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| p.1 #1 · Nikon D800E v.s Hasselblad H4D40: the end of medium format superiority? |
Why to compare 35mm and medium format DSLRs?
For many years Medium Format DLSRs were separated from 35mm DSLR cameras by a huge gap in image quality and resolution (besides a price of course), and this seems to be always like this: twice larger medium format sensors without AA (blur) filter did not leave any chances for 35 mm cameras to match the resolution and image quality.
I own an old Phase One P25+ medium format digital back on Hasselblad H1 camera, and I’ve seen a big advantage of this old digital back over to a much younger 35mm Canon 1Ds Mk III and 5D MKII cameras.
However, with the new Nikon D800E everything might be changed: with 36 Megapixel sensor without AA filter (only in D800E model), this is first time when non expensive (D800E is not the top-of-the-line of Nikon cameras) 35mm DSLR can compete with medium format. Theoretically…
This is why I was so interesting in running this review-comparison between Nikon D800E and Hasselblad H4D40: Both has similar resolution sensors, both do not have AA filters. Other than a “scientific interest” in such test, I have my own very practical reason for it, because I am selling my old H1 with P25+ medium format bundle in order to get a replacement with more megapixels. In studio photography I do (especially liquid) 22 Mpx is way to low and does not provide a freedom of crop and extra resolutions I need.
So, the question I had in mind was this:
Will 36 Mpx Nikon D800E produce comparable image quality to a similar medium format system?
Here is the review, if you are interested. I do not want to re-post everything in here, to preserve "before-and-after" functionality I have on photigy.com:
Nikon D800E v.s Hasselblad H4D40: the end of medium format superiority? Round One
What do you guys think?