I'm fairly new to the whole CG scene and I'm currently learning Maya, however, I have a question about the rendering options. I'v looked through many pieces of art that were done using Maya and it seems that Mental Ray is what everyone uses for their renders. Basically I would just like to know what the other two (Maya Software and Maya Hardware) are used for? If Mental Ray is so popular then surely that's the best one to use right?
Thanks in advance