Sun 09-Dec-12 04:40 AM | edited Sun 09-Dec-12 04:42 AM by richardd300
Craig. I bet you didn't expect this many responses! I feel your pain, but not through my D800. Two years ago I bought the D7000 and there are many here who will remember that I too would have cheerfully chucked it in the river.
I think it was a steep learning curve as I already had a D700 and did have a D300, both of which for me "worked out of the box" so to speak. I know that you had no such problems, but your experience with the D800 mirrors mine with the 7000. Because it was a bad experience and although I now get sharp images the majority of the time, I never have felt any great connection to the D7000 because of that torturous journey.
I bought the D800 after months of torment and I suddenly had a camera that did, well almost "work out of the box" if such a camera does exist. I think my learning with the D7000 served me well with the D800. One thing I learned with the D7000 and as has been stated here, is that if I could get sharp images on a tripod, then logic followed I must be able to achieve that hand held. In the end I upped, wherever possible, my shutter speeds and tried to always get around f8. I now take landscapes as an example anywhere up to 1/1000 and very often beyond.
I am sorry that your experience has been a bad one, but if the camera is free of technical fault, I am sure that you can achieve what is to be expected from the D800.