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Is the $500 difference worth it? Please share thoughts

FutureFocus

Leominster, US
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FutureFocus Registered since 18th Feb 2013
Wed 10-Apr-13 06:14 PM

I had my heart and mind set on getting a D800E. Then late last month, the plug was pulled on the $200 instant rebate for that model which reverted more or less to full list price which one can get about anywhere. The rebate for the D-800 however was extended through April 27th Go figure, why was that?

So now there's roughly about a $500 price differential. Is the 800E really worth it?

I've often read through the threads on various forums for the past month or two to try to learn, gauge sentiment and follow the issues. There have been those who migrated from a 800 to an 800E due to added sharpness which is the chief attraction for myself. However others chose the 800 and couldn't justify the extra bucks for the E. Maybe it depends on the quality of ones eyesight or your shooting technique.

There also seems to be more support for the 800's video quality. I have no way of verifying that. To my knowledge no local store carries them in stock, so I will buy one of the two sight unseen mail-order.

One poster suggested to take the $500 savings and use latter towards a lens purchase which makes sense. This will be my first FX body. Just picked up a 24-120 f4 a month ago. Most lens worth buying are a grand or two, so the 24-120 will have to do for now.

Being a regular B&H customer, maybe a manager could be persuaded to knock the 200 off but I'm not counting on it.

So bottom-line, does the lack of a AA filter & somewhat enhanced sharpness merit the difference? Is it really noticeable to the average shooter?

I'm torn, if the instant rebate was still on for the E, I'd go for it.

Is the E less liable or prone to issues or is it still the luck of the draw?

What considerations, factors and differences should be carefully weighed in order to make decision I'm happy with?

Please advise.

Thanks

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