Thanks for posting the "Color Checker" images. I tried to build a DNG profile for both the IQ180 and the D800 using the Xrite Passport software. The Color Checker DC you used contains also the normal color checker patches. I checked out the flower image with both the Adobe Standard profile and the one I generated, they were very similar, except in the yellows. (Before/After sample)
I also tried to generate a corresponding profile for the IQ180, but the X-rite software blow up, out of memory. Will look a bit more when back from vacation.
My impression from what I have seen this far is that the D800E seems to be an excellent value for the price if the owner strives for image quality. The IQ180 has more pixels and it shows. I assume that both equipments need excellent technique to extract maximum performance.
Nikon owners are now lucky enough to have a very affordable high resolution camera.
Thanks a lot for sharing experience and images, I just wish more MFDB owners would do that!
I hope that enjoy your flight with the D800E!
I just started a 5 day trip when I return I'll post them