Thanks for doing the tests Klaus.
Since my last entry I did some work and I must say with great success.
First I tried the APG lens plugin and my system crashed, with both 2.0.8 and 3.5
I then then download the Adobe Lens Profiler softeware and proceded to make some profiles for for this lens. I created 3 profiles, f16, f11 and f8. As my landscapes require a lot of foreground I require depth of field and don't assume shooting any lower but in any case looking at Klaus's results there would be minimal vignetting below than f stop anyway.
I then loaded the profile into my LR profile folder and corrected the images. I exported to APG and the result was amazing. It improved the banding by 90% and then with some colour anchors the result is as below.
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I set blending to 0, ISO and diamond (but I don't think that did anything).
When I did these corrections I still noticed banding, although not as bad as previous. I thought was a great improvement and could fix it in PS but after rendering all the banding was eliminated. I always thought the final rendered image is the same as the edited image in APG.I forgot to mention I did get the APG lens correction plugin to work but it uses Adobe profiles anyhow so I am not sure if it applies it differently to LR or PS.
In regards to the lens shade, I am using the standard shade that comes with this lens.
If anyone is interested in these profiles I will be more than happy to send them to you, just let me know. They were created with my D800E for the Nikkor AI-S MF 85.1.4 lens - 3 separate profiles at f16, f11 and f8 as stated above.
I have since photographed another set of images this time shot at f11 and f8 but have not processed yet and will do tests with and without profiles and will let you know later in the week.
On another topic I have a query on colour anchors. They helped with this issue and I will tend to use them more in the future. I have a question on the yellow reference points. How do you delete or move them? I could only add them. Also, if you have more than one point which one are the images reference to when you do the corrections?
Thanks for all your help. If it wasn't for this forum I would be stuffed, the Kolor documentation is less than adequate written by engineers who know the system, it should be written by an end user without any assumptions - that's my opinion anyway.
P.S. Klaus, Josef informed me that you were making equiries regarding the flash output on the D800 but Nikon are not willing to devulge any of their secret squirrel business - very sad. Thanks for trying.