Re: How many pixels do you want for the type of pictures you tak I think it's hard to argue with the macro photographers, they need their pixels. If someone has a business which involves creating large images and printing them on very large pieces of paper for sale there is also a justification for pixel hunger. Otherwise I really do question the argument that large numbers of megapixels are essential because anything less than a huge print is just a contact print of a snapshot. If all those large prints never leave home, only a stately home has wall or cupboard space enough to house them. At some stage we all of us pop our clogs and somebody has to clear out our belongings. Anything which can't be assimilated easily by the rest of the family will probably end up in a skip. I'd tentatively suggest that A4 is an ideal size for prints if you want them to survive you. Maybe you could stretch a point to A3 for a few pictures.