Wed 21-Mar-12 12:17 AM | edited Wed 21-Mar-12 12:20 AM by MotoMannequin
>The question I am asking is whether that statement is accurate >if one is shooting landscapes. Nikon says that at wide >apertures normally used in landscape photography the advantage >of the E is lost. I read that to mean that for landscape use >the D800 will produce photos with equal resolution and >sharpness as those produced by the E model.
A couple things Jim... First I think you mean "narrow" apertures not wide.
Now, your conclusion that the D800e isn't useful for landscapes, despite the fact that Nikon says they are producing the camera (among other things) for landscape photographers, says that either Nikon knows nothing about landscape photography, or that your assumptions are perhaps off. In my opinion, your assumption on how small an aperture is required for landscapes is a little conservative. This isn't that surprising since, if you date back to the film days, back then everybody said to just shoot landscapes at f/22.
Nikon is *not* telling you that the D800e isn't useful for landscapes, they're saying that in many landscapes situations, you will get better results at f/8.
I come from a school of thought that says (1) don't hesitate to use a small aperture when necessary and (2) don't use a smaller aperture than necessary. Smaller than f/8 for landscapes really only becomes necessary with long-ish (let's say longer than normal) focal lengths and situations where a main subject is inches from your lens. Both of these happen but they aren't necessarily the norm. Therefore I shoot most landscapes at f/8, and cheat into the f/11-f/16 range if required, which isn't all that often. I also like a little bit of softness at infinity as it's a natural visual cue to indicate distance, and therefore can add some depth to a landscape image.
My opinion on the D800/D800e question is, if you're concerned about moiré in your subjects then get the D800, if you're not then get the D800e. Simple as that.
...although there is a school of thought that says there isn't much real difference between them, once capture sharpening is applied to the D800 file, therefore don't take the chance on moiré, which I suppose is where you're coming from. If that's the case you'll probably be very happy with the D800.
Personally, I'm not worried about moiré in my subjects at all and I'd rather lean towards the chance at greater acuity for the scenes that will allow me to take advantage of it.