Hello to all you lucky D800E owners. What a great sensor you now own http://www.imaging-resource.com
did some really great test shoots in a studio and I noticed interesting cross over points that may interest you and others debating which of the two 800's to purchase.
At ISO 400 the sharpness of the D800E is equal to the D800 at ISO 50
At ISO 400 moiré on the D800E is greatly reduced but still there if you look. The D800 has moiré too but the AA filter cleans most up but loosing some detail (D800 at ISO 50)
At ISO 800 moiré on the D800E is now starting to approach the level of the D800 yet sharpness is very similar. That increase in ISO does remove a tiny tiny bit a sharpness but noise levels are similar (D800 at ISO 50)
At ISO 1600 moiré on the D800E is just a hair way from that of the D800 at ISO 50
At ISO 3200 moiré on the D800E is now almost the same (D800 at ISO 50)
At ISO 6400 moiré on the D800E is virtually the same. Noise is now more obvious (D800 at ISO 50)
Incidentally the infamous Red Swatch that pretty much catches out every sensor made except Fovean does not affect many Nikon's and even at ISO 6400 this D800E is simply amazing. Still pulling detail from the swatch where other sensors were giving up at ISO 200 !
Like many other sensors the D800 seems to blow highlights and detail in white cloth. The D800E does not and just keeps showing detail deeper into higher ISO's
In the same still life test, the Larger Beer bottle green label is your moiré detector and I have also matched with other sources in the same images.
Now, how the shutter and aperture were changed in the tests I do not know.
Ultimately it will come down to real life tests to see if a D800E user can play a quick get out of moiré trouble trick by simply shooting at ISO 400 for as good as it could get on a D800 pics or say ISO 800 for a wee bit more added safety and hardly any loss of sharpness.
It is obvious the D800 can get into moiré trouble but the AA seems to hide it fairly well.
The ultimate moiré remover is your brain! The D800E images look so good moiré is not that offensive...