Some thoughts on the D800 vs. the D800E. Most of us better off with D800.

Started Feb 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
Robin Casady Forum Pro • Posts: 12,898
These examples are cityscapes, not landscapes.

FTH wrote:

IeraseU wrote:

Leica M9 Moire (This would be very difficult to clean up):

Difficult to know, without having the RAW file to work with. Some moire can be easily dealt with. Both CNX2 and Lightroom 4 will have moire removal tools. In Photoshop there is this technique. So, not all moire prone images will be lost.

I concur, moire can become a way bigger problem than a slightly softer D800 image. People here keep saying to themselves that Landscapes are exempt of repeated patterns but this is utterly wrong, unless they only shoot stones and skies. Even shooting seascapes and waves can become a problem.

Then show us some landscape examples.

Landscapes often include buildings, streets, cables, grids, etc... The example you post is the perfect representation of the moire issue, here is another one :

That's not a landscape. That is a cityscape.

Be certain to expect such shots when coming back home after a 2 week holiday trip and having to sort every bad one out ! I don't see the point of buying such a camera for everyday photography and losing time and energy to try to recover moire (which will degrade the overall image).

People, It is a specialty tool, only buy it if you KNOW what you are willing to do with it.

True, the D800E was not intended as a P&S travel camera. It is for serious landscape shooting, and very controlled studio work.

In the studio, the photographer needs to be able to view the image on a computer, look for moire, and alter the distance/zoom if moire is present. A good example of that is the Nikon kimono shot where the moire example was shot at one distance and the sample shot at a different distance.

This is for the high-end assignments where maximum quality is demanded. The average portrait or catalog shooter is better off with the D800.

Nikon would not have come out with two versions if there were not significant demographics for both. There probably will be people who regret pre-ordering the D800E because it doesn't fit their shooting style. I suspect there will be others who purchase the D800 out of fear, but would have been better off with the D800E. There maybe a fair number of used D800 and D800E on the used market shortly after they start shipping in quantity.
Robin Casady

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