Excerpt: As far as photography goes, the D700 is overall a better camera. The part that really bothers me is the vastly inaccurate focus when compared to D700 and to MK III. In addition the video part leaves a lot to be desired when compared to the competition, amongst other things the lack of i-frame codec, cannot change volume while recording, no 1-click zoom for focus. As a long time Nikon user (since film), it seems Nikon does not want to miss an opportunity to disappoint.
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.
Excerpt: The D800e certainly can deliver great results with regard to resolution, color rendition, dynamic range. I have tested and compared the D800e, D800 and D4 whenever they were available in local stores; they all worked perfectly fine – I did not at all find any trouble with AF under the sufficient daylight conditions at those occasions. I liked the D4 because of its ergonomics and manageable file size, but ultimately decided to order a D800e via B&H. Why the D800e?
Excerpt: After having read all the marvelous reviews and test reports I finally decided to go for the D800e.The camera has undoubtedly some good qualities: Alongside with the handling and ergonomics I am impressed with the color reproduction at Auto-WB settings. The possible level of detail appears to be unmatched - provided one has the time to control all critical parameters.
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.