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Finally! A Nikon D800e vs Pentax 645D Test

By fotosiamo on May 15th 2012

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Two of the cameras I wanted the most this year are surely the Nikon D800E and the Pentax 645D. Both provide stellar image quality thanks to the 36mp and 40mp respectively and the lack of an Anti-Alias filter (sort of: D800E still has one, but it’s neutralized) all wrapped up in a weathersealed body that can be taken practically anywhere. And of course, the 645D is the closest medium format camera to a DSLR in terms of ease of use. Well, Calgary’s own, The Camera Store managed to take the two weathersealed high-resolution camera out into the wilderness for some landscape photography.

Couple of tidbits:

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The moss on the rock closeup seems to show a slight IQ advantage for the Pentax 645D.

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But the 100% crop on the silo on the moire test seems to swing the other way around, showing better sharpness for the D800E. Of course, in this, it’s hard to tell if this is due to the silo not being in focus for the 645D or not. There doesn’t seem to be any moire present for either cameras, though.

That being said, if you recall from our post of the Nikon D800e vs the Leica S2, the D800E can exhibit moire and color shifts in very straight line.

Other than that, what do you guys think? Did the D800E beat the 645D as the premiere landscape camera?

Oh, and did anyone else get really nervous with the way the Pentax 645D on the tripod is just leaning so far forward by the river? Man, I really thought that he was going to bump it with his leg and it was going to fall into the river. Yikes!

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Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ed Rhodes


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  2. Thorsten

    Ok. But honestly: who cares for sharpness. both will be extraordinarily sharp. Allthough they have similar resolution I would take for example a Phase IQ140 any time over a D800 for things, that are much more important than a little resolution.

    What about color rendition and contrast/dynamic range? This would have been the really imporant and interesting things. Can the Pentax beat the D800 when it comes to shadow resolution and highlight blowout like the IQ140 does easily?

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  3. David Jewels

    This article tells us nothing

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  4. Mico Rowler

    dumb article, it tells me nothing.  on the moss, it looks like the D800 image is blurred from wind shake

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  6. Mel Lemmon

    Well since you no longer have a need for the 645d I would be more than happy to take it off your hands. I think the nikon looks great, I can only imagine what the next 645d might be like. I would be happy with either one.

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  7. Kevin Halliburton

    I cut my teeth on Pentax (no complaints) but eventually made the switch to Nikon primarily for the locally available rental gear. If the IQ is that close, the support base for the Nikon probably makes it a far better choice for the professional. The lens line-up is also a huge tipping factor for me. On any given day in commercial photography I may be shooting a macro, a tilt-shift, a wide angle or a telephoto, sometimes all on the same composite. The Nikon flash system, with all of its aftermarket goodies, is another advantage I would have a hard time letting go of.

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