I fought myself about this for several days, then ordered a D800. Why?
Well, although I do a lot of landscape photography, which would definitely benefit from the extra sharpness, I also shoot a lot of portrait and event images. I do not want to have to fool with patterns in clothing. I know that Capture NX can help, but not perfectly. Therefore, in the interest of saving time, primarily, I decided to go with the D800 instead of the D800E. I feel that, with careful capture sharpening, I can get pretty close to the output of the D800E, without the worries of occasional moiré.
When I am shooting a wedding or graduation, for instance, there is potential for moiré that I don't want to fool with. If I were shooting 100 percent landscapes, there's no way I would choose anything but the D800E. For now, I am going to shoot with the D800 and wring out every last drop of performance from that big, juicy 36 MP sensor. I think I may go back to shooting with primes again so that I can use nicely optimized lenses for best results.
These choices are fun, are they not! Nikon, you are genius, instead of giving us one camera so that we have to choose between it or another camera, you give us two cameras with almost, but not quite, identical features. Now, we are having to decide which of the two D800's we want, instead of the D800 vs. another camera. Smart!
============================================== Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com "Better too many words than not enough understanding." ==============================================