I rented a d800e over Christmas and took the same picture as I did with my 5d mark ii. I upsized the picture to a 60"x40" and printed off a 12"x8" section from both cameras. As expected, the d800e won hands down. The 8x12 from the d800e looks like a normal picture to me--I can't tell it's been upsized. My question is if anyone has a good technique for upsizing that would diminish the resolution gap the d800e has over the 5d mark ii/iii?
With these photos, I upsized in CS6 to 60x40, sharpened in Nik's Output Sharpener Pro 3 and added +60 sharpening in Lightroom with a .8 radius. I have tried other upsizing programs, but they all seem to look fake to me. I think Photoshop does a better job, but maybe the other ones look better in print.
See the attached pictures. The one with the red stripe in the bottom middle is from the 5d mark ii, using the 17-40 @ f8 and 400 iso, the one with the yellow stripe on the bottom middle is from the d800e, using the nikkor 16-35 f4 @ f8 and 400 iso.