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D800/D800E: HDR-feature?


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btbschwarz Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning a Nikonians Annual Photo Contest Registered since 20th Jan 2009
Fri 10-Feb-12 06:35 AM

Nikon says ...
"The D800/D800E can shoot two frames in a single shutter release, but at different exposures: one overexposed and one underexposed. The camera then instantly combines them to create an image covering a wider dynamic range. The range can be widened by up to 3 EV for different looks, all full of saturation and tonal gradation, while the smoothness of the edge where the two exposures meet can be adjusted for a more natural appearance."
Would this be the same as saving two versions of one image (-1,5 and +1,5) in CNX2 and handing them over to a HDR-Software?
What I mean is, does the HDR-feature just make use of the dynamic range present in every shot or are there really two different exposures (one after the other? / simultanously?) in one shot?

BTW: My favourite is the D800E because ...
- D800E is a complement for the D700, not a replacement
- while happy with D700, allways wanted something equivalent to Medium Format = slow, deliberate composition on a tripod, excellent detail, no AA-Filter
- very attractive price
- D800E is delivered with/including CNX2 (D800 has only ViewNX), so the uplift is allmost negligible
- No Leica/Hasselblad/Mamiya/PhaseOne/... user is afraid of moirè-patterns, so why should I be?