Excerpt: I purchased this camera and after a few hours use, I noticed that when it was writing files to the memory card it would freeze up. I would have to stop and remove the battery for it to start working properly again. Thought it was a memory card issue so I switched memory cards and experienced the same problem again and again. I used SanDisk Extreme Pro cards. A call to B&H resulted in me having to return the camera.
Excerpt: In studio I was loving the camera and detail. <br />Test your camera thoroughly. <br /><br />Just shot one week in Puerto Rico for a job. <br />Major back focusing issues even at the maximum AF-tuning corrections. <br />Unusable at lower apertures on multiple lenses. (Nikkor 28-80 2.8 and even my Nikkor 50mm 1.8 set at f4. Has to use my 600. <br /><br />I didn't notice in studio shooting at f8. <br /><br />Very glad I didn't realize on a wedding.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: I use this mainly for portrait and people photos. It has a whole arsenal of features that any portrait, wedding, event photographer can use. With high end nikon lenses there is absolutely no color fringing, and the noise is exceptional even at ISO6400. It is a bit unwieldy with the battery pack attached. It is a bit small for my hands and it is awkward to hold vertically.
Pros: Large Clear LCD, Lots Of In-camera Feature
Cons: Awkward For Small Hands, Chunky Color, Poor In Low Light, Short Battery Life
Excerpt: Great Camera, except the live view needs some mods. When doing studio still life or working under strobe modeling lights Live View is a stopped down preview, not an amplified image. So, If you are working at F-whatever that is what you see. Even if you open up to F-2.8 the image is still poor, and that is with 3-250watt modeling lights at full power. Next, Live View does not function when tethered to your computer.
Excerpt: The images from this camera continue to amaze me. The detail, especially in the shadows, is remarkable. But there is a cost to this quality: large files and the need for substantial computing power if you post process.<br /><br />Nikon had quality control problems in the early batches of this camera, of which mine was one (it was repaired under warranty). I don't know if Nikon has yet fixed them all.
Pros: Fantastic Dynamic Range, Good Image Quality, Great Shadow Detail, High ISO Performance
Excerpt: If you ARE going to purchase a d800, make sure it doesn't get the same problems I got. I purchased the camera the day it came onto market (March 22, 2012) Issues: -Left side soft focus. About 50% of the shots taken with the focus points on the left side result in a soft focus. Now I have to position my clients always on the right side. What a pain. -Super green/yellow tinty screen AND photos. Compared to my d700 and d300 and even my d80, the skin looks beautiful.
Pros: Easy To Use, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD
Liveview not useable with studio strobes, limits usefulness of camera
19 December 2012
Summary: Very excited about the potential of this camera, but it urgently needs a firmware update. It "should" be a top-notch studio camera, tripod mounted for very high-res portraits. But the bug in which Live View won't exit from "exposure simulation preview" mode when on Manual means Live View can't be used to compose and focus with manual studio strobes. Since you are probably at something like ISO100, 1/125s and f/8, the exposure preview shows a blank Live View screen.