" effect, prompting people to believe that Hasselblad is on the cutting edge, thus making them more likely to purchase a Hasselblad product.

We have seen near 1000HP automobilies for sale (very expensive, like this Hasselblad), despite the fact that such automobiles are arguably useful to even less people than a 50 megapixel camera. The rationale is the same.
Tony Bombardo 10 years ago
i always thought that the 50mpx was for advertising when they NEED to blow things up super huge. I dont know if its as much them wanting to one-up everyone else, as much as its probably based on input from commercial studio photographers
gigantic rock [deleted] 10 years ago
At 24 megapixels we are only just starting to reach the ability of a scanned 35mm slide. However, as camera sensors improve so do scanners. I'm curious to see how this will pan out as the scanner technology may result in film retaining it's quality in terms of enlargement ability over digital for some time to come.
Clive Rowland Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Clive Rowland (member) 10 years ago
By scanning film digitally does it produce better results than traditional dark room methods? Ive always used digital but recently had some hands on in the darkroom and to be honest I wasn't impressed by the quality of the ISO400 film i was using at 8X10.
vt335 Posted 10 years ago. Edited by vt335 (member) 10 years ago
Oh, my answer is pretty simple on this one. I suppose it can be purely relative to what one needs (or wants). I, for one, am perfectly happy with 6mp because I only do this as a hobby. I think if someone bought this camera (Hasselblad H3Dll-50) to take photos of their family at the beach....well....I suppose they have more money than they know what to do with.If one does this professionally then I suppose it would be worth the investment, but that really would depend on how successful they are. Just my 1cent.
axiomatic jewel [deleted] 10 years ago
this is not an average consumer product, $37K is not a consumer product its an item that will be bought by professional photo studios for specific work by highend professional photographers, as for the 50 MP thing, its long been held that quality not quantity is the key, a quality sensor is far more important then the number of MP a camera can shoot.
Bill Konway 10 years ago
Do I need 50MP images? No. Does someone doing critical studio or field work? Yes. Shooting with medium or large formt gear is not the same as shooting with 35mm gear. When I shoot with my 35mm digi gear, I'm usually looking at about 20-30 gigs of images a day. I tend to shotgun some stuff, but I don't think it's out of line. In film days, a full day was 12-20 36 exp. rolls. However, when I shot medium format film, I was shooting 4-10 rolls a day, and large format accounted for about 10-20 sheets day. Each format comes with it's own style of shooting. Thus, I don't see myself shooting a Hassie w/50MPs and having 1200 exposures at the end of the day.
energetic button [deleted] 10 years ago
I do not need 50 MP but I 'm sure some people do. The largest printing I do is 8.5 x 11 so really 7.2 - 12 .3 is plenty.
poppaJ 10 years ago
Bill Konway 1200 exposures, you're correct that would take about 20 hrs.
kickass_studio PRO 10 years ago
The thread sounds like Bill Gates's "640K ought to be enough for anybody" quote :-)

When 50M is ready as a consumer product, reasonable price that is, people will use it, given that the display media, storage device and such catch up to that resolution. For now, 50M is definitely good for larger prints.
Groups Beta