Confirmation of the new D800

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KnightPhoto2
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Re: Confirmation of the new D800

frenchy01 wrote:

Well, I have a friend (not a beginner) who just bought a new D800 and he is struggling with the AF (on all lenses he is using). Not sure all the issues are solved...

Fyi, he bought the D800 after he had one on a loaner for one month (because his other camera was in repair) and he was very pleased and enthusiastic over the performance (quality and AF). Seems there are still some good and some bad D800's...

Frenchie

That is an anecdote.  Says nothing about the D800 AF, which if he is experienced, he should be able to work successfully.  Perhaps he's adjusting to the high-res for the first time?

I always marvel at the guys who struggle with AF testing and AF tuning on a D800, yet never delved into this area on any of their previous cameras.  Then they come up with all kinds of unfactual conclusions because they've never done this kind of in-depth analysis before and don't have good technique from which to form those conclusions.  How about this, was your friend already familiar with AF fine tune and optimizing all his lenses on his previous cameras?  If he wasn't already an experienced user in this regard, personally I don't think his experience holds much weight for you to draw a conclusion.

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