D800 focus with 1.4 prime lenses is very variable and inaccurate

Started Jan 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
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AF-C, and those suggesting it
In reply to primeshooter, Jan 20, 2013

To those posting about AF-C sorry to burst your bubble. It's the same or worse. Also to those suggesting the subject moving out of the focal plane during the time the button is pressed between focus, can you explain to me why the hit rate is 100x better when I switch LV contrast AF that takes about 3 seconds to lock focus then take the picture? Come on...it's pretty clear what we are dealing with here. The D800 has a focus system built to pull 12mp to focus, no more no less. Luckily half my work is large landscape prints. The 36MP resolution really shows the weakness of this PDAF system. The D700 concealed this quite well as it was only 12MP.

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