>Reduce your D800 images back down to 12mp, and you'll see >they will look the same as the D300 images, most likely >better. > >What sort of images are you trying to shoot? >If you're shooting landscapes or detailed images f8 and >narrower, you'd want to be shooting on a tripod anyway. DOF >should not be an issue at f/11, I'd be very curious to see a >sample image. > >If you're shooting portraits or sports, you'll generally be at >5.6 or wider, which then comes down to a matter of nailing >focus for sharpness. Also crank up the ISO a bit so your >shutter speed stays fast to avoid blur. ISO quality was the >biggest jump I saw when going from a D300 to D700, you should >feel free to indulge without loss of quality. > >Bottom line, unless you are locking down on a tripod, using >live view focus to nail a detailed shot, a 1:1 view of a hand >held 36mp D800 image is most likely going to look less sharp >than a similar 1:1 view of a D300 image.
I've been shooting some events and a wedding that I shot about a week after I got he camera. I did some Fall family portraits. After doing some of the things others have suggested about testing my auto focus. It's seems that it may be off. I did order the LensAlign that should be in next week.
One thing that I did notice is that when I set my focus through he view finder at a specific spot (camera on tripod and target stable) that when I switched to live view the focus point was not on the same spot. It was over to one side of where it was through the view finder. I don't think this should be like this. They should be both focused on the same spot. Another thing that I noticed is that when shooting a target that is parallel to the camera that the one side is in focus and the other side is slightly out of focus. Same when photographing someone looking straight at the camera the one eye is soft and one somewhat sharp.
I plan to do some calibrations when the LensAlign comes in and I will show the results once I get a computer running again. I've been using my tablet for the past couple of weeks due to a computer crash.