Sun 02-Dec-12 07:23 AM | edited Sun 02-Dec-12 04:58 PM by Robman3
Some associates, one a well known fashion shooter, had the D800 walk onto her set back in the spring, she never looked back, and stopped using the MK3. (Bought her's after the first drive by from a Nikon rep)
Another who is so finicky, he will only shoot with Zeiss primes, moved to the D800E from an older back (Kodak I think, no AA filter, could be wrong) that was his mainstay (portraits) for many years.
Another, long time Canon user, put the entire Canon array (pristine) lenses, an older back on E-bay after Thanksgiving.
He gave the brand new MK3 to his daughter which we may use in subsequent video shoots with an adapter and my Nikon glass. He's got the Sony FS700 for 4K video, and appears to be moving to the D800E for stills.
This is not a group of people who take the science lightly.
My DP friend, will borrow (mine) the D800 if he does stills shoots but brought the Sony A99 by a couple days ago, because it shoots motion using circuitry in the body, so AF (motion tracking) is blindingly fast and silent. He's a motion guy these days, as well as a long time stills person.
He does agree however, for stills, that Nikon has some engineering magic as far as DR color, plus at 36MP's in a DSLR format, there is no peer.
I guess the long story is, on average, statistically (guessing) there has been no more an issue with the D800 than the D7000 had, it's just the pace of expectations versus real time mechanical problems was amplified because of the quantum jump.
So as with most human nature, introspection, inspection, excitement, and countervailed opinion or supportive, when these warranty issues manifested Nikon managed to remedy them.
Those who were not satisfied, always had an option to return the goods.
My D800 shipped after the EL-15 backlog (I have a few spares for the D7000) has not had any issues to date, nor do the folks mentioned above.
By now (the thread is a several days old) you have made a buying decision.