Thanks for this information Stan. This would explain exactly what I am experiencing. I wonder if some of the reviewers of the D800/E that claim the camera has inaccurate metering are aware of these differences.
I know many would say that a more technically advanced camera will not make you a better photographer. That may be true to an extent, but the D800/E is challenging me to look at things from new perspectives...it is making me grow as a photographer (and not just via technical acumen).