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D800 time setting - first actuation

Escaladieu

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Escaladieu Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2010
Tue 30-Oct-12 05:48 PM

Does the D800 require the date / time zone to be set when its turned on for the first time ? My D7000 did but the the D800 did not ...

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The Colonel

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#1. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 0

The Colonel Registered since 20th Oct 2012
Tue 30-Oct-12 06:02 PM

Similar experience. My D90 needed these setting, but my D800 didn't. I must admit I was so keen to get it up and running that I didn't notice this until later on, when it dawned on me that I hadn't needed to set the time or date.

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#2. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 0

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Tue 30-Oct-12 06:16 PM

You D800 may have been used as demo or a Quality Control model. Have you checked your shutter actuation count?

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Escaladieu

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#3. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 2

Escaladieu Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2010
Tue 30-Oct-12 07:41 PM

>You D800 may have been used as demo or a Quality Control
>model. Have you checked your shutter actuation count?
>
So it will ask for the date to be set ? The date was set to be Feb 2012 when I received the camera ...

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#4. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 3

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Wed 31-Oct-12 02:56 PM | edited Wed 31-Oct-12 03:05 PM by gkaiseril

If the date has not been set, then yes there should be a prompt or flashing "clock". See pages 26-28 of your camera's user manual.

If the camera has been demoed or used for QC then the setup would have been preformed and unless the camera was reset, those settings would remain in effect. If the shutter was actuated, even in the demo mode, for cleaning, or using LiveView the shutter actuation count will be advanced. Resetting the camera does not always reset this count. This count is also different from the image count which rolls over after 9999 the shutter count is a 32 bit unsigned integer and should be good for recording over 4,000,000 actuations.

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#5. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 0

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Wed 31-Oct-12 05:04 PM

It's not a problem to go back and change the date and time if needed. It's just a menu setting.

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Escaladieu

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#6. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 4

Escaladieu Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2010
Wed 31-Oct-12 06:24 PM

>If the date has not been set, then yes there should be a
>prompt or flashing "clock". See pages 26-28 of your
>camera's user manual.
>
>If the camera has been demoed or used for QC then the setup
>would have been preformed and unless the camera was reset,
>those settings would remain in effect. If the shutter was
>actuated, even in the demo mode, for cleaning, or using
>LiveView the shutter actuation count will be advanced.
>Resetting the camera does not always reset this count. This
>count is also different from the image count which rolls over
>after 9999 the shutter count is a 32 bit unsigned integer and
>should be good for recording over 4,000,000 actuations.

The reason I'm asking is that the retailer promised me I would receive a model from a "new batch" with all AF problems eliminated, yet I have a camera which arrived with a Feb 2012 date set ... I'm wondering if they have been less than honest with me. I've already put a number of actuations on the camera since I didn't think to check when I received it. Is there any way to find out the manufacturing date ?

Thanks for the info guys

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K64drb

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#7. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 0

K64drb Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2012
Thu 01-Nov-12 12:07 AM

My D800 did not prompt me to set the time and date before it could be used, nor I would not expect a pro level camera to do that kind of user hand holding. My guess is that consumer level cameras are a different animal with a different feature set, hence the difference with this.

Dave

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#8. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 7

Escaladieu Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2010
Thu 01-Nov-12 06:21 AM

>My D800 did not prompt me to set the time and date before it
>could be used, nor I would not expect a pro level camera to do
>that kind of user hand holding. My guess is that consumer
>level cameras are a different animal with a different feature
>set, hence the difference with this.
>
>Dave

Thank you, that was what I needed to know.

J

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K64drb

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#9. "RE: D800 time setting - first actuation" | In response to Reply # 8

K64drb Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Feb 2012
Thu 01-Nov-12 03:14 PM

Glad to help....

G