D800 vs D800E split image comparison

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Julian Vrieslander
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D800 vs D800E split image comparison
Apr 5, 2012

I've been comparing some of the publicly available D800 and D800E raw files to see if the differences are significant enough to matter in my workflow. Here's an example of what I found.

I started with two of the images from the fotopolis web site (links below). I converted them to TIFFs in Adobe Camera Raw 6.7RC1. All parameters were identical, except that the D800 file needed a +0.1 stop exposure boost, and a +40 boost in sharpening amount, to match the D800E.

The TIFFs were imported into a layer stack in Photoshop. The layers were aligned, and half of the top layer was removed. The resulting composite is split down the middle. The left half is from one camera, the right half is from the other. Can you identify the cameras without looking at the original files?

Full frame, original size, saved as JPEG, 100% quality, 8.5MB:

100% crop from the composite TIFF, saved as TIFF, 22MB:

These two particular images could be adjusted to make either look better than the other. There will surely be situations where the advantages of the E are more noticeable, in particular, when making very large prints. But I think many of the people who are rushing to buy the E are overestimating the benefits of removing (actually: canceling) the AA filter. I decided that the D800 was good enough for me.

The original D800 and D800E raw files are available from these pages:

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Nikon D800E Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR +3 more
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