>Freezes during image review about 10 percent of the time.
One thing to check, be sure when you are holding the camera in image review, you are not accidentally pressing the AF mode button. I noticed mine freezing up, and the way I was holding it during image review, I had my middle finger gripping the front of the left side of the body. This was pressing he AF mode button (which wasn't there on my D200 or D300, or really any other camera except the D7000). When that button is pressed in during image review, the camera appears to be unresponsive to user input.
> >Left focus problem.
Yes well, many of us early adopters have had this issue. The good news is they seem to have a fix for it now.
Based on the photographs reviewed, this appears to be an amazing camera from a resolution standpoint. Although I had initially decided not to purchase this camera due to price along with my status as merely a very amateur photographer (and I use the term "photographer" very loosely), I am now re-thinking my decision. 36 mp can create one heck of a great photograph. However, why anyone in their right mind (and maybe I just answered my own inquiry) would purchase this camera presently with its various manufacturing issues (i.e. left focus inaccuracy, freeze ups, et al.) is quite beyond me. No way that I would purchase this camera until I am reasonably confident that its issues have been resolved. $3,000 is way too much to spend until the product works properly. So, I will likely become an owner in a couple of months. But it is getting rather old hearing complaints from folks that bought a product that so many others have previously posted about as having problems. Enough already. You knew. Buyer beware.
Brian, I presume that you are referring to those intelligent and patient souls who wait for the bugs to be worked out of a potentially good product before spending over $3,000 (USD) to purchase the item? Those people?
>It's also getting old hearing complaints from people who have not bought a D800...
I haven't seen any of those, and I've been following the posts somewhat regularly. However, I have noticed that there are now some metering complaints lately in addition to the focus issue problems. I'm waiting for the "all clear siren" and then I'm going to buy another one, maybe two.
That reminds me ... Mine has metered strange in several instances too. I shot a batch of photos of a dam lit by 830 am sun and every one of them was over exposed. I has a similar experience in another instance when by brothers point and shoot was nailing exposure and mine were dark.
I'll have to figure out how to let Nikon know about this too.
I am sorry to hear about your D800, I hope they fix it and send back to you soon. I have had mine for a month (replaced a D300) and I am more than satisfied with the operation and the IQ. I think I am one of the many satisfied owners, and as a rule happy owners do not pass the word as much as unhappy owners. Hang in there, you will be happy!