To Switch or not to Switch ?

Started May 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Wouldn't put too much weight into this review..
In reply to carlk, May 9, 2012

Quoted from DPReview about the D800:

We should note, however, that we had to work quite hard to get this amount of resolution. We used flash to eliminate any risk of blurring due to vibration, we focus-bracketed in extremely fine increments, and we used an excellent lens (the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4 G) at an aperture optimal for central sharpness of F4.5. Even with the inevitable softening that results from using an anti-aliasing filter, this methodology allowed us to tease resolution out of the camera as high as 3200 LPH, which, for practical purposes is about the maximum we'd have expected to see.

For reference the 5D2 achieved 2700-2800 LPH in the resolution test.

The D800 has over 30% more pixels in each direction, yet only gives 15-18% increase in actual detail captured. From a resolution standpoint, is less than 20% really that exciting of an increase?? In film days you got excited going from 35mm to medium format because resolution basically doubled. Now a 18% increase is a big deal?!

The resolution increase is minor in my opinion, the DR is the big reason a Canon shooter should be lusting after a D800, it shines here.

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