>In the article I cited Nikon mentions "studio, commercial >and still life" photographers as those who will benefit >from the E. Landscape photographers are not mentioned. Have >Nikon recommended the E for landscape photographers in another >publication? I am certainly not saying that Nikon knows >nothing about landscape photography. My comments are based on >the statements made by Nikon in the article I cited.
It looks like you are correct. Now I'm not sure if I've heard Nikon say D800e is useful for landscape photographers, or I made that assumption because it's been landscape photographers who've been removing their AA filters from existing cameras for years. I can't find a citation to back up my claim on Nikon's position.
>I have tried to keep the topic limited to shooting at the >stopped down apertures and not expand it to landscape shooting >technique.
It's interesting to discuss what exactly "diffraction limited sharpness" means. If you're going to shoot f/16 then mathematically you're limiting your sharpness and perhaps don't gain any advantage from the E. OTOH it's interesting to note, in Nikon's technical guide, they use f/22 to show the softness caused by diffraction, not f/11 or f/16. So where is the real-world limit? I've done tests on my D300 which is supposedly limited smaller than f/11, and found no perceptible softness until f/18, and found landscape details didn't really fall apart until f/22.
On your question, if you're going to shoot at f/16, might you just as well get the D800? I think it makes some sense, although in my mind the question is still about moiré, not sharpness, because you won't shoot the D800e at f/16 all the time.
>I agree with you that one should shoot at the >widest aperture the shooting situation will allow. I use the >hyperfocal tables for that purpose. In quite a few situations >the use of f/11 or f/16 is indeed the right aperture.
This is a difference in philosophy for us. I never shoot hyperfocal, as I much prefer maximum sharpness in my most important foreground object and willing to trade (and actually prefer) some softness in the distance.