Nikonrumor/left AF sensor: Nikon may issue statement

Started Jul 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
manni
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Re: Nikonrumor/left AF sensor: Nikon may issue statement
In reply to Canadianguy, Jul 30, 2012

True regarding landscapes. I am happily using my D800E with manual focus glass and will wait until it is made clear that Nikon UK are able to fix this issue. With a leitaxed summicron it gives astonishing quality. I tend to only have one camera at a time though so would like to use it for family snaps etc and the AF issues crop up more there.

Canadianguy wrote:

Just curious, for Landscape photographers, I though they all used CDAF - its been a known fact for years that it is more accurate that PDAF - its just too slow for active subjects at least until the mirrorless guys started working on improving the speed...its still not there yet but for static subjects that require critical focusing - CDAF was and still is the way to go.

So why would a Landscape photographer care about the outer left AF issue? It only affects PDAF.

manni wrote:
Interesting.

I have a d800e with the AF problem.I sent it to Nikon UK with a detailed letter explaining it. They either didn't read it, understand it or have the capability to fix it since it came back the same.

So, via their website, I wrote to Nikon UK asking if they are aware of the particular issue and if/when the fix (if it exists) will arrive. They replied very politely offering me free postage to send the camera in to be checked but they didn't acknowledge even my question about the AF-issue. So I don't know if Nikon UK are even aware of it and I'm not sending it back in until they make it plain they know what's going on. Perhaps other Brits should write in too - just a suggestion. The camera is absurdly expensive here - around $4500 - and they should at least tell us what's going on.

Anyone considering a D800 - it's, by miles, the best landscape 35mm DSLR I've ever used, especially for landscapes. Street photography etc isn't much different from the D700 but landscapes the D800 is amazing. But you MUST buy from someone who lets you return easily - I recommend amazon - and if the AF is off then just return it. I just wish I hadn't sold my D700.

TOF guy wrote:

http://nikonrumors.com/2012/07/29/rumor-nikon-to-announce-a-repair-advisory-for-the-d800-left-focusing-issue.aspx/

If the statement is true: notice the importance of reporting the problem to Nikon. It helps Nikon evaluate how significant the problem is (they can't figure it out for themselves?).
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