Format ? Medium Format ?
35 mm ? Digital ?
For large groups or very large prints we use a
large format camera with a negative size of 4X5 inches. For the
important shots or large prints we use medium format camera with a negative
size of 21/4 inches square. For the casual shots of say weddings
guests or action shots we use 35 mm cameras.
A 35mm film negative has the resolution of a
30 mega-pixel digital camera. On the same professional 35 mm camera a
digital back currently has between 5 or 6
mega-pixel resolution. So the film has 5 times the resolution of the
digital. This translates in to a much higher quality print.
We like to use film for the original shot and
scan it into digital with much higher resolution than available from a
digital camera. This way you can have the best of both worlds.
Here is a photo of 4X5" film next to a
strip of 35mm negatives followed by medium format film. All the sizes
are the exact same material, you can see why a
larger format gives a higher quality print.