#8. "RE: Brace yourself..." In response to In response to 7 Thu 14-Mar-13 03:05 PM by Tinkers Realm
Pacific Wonderland!, US
I had one of the D800's from the early release & it had the dreaded Left focusing issue in addition to the back focusing issue in addition to the recalled battery issue. I complained from the first batch of pics that something was off with the camera ( not having heard of any troubles before never dreamed of AF/back focus issues on a brand new body). I was told by the local store where I purchased it that it was due to the high MP's. I could see the results in my images & continued to insist something was wrong but my shop only had a 14 day return policy so I kept shooting hoping to "Master this Monster of a MP camera". I started researching and discovered that others were having similiar issues and how to test/check my body. I ran the seiman star test, the portrait test, the cereal box test all w/ similiar results - my camera was sharp center w/MUP but a blurred mess on the left & soft on the right w/ occasional back focus issue. I finally called Nikon & sent it in for repair and had it back within the week. I retested it again & even resorted to sending the test images to an acquaintance that had the same issue & writes a popular blog and posted about his issues too as I was certain the images were not sharp but wanted another set of eyes. When my body was returned ( L.A. is where mine was sent) the left blur issue was somewhat improved but the center was now off and the right soft issue and back focusing issue was still evident/ unchanged. By the end of the process I had lost all confidence in the camera and was sick & tired of testing it to prove what was so obvious in the images. I had a person that knew of the issues with my camera but still wanted to buy it at a deep discount & so I sold it. I still would love to own this camera but have not repurchased it yet as I am going to just wait it out and see if Nikon either fixes the issue or replaces it with a similiar body. Best wishes in your replacement but if the new body has the issue too - I would just ship it right back ASAP!
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