Quote Originally Posted by kb3lms View Post
I did think the articles about the 36MP DSLRs and not needing longer lenses since you could just crop was kind of dumb. Maybe it works for him, but it doesn't matter how many megapigsells you have, the lens has got to keep up with it!
Actually there's a lot of truth in that. I have one of those 36MP DSLRs, and it is liberating to crop and still get a high quality image out. But the same has been true for years with film. I have heavily cropped medium and large format film when I wanted to use a longer lens than I had with me (or owned). With a quality lens and fine grained film you can get decent results even with a large crop (which is effectively just a big enlargement). Certainly using the ideal lens for each shot would be nice, but it's not always realistic.