Nikkor Prime's Maximum Resolution

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by frankie_frank|1, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. What is Nikkor prime's (say 50mm/1.8) resolution? What is the 35mm Kodak
    Kodatchrome's resolution?
  2. That would depend o na specific lens wouldn't it? Also Kodachrome 64 or Kodachrome 25, (BTW: Fuji Provia 100F outresolves Kodachrome as do most other modern ISO 100 E-6 films) )
  3. The resolution of this lens is very good.

    For quantative values lookup MTF charts on Nikon web site for this lens, but before you do that see the site below:

    ...then you will be ready to derive values that possibly satisfy your needs.
  4. I'd guess that the max resolution fo the 50/1.8 is a couple of hundred lp/mm.
  5. not very high especially in the corners
  6. I concern are:
    (1) What is the FX sensor's maximum MP of which current lens technology (say 50mm/1.8) can resolve?
    (2) I have many 35mm Kodachrome 64 slides. In the word of MP, how good these slides can resolve?
    (3) Current P&S cameras going to 12MP~15MP. Can the tiny glasses resolve that?
  7. FF, you'll do well to get 60 lp/mm on film, 70 lp/mm on sensor.

    Poor technique, including shooting hand-held, kills on film/sensor resolution.
  8. Dan, do you mean 60-line/mm for film, 70-line/mm for lens? If that is the case, a 35mm film has only 3MP and lens (just approx. because prime resolve better than zoom) can resolve 4MP. How can thost tiny P&S digicam's lens can resolve 12MP?
  9. You are confusing the MP resolution with the resolving ability of a lens.

    The highest resolving lens on any of the current/recent past P$S cam is on the Ricoh GR-D (8 Mp camera) with purported line resolution >500 lp/mm. One needs that for a high pixel density CCD like the one the Ricoh GR-D has.

    All other XX mega pixel cameras with 15X zoom will not do that and will not provide the fine details.
  10. Frankie, I meant 60 lp/mm on film. Clear? ON FILM.

    And I meant 70 lp/mm on silicon. Clear? That's where the chips now in use have MTF = 0.

    Aerial images at the lens' best aperture are often much better, but its film, chips, and technique that limit attainable resolution on image capture device, not, usually, the lens.

    That's as well as can be done without absolutely meticulous technique AND shooting at the best aperture for resolution.
  11. I have read that the best standard lenses for 35mm use, when combined with the best 100 speed color print film, could generate a negative with 100MP of information. The problem is that in order to get that much information from the negative you would have to scan it at 8500 dpi. At that kind of scanning resolution even minute defects in the film base might become apparent. For any of this information to be useful you need to ask youself some questions: What kinds of subjects will I be shooting? Will I be able to use a tripod? Will I be shooting in bright light or low light? What form will the final image need to take? Will it be a screen image, a print, a slide or a negative? How large will I need to make the image? How soon do I need to have these images available? Once you have answered these questions you can find the right equipment, film or digital. Just knowing maximum resolution figures for film and lenses and sensors will not tell you exactly what you can expect in each shootng situation.
  12. From my own, personal experience, several professional photographers have judged the resolution of five foot tall prints from the D2x to be equal to 645 medium format film. So I wouldn't worry about the resolution of the D3, if I were you - it will be far better than 24x36 Kodachrome.

    Hope this helps,

  13. You folks are fooling yourselves. A good drum scan of a slide or high-quality neg produces much more detail/resolution than a 12Mp sensor. I don't think that's very important, but it's a fact just the same.

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