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D800E: Worth The Extra Price?

orftoden

Lakewood, US
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orftoden Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jun 2008
Sun 22-Apr-12 04:58 AM | edited Sun 22-Apr-12 04:59 AM by orftoden

Long time lurker here...

Now that example photos are pouring onto the internet from the D800 & D800E, do you all think that the D800E is worth the extra cost?

I shoot mainly landscape photos using a tripod. I do not plan on shooting any video. My lens selection will include the 24mm pc-e, 85mm pc, Zeiss 35 mm f/2, Voightlander 58mm 1.4 the 17-35mm, the 300mm F/4 and the 80-200mm. I do not plan on purchasing new glass any time soon (other than that 15mm Zeiss... looks pretty tempting, but over my budget). I also don't print large often, but the capability would be an added bonus.

The D800E sounds like the perfect tool for my needs, but I am not sold yet. I am concerned that the D800E would not add any additional performance unless conditions were perfect. For example, I doubt that the D800E would out perform the D800 when using a lens like the 80-200mm F/2.8. Also, it appears that the D800 files can be sharpened to look almost identical to the d800E files.

The two questions I have that could sway my decision are as follows:

1) Will a D800E file look noticeably sharper (e.g., 300$ sharper (; ) than a D800 using a lens that is perhaps not quite up to the resolving power of the 36mp sensor (Say the 80-200mm)?

2) Is the end post-processed result from the D800E compared to the D800 that much better to warrant the additional cost? (i.e. What happens when you sharpen the D800E original files?-- do you get a file that is good enough to set a new sharpness standard or is that as good as it gets? From what I have seen so far, the D800 sharpened files can come pretty close to the D800E files.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

P.S. I also apologize for creating a new thread. I have read the existing threads and it seemed like they were full of information from people making recommendations before the cameras were available to the public.




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