Ming Thien, one of my favorite writers and photographers, posted a "mid-term report" about the D800. I think he is right on - worth a read for sure. It's the top post at his blog today: http://blog.mingthein.com/
#1. "RE: D800 report - Ming Thein" In response to Reply # 0
New York, US
An interesting read, especially his conclusions as to who should buy which camera.
I do agree about focus. WHen it's on, it's on; but sometimes it misses — by a little or a lot. I'm not sure why; it is not repeatable. Bottom line is the D800e does not quite as reliable as by D3s in this regard.
But I still love it.
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#6. "RE: D800 report - Ming Thein" In response to Reply # 5
As I understand it, Ming Thein had a left-focus issue with his 800E. It was sent in for repairs around July and then returned to him. He seems to be satisfied with it, but I'm wondering if it was repaired to the same level of performance as a manufactured 800E that does not have left-focus issues.
In fact, based on reading other posts, I'm wondering if a rock solid repair for left-focus/related issues is in place at Nikon repair facilities.
#7. "RE: D800 report - Ming Thein" In response to Reply # 0
I really like his photography. His Monet water lilies from Japan are very nice. I love his street stuff.
I didn't realize the D600 fixed the LiveView issue for studio photographers. Would like to know more. ""If you shoot manual exposure, live view mode always shows you a preview of the actual exposure. Guess what this means if you’ve got things set up for a studio strobe exposure with zero ambient: a black frame! You’ll have to toggle back and forth between P and M modes to focus, which wastes time and is unnecessary – especially since they fixed this on the D600. I hope it’s something that gets addressed in a future firmware update. Or, at least give us an option…
I don't get why people tout Power Aperture - it doesn't work whilst I am recording. It works before hitting record and after stopping recording. Did Nikon forget something here or I am continuing to miss something?
I didn't agree with his next blurb down, about dials and controls at all. Or his last bit, how can one not bond with this camera!!!!