Excerpt: From reading the reviews here I thought I'd give the refurbished a try. I had heard of the negative focus issue with some bodies on forums. The body I received did not look mint. There were a couple of minor scuffs around the base area and noticeable scuffs on the LCD protector. The basic handling of the body was great coming from my D700. No problems getting started.
Summary: It is leaking lubricant or oil on the 2nd replacement body.... see update below! 1st I did was to test the left focus to see if I have the problem as some people reported. I tested it on all 6 Nikon lens (24mm (D), 60mm (D), 85mm (D), 300mm(D), 17-55mm (DX, G) and a 24-120 zoom (G)) and am glad to find out that i don't have any of the issue that others mentioned. It is either Nikon had fixed it or the problem is lens related. (Likely through the lens data...
Summary: Upon receiving my D800e body through an online retailer I did ~100 test shots indoors and outdoors under overcast sky. The camera turned out to be useless for my style of shooting (mostly hand held, no tripod, through viewfinder).
Summary: When this camera works, it really works!! I also was plagued with the AF issue in 4 different bodies but all 4 different bodies exemplified different focus issues but all were consistent with the left bank of focus point issues.
Summary: Well the camera is wonderful and has all the features plenty of us were dreaming about just a year ago. However, proliferating amount of cameras has Left AF issue. This is my first D800 from Amazon and third overall (previous two came from B&H). Now I will just wait for D600.
Summary: The first d800 I received had focusing problems (more noticeable with 24-70 and 70-200 lenses). I took a slew of test shots to make sure I wasn't the problem and almost sent it to Nikon but glad I didn't, Amazon's customer service was awesome. I'm still excited about the camera, but I'm also pot-committed to Nikon. It's hard to give a super positive review with a camera that you can't trust. I really feel like Amazon is cleaning up the mess Nikon is making.
Summary: I ordered my D800 from a local shop soon after it came out. I received it back in March. From the beginning I could tell something was wrong with autofocus but it took a long time to determine I had the left focus sensor problem. Anyway, I shipped it off to Nikon, they shipped it back in the same faulty condition. Since I was on a shoot in California, I even paid steep overnight shipping charges.
Summary: I have owned the D300, D700 and now the D800. Other than the video capability I have been severely disappointed with this camera over the cheaper D700. It is slower (the time or buffer speed kills me in a wedding) I haven't see that problem since the Fuji S2 almost 11 years ago. Of course this may be explained by the large file sizes but I am more concerned with speed than having massive file sizes taht are eating up my hard drives, have to be manually output smaller...
Great Images -- can not use Adobe RAW or see SD card
Tim, the OLD nikon guy, retired teacher, Nikon
10 July 2012
Summary: I waited 6 months for the camera to be delivered and after getting all the accessories and new lenses I was ready (new CF & SD card, software updates from Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, USB 3.0 router, New GPS and Nikon Microphone) It finally arrive two days before Fatheru2019s day (great present for me) and I started shooting some test shots at La Jolla shores seals.
Summary: Waited three months for this camera. It received such amazing reviews and testimonials I was thrilled when it finally came. Unfortunately my copy also seems to suffer from the apparently growing left point Auto Focus problem. When you focus on the subject (flat and parallel to camera sensor) with the AF point in the center everything is fine and sharp, but if you take the same shot moving only the AF point all the way to the left, rack the focus on the lens and re-focus...