Sun 09-Dec-12 02:17 PM | edited Sun 09-Dec-12 02:26 PM by LMMiller9
Craig, First, I could not be more happy with my D800. I am not a pro, but a reasonably knowledgeable amateur (my father was a professional photographer and I grew up with a darkroom in our house) and I went from a D200 to D300 to D700 to D800 with no problem at all. I use my D800 as a casual, family, walk around camera all the time, most often with the 24-120/f4, and I think one reason for my happiness is the lens/camera combination, and the VRII which really makes a difference when handholding. Hanging on my living room wall is a 20x30" photo shot in Maine (http://lmmillerphotography.smugmug.com/Travel/Maine-2012/24395358_N7x3RP#!i=1988806167&k=BsgnbKw) hand held with this combination. The detail and clarity is amazing.,
But, Second and more important, it would be helpful Craig, if you could provide a bit more analytic information. What lenses are you using that when you get poor results; in what conditions and what subjects; and what are your camera settings?
I think this forum is most useful, not in simply saying "good" or "bad", but in doing some analytics about a problem. I will assume that you are absolutely "right" about your problem. But, it is impossible to analyze or solve without a lot more detailed data.
You said that "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 do not think this is the way to get a high rate of infocus shots. Manually moving the focus point, while on AF-C, puts a huge burden on you, the user. I almost always shoot single focus point, using the center focus point, I focus then reframe/compose, and shoot. This I find to produce a very high success rate. This is also the least confusing in terms of figuring out the technology.