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What do you think of a camera without an anti-aliasing filter

ericbowles

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Fri 23-Dec-11 11:52 AM

NikonRumors has outlined specs for a D800. It reportedly will be available with or without an antialiasing filter. What do you think about that?

The anti aliasing filter is used to reduce the presence of moire on digital images. For regular patterns, moire can be an issue - stripes, checks, some roofs, etc. But antialiasing filters work by blurring your image, so in theory an image without the AA filter would be sharper.

Today LifePixel and others offer a service to remove the antialiasing filter. Normally that is for IR photography and the filter is replaced with an IR filter. But they can also replace it with clear glass.

With high megapixel images the issue of noise comes in due to the smaller photosites. I think I understand that there is a greater need for the antialiasing filter with small photosites. But perhaps noise can be controlled adequately in post.

Thought?

Would you consider a ordering the camera without antialiasing filter?


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