>My present thinking is that I will ask the Mumbai dealer when >they expect another shipment. This is not due to the AF >points issue but along you idea of letting the camera get >"Tweaked" in general. > >I did see all of Ming's post and blog comments. Funny, I >would not have tested as such but would have been very upset >shooting birds and having my 'composed' shot oof because I was >using an outer point! I have high hopes for the new f8 AF >since I've recently been shooting D300s/500vr/tc1.7 in very >low morning light and had to move down to f7.1 from center >point to get AF.
Makes me wonder if a few people have 14-24 lenses that are slightly decentred in some way that wasn't noticed before, or are slightly soft on one side in a way that, again, wasn't noticed before. That might be a bit of a 'stretch' though. If the reports are true, it's just teething pains that the factory fixes on the fly as reports come in. Only a relative handful of complaints reported to date.
I think Nikon and its main competitor know how to rake bug report and functionality problem information into the engineers and factory managers during early production/release situations so that they can tweak the line as needed. From time to time, prototype field testing simply doesn't reveal enough of the engineering for certain actual problems to appear. That's why Nikon, as experienced as it is at all this, stands ready to react to reports of flaws in production units. We should keep in mind too that Nikon is even more ready than usual, given that it wants cameras as perfect as possible in the well-practiced hands of thousands of pros heading for the Olympics in London in July. That means even the smallest issues have to be fixed fast and well.