I thought it would be a good idea to collate our various articles about the Nikon D800 and D800E in one place, to make things easier to find and so I don't have to get a headache whenever anyone asks where something is. (I'd ask my assistant, but my assistant is me and he's notoriously absentminded.)
If anyone is arriving at this page from the wilds of the Internets and just wants to know what I think, jump to Part 7. You can probably perceive from the titles that these were ongoing blog posts and not (ahem!) a formal review.
Here are my peregrinations on the subject so far:
Part 1: The Big Dragoon Arriveth; I Take to the Night
Part 2: More Experiments on the Virgin Mary
Part 3: D800E Haptics
Part 4: Day Three: A Bust
Part 5: D800E Day 4: ER a.k.a. DR
Part 6: D800E Day 6: Moiré
Part 7: Final Verdict: the Nikon D800E and AF-S 35mm ƒ/1.4G
Part 8: Attack of the Photo Ninja!
I know I said the "Final Verdict" post was the last post on the subject, but hey, I bought the thing—no doubt I'll have more to say about it as my life with it progresses. I'll add to this list if/when I post anything new that's directly on topic.
And by the way, my advice to anyone with the misfortune to be sane is to buy the D600. Or keep your D700.
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Kent: "As a D700 user since the thing came out (two of 'em, actually), I'd be interested in more of your thoughts on 'or keep your D700.' The whole 'the D800/E is amazing!' thing is causing me to treat my D700's with less love than they probably deserve."
Mike replies: I have a lot of respect for the D700, which I also tried out when it was new. It was the camera that I got the best digital B&W out of prior to the D800. It also marks the only time in history that the thing I wanted a camera company to do, before it did it, was exactly what it eventually did. (A prosumer variant of the D3 in a smaller body—the D700.) I'm grateful that it happened that one time. Finally, in my judgement it's one of those cameras that Nikon makes from time to time that stands head and shoulders above its normal procession of models. When everything comes together. Like the N8008, which was also a landmark in its day. Or the F3. Or....
As for what you should do, may I recommend Lensrentals? I had a great first experience with them, and got everything I wanted out of my 5-day rental period, despite persistent bad weather. It was enough for a fair trial. Some things you just have to see for yourself. And as a Nikon shooter already, you wouldn't have to rent a lens.