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Difference between the D800 and D800e

gaopa

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gaopa Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jul 2003
Sat 30-Mar-13 01:10 AM

I'm sure this has been covered, but I can't find it. If so, sorry.

From a practical, every day point of view, what is the difference between the D800e and the D800. In other words, what does the low pass filter do? TIA, Bill P.

Georgia Opa

ScottChapin

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#1. "RE: Difference between the D800 and D800e" | In response to Reply # 0

ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter Member
Sat 30-Mar-13 12:12 AM

The short answer is that it reduces moire at the expense of sharpness.

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JPJ

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#2. "RE: Difference between the D800 and D800e" | In response to Reply # 0

JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009
Sat 30-Mar-13 01:46 AM

Practically the d800e will resolve slightly more detail and produce slightly sharper images out of the camera. The d800 will be slightly more resistant to moire and aliasing artifacts.

Rob Galbraith has a good comparison here:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11676-12555

Jason

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LMMiller9

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#3. "RE: Difference between the D800 and D800e" | In response to Reply # 0

LMMiller9 Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2005
Sat 30-Mar-13 02:52 AM | edited Sat 30-Mar-13 02:53 AM by LMMiller9

While the above explanations are correct, you should also realize that the D800 with 36mgpxls provides incredible detail and sharpness. The difference is a bit like saying that a car with 500 horsepower is faster than a car with 480 horsepower. True. But when driving these two cars, how often do you think you will feel that difference? A good chance, never.

I am not arguing for one over the other, I have the D800 it is absolutely fantastic and it is hard to imagine more detail or clarity.

Larry Miller, Potomac, MD
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ScottChapin

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#4. "RE: Difference between the D800 and D800e" | In response to Reply # 3

ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter Member
Sat 30-Mar-13 08:04 AM

I've also heard that the D800 is better, if video is important to you.

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Powder Springs, GA, USA

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gaopa

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#5. "RE: Difference between the D800 and D800e" | In response to Reply # 4

gaopa Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Jul 2003
Sat 30-Mar-13 09:25 AM

Thanks, gentlemen! This is all very helpful information. Cheers, Bill P.

Georgia Opa

zumbado

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#6. "RE: Difference between the D800 and D800e" | In response to Reply # 5

zumbado Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2004
Sat 30-Mar-13 01:42 PM

I just bought a D800E because I wanted another companion to my D800. What I have found is that by using sharpening in Photoshop I can get the same sharpness as the E. Some people feel that the E is better because it requires less steps in their workflow.

Regarding moire, some people have found moire with the D800 - go figure.

Juan

noneco

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#7. "RE: Difference between the D800 and D800e" | In response to Reply # 6

noneco Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 12th May 2009
Sun 31-Mar-13 01:10 AM

I second or third all of the above. Last fall I wanted a Nikon for a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest on the northern BC coast. I wanted to capture the animals with the feel of the moss and wet mist so I bought the D800 mainly for the 36Mp sensor. The cropability was also part of my decision. Coming from a D300 I had to rethink my technique a bit. These photos were taken from a zodiac slowly floating up a river – 1/350, f5.6, ISO 1600, 70-200 f2.8 lens. The NEF images were saved as JPGs via the PS “save for web” command. They were zoomed to 25% for full frame, 100% to get a feel for how the mist looked, and 150% to show the cropping possibilities. No sharpening or anything else. The heart shaped mossy branches were run through Photo Ninja and some NIK filters. My desire was to capture the mist and the trees and rocks in the mist. I think the D800 pulled it off.

You can’t go wrong with either camera.

Cal


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gaopa

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#8. "RE: Difference between the D800 and D800e" | In response to Reply # 7

gaopa Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Jul 2003
Sun 31-Mar-13 08:57 AM

Very nice, noneco. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Bill P.

Georgia Opa

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