Having taken delivery of a Nikon D800, I feel fortunate to have this community behind me. You alerted me to problems and issues, not the least of which was how to find a camera. Postings about focus problems, file transfer snafus, etc., all made me feel prepared. Chris Oldham provided not only a series of great settings (not always followed), but an annotated manual. 472 pages of material seemed like a ton, but I was aided every step of the way. That method of instruction seems far more useful than Thom Hogan's pedantic approach to the subject. I am still working my way through that tome, but feel that much of the ground has been covered by you.
So thank you all of you as I start using this wonderful tool which will play a large role in my appreciation of the natural world and in my retirement. Thank you.
Back when I joined, I was using an F3 and manual focus lenses. Then I converted and got a D200. In retrospect, I did not take the camera that seriously, not being full-frame, etc. Now, ye cats! This D800 is the real deal, a mind-blowing camera, and mine focuses just fine.
But I intend to make my Nikonian experience less passive by taking seminars and an excursion. I have much to learn, post-processing being something of a mystery. Also I need to see and not just look. Of the pictures, I have taken, three or for are really striking, and I will post them once I figure out how to. So the D800 has really forced me to get my feet wet again and rekindled my love for photography and my awareness of my ignorance.
I am happy for you that your 800 functions normally. The 800 I received was awful and I elected to return it to the sellers. I had gone through this when the old D2X first came out. I kept that camera and it was a while before it functioned right.I did not want to go through that again; so I will wait until this focus problem is corrected and then repurchase. BTW: do you have a link to the 472 page annotated manual you referred to?