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What should I consider in a D800 with lens?

leonardevens

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"RE: What should I consider in a D800 with lens?"

leonardevens Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2011
Mon 14-Jan-13 10:32 AM

>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

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