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Help Me Decide Between D800e or D610?

spiritualized67

Western PA, US
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spiritualized67 Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas, most notably in Street & Landscape Photography Nikonian since 01st Mar 2007
Fri 14-Feb-14 01:29 PM

I just made a rather large photographic decision to downgrade from a D4. The decision didn’t come easy. My work is usually split between landscape and street. Although an amazingly capably rig, the D4 is a beast – especially for landscape work. And for street, it’s intimidating as heck looking and hard to blend in. So the plan is to basically split my camera needs into two. For my street, I’m getting the highly capable Sony RX1R with EVF. Not worried about the IQ in this tiny little miracle and I’m perfectly comfortable at 35mm prime.

Landscape is not so easy. I’m basically torn between the newly launched D610 and a D800e. Price difference aside, the major differences are basically the pixel count, focus array (D610 has fewer focus points that are more tightly packed within the viewfinder) and lastly, max shutter speed (1/4000s vs. 1/8000s). I’m not worried about focus, because I always use Live View for landscape and will have the entire LCD (viewfinder area) to work with. 1/4000s shutter speed is a non-issue when you stop down to F/11. So that only leaves pixel count/IQ. For landscape, I almost always shoot at ISO 100. The D610 is smaller, so that’s a plus. Years ago, I used both the D80 and the D300 for my landscape work, and was still able to get great images, but in a much smaller footprint than the D4. The D610 is well beyond both those models.

For those who might have experience with both the D610 or D800e, would you agree that image quality between the two is nearly identical (assuming sampling down the D800e 36MP image to 24MP)? I have an Epson 3880 printer which is capable up to 17x22 print size. Even at that size, I’d still argue that there would be minimal difference between the D800e print and the D610 print, right? 24MP would probably be easier to handle from a file size standpoint. If I get the D610, will I really regret not getting the D800e? Again, I’m really only concerned with IQ. As good as the D4 is, I’d argue that even the D610 IQ is slightly better (more MP, better DR/color, etc.) – so you’re really just giving up size, heft and bells and whistles. I just need help deciding between the two.

~Dan
www.danielstainer.com

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