This afternoon while photographing a bird high in the blue sky, I saw for the first time (after using my D800 for more than a year) a line running through the center of my screen. At first I looked at the lens I had mounted to see if it was scratched. It was not. Moreover I have changed only 2 lenses since I've had the D800, and I can assure you it was always done with the utmost of care. All of my photos do not have this vertical scratch line.
I am utterly baffled how this scratch on the mirror got there.
Now that I know it's there it is annoying.
Any idea if this is covered under the warranty? Any suggestions on how to proceed?
It's not a problem. It sounds like you are seeing the very thin "wire" that carries current for the AF array display. You're not alone in thinking it's a scratch - here is one thread from back in 2004 about the same thing
Wow, Sol. Guess you got your answer good and hard. By the way, a scratch on the lens isn't going to show up in the viewfinder or the photo. It might cause some extra lens flare, and if it's bad enough degrade the sharpness of the image.
This afternoon I stopped by B&H and went directly to the Nikon counter. I looked at 6 different Nikon DSLR's: 4-FX's & 2-DX's.
I found none that exhibited the viewfinder design "scratch" that we have been discussing on this thread. Moreover, the senior salesperson was not aware of such a problem.
Is there a way to poll Nikonian members and ask them to look at their viewfinders at a strong light source to see what percentage is afflicted with this phenomema? I wonder if Nikon Inc. is aware of this.
I have a D90 and D800 and don't see this line on either, not through the viewfinder nor if I look at the mirror with a magnifier.
I'm with you - I'd consider it a fault, especially if it's only just appeared and also as it's not shown in the viewfinder view in the D800 User Guide. Whether Nikon consider it a fault is another thing.
The line isn't on the mirror, but on (or in) the viewing screen.
Since it is so fine, seeing it can require particular lighting, but it IS there - from the centre bottom of the screen up to the centre AF point markings - on all D800's (and as far as I know on all current and recent Nikon SLR's).
I understand that once you've noticed it, it could become annoying, but since nothing can be done about it I'd try not to worry
After 11 mos. of having my Nikon D800, I've also noticed this annoying vertical scratch or line running across my focusing screen. I'm baffled since I'm extremely careful of handling my camera and I rarely switch lenses. I have my Nikkor 28-300mm mounted on it 90% of the time. The scratch is noticeable when the battery is installed but goes away whenever the battery is taken out of the camera. You're right. It's annoying to have this flaw on a $3,000 body. I never had this issue on my Nikon D3100. I've searched Nikon for an original focusing screen replacement to no avail. Yeah it doesn't affect the image but it's distracting. Anyone else have this issue?
Tue 26-Nov-13 07:21 AM | edited Tue 26-Nov-13 07:27 AM by briantilley
Welcome to Nikonians!
As explained (several times...!) earlier in the thread, this line is not a flaw, fault or issue. It's a feature of the design and is present on all D800's, though we may not always be able to see it - I can't always see it on mine, for example.
>Welcome to Nikonians! > >As explained (several times...!) earlier in the thread, this >line is not a flaw, fault or issue. It's a feature of the >design and is present on all D800's, though we may not always >be able to see it - I can't always see it on mine, for >example. > >Please don't worry about it