I am new to DSLR's so please bear with a tyro. I used to shoot medium format so opted for the D800E as I prefer big enlargements when the shot is right. I also understand that the moiré issue has been pretty much overblown but does exist. My question is if moiré will be an obvious issue would it be feasible to very slightly defocus the lens to approximate the effect of the optical low pass filter in the D800? I am sure this may be a gross exaggeration of the effect, but was curious if it might work in extreme cases such as architecture which I seldom image. I also still have my Softars from Hasselblad days and wonder if they might do the trick when used on portraits where clothing pattern is an issue. BTW, my camera will not arrive until this Friday so I cannot check these out myself but hoped this extremely knowledgeable group might have some comments.
#1. "RE: Moire reduction on D800E" | In response to Reply # 0walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Wed 25-Dec-13 12:24 PM
Like you imply, while moire exists with both the D800e and D800, it's a very small issue in reality. In more than a year and half of shooting with both cameras, I have to really hunt for it in photos and where it exists, it's usually pretty small. That includes shots with textiles and plenty of architectural photos. Personally, I would stay away from defocusing or soft focus filters, but they should work if you want to go that route. I'd prefer to use moire reduction tools in raw converters instead (LR, NX2, C1, DXO). For the most part, that should be all you need.
After using the D800e for that period of time, I'd have no hesitation getting another camera without an AA filter. (I actually had experience with cameras lacking AA filters prior to the D800e as well, and similarly had no issues)
#2. "RE: Moire reduction on D800E" | In response to Reply # 1PSAGuy Nikonian since 04th Nov 2008Wed 25-Dec-13 12:45 PM | edited Wed 25-Dec-13 12:46 PM by PSAGuy
Have you shot any weddings with the 800e ? Was moire an issue ?
I am curious, as I am contemplating buying one when I (finally) buy my D4. I may bite the bullet and get both. I shoot about 3-4 weddings a year to complement my sports business (mostly to fund capital for gear) and I'd hate to have a wedding shoot go bad because of moire. There are obviously lots of fabrics involved in a wedding (dresses, tablecloths, drapes etc) and it's an event that cannot be recreated later....so it has to be right the first time.
I'd sure be interested in others' experience in this regard as well.
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#4. "RE: Moire reduction on D800E" | In response to Reply # 3PSAGuy Nikonian since 04th Nov 2008Wed 25-Dec-13 01:24 PM
Yeah.....I agree. I shoot them only selectively. I am asked a lot to do them but only take very few of the actual requests because , like you, I am not a big fan.
I am thinking of the D800e more as a "fun" camera for my personal landscape stuff....not for business as I have two D3 bodies and adding a D4. I just wondered about how problematic the 800e moire issue is in weddings in case I had to use it there.
#5. "RE: Moire reduction on D800E" | In response to Reply # 0
I shot a wedding last summer with my D800e. I think I saw moire in one of the final selects. Bottom line: you can deal with moire in post. It's just not something you have to agonize over.
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#6. "RE: Moire reduction on D800E" | In response to Reply # 0
That problem (in my opinion) is most problematic when doing DSLR video editing. Stills just aren't plagued with that issue like video is. I've watched a lot of online courses on video editing - and they come right out and say Moire can really cramp your style in that case. But with still photos sir, I think you'll be just fine either way.
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