Any earlier arrivals have an opinion about D800 vs E version
I have had a non-E on order for a month or so and I am now wondering if the E version has enough advantage that I might want to consider that. Primarily, shooting nature, travel and landscape I initially thought that the E version would not be better enough to outweigh the possible negatives or moire.
Now I am not so sure and I thought that someone who has received the E version might be able to comment intelligently.
Here are my thoughts. Every digital camera I've ever owned has had an antialiasing filter. The D800 (non-E) blows away all these cameras with regard to resolution. While the D800E may have SLIGHTLY better resolution than the regular D800, the difference is pretty darn small. Small enough that a touch of sharpening to a D800 image can get it in D800E territory.
Now the flip side. The D800E will have moire issues under certain conditions. Unless you KNOW that you're not going to shoot subjects that are prone to moire, I wouldn't get the D800E. Moire isn't that easy to fix in post-processing and can ruin a photo.
When you see just how sharp the D800 images can be, you'll laugh when you thought you needed the D800E. I also see the decision similar to buying an LCD TV in Best Buy. Sure, one can look better than the next when you look at them side-by-side. Take only one of them home, and you'll never see the difference again.
As for the luminous landscape link, his shots using the D800 of the construction site look softer than they should be. My D800 at 100% crop looks somewhere inbetween the D800 and D800E examples. And you can see with sharpening, the differences become very very subtle.
>Now the flip side. The D800E will have moire issues under >certain conditions. Unless you KNOW that you're not going to >shoot subjects that are prone to moire, I wouldn't get the >D800E. Moire isn't that easy to fix in post-processing and >can ruin a photo.
I have found the opposite to be true. Lightroom and ACR handle the Moire easily, and the likelihood if it happening is slim.
Yes I know, but the diffraction is what is supposed to eliminate the moire. I haven't seen anyone post a before stopping down image and after stopping down image to see the effects, but I think it would be interesting to see.
Having used both, I went with the D800E. There is just enough image sharpness over the D800 that I went with the E version. Over 500 shots and no moire...mainly landscape. The D800 is no slouch mind you, but when you compare apples to apples, a honeycrisp will beat a granny smith anytime in my book.