“The term originates from moire (or moiré in its French form), a type of textile, traditionally of silk but now also of cotton or synthetic fiber, with a rippled or ‘watered’ appearance.” (Source: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moir%C3%A9_pattern)
The Nikon D800 comes in two versions – the D800 and the D800E. So what’s the fuzz about it all? I’ll chime in my non-technical views ok? Both are identical in all respects except only on the AA filter. The E has no AA (anti-aliasing) filter, this serves as filter to slightly soften, blur and counteract the effects of moiré and false colors in some photos. By removing the effects of the AA filter, it is said to give sharper photos at the risk of moiré patterns. Nikon DSLRs have AA filters inside, it’s just a matter how weak or how strong the filter is. The E takes it further one step by eliminating the AA filter in the process. Rangefinder cameras, like Leica, which is the closest to the Nikon D800E in terms of sensor size as they share the same full-frame sensors, have employed an AA-less filters in their camera bodies. It’s actually nothing new hehe.
Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/200, ISO 800, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 24mm 1.4
The above photo is an example out of the thousand shots I’ve done with the D800E, this is only probably the photo that exhibited strong moiré patterns. Having said that, I would presume than none-the-less the D800 would have exhibited some too to a lesser degree, being one having a weak AA filter to start with.
So, it’s basically a give and take. Give some, take some. In my real world experiences after shooting the D800E for a couple of months, is that I still really have to find that elusive moiré that can really distract my photography. If you are shooting a lot of fashion, wedding and architectural photography, I might recommend you to get the D800 over the E. For me, I’ll shoot the E with any type of photography, be it a wedding or fashion, the E comes to action with me.
At this point of time I cannot quantify nor qualify on the benefits of increased sharpness on the D800E over the D800 since I don’t have the D800 to compare. But I’m a happy camper with this one. Overall, I’ve been delighted shooting with it, and have no regrets choosing the E version over the D800. If I’ll get a second D800, it will still be the E – that’s how confident I am shooting with the E. Cheers!
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