I got my D800 two days ago and so far I'm very impressed, even surprised, at how good it is. The metering is flawless and the dynamic range is crazy, it's almost like HDR. With that being said, not everything is perfect and I wanted to share a couple of concerns to see if anyone else has these issues. The first issue is oil spots on the sensor after only 200 shots,I know this has been a problem in the past with new cameras but I never had an issue with the D700 that I bought from new. I'm not going to clean the sensor just yet, because it will more than likely get a few more spots on it and I can use the spot removal tool in Lightroom to remove them for now. Does anyone else have oil on their sensor? Another problem is, I like to have "image review" turned on so I can look at my shots as soon as they are taken so I can check exposure, focus and WB. Several times yesterday I took my shot then looked at the LCD and the photo was dark and it looked like it was badly underexposed, sort of like when you forget to turn your flash on when indoors. I thought I had hit a setting by accident but then noticed after pressing the play button to review the photo again that it was just fine. This happened multiple times, the automatic image preview looked dark but then if I pressed the shutter release half way to closed the LCD preview and then hit the play button, the image was perfect! Not sure what the cause of this is. Other small problems are the time it takes to load the menu settings, sometimes it's instant and other times it takes a few seconds and I switch off the main dial last night and the camera wouldn't turn off, I switched between on and off a few times and finally it shut down!
I'm not posting all of this to complain because the camera is worth every penny just how it is,I just wanted to know if anyone else has these little gripes.
#1. "RE: D800 first thoughts" In response to Reply # 0
I got mine with a dirty sensor from the dealer. After a couple hundred shots it was even dirtier, looked like oil to me. I consider it normal for a new camera to throw of some oil but my D800 had a couple of barrels of oil in it My guess is I will have to keep cleaning the sensor regularly for the first couple thousand clicks.
#2. "RE: D800 first thoughts" In response to Reply # 1
I have auto image review turned off so when I hit the shutter it takes the picture (D800 default menu option). This way I keep my eye on the subject until the action dies down. Then I can review my photos and not miss a shot. This should avoid the dark/light viewfinder issue you are currently having while aping your photos.
"We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are" - Anaïs Nin
#3. "RE: D800 first thoughts" In response to Reply # 0
I think I read the D800 has an ambient light sensor for the rear display. It may misread ambient light when the camera is by your face, dimming the display. When you push 'play' with the camera held away from you, it would read a higher ambient light level and brighten itself. Happens constantly with my iPhone.
I'd suggest a Copper Hills cleaning kit for the oil spots. Sensor cleaning is a pretty easy task. No point in taking 'tainted' photos with a great camera.
#4. "RE: D800 first thoughts" In response to Reply # 3
Thanks for the replies guys. The ambient light sensor on the LCD makes a lot of sense and this could be the problem. I'm not a sports/action shooter so taking my eye off the subject and "aping" as you say is not something I'm going to change. I like to make sure that I've got the shot I need before moving on or before taking many other useless shots. As for the oil, I've only got 2 spots on there right now but I've taken less than 200 photos. If it gets any worse I will have to clean it. I do have FX sensor swabs and I'm confident using them, I was just a little annoyed at my "perfect" 36mp camera having spots on the sensor after just a few shots. I will be less worried about these things once the "new car" smell has gone.
#7. "RE: D800 first thoughts" In response to Reply # 0
Only othe advise I would do is make a case with Nikon support and send them a pic of the oil spots. Also mention the lock up and screen brightness thing... Only way they can fix it is to get enough people with the same concerns and see if they can fix most of these with firmware... the oil spots worry me because the D7000 had issues and some had to have the shutter assembly replaced due to a bad seal in the little acuators.... I will be sending mine in for this concern soon, still under warranty and have already had Nikon "fix" it and now sensor is very dirty again and having back focus issues again..... Just worried that this doesn't happen with the D800s also.... sorry for going on and on....