D800 with AF issues to Nikon now or wait?

Started Apr 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
dooman51
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Re: D800 with AF issues to Nikon now or wait?
In reply to Cliff Fujii, May 9, 2012

I am a professional Wedding tog and I also have a studio (which the d800 was bought for) I have 2 x d3s's 14-24/24-70/70-200 and 24mm,35mm.50mm,85mm 1.4G lenses.

My camera is currently back with Nikon Australia to get 'fixed' although I am doubtful that it can be to be honest.

This is what I know for sure.

The camera is extremely slow to find focus in the studio it hunts and takes an eternity, of course the client will lose 'the look' and interest, so its virtually useless to me. Yes it is a dark environment but 4 Elinchrom RX modelling lights really shoud be enough. My D3s's snap to focus instantaneously.

On every lens I own, wide open aperture is not usable and back focuses by a fair way.

I can stop it down to f5.6 and they are pretty good then, yes I understand that technique is more important wide open but I have also tried this on a tripod using timer with no difference.All my lenses the left side focus point is totally unusable. Right side is marginally better all were tested on a tripod as well. Center point is ok given the aperture is around f5.6 or above. Continuous mode is virtually useless in any situation. It will be interesting to see if they address the problems and of course I will keep you all posted.

UPDATE!, Well Nikon Australia are giving me a new camera. I didn't ask for one, they said to the camera shop where I bought it from that they had a few with the same issues that got sent for repair and went back to the customer with the same issues.... So they obviously don't think it can be fixed??? This is really surprising to me and leads me to the next question.... Will the new one be any different? Of course they don't have any stock so I have to wait until the next shipment.

I really hope for Nikon's sake the issue has been resolved, surely if it was a line issue at certain factories they should just come out and say that was the case, otherwise we will no doubt think the design is flawed. If the new one has this issue I will have to get a refund. No other choice...

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