When I raised this topic, I asked this thread not be about me. I'll respond to your accusation - then let's get back to photography shall we?
I had great expectations for the D800 when I received it in the summer. Like many new buyers I was smitten. It has simply not lived up to its hype in the intervening months. Yes, the D800 can focus on a single bird against a blue sky (the topic of my June post). If that's all I photographed, I suppose I would be happier today. My earlier post simply reinforces one of my initial suppositions: I really wanted the D800 to be good.
I am aware that criticizing the D800 is not the most popular topic on this forum. And honestly, having 99% of respondents say they love the D800 is not surprising. It may also not be statistically relevant. I have always believed there is a certain omertà in any fan club. Anything less than total love would be the sign of a huge problem - like D800 'left focus' which is now finally accepted by almost everyone. It didn't start that way. Also rest assured when I raise this topic on other sites, I get a different answer.
The D800 problems I am having are a mixture of four possible causes:
All D800s are bad to some degree.
My D800 is defective.
My technique is bad.
I am a troll and I am doing this for fun.
You can make your own decision on number 4. Accusations fly often when a differing opinion is presented. I have found that Nikionians is actually pretty good at tolerating diverse points of view. We'll see if that continues.
Number 3 is a definite possibility. Maybe I just don't have the requisite skill after four decades of trying. Here's what I don't understand: I was happy with the D7000. Its ability to resolve sharp images was much better than my D800. Whatever mysteries are introduced by 'so called' higher resolution needs to be balanced against the fact that pixel density is roughly the same. Using the same technique - including same shutter speed - should provide similar results in the cropped portion of the D800 frame. For me, that has rarely been true.
Number 2 is also possible. When I use a tripod, the D800 seems fine. Yet a large percentage of handheld images are immediate discards. Both VR and standard lenses, like the 24-70, have similar maladies. Given the problems Nikon is having with the well documented left focus issues, I have little hope they will take my esoteric concerns seriously.
Number 1 is most interesting to me. Why do a good number of people say you need a tripod with D800 to get maximum results? Yet the same is not said about the D7000? That is a big red flag in my statistically aware brain.