I just read (NikonRumors.com) there may be two versions of the D800; one with the anti-aliasing filter and one without. I presume this relates to the high-pixel count of the sensor and providing a sharper image.
Assuming that the D800 is available in both configurations, I find it interesting that there's no such option on the D7000 (with its comparable pixel density).
What are the advantages of one configuration over the other? What do you think? Which configuration would you want?
Personally, I think this is an unlikely rumor. The distribution chain is confusing enough with all the different models. For stores to now have to make a decision to order one or the other of these models, with or without filter, strikes me as placing an unnecessary burden on retail outlets.
What would be really smart would be the ability to turn the filter on or off within the camera.I don't know whether that is technically possible, though.
I just read on NR that one or both are most likely going to be announced at the CP+ show in Japan in a few weeks, with shipping in mid-March.
The D800 w/out AA filter is reportedly about $3,900 US while the version with AA is approx $3,000 US.
I've been thinking about the D800 a lot (I currently have a D700 and a D7000) and would like more info on AA vs. no AA filter. Not knowing anything about engineering, it seems like it'd be more money with it and less without the AA filter but I guess when it comes to this, less is indeed more!
We should all know soon and I suppose the official specs and test images will be the deciding factors but if the non-AA filter body is actually $900 more, I think I'd pass on that. 3k for the other doesn't strike me as that bad and may well end up being their "entry level" FX body and actual D700 replacement.
No matter what, it should be a much more interesting year for Nikon than 2011.
With the D800's resolution, my tendency would be to go without the AA filter. You'd have to be drilling in to 400% expansions in the RAW files to see any jagged edges; and that would be unlikely to come through in prints even when blown up to any practical size.