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    largest print from 35mm neg

    What is the largest print that can be enlarged from a 35mm negative? With 400 iso.
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    that is a very tough question...
    It depends on how much grain is aceptable, what do you want to show, etc etc.
    16x20s shouldn;t be bad if you don;t look at them from 2 inches.

    I think you should analyze your megative carefully and decide what is acceptable for your project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebwitwicki
    What is the largest print that can be enlarged from a 35mm negative? With 400 iso.
    Hmmm...Depends on the film and the developer. And your tolerance of grain and sharpness.

    I do wonderful 16x20 on Agfa Classic (fiber paper) from a Pan F+ developed in Rodinal 1+50. Grain is small an sharpness is overall acceptable.

    From 400 iso I go up to 12x16 (Delta 400 in HC-110).

    Morten
    Last edited by modafoto; 10-26-2004 at 10:40 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Missed an answer

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    for some subjects, I won't go over 5x7, for others, I have gone to 16x20. It all depends on the look you are looking for, and what your opinion of grain is.
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    The prints of Sebastio Salgado I've seen on exhibit are quite large (as much as 20x24 in some cases I think). I believe he shoots 35mm (Leica). They're grainy, but extrraordinary. His subject matter lends itself to such a style of course, and it works extremely well.
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    As the posts above suggest it varies on numerous factors. In my case, I use TMY developed in FX-39 and I find that 8"x10" is the maximum I am comfortable with, especially when it comes to portraits. I do go up to 11"x14" for Landscapes and cityscapes, but that's very rare. I use semi-matt paper most of the time.
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    size of the paper

    Quote Originally Posted by ebwitwicki
    What is the largest print that can be enlarged from a 35mm negative? With 400 iso.
    It's depends only of the size of the (baryte) paper.

    And of the courage that you have.

    And off course of your darkroom that you will use.

    I've seen very beautiful prints on FB 110cm * 165cm (43*65inch)
    Even from ISO 3200.

    Kind regards.
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    Well if you hadn't said asa400, i would've said 30x40(Pan-X). The largest I've gone with Tri-X(developed in Microdol-X) was 16x20.
    "Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect."

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    Billboards have been made from 35mm originals, so the limit really depends on your goals, standards, and the viewing distance for the final version.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
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    As the print size goes up, the viewing distance tends to increase which helps to compensate visually for the increase in grain size. I don't often print larger than 11x14 but wouldn't hesitate to go 16x20
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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