1st D800E .. Nikon Store .. no left focus issue, had to dial in -20 on all my lenses to get it lined up. I tested it over 3 days, setting up the target and camera anew each time. Nikon said send it back for a refund.
2nd one .. Bestbuy showed available the day before I shipped mine back to the Nikon Store, so I ordered it. I may have to carry the first $3300 since they say 2-4 weeks for a refund.
Bestbuy one arrived and you know I set up test charts. It looked pretty darn close on the camera display when I shot live view, then not using live view. What made me go UGH was the first shot showed 9000ish on the count. Someone had owned this before and shot it over 9000 times.
BB sold me a used D800E as new. I called and got a case number. The woman apologized and offered to send me one out and a call tag for this one. She apologized again when she found out they had none to send. She did say I had 30 days to return an item and I could take it to any store to return it for a refund.
I am thinking that even if the focus was right, someone shot nearly 5% of the rated shutter life off the camera. had they said it was preowned and charged me a little less i would not have room to groan.
I'm not one to use an item knowing I plan to return it, so it will go back into the box and i will drive to the store to return it.
I am wondering if I should even bother ordering another E version from them if they show as available. For all I know they are cycling the same 30 cameras around until they find someone that will keep them. LOL
I laugh at my experience so far trying to keep ownership of this camera. I thought others may get a chuckle out of it also.
>Doesnt sound like yours was a pre-owned camera. I think the >Camera Gods are telling me to wait for a different camera. >;-> > >I am having trouble getting the motivation to do a thorough >focus test. I am hung up on it not being new and have put it >back in the box.
I wouldn't keep a camera used through 9000 clicks, not because of the 5% wear but because who knows what else happened in that time. Dropped, internal damage that won't show up until you try to plug into something. Who knows.
I got mine from Best Buy and it had near zero (I didn't look immediately but rather have a hundred or so and it was about what I took).
They are in a number of stores now (JPI down here in Florida has had both D800 and D800E in stock for some time, and I bought a D4 off their shelf). Take it back to Best Buy, get one from another store if BB doesn't have any more.
You won't regret the camera, and third times' always a charm, right?
;- ) I put it back in the box and drove to the store to return it. They were friendly and quickly credited my CC for the entire amount.
Like you I was hinky on keeping a camera with over 9k clicks. I started to test focus and was not happy with what I was seeing as the extreme outside points were not giving me as sharp an image as the center point.
I also noticed a scratch on the mirror about 3/8th of an inch from the bottom that went nearly across the glass.
>I also noticed a scratch on the mirror about 3/8th of an inch >from the bottom that went nearly across the glass.
Maybe. Maybe not. There's an opening in the mirror that's sort of half silvered where light passes to the AF sensor. You might have seen that, I've heard of people mistaking it for a defect or scratch.