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D800E — Moiré Example (Stonework)

In theory, moiré should be a frequent problem with the Nikon D800E, since it lacks a conventional optical low pass filter (OLPF).

In practice, moiré does not occur very often with the D800E, and even the D800 shows moiré under similar circumstances.

The example on this page shows a scenario chosen to provide moiré. Even so, various other lenses on this same test scene did NOT show the moiré patterns shown here, which seem to be a worst-case scenario, or close to it.

Provoking moiré with the D800E requires a precise spatial frequency on the stonework with the thin vertical grooves to provoke the problem. In short, it required some effort to find an example this obvious. Had the camera been slightly farther away, the problem would likely disappear, as it would alter the spatial frequency of the details on the sensor.

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