Excerpt: Been using Nikon products for 20 years as a professional Photographer. The D800 was supposed to be my go to camera. The D800 is known for having Auto focus problems. So I noticed spots on my pics and upon looking at my sensor i noticed scratches and immediately closed the camera back and sent it to Nikon for repair. Nikon did not warranty the repair and wanted to charge me $1,800 for repair. I denied the sensor repair and asked to just fix the autofocus.
Excerpt: I've purchased this camera in December of 2012 and I have yet to use it. Reason being, the infamous left-focus issue of the D800. Coincidentally, there have been a large amount of refurbished D800's for sale. One may wonder why... <br /><br />Regardless, I'm generally ok with refurbished products as they may be in even better condition than a new product since they are *supposed to be* thoroughly checked by the manufacturer before it's sent out for resale.
Excerpt: I received this camera in May 2012 and realized the camera is having focus issue. Nikon fixed the issue and it worked for few days and started having the focus issue again. Would never buy Nikon equipment again. I also have the NIKON D600 with dust in sensor. I would never buy Nikon gear any more. I am planning to sell all my nikon equipment and switch over to canon.
Excerpt: I just exchanged the D800 for the THIRD time, waiting for the battery to charge and try this last one before I consider switching to Canon. I am doing tethered shooting from my macbook pro and have been shooting this way with my D300 for 2 years flawlessly. The D800 is can't stay connected to the computer. When I plug it in, using the cord it came with, the camera control display stars flickering erratically, as if it is shorting out.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
NIKON lost my D800 when sent to Service Center for repair
47 year Nikon Customer, soon not to be anymore., Nikon
7 December 2012
Summary: Camera was surrounded with a lot of hype, and does not live up to this hype. I ordered the camera when it was first released, and received it in April. Now its December, and I have used the camera a lot, when I had it. It was sent back for repair in April, got it back five weeks later, the pin receiver for the CF was bad, had to be replaced.
Excerpt: I bought the Nikon D800 after waiting months to hear if the left autofocus sensor problem has been resolved. I had heard from noted Internets sites that cameras with serial #s of 3050000 had been deemed safe from the defect. So I bought the camera only to find that my eyepiece diopter did not work, Ugh! I got a defective camera even after waiting! Had things worked out I would have given the D800 a 5 star rating.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality
Summary: Received mine on 11/20 (s/n 304x). The camera could not even focus at 1.4 or 2.8, ok in the center focus, bad on the far right, very bad on the far left. I tried different lenses with no luck. Is going back for a replacement. ***Update 11/24/2012*** Almost, but not quite. I received my replacement on Friday and spent all morning testing the camera AF system (used the Thom Hogan and Nasim Mansurov testing procedure - I also own Reikan FoCal, but I didn't bother...
Excerpt: The D800 I received after waiting four months did not focus correctly and was blurry regardless of which focus point was chosen or what lens was mounted. The camera was returned to Nikon service and repaired. Now, with less than 1000 frames total shot, the camera locks up every 10-15 shots even with the current firmware (1.01) and is having to go back again. I also keep getting data card error messages with all my CF cards.
Pros: Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance
Cons: Cant Reload Same Firmware, Data Card Writer Issues, Firmware Lockups, No Built-in GPS, Poor Beta Testing, Poorly Trained Tech Staff, Poor quality control, Screens Only By Service
Summary: I have been using Nikon products since 2006. My first camera was D70s and then D7000 and now this was my first full frame camera - D800. Today, if I compare some of photographs taken with D70s and D800, Few Photographs stands out better which were taken from D70s when compared from D800. May be because those were taken in Switzerland :-). D800 is 36MP but in certain situations actually it does not look like that you are getting full benefit for 36MP.