Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?

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flbrit
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Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
May 2, 2012

Mine arrived today via a local store after having cancelled a B&H order which was placed early March. I got lucky with a store that is normally way off my radar when I called in on Friday. He said one was coming on Tuesday and nobody in the area wanted one so I was first on line.

Anyway, it is badged a D800e but I do not have anything to compare it too! So dumb question, apart from the name on the front and base or a head to head comparison, how do you tell?

Brian

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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

You're joking, right?

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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

The D800E costs $300 more than the D800. Both D800 and D800E are in such incredible demand that any camera store will sell out almost immediately, no matter what they have.

If the box says "D800E", and the camera says "D800E", then the camera store would have had to commit a complex and difficult to execute fraud for $300, and that just doesn't seem likely ...

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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
In reply to 4x5 Guy, May 2, 2012

Right, also my eyes are bleeding from looking at the first print so I guess it must be the sharpest one.

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Check the Menu and EXIF of Image Files
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

flbrit wrote:

it is badged a D800e but I do not have anything to compare it too!

apart from the name on the front and base or a head to head comparison, how do you tell?

I would check the Menu System--there should/might be something there saying it's an 800E.

Another option is to take a few shots then check the EXIF of the images--under Camera you should see 800E.

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In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

Shoot corrugated rooftops, kimonos, and powerlines. If you see moiré in the photos, you know you have the D800E.

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Does it look like. . .
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

someone has painted an E after D800? If not , it is probably a D800E. Then again Nikon maybe trying to pull a fast one on us (well maybe not so fast considering the delivery speed).
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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

The only way to know for sure is to look at the back of the shutter. On the "entry-level" D800, the shutter is painted "ultra-lusterless graphite." On the "expert enthusiast-level" D800E, the shutter is painted "super-lumiphobic black."

If I forked over an extra $300 smackers, I would remove the shutter and confirm I got what I paid for. Let us know what you find out.

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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

Brian,

I think it's an interesting question; not dumb.

It's unlikely that any fraud has been attempted but telling the D800 and D800E apart is intellectually interesting.

I think I may be able to tell them apart by close examination of raw files (not simply looking at the metadata!).

If you want to try the experiment, contact me by email. (See the bottom of my site.)

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linear polarizer
In reply to bclaff, May 2, 2012

A linear polarizer will tell. If you can change the vertical vs the horizontal resolution in the center of the image by rotating the polarizer, it's not an "E". In the non-"E" version (if you find the perfect polarizer angles) you can make the vertical detail contrast higher than what you get without the polarizer...

(now I'm just assuming that the front-most layer is the vertical layer, since that's how most Nikons are made. Haven't tested it on the D800 yet...)

The second layer isn't "nullable" unfortunately, since the non-"E" version has a quarter wave plate just behind the first layer of birefringent material.

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Try this...
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

What do you see in the top line of this chart? If this is challenge, you might want to consider another hobby.

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In reply to Julian Vrieslander, May 2, 2012

this is with out a doubt the greatest reply to any thread on any board..
congrats! you should win a Nikon D800E.
I love you...... brilliant!

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Rub the "E"
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

If it comes off, it's just a D800 with the "E" written in crayon.

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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
In reply to flbrit, May 2, 2012

Check your bank statement, it should be $3300.00!

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Re: linear polarizer
In reply to The_Suede, May 2, 2012

Thanks immensely to you and mitchydkid.....

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Re: Rub the "E"
In reply to emax, May 2, 2012

emax wrote:

If it comes off, it's just a D800 with the "E" written in crayon.

That's the best advice that the OP really needs to reassure him. Rub off the dumb E!

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Re: Rub the "E"
In reply to lanef, May 2, 2012

I have a D800. Send it to me for full comparative testing. I will return it as soon as I am finished or after 4 years - whichever is later.
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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
In reply to flbrit, May 4, 2012

You need a spectrum analyzer and some hand tools. Also wouldn't hurt to have a flux capacitor nearby. You must remove the sensor in order to use the analyzer on the firmware chip. Should be at location F13 and 14 behind the daughterboard. Once the sensor is removed, carefully solder 2 wires (white and pink) to locations 13 and 14. These will interface with the flux capacitor which is what the analyzer will connect to asyncronously.

Tune the analyzer to a center frequency of 27Mhz, a bandwidth of 105 meg and a rez bandwidth of 300. Output the test probe to the flux capacitor.

If the flux capacitor glows blue, you have a plain D800. If it glows green, you have the D800E. If it glows multicolor, you have a NEX-7.

Reassemble in reverse and your good to go.

LOL...just look at the box, the body and the strap.

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Re: Dumb question - How do I know I actually got a D800e?
In reply to morpheus_23, May 4, 2012

WOW what a question ~ is this april fools day

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