Lumix Images as Good as Film? Markus Bollinger Wants to Know
Lumix Images as Good as Film?
In the forum of finearterprinter.de (German language) I discovered an interesting discussion concerning the aesthetics of images produced by sensors with different size.
In his blog professional fine-art printer Roberto Casavecchia claimed that prints from FX-sensors have a more three-dimensionality film-like look, with clean and vivid colors, whereas prints from mFT-sensors have a more digital-look, appearing rather flat, lacking three-dimensionality. He also said that the more pleasant film-like look of FX cameras has nothing to do with pixel count, since the images out of the Nikon D700 with 12MP look better than the images coming from the Olympus E-M5 Mkii with 16MP.
As you know well both systems I would like to ask you if you can confirm that statement.
Can or could you distinguish (in a blind test) the aesthetics of prints from Nikon FX-cameras from those coming from the Lumix GH4, showing the same scene? (irrespecive of resolution, resp. of different pixel counts).
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My experience, based on having printed both formats in very large sizes (up to 24×36 inches), is that I certainly can’t see a difference relating to Roberto Casavecchia’s concerns of “images lacking film like look, clean & vivid colors,” It is true that prints made from MFT sensors do have more depth of field, especially when using the typical lenses that are currently available for this fomrat. That may explain the more so-called “digital-look.” As lenses improve regarding faster apertures, like the Leica Nocticron 42.5mm F/1.2, I think this misconception will change.
Additionally, the “film-like look” some photographers say they want, I have no interest in. Part of the film look we had with Kodachrome, Fujichrome, etc. had tremendous amounts of grain, especially at ISO’s we now consider low. I find it interesting that so many things technology is improving are criticized by a few for not looking like what that technology has replaced. I personally feel my Lumix GH4 produces images much better than ANY film I ever shot over my 40-year career; it’s hard to believe. We still scan a lot of my older images and I’m often astonished at how much work the files require to reduce noise, chromatic aberrations, etc. There is simply no comparison.
That’s just my two cents. Keep in mind this is just one man’s opinion, no more worthy than the opinion of Roberto Casavecchia.