I was editing some images that I took last week in New York city, including some taken from the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
Then I remembered that I had taken some shots of the same view from the same location, 15 years ago.
2001: Hasselblad 205FCC 110mm (35mm equ 70mm) Planar lens, Fujichrome 100, 6x6cm tranny scanned in an Imacon Flextight scanner to 135Mb
2016: Leica SL, 24-90mm lens (at 68mm), 24 Megapixel sensor, ISO 100, DNG 42Mb
Both shot on a clear morning. Both handheld. Both similar field of view (about 70mm)
The Hasselblad body, lens and the Imacon scanner were arguably the best quality equipment ever produced for a portable film camera. And, of course, the 6x6cm trannies have a much larger surface area than a 35mm sensor.
The Leica SL and 24-90 zoom is arguably current state-of-the-art for quality, portable, digital camera / lens. Of course, the SL is streets ahead of the old film 'blads in terms of convenience and percentage of usable images.
But I was interested in seeing how things have progressed, IQ wise. So, I used LR's compare feature to find the same portion of the image at 100%. Then took a screenshot of the two side-by-side.
The Leica image is on the left, the scanned Hasselblad image is on the right. After 15 years, we can see that the 35mm Leica has surpassed the scanned 6x6cm MF transparency in terms of resolution, colour and punch. (and the New Yorkers have painted some of their water tanks)
Compare 2001-2016.jpg 181.96KB 349 downloads
And here is the Hasselblad scanned tranny from 2001:
PW-20870-01 -1Mb.jpeg 289.95KB 225 downloads
And the Leica SL image from 2016:
L1080667 -1Mb.jpeg 351.04KB 192 downloads