The actaul conclusion is:
I was pleased to see the performance of Nikon D800E. Despite the huge difference in a price, D800E was able to deliver the quality comparable to 5+ times more expensive Hasselblad. Great shadow and highlight recovery was actually a big surprise for me, considering 14 Bit small sensor vs 16 bit in Hassy (more bit depth means more colors and wider dynamic range).
Also, we need to keep in mind that it was not a true sensor-to-sensor performance test, as the glass was playing a big part of the resolution and details quality of the shots. Nikon had cheap, and most likely it would deliver even better sharpness and details if Iíd use Carl Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar (or similar older Zeiss) lens for Nikon.
Also, I was using F16 and F11, which is quite tough for the lens, especially for Nikonís. Yes, it would give me a better resolution at F6 or F8, but I rarely use such wide open aperture in my studio work, and this is why Iíve used F16 in the test: to see the real-life performance, not the best possible.
Well done Nikon! Cameras like D800 will shake medium format market, and I hope it will drop their pricing even more.
And what about Hasselblad? It is still a choice of hi-end professionals who can spend 5x more time more money to get that last 10% of quality for their images. Ferrari is in business, as well as Subaru, and both are pretty fast and enjoyable cars to drive, isnít it?
My personal decision is to stay with Hasselblad and replace H1 P25+ with H3D39 or similar MF camera. Like Iíve mentioned before, I need digital back to be deatachable and mountable on any other rig such as technical camera. Plus, I hate to clean 35mm DSLR sensors, and every time I swipe dust off from my P25+ Phase One digital back i smile: it is so easy!:-)
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I thought we read that this gent you linked concluded different
He upgraded his Hassy instead of going with D800 E