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D800 Focus Priority Shutter Release Not Working

jupiter913

San Antonio, US
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jupiter913 Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Mar 2004
Sun 20-May-12 11:12 PM | edited Mon 21-May-12 12:19 AM by jupiter913

Unfortunately I do have a problem with my new D800. Focus priority shutter release does not work. I have not seen a thread in this forum on this so I am starting one.
This problem shows up quite clearly when I use AF-On focusing without shutter button focusing. For example, I can focus using the AF-On button, shoot a frame, then move the focus point to another object that is very much out of focus, and the camera still trips the shutter when I press the shutter button.
This occurs with AF-S Priority set to focus (and S servo). It occurs in other combinations too, like AF-C priority set to focus. I have not found a setting where focus priority shutter release works.
I did an online search and found a thread on this in DPR (I know, but I was looking for info) and it seems this is not a unique problem to my camera. So if you have not checked for this, you may want to.
The problem it raises is the old computer debug problem: is it hardware or software? Right now, it seems to me to be software, but the jury is still out. Some of the people on DPR said Nikon said it would be a big hardware fix, but others argue it must be software. I surely hope a firmware update will fix it.
My schedule this week is such it will likely be Wednesday before I can get the time to call Nikon. Alas. In the meantime my new toy is not unusable, but this is a problem that must be fixed.
If anyone has more information on this, I would appreciate your sharing it.

Ron

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