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Camera good enough for Billboard size photos?
My budget is probably no more then $1,000 for a SLR, but I need it to be good enough to be able to produce billboard size images so thats about 8feet by 12 feet for example..

Would the Canon Xti be good enough for this or do I have to go to something like the Canon 30 or so?.

HELP! .

Thanks..

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XTi and 30D are very similar. For large print, the enlargement software is more important than the camera. You should consider a better lens, the Canon EF-S 60mm macro is a budget, but very sharp lens, could be used for portrait as well..

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Comment #1

The information you supply is nothing like enough to give any meaningful advice..

What will you be photographing? Where will the photos be displayed? From what distance will they be viewed? Is there any expectation that viewers will come close to view a small portion of the image? Are the images to be permanently on view or are they to be in place for just a week or two?.

My initial reaction is that your budget is far too low..

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Comment #2

The really important things are the lens and the light !.

If you start out with a good prime lens, control your light and use a tripod you will be off to a good start..

My very first step would be to understand the printing process for the particular goal to achieve and, from there, work backwards to determine exactly what must be done to ensure the highest possibly quality all along the process.The actual shooting of the picture will just become a 'small' detail...

Comment #3

Photographing: People (I own a couple clothing companies so it's primarily people in the product with either a plotted out background or a blank background..

Displayed: Billboards (probably around 8 feet high and 12 feet wide, Catalogues, Posters..

Viewers will come close to the image. Some photos will be permanent and some will be a limited time frame..

$1,000 is mainly my budget for the body and I'm not sure what my budget is yet for a lenes I'm still thinking about it..

Mainly our photos are close to that of David Lachapelle. .

Thanks for helping..

The information you supply is nothing like enough to give any meaningful advice..

What will you be photographing? Where will the photos be displayed? From what distance will they be viewed? Is there any expectation that viewers will come close to view a small portion of the image? Are the images to be permanently on view or are they to be in place for just a week or two?My initial reaction is that your budget is far too low..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile..

Comment #4

BoriMischief wrote:.

My budget is probably no more then $1,000 for a SLR, but I need it tobe good enough to be able to produce billboard size images so thatsabout 8feet by 12 feet for example..

Do the math....

Start by assuming that the printing process uses "dots" of ink/paint that are much smaller than the "dots" your camera produces (this may not be true!). Then divide the size of the print by the available pixels..

Would the Canon Xti be good enough for this or do I have to go tosomething like the Canon 30 or so?.

The 400D has 3888 pixels. The 30D has 3504..

With the 400D: 144" / 3888 = 0.037". With the 30D: 144" / 3504 = 0.041". If you approach a print with either of these resolutions, you will see the pixels. 0.037" is about 27 DPI. In general, people notice pixels below about 150 DPI, so this size will be QUITE noticable..

If you truly want a stunning picture as 96" x 144" (with invisable pixels) you need a camera with 311 MP! Or at least, you need a final image with 311 MP....

Perhaps your needs are unreasonable? How about making the observers stand back a bit from your billboard...like perhaps 50 feet? .

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Comment #5

BoriMischief wrote:.

Photographing: People (I own a couple clothing companies so itsprimarily people in the product with either a plotted out backgroundor a blank background..

Displayed: Billboards (probably around 8 feet high and 12 feet wide,Catalogues, Posters..

Viewers will come close to the image. Some photos will be permanentand some will be a limited time frame..

Cutout fashion product pictures of people, at eight feet high. That means you want pictures to be around twice life-size, and a resolution suitable for arm's-length viewing. You want the images to be useful product advertising, not grainy pop-art..

The budget of $1000 for a camera is way too low..

While a Canon 30D or XTi could produce a billboard, the usual billboards are at 40ft over the road, 500ft from the viewer. The billboard can be 8 megapixels at 4 DPI and the passengers on the roadway won't even notice..

An 8 megapixel image at 8 feet is about 24 DPI (36 DPI if shot portrait mode) which I doubt would give you a good product-quality image at arm's-length viewing. There are embroidery cross-stitch patterns that reach 24 DPI..

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Comment #6

I want to cook a forty pound turkey but my budget is only big enough for a toaster-oven..

BAK..

Comment #7

BoriMischief wrote:.

Would the Canon Xti be good enough for this or do I have to go tosomething like the Canon 30 or so?.

HELP! .

You will probably need to go to a minimum of a medium format camera, or better still a large format such as a 4x5 view camera, then have the negatively professionally drum scanned to get the resolution you need for this application. There are some companies who make digital backs for these cameras, but your budget is low by about a factor of 20 or 30. A basic medium format film system will be on the order of $3k, plus there will be the costs for the drum scan of the negatives as well..

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Comment #8

BAK wrote:.

I want to cook a forty pound turkey but my budget is only big enoughfor a toaster-oven..

Perhaps all you need is the *new* Evander Holyfield grill......  .

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Comment #9

BAK wrote:.

I want to cook a forty pound turkey but my budget is only big enoughfor a toaster-oven..

You have problems with canabalism or raw meat .

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Comment #10

BAK wrote:.

I want to cook a forty pound turkey but my budget is only big enoughfor a toaster-oven..

BAK.

So you cut it in pieces that will fit into that toaster oven...  .

That said maybe that is the budget solution to the billboard. Construct your final file from many shots stitched together like a pano....

...Dennis..

Comment #11

Ed Halley wrote:.

While a Canon 30D or XTi could produce a billboard, the usualbillboards are at 40ft over the road, 500ft from the viewer. Thebillboard can be 8 megapixels at 4 DPI and the passengers on theroadway won't even notice..

Just to illustrate that point, this is a scan, with a rule alongside, of a snippet of a billboard aimed for street hoardings. As you can see, the resolution is very low, but from 20' away, looks perfect. But at arms length, it clearly wouldn't..

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Comment #12

The question isn't just what camera you need- but what person do you have to put it all together- composition, lighting, equipment, space, etc. If you are asking these kind of questions it should be so you can evaluate who to hire...

Comment #13

5D DjD wrote:.

Construct your final file from many shots stitched together like a pano....

For architecture and landscaping, and MAYBE art reproduction, this makes sense..

For fashion clothing products?.

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