>Hi Leonard, > >If resolution concerns you, then I would opt for the D800E (as >I have) to squeeze as much resolution of the sensor as >possible. In the real world, there is not much difference >between the two models. > >I've seen virtually no issues with moiré using the 800E. It >does not have an anti aliasing filter and I suspect your field >camera does not as well. > >Regarding prime lenses, I have the 85mm 1.8G which is >considerable cheaper and likely lighter than the 1.4 G and it >is outstanding re resolution on the 800E. I also have the >Zeiss 50mm zf.2 makro-planar and the 70-200mm Nikon VR II (the >latter is heavy). Both are excellent on the 800E. > >Ming Thein says he has experienced different levels of quality >for the D800 to D800E when using different lenses. You can >read more here... >http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/06/30/recommended-lenses-for-the-nikon-d800e/ >There are other related articles in his website. > >Lastly, should you purchase the 800 or 800E, make sure you buy >it from a dealer that will take it back within 30 days without >penalty (e.g. B&H). There have been some left focus issues >with versions of these cameras were made during early >production runs, but current versions seem OK. Check this >forum for more information. Should you get an 800 or 800E, >make sure to test for any left focus issues early on before >the 30-day grace period expires. Sending defective versions of >these cameras in for repair have not been very successful. > >Good luck with your choices! >
If there is not much difference between the two models, I think I will opt for the d800 in order to save some money. I doubt if I am up to takeing advantage of minor differences in resolution between the 800 and 800e
Also, in architectural photography, I suspect moire may on occasion be a problem.
My view camera is not a digital camera so the optics is entirely different. It is true that I may see moire on rare occasions when I scan my negatives, so if the 800 avoids it slightly better that will be an advantage over what I now have.
But perhaps I don't really understand the issues?
Although I have purchased equipment from B&H and been satisfied, I plan to buy the equipment from Calumet Photo in Chicago. I have had good luck with them in the past about returning equipment which was defective. Also, they are very helpful when I have questions about how to use equipment.
Leonard Evens Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University