>what are the odds of having to deal with a bad instrument >right out of the box?? Most of the posts here seem negative >and many have multiple or seemingly unending poor results.
Thom Hogan and others have hinted that there was a higher than normal chance of getting a camera with the asymmetric focus issue (i.e. soft results when using the leftmost focus point).
Recently, Thom as talked about some exposure issues with the 16-35mm and that he feels it's in the single digit percentages. He also indicated he's comfortable with that, and it's probably normal and not a QA problem like the D800 had.
Granted, this is just one man's opinion, but based on the traffic I've seen about the issue, and the 5 other people I've been in contact with that also had the issue, I feel the D800 problems were 10% or slightly higher, but not something like 40 or 50%.
That said, Nikon seems to have resolved the problems on the production lines and they no longer have this issue with new D800s.
The problem I see is that Nikon USA doesn't fully understand how to fix the cameras that do have the problem. They made it worse in some cases. Of the five people I've been emailing back and forth about the problem, one has sold their D800, three others are satisfied with their fix, and one is still not satisfied. I feel they have left some users out to dry on this issue, and the right thing to do would be to offer them a new camera with a higher serial number and take the unsatisfactory cameras in for testing and refurbish them.
>Is there a bright side to this anywhere?? I guess I am >HOPEFUL that the focus issue occurs in only a small fraction >of total production and those speaking out in this forum are >the outlying points in a statistical analysis that Nikon must >have conducted but not made public.
The bright side? I would say that regardless of the D800s focus problems it's the most amazing sensor to grace a DSLR body, ever. The dynamic range is amazing and it can produce stunningly sharp images.