Fri 19-Apr-13 04:46 AM | edited Fri 19-Apr-13 05:13 AM by KnightPhoto
My motivation for purchasing vs. usage frequency are not in 100% alignment. I voted Landscape as that is where I feel it has the greatest strengths for my shooting but the really strong motivator for me to sell my D700 and purchase a D800E was video. It was video that really put me over the top in this decision, since of course the D700 makes a very poor video camera. I needed a second camera with state of the art video as I do two camera videoing, one fixed wide shot (D800E) and one panning tele shot.
I also use my D800 as a very capable body #2 for wide shots in Theatre (as stills camera #2 to my D4) and Wildlife (as camera #2 to my D4).
Purchasing motivation for me was something like Video, better more detailed Theatre wide shots than D700, Landscape, Wildlife. Usage frequency is something like Video (doing this a lot these days), Wildlife, Landscape, then Theatre stills but that is influenced by me doing a lot more hours of wildlife photography than I do other genres.
Anyhow, I consider the D800E a very versatile rig if it was my only camera, but other than Landscape I prefer my D4 as I feel it gives me certain advantages in my main other genres of video, theatre, wildlife, and portraiture (where I find the D800E too detailed). Editted to add: D800E will be my primary travel camera as well. Just not travelling a ton right now, but when I do D800E makes most sense. So for me Landscape and travel are my best uses for D800E.