Summary: UPDATE to my update More spots = more service. This time, I found the typical round spots as well as a newly identified faint blob on images. These artifacts were best reproduced against a sky blue background. I do like the image quality, but I am absolutely livid about the continuing spot issue. Also on the last occasion, the fine tune settings shifted requiring optimization recalibration of all my lenses. UPDATE My original review was conferred with 5 stars.
Excerpt: D800 is of course with nice, especially for its High Definition. But after got the D800, and photographing for a few weeks, I suddenly realized there's a dead pixel on the COMS. When taking photos in dark environment, a pixel is always white!<br /><br />I hope this is not frequent issue.
Returned 2 bodies and 3rd one is perfect -Focus issue,dust /oil on sensor
Ashutosh Kumar, Amazon
7 November 2012
Summary: First of all Thanks Amazon for 2 bodies return and shipping in One day.My first body came and had a overall focus issue .Center focus also did not work many times ,later I tested the Left focus,right focus and it was an evident issue.Many times camera was struggling to focus .I have the D700 and immediately tested ,Phenomenal response and quick focus.Called Amazon ,they send the replacement camera ,arrived next day .This body came from WI with serial # 304XXXX ,focus was...
Summary: I bought the D800 to be my primary camera with my D90 serving as backup. I used it for about 20 days and got some amazing shots with it. I like many of the controls location better than the D90, but it wasn't difficult to transition between the two. I think the unit I received may have had some focusing issues, but the shutter release button definitely fell out.
Summary: Files look good, but hard to work with being so large. Really slow on fairly good laptop and on decked out photo workstation they are not to bad. Has taken a long time to "get" used to camera. When i first went digital in 2002, the switch was almost seamless from film. Yes, had to now deal with white balance, but not the camera has started to get in the way of letting me get photos simply and adding useful features as i find/need them.
Summary: The Nikon D800 is for me an upgrade to the D700 and has been a mixed blessing. In general, I like the camera, but it turns out to be very high maintenance. Pros - First, the resolution and dynamic range are superb. No DSLR does better. - 100% viewfinder coverage is a big advance over the D700 - USB 3.0 transfer speed is very welcome for shooting tethered - Improved controls layout - HD video capability is great - Dual card slots - The high ISO is slightly better than the...
Nikon Can Do Better Taking Care of its D800 Customers
Herman Bluestein, Amazon
27 August 2012
Summary: As a Nikon customer of more than 40 years, this is undoubtedly a great camera from a once-great company. However, having taken delivery of my D800 early on, the left focus issue and other reported problems are a huge concern. My camera may be okay, but I do not know how to test the focusing problem, have read about other problems, but don't know how I can be sure that my $3,000 Nikon is right.
Summary: I underestimated the size of the files coming out of this camera. Think about this twice prior to jump in. Honestly, unless you go on a safari and need to crop heavily or you print in huge sizes, I see no advantage to have 36MP. The pixel size shows its limitations at 1600ISO (still quite acceptable with a bit of noise removal), but 3200 starts to really show a lot of it.
Summary: Ordered one in mid July. It had the left focus problem. Sent it back for refund. Ordered another one in late July. Same thing--left focus issue. Also sent back for refund. Amazon customer service is excellent about this, but it's still frustrating and time consuming. It's a shame they can't test for this before they ship them out. Still want a D800--but at full price, just want a defect-free one out of the box. Will try again in a month or so.