Confirmed: No practical advantage to removing D7100 AA filter

Started Apr 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jared Huntr
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Re: They agree
In reply to Reilly Diefenbach, Apr 26, 2013
 

Reilly Diefenbach wrote:

Mako2011 wrote:

Jared Huntr wrote:

Not that it is surprising, but it seems the cheerleading squad from the Cameralabs D7100 review mega-thread here:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51316314

were wrong about how the lack of an AA filter makes a useful difference.

According to dpr:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d7100/18

"In short, even if you were willing to put the best glass available on the D7100 and shoot at a wide aperture, you're not likely, even with a lot of effort, to leverage visible benefits of the OLPF removal. While this may be a bit of a disappointment for some, the very good news is that to date we've seen no practical downside to the filter's removal for still photography. It is essentially neutral with regard to image quality."

Nikon agrees and it's why the filter was left out of the process.

No, I'm sorry, Nikon does not agree with that premise.  They left the filter out because they wanted to blow every other manufacturer out of the water for detail and microcontrast, just as they did with the D800e, and that they have done without any doubt.  Canon executives must be grinding their teeth to the gums in helpless envy by now.

I think you are misled.

read Nikon's press release:

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/About-Nikon/Press-Room/Press-Release/hcxs022y/Superior-Clarity-and-Nimble-Precision%3A-The-DX-Format-Nikon-D7100-Embraces-The-Advanced-Enthusiast-With-Intuitive-Engineering.html

"because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used".
Note that they are not saying that the filter was removed to increase resolution. It was removed because it was not needed. Do you honestly think Nikon marketing would pass up this opportunity to spin the advantages of AA removal if it were true?

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