How robust is a D800?

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golf1982
golf1982 Contributing Member • Posts: 744
How robust is a D800?

Came accoss this article http://www.bythom.com/photographic-travel/africa/botswana-2013-workshop-blog/the-measure-of-a-safari.html which surprised me because now the left focus issue is sorted it seems to be a very robust body And A google search shows up no such issues.

wondered if anyone here has had any issues?

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soloryb
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Re: How robust is a D800?

golf1982 wrote:

Came accoss this article http://www.bythom.com/photographic-travel/africa/botswana-2013-workshop-blog/the-measure-of-a-safari.html which surprised me because now the left focus issue is sorted it seems to be a very robust body And A google search shows up no such issues.

wondered if anyone here has had any issues?

No issues after 1.5-years. Built like a tank as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: How robust is a D800?

The D200/300/700 and 800 are all basically the same form factor with improvements in materials and methods along the way. It'll last a long, long time. The issues in the linked article (fell off a car dashboard and broke the LCD and fell with an unnamed 'large' lens and broke the mount) are unfortunate for the owner but don't sound like they're unreasonable. If you're using a telephoto lens the thing is going to hit the ground with a certain amount of force.

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Re: How robust is a D800?

The Andy G wrote:

The D200/300/700 and 800 are all basically the same form factor with improvements in materials and methods along the way. It'll last a long, long time. The issues in the linked article (fell off a car dashboard and broke the LCD and fell with an unnamed 'large' lens and broke the mount) are unfortunate for the owner but don't sound like they're unreasonable. If you're using a telephoto lens the thing is going to hit the ground with a certain amount of force.

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My thoughts also. The d800, has a substantial frame, as shown in the article. A heavy lens dropped badly will put massive loadings on the camera frame. Thom's conclusions seem based on anecdote.

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I dropped my D700 twice with no damage the 800 once cracked the chassis in two places. This however is totally unscientific so who knows if it means anything other than I need to stop dropping my cameras.

The good news is 10 days in Mellville and my 800 was back to me in brand new condition for $300

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Robin Casady
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Re: How robust is a D800?

golf1982 wrote:

wondered if anyone here has had any issues?

No, my D800E is one of the few cameras I've ever dropped. No problems with it.

Note the number of D800 on that trip—13. That is more than double the count for any other model. As others have said, the events that damaged the D800's are likely to damage any camera.

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bigconig wrote:

I dropped my D700 twice with no damage the 800 once cracked the chassis in two places. This however is totally unscientific so who knows if it means anything other than I need to stop dropping my cameras.

The good news is 10 days in Mellville and my 800 was back to me in brand new condition for $300

I just sent my D800 in to Nikon Canada after some issues and they have come back with impact damage and the chassis is cracked. I have been told that the camera is toast, buy a new one.
 Funny thing is, to my knowledge the camera has never been dropped or hit and I don't use long lenses.

Do you know if they replaced the chassis in your case?

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rubank
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I tripped on my front porch and tha D800 took a hit on the wooden stairstep which resulted in a cracked bottom panel just beside the battery door.

On the other hand, once my D300 with lens fell from 1,5 meters onto a wooden indoors floor without anything happening to the camera body.

So I´d say some materials used in the D800 (like the bottom panel) seem quite fragile, even if in my case the cracked panel hasn´t affected the camera operation in any way. Maybe the rubber gasket around the battery door no longer is effective, but I don´t care enough to have it fixed (it´s just a tool).

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golf1982
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Re: How robust is a D800?

Robin Casady wrote:

golf1982 wrote:

wondered if anyone here has had any issues?

No, my D800E is one of the few cameras I've ever dropped. No problems with it.

Note the number of D800 on that trip—13. That is more than double the count for any other model. As others have said, the events that damaged the D800's are likely to damage any camera.

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I suspect that nikon have sold more D800's than previous (pro) bodies, and so total number of any issue will be more even if percentages are really low . Considering the response here this dose not seem to be any worse than any other body.

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Re: How robust is a D800?

okephoto wrote:

bigconig wrote:

I dropped my D700 twice with no damage the 800 once cracked the chassis in two places. This however is totally unscientific so who knows if it means anything other than I need to stop dropping my cameras.

The good news is 10 days in Mellville and my 800 was back to me in brand new condition for $300

I just sent my D800 in to Nikon Canada after some issues and they have come back with impact damage and the chassis is cracked. I have been told that the camera is toast, buy a new one.
Funny thing is, to my knowledge the camera has never been dropped or hit and I don't use long lenses.

Do you know if they replaced the chassis in your case?

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As you know it is not impact damage then the frame must have been defective from the start. Well worth arguing the point.

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Re: How robust is a D800?

Two words. Camera insurance!

There simply has to be a reason for the price difference between the D800 and the D3s/x or D4 bodies. What is under the rubber skin is part of that reason.

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CFynn
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Re: How robust is a D800?

golf1982 wrote:

Came accoss this article http://www.bythom.com/photographic-travel/africa/botswana-2013-workshop-blog/the-measure-of-a-safari.html which surprised me because now the left focus issue is sorted it seems to be a very robust body And A google search shows up no such issues.

wondered if anyone here has had any issues?

I haven't had any issues like this with the D800 ~ but I never had with the D7000 either. Then again I've never dropped either camera with a heavy lens attached, and hopefully never will.

There may be something in it though, as I can't see why Thom would make this up. Anyway, I've always suspected the extra "robustness" the D800 is supposed to have over the D610 may be a little over rated. Sure the D800 uses more metal than they do, but we don't hear of many D600 / D610 bodies cracking or breaking. Weather sealing seems to be about the same too.

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caspianm
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Re: How robust is a D800?

Regardless of what you hear or not D800 is built tougher than D6xx and D4 is better than D800.

None of these cameras are drop proof. Once one is dropped the extent of damage or no damage depends on the circumstance of the accident and lens attached.

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larrywilson
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Re: How robust is a D800?

+1, I totally agree that the d610 is not as sturdy as the d800 and the d800 is not as sturdy as the d4.  Any camera dropped on pavement depending on the situation and attached lens may break.

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golf1982
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Re: How robust is a D800?

larrywilson wrote:

+1, I totally agree that the d610 is not as sturdy as the d800 and the d800 is not as sturdy as the d4. Any camera dropped on pavement depending on the situation and attached lens may break.

Larry

I think the lack of  response of people suffering issues to this thread indicate there is no issue here. A google search doesn't throw up anything also

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Re: How robust is a D800?

caspianm wrote:

Regardless of what you hear or not D800 is built tougher than D6xx and D4 is better than D800.

None of these cameras are drop proof. Once one is dropped the extent of damage or no damage depends on the circumstance of the accident and lens attached.

If anyone doubts the underlying toughness of D3/4 series bodies, I recommend visiting this page...!

I'm not sure a D800 would survive that.

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mactac
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Re: How robust is a D800?

I left my D800 with 24-70 lens attached out in the rain overnight by accident.  In the morning, it was completely soaked, but worked perfectly.  Still works great to this day.

Robust?  Yes.

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