I've had several PM's asking if the D800E is the equal to the IQ180 with the exception of resolution. Some have asked is the D800E as good as a MFDB or is the D800E intruding into the MFDB territory?
So today is a day off and it's not raining so I took a couple of test shots. All liveview focus, base ISO, WB-daylight, f5.6, Capture One, deconvolution Focusfixer .7, no adjustments other than the highlights slider until no clipping, focused on Tokyo Tower 1000m away. IQ180/WRS/Rodenstock 70mm HR, D800E/Leica 28-90 2.8-4.5R @70mm & 45mm, tripod, cable release and 30# bag hanging from the tripod.
The simple answer is yes the D800E is the equal to if not better than the IQ180 pixel for pixel (of course the IQ180 trumps the D800E in resolution)
now 2 crops at F8.0