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D800e vs D800 after 6 months of using both

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From both D800e and D800 to D800 and after some months back to D800e.

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  • D800e is simply a tad sharper while shooting wide open>F5.6... That extra bit of "straight out of the camera-sharpness" D800e provides over D800 makes that I seldom have to do sharpening in post processing. No sharpening needed means for me as well that there is no noise increase because of sharpening
  • Moire is not an issue even though I was afraid for that..
    The warning about possible moire with D800e by Nikon was TMHO more a way to play safe against possible complaints from future D800e users.
  • I see "False detail and artefacts reports" as myths -even if those reports are written by a respected expert- and are reporting rather as what they expected it to be(come) and not what they experienced after using D800e vs D800 extensively as I did.
Some samples:
  • Two occasional "snapshot" portraits
    First one taken at iso 100 while using the pop up flash, finally it was meant as a snap shot...
    D800E and 70-200VRII F2.8 at F2.8, 195mm and 1/250sec and handheld.

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    And a 100% crop
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    Second picture taken at iso 1600, natural light, 1/320 sec, F4.5

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    And a 100% crop of the focus area:

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  • Family and fun snapshots...
    A picture taken handhold at F1.8, 1/500 sec, AF-C and iso200 and no sharpening at all. Converted from NEF to jpeg. The only PP was WB adjustment sunny -> cloudy.

    The focus area as seen in Nikon View NX 2.5.1:
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    And one more(also without any sharpening), taken handhold, 1/640sec, iso200, AF-C and F1.8 :

    The focus area as seen in Nikon View NX 2.5.1:
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    The scene, slightly cropped to show the nice bokeh this lens produces:
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    And another 100% crop:
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    Both pictures were taken in AF-C mode. The incredible fast and accurate AF module of the D800 helps of course...
  • For macro - (Underneath picture was taken handheld.)
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    and 100% crop....

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  • Wildlife with 70-200VRII and TCIIIe on my D800e

    Underneath image was taken with 70-200VRII + 2xTCeIII.

    The original scene, resized:
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    a 50% crop from the underneath scene, resized to 1000px longest side:
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    Click here for the original crop.
Conclusion:
So after having shot several thousand pictures with both D800 and D800e my final choise is D800e based on a relative small difference in sharpness straight out of the camera which was important enough for me to make me exchange twice...
Does that mean I would have regret if I would have stayed with the classic D800? No, both D800 and D800e are exceptional photographic tools.

Underneath a macro shot of a dragonfly made with my "normal" D800.

A screenshot of the AF area as seen in NikonViewNX:
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And a 100% crop of the AF area:

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Enough detail I guess... ;)

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Re: D800e vs D800 after 6 months of using both

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Interesting comparison of D800e vs D800

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D800e 30% sharper than regular D800?

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Nikonrumors links to test results done by DxoMarkshowing a sharpness difference upto 30% between D800e and D800, depending on the quality of the used lens.
That D800e is significantly sharper than D800 is nothing new to me, it was the reason I finally decided for D800e, after twice D800->D800e...
"With certain lenses" means that the 36 Mp sensor without AA filter out resolves many lenses.

In my tests the difference was most obvious with my 70-200VRII and the 85mm F1.8

:arrow: Related topic on this website: What is an Optical Low Pass Filter?
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Re: D800e vs D800 after 6 months of using both

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In welk formaat zijn deze foto's genomen Stany? Raw, Nef?
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Re: D800e vs D800 after 6 months of using both

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daddy yo yo wrote:In welk formaat zijn deze foto's genomen Stany? Raw, Nef?
Dag Patrick,
Altijd oorspronkelijk in NEF, daarna via tiff naar jpeg.
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