To get the “E” or not
The new Nikon D800/E is the first digital SLR that broaches the medium format threshold at a much saner price.
One of the big questions of late concerning this new camera is whether to go with the D800 or the D800E version. The difference being the “E” version does not have an anti-aliasing filter. From what I have been able to tell from the comparison tests I’ve seen is that the “E” version will produce slightly sharper images under specific conditions. In particular, if you shoot where your f-stops run from f5.4 and under, you will see a definite improvement in sharpness over the regular D800 under the same circumstances. Add in, that you are also getting 36 megapixels of resolution and you now have the opportunity to create some really large format prints! I’m in the process of ordering my Nikon D800E and I’ll be posting some prints from it here in the future. In the meantime, here’s a video review of the D800E and how it fares in comparison to a medium format Pentax camera from The Camera Store for your enjoyment.