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: 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: 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.
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: Just after receiving a brand new camera, I inserted two memory cards that I bought specially for it, and a 32Mb Kingston CF 600x was not compatible. Had to buy a compatible one. A few days later, I tried to use a remote control to reduce vibrations on a 600mm f4, and I realized that the connector was recessed and loose in its hole, which made it useless. As I did not keep the box, I now have to repair a brand new camera. Quality control is no more what it used to be...
Summary: Disappointed in the images as compared to my expectations, based upon what I'd been reading. I certainly did not do an exhaustive comparison, but to my eye the pictures were no better than my D300 and the green tint made for more work in post processing.
Pros: Controls Akin To My D300
Cons: Did Not Fit My Hand Well, Green Tint To Screen, Huge Files Slow To Load, White Balance Difficult
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...