Well, I finally caved in and ordered a new Nikon D800e. I figure it will be my primary landscape camera, when speed isn’t important. For my wildlife photography, I’ll probably stick with the Nikon D4, as it has superior frame rate and I prefer the integrated grip body style. That being said, the D800e is very comfortable, too, and it feels lighter than my D700 did. I can see it being a very popular travel camera…assuming you have enough memory cards for those 36-megapixel files.
So… just ran a quick test shot comparison and all I can say is “wow!” The dynamic range and detail on the D800e is nothing short of revolutionary. The light in the back yard when I made the test shots pretty much sucked. Flat shadows and bright clouds.
Here’s the out of camera original:
With some judicious use of shadow recovery, I got this:
That’s pretty amazing! For comparison, here’s the full-frame shot from the Nikon D4:
There’s slightly less shadow quality, but still… very good indeed.
These shots were both made using a tripod, my 24-70mm f/2.8 AFS G Nikkor, 1/125s @f/11, ISO 100.
So let’s zoom in…
Here’s the D4 shot at 100% magnification (1:1)
And here’s the one from the D800e:
The extra detail and resolution is ridiculous! It’s like watching an episode of CSI where they just zoom in on the widest shots to read license plates. Welcome to the future, Nikon shooters!