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Are you happy with your D800?

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Unavailable Registered since 09th Jun 2012
Sat 08-Dec-12 02:46 AM

I have owned about a dozen Nikons since 1980. I have loved them all until now. The D800 remains the worst camera I have ever owned. If I could afford the write-off the $3K I spent on it, I would happily toss my D800 from the nearest bridge just to watch it explode.

Before you discount this posting, allow me to explain further.


  1. Like many of you, I bought the D800 with high expectations. 36 MP! Wow! This is going to be great. I can crop, use multiple FX filters or just use unsharp mask until can I see the threads on a $1 bill from 100 yards.
  2. Over a period of a few months, I realize that I have very few really sharp images. I'm not pixel peeping. I simply have that moment of expectation when Lightroom is rendering an image for the first time. As I wait for the pixelation to end, I hope this time the image will look great. Instead, I get mediocre.
  3. Compared to my D7000 and D300, my D800 images are fine but rarely great. If I do a double blind test, the D800 loses more often then it wins.
  4. After several months I realize the only truly sharp D800 images I have were done with a tripod.
  5. The number of unusable, out of focus shots is higher with my D800 than any camera I've owned in this millennium. According to my Lightroom stats: I used to get 90% focus success over a sample of thousands of images with my D7000. I got roughly the same with my D300 and slightly better with my D200. I am now getting around 75% in focus after about 10,000 D800 images.
  6. Image bursts of five or six shots have even lower focus success.
  7. I have used every focus mode but have relied most on AF-C d51, manually moving the focus point, expecting that to provide the best results. All I can say is: It is doesn't.


I am getting the impression that D800 is hopelessly underpowered. Its processor cannot keep up with focusing, controlling VF, building images and writing to memory cards. I don't know what it is but I never had a DSLR that is so sluggish.

I don't expect much support from a fan site like Nikonians. In fact, I don't really expect this post to last very long before the moderators delete it. But if you are completely honest and can forget the money you spent: Are you really happy with your D800? You've heard my opinion. Now I will listen.

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Craig

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  • Clint S

    Chula Vista, US
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    #64. "RE: Are you happy with your D800?" | In response to Reply # 0

    Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
    Tue 11-Dec-12 03:26 AM

    Part of what is heard about having to use a tripod and better hand holding technique in part comes from the D800 Tech manual in keeping blur to a minimum. But using tripods and better hand holding technique is not new. Try shooting any 35mm film camera and making a 30 inch print - If you want tack sharp, then you better have a good technique and a tripod.

    Perceived image acuity is also relative to how large an image is viewed and/or print size. The larger the viewing or print size, the steadier a camera has to be to produce excellence.

    Whenever I am not achieving what I think my equipment is capable of I return to the basics. Even with the D800 I am not a fan of the various metering nor focusing modes. My preferences are spot and center weighted metering, select my focus point and use AFS Single Point or AFC 9 point focusing, and my Focus Tracking is typically at 5 or off. Each depending on the situation.

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  • Bump57

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    #67. "RE: Are you happy with your D800?" | In response to Reply # 0

    Bump57 Silver Member Awarded for his high skill level in Landscape and Nature Photography and willingness to share his learning experiences to help others. Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Laureate Ribbon awarded as a winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 01st Apr 2007
    Wed 12-Dec-12 04:35 AM

    Wow what a thread. Craig, why is it you don't want to show a image of the problem you are having as asked many times to do so. Most everybody in here wants to help but it seems like you really do want to resolve the issue and just want to let us know you have one. I hope you get it worked out. For me the D800 is exactly what I thought it would be and I am enjoying every second of it. If you care to follow the link below to my site and look at my current work, every image there is with the d800. My only nit concerning the D800 is the shutter is louder then any other Nikon body I own.

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  • Antero52

    Vantaa, FI
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    #82. "RE: Are you happy with your D800?" | In response to Reply # 0

    Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009
    Thu 13-Dec-12 08:59 PM

    Yes.

    Regards, Antero

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