Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape has a nack for the odd outlandish and seemingly proposterous claim. His site is very popular, especially amongst landscape photographers, and every time he puts a fantastic story on there, the interweb is ripe with debate and discussion. I bet that’s real good for his site traffic!
Anyway, the claim this time is that its near impossible to tell the difference between a $500 camera, the 15MP Canon G10 pocketcam, and a $40.000 camera, the 39MP Phase One P45 back on a Hasselblad – at prints up to supersize a3 (that is, when shooting a specific target – here a forest landscape – and at base ISO, etc. etc.).
Hard to believe? Well, the whole point of shooting medium format is that you can print really large, and really large is quite a bit larger than a3. So I dont see anything really surprising about this claim. Besides, I for one have deep respect for whatever Michael is saying for various good reasons.
I have occasionally shot with a P45 and a G9, but never thought to compare those two. Apparently, the pocket cams are advancing really fast these days!
Take a look at his article and make up your own mind: Youve got to be kidding!