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D800E vs D800 (Dolls)

This test scene took most of a day to achieve comparison frames of equivalent precision, using a nodal slider in 1mm increments, including cross-checking with more than one attempt. No field comparison could be guaranteed to be as closely matched in focus.

Thus, the results seen here are as precisely matched and as fair as one could possibly hope to achieve. Yet the subject chosen here offers an informative “3D” view, far more revealing and instructive than a resolution target. To that end, the entire aperture series is shown.

Lens choice

This D800E and D800 comparison used the world-class Leica 100mm f/2.8 APO-Macro-Elmarit-R (converted to Nikon mount). The Leica 100/2.8 APO was chosen preferentially to the Zeiss 100mm f/2. Makro-Planar because of its superior control over color aberrations at wider apertures, something I felt to be important for a precision comparison.

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