Excerpt: I bought this camera to get a second body aside of my D3x, and of course were very tempted by the high resolution of the sensor. I was not disapointed by the sensor, but I had to accept that the D800E is "only" a pro-consumer camera, which means it is not as sturdy as the pro bodies from Nikon. Also, I was a bit "pi**ed off" by the big price drop that the arrival of the D800 brought to my used D3x.
A few issues which should not exist on a camera at this level...
Tariq Gibran Hamid, Amazon
2 November 2012
Summary: I received this camera from Amazon about a week ago and I have enough reservations about the D800E that I will likely be returning it. Initial impressions were a bit lukewarm with regard to build quality. First the positives - it feels great in the hand (I was a bit worried about the grip but it fits my hand perfectly), the viewfinder is better than expected (coming from the wonderful finder of the Sony a900, I had concerns the size and acuity would be lacking - that's...
Summary: Note: I just received my D800E and I am still making my evaluation of the camera. This is an upgrade from my D700. At this time I'm only putting this review out as a heads up those who own or are thinking of purchasing this camera. The USB 3 cable that comes with the D800 has a plastic clamp that snaps onto the cable which is for the purpose of keeping the USB connector secured to the camera during data transfer.
Summary: After more than three month waiting, I finally received my D800E from Amazon. It is a well designed camera for people who are either professional photographers or semi-professionals. However, knowing all this camera can do requires a Ph.D. (the User's Manual is almost 500 pages long). Recently I took the camera with me (with Nikon's 28-300 mm zoom lens) on my Israeli trip. It functions fine until I encountered a stain issue that appears in photographs I took.
D is for Dinosaur? Not a significant improvement over D700. And maybe my last DSLR.
15 July 2012
Summary: As a fan of Nikon SLR for almost 50 years, I am accustomed to ordering the latest and greatest without much thinking about it, and so I ordered the D800E. I had sold my D700 - which I and many others considered the best camera ever - a bit prematurely and had a long wait for its replacement. D800E is a highly developed piece of hardware with unlimited capabilities. After a few weeks with it however, I am having doubts whether I made the right choice.
Summary: I finally received my D800E four months after placing my pre-order. I quickly realized the auto-focus was terribly mis-calibrated (it was back-focusing on ALL focus points including the CENTER). I tried to use the AF fine-tune function to correct the AF errors: 2 of my lenses used -18 (out of -20) correction, and the other needed more than the -20 correction. This is completely unacceptable in a $3300 camera.