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Are you happy with your D800?

PerroneFord

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"RE: Are you happy with your D800?"

PerroneFord Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011
Sat 08-Dec-12 11:39 AM

>I have owned about a dozen Nikons since 1980. I have loved
>them all until now. The D800 remains the worst camera I have
>ever owned. If I could afford the write-off the $3K I spent on
>it, I would happily toss my D800 from the nearest bridge just
>to watch it explode.
>
>Before you discount this posting, allow me to explain further.
>
>
>


    >
  1. Like many of you, I bought the D800 with high
    >expectations. 36 MP! Wow! This is going to be great. I can
    >crop, use multiple FX filters or just use unsharp mask until
    >can I see the threads on a $1 bill from 100 yards.
    >
  2. Over a period of a few months, I realize that I have very
    >few really sharp images. I'm not pixel peeping. I simply have
    >that moment of expectation when Lightroom is rendering an
    >image for the first time. As I wait for the pixelation to end,
    >I hope this time the image will look great. Instead, I get
    >mediocre.
    >
  3. Compared to my D7000 and D300, my D800 images are fine
    >but rarely great. If I do a double blind test, the D800 loses
    >more often then it wins.
    >
  4. After several months I realize the only truly sharp D800
    >images I have were done with a tripod.
    >
  5. The number of unusable, out of focus shots is higher with
    >my D800 than any camera I've owned in this millennium.
    >According to my Lightroom stats: I used to get 90% focus
    >success over a sample of thousands of images with my D7000. I
    >got roughly the same with my D300 and slightly better with my
    >D200. I am now getting around 75% in focus after about 10,000
    >D800 images.
    >
  6. Image bursts of five or six shots have even lower focus
    >success.
    >
  7. I have used every focus mode but have relied most on AF-C
    >d51, manually moving the focus point, expecting that to
    >provide the best results. All I can say is: It is doesn't.
    >

>
>I am getting the impression that D800 is hopelessly
>underpowered. Its processor cannot keep up with focusing,
>controlling VF, building images and writing to memory cards. I
>don't know what it is but I never had a DSLR that is so
>sluggish.
>
>I don't expect much support from a fan site like Nikonians. In
>fact, I don't really expect this post to last very long before
>the moderators delete it. But if you are completely honest
>and can forget the money you spent: Are you really happy with
>your D800? You've heard my opinion. Now I will
>listen.


I have sold and gotten published more photos with my D800 than all my other cameras combined. And I am primarily a sports photographer. If you can't get solid results with your D800, except on a tripod, then the camera is not your problem.

As far as sluggish focusing goes, one of my first assignments with the camera was shooting Olympic track and field athletes tuning up for London. Camera did just fine.

By all means, throw yours off a bridge if you want, but I'll be keeping mine and continuing to produce the best work of my life.

By the way, how many of these types of posts do you plan on starting? Every time you post it seems to your disgruntled about Nikon. Why not move to another brand if you hate Nikon so much.

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