D800 vs D800E by DPreview.com
#1. "RE: D800 vs D800E by DPreview.com" | In response to Reply # 0km6xz Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Tue 12-Jun-12 08:33 AM
Typical DPR, downgraded a Nikon because it was not Canon enough but did not downgrade the 5DIII because it lacked features of the D800.
How could, in any rational thinking rate both at the same level as a D300 or 7D? Or the same, period, since only in a couple specs did the 5DIII rank higher? Everything else the D800 was superior.
It is obvious their ownership by Amazon has biased their views due to having 5DIII's to sell and getting a higher margin. There is a reason 5DIII's are sitting on shelves and D800's are in far greater demand than supply.
With less incentive to skew the rating DxO Mark is establishing themselves as a more realistic testing organization.
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#2. "RE: D800 vs D800E by DPreview.com" | In response to Reply # 1walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Tue 12-Jun-12 11:25 AM
Like almost any scoring system I can think of (including DxO), you can't go by just the numbers. It's appealing to a lot of people, but it's ultimately meaningless unless your own priorities, and how you would score them, align exactly with the reviewer's. MIne rarely do so I tend to ignore the scoring.
BTW, although I own a D800 and primarily use Nikon gear, I recently had a chance to use a 5DMIII for several days and came away quite impressed. That experience led me to the conclusion that I wouldn't view either camera as the absolute winner - it would depend on what you valued. The internet has a habit of magnifying issues beyond the level of being reasonable. The number of times I've seen 5DMIII raw files shown with shadows pushed to 100% or exposure pushed by 3-5 stops is amazing, yet I don't think I've ever done the equivalent with any actual images from any camera. The shots I got from the 5DMIII (and I shot several hundred) were quite good, and I would have no hesitation using the camera on a shoot that was important to me. I enjoyed many aspects of the camera, including its very solid design, nice controls (once customized to my liking), very quiet shutter (especially when set to that mode) and excellent AF and metering. I think it's about $500 too high in US prices, but that's about it.