In the D800E to D800 dolls sharpness comparison, it became clear that the additional sharpening required for the D800 to show similar sharpness to the D800E also brought out more noise.
This page explores the noise difference between the D800E and D800 when equivalent levels of sharpening are applied.
Although this is a similar “dolls” scene, it is not the same shoot as the sharpness comparison. The comparison on this page used the Coastal Optics 60mm f/4 UV-VIS-IR APO macro at ƒ/8 at closer range, and focus was not laboriously matched in 1mm increments. But that doesn’t matter for a noise comparison, so long as focus is really close (it is), so as to avoid subject detail confusing the issue.
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