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    Negative size -Has google gone stupid

    I'm searching Google for negative size in relationship to print size and i get all kinds of hits on scanning. Anyway... I never did find what i was after for. But I did find that my 5.5 x 5.5cm negative is referred to 6x6 so my argoflex e is a 6x6 mf camera.

    I understand that a negative loses resolution when enlarging the neg for a print. But the debate as to the limit is almost as heated as film vs digital. So what would be a good guide?

    or should I use this and leave it at that?
    35mm >8x10
    6x6 > 11x20
    thanks for reading.

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    It's subjective. Enlarge it as big as you like. If you enlarge to a particular size and don't like the results, then you know your personal limit. If somebody else says that size is fine, then you and Mr./Ms. Somebody disagree. End of discussion. Likewise if you like a size that somebody else says is beyond the limit.
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    Hasselblad 6x6 is actually 56 mm x 56 mm. Does that help?

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    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Print the size that looks good for you, and you be the judge of what "good" is. So much depends on the film & developer, camera, subject and viewing distance (and probably a few more factors.

    I printed my 6x6 negatives to 15"x15" (on 16x20 paper) -- Panatomic-X film developed in Microdol-X, shot on a Rollei TLR. I got what I wanted.

    6x6 printed 10x10 on 11x14 paper is sweet...color or B&W.

    I love the square image -- a matter of taste and experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Hasselblad 6x6 is actually 56 mm x 56 mm. Does that help?

    Steve
    Huh..? What? You saying your equipment bigger than mine? That I don't have a 6x6 but a 5.5 x 5.5 ? 2mm...ooooh. : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Focus No. 9 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Hasselblad 6x6 is actually 56 mm x 56 mm. Does that help?

    Steve
    Huh..? What? You saying your equipment bigger than mine? That I don't have a 6x6 but a 5.5 x 5.5 ? 2mm...ooooh. : )
    I'm jus' sayin' the sizes. [I wasn't saying mine is bigger than yours! ]

    Steve

    PS: My SWC, named Wide Willie, is wider than yours!
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    Huh, Steve, you know I'm joking right? And actually, no I don't know if it helps? I really don't know where your comming from. Now take your hand and stick it out arm's length for DOF and then squeeze your thumb and your index finger toward each other to about f22 and then you get the idea of how much camera experience I have. Does that help? >i'm joking again<. Please don't put me on ignore. : )

    Thanks everyone... I will do what I want. Thanks for the postive feedback.

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    All sirius-ness aside, I was pointing out that 6x6 is not really a 6x6 image, just like a 4x5 is not really 4"x5".

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Print to the grain is what I learned coming up. I usually shoot 100 B&W 120 film that gives me more latitude for larger print sizes.
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    A good 35mm negative can easily be enlarged to fill 11x14 with borders.

    I have seen a disc camera negative successfully enlarged to poster size (5 feet on the long dimension, IIRC)

    And then of course there was the Kodak Colorama - an 18' x 60' (yes - feet, not inches) rear projection transparency that in 1986 for the first time originated from a 35mm negative:

    http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/feat.../colorama.html

    Look under "Technical Highlights".

    Viewing distance is quite important .
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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