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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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