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The D800E

Functions of low-pass filter (OLPF)

Wave plate: The original light and light separated in horizontal direction with the low-pass filter 1 are transmitted through the low-pass filter 2 with the wavelengths unchanged. The original light is transmitted as it is, and light separated with the low-pass filter 1 changes only direction vertically (two points are maintained). By converting polarized light into circularly polarized light with the wave plate, two points are divided into four points.

Optical glass: By employing the optical glass, the original light and light separated in vertical direction with the low-pass filter 1 is transmitted through the low-pass filter 2 as non-polarized light with the same optical path length. The low-pass filter 2 changes the direction of separated light to the opposite side to revert to the original optical path, and the combined light is transmitted to the image sensor as a single point.

– (Above): With the D800, light passing through the lens that is separated in four segments using a low-pass filter is received by the image sensor. Because separation pitch of the low-pass filter is much shorter than that of the image sensor, moiré and false color reduction can be achieved with minimal deterioration of resolution.

– (Below): With the D800E, the effects of the low-pass filter is removed, and the light is received by the image sensor at a single point, achieving higher-resolution images with minimal blur.

High-Resolution Images with the D800E

The D800E is a good choice for those who require high-resolution photos of visually complex subjects.

Case 1: A Model Wearing a Kimono

Reproduce fine details in the subject's hair and the patterns on her clothing.

Increasing Resolution

Resolution can be increased by disabling high ISO noise reduction (High ISO NR), particularly at low ISO sensitivities.

Case 2: A Japanese Garden

Capture roof tiles and other fine details with superior resolution.

Case 3: Leaves

Capture individual leaves in crisp detail.


The D800 and D800E offer the same level of performance in terms of resolution with movie recording. Choose the model that best suits your needs based on other characteristics or specifications.

Aperture and Complex Subjects

With cameras like the D800E, which are suited to photography of visually complex subjects, maximizing lens resolution is vital. Though results will vary from lens to lens, the greatest contrast all the way to frame peripheries can generally be achieved at an aperture setting two to three stops down from maximum aperture. Some lenses that offer excellent resolution are listed below.

  • AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
  • AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
  • PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED
  • PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED
  • PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D

The D800E offers better resolution at aperture settings with which diffraction is not an issue. As the aperture setting has more influence on resolution with the D800E than with the D800, D800E users should always keep the possible effects of diffraction in mind.



Note: These pictures were taken with the D800.

Color Aliasing and Moiré

Color artifacts and moiré are less frequent at the high resolution delivered by the D800/D800E, but when they do occur, they tend to be more noticeable in photos taken with the D800E.
Aliasing and moiré are not visible in the camera monitor but can be confirmed by copying photos to a computer and viewing them at a display size of 100%.

the photo on the left was taken with the D800E, that on the right with the D800. Color artifacts are visible in the sash.

Capture NX 2 can be used to reduce color aliasing and moiré. For best results with NEF (RAW) images, display the image at 100% and adjust the Color Moiré Reduction setting.



Using Diffraction to Combat Color Artifacts and Moiré

Although stopping down the aperture increases the effects of diffraction, sometimes resulting in lower resolution, this same diffraction can also be used to reduce color aliasing and moiré. Adjust the aperture setting according to the priority for the photo — maximum resolution or minimum moiré.






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