D800 service center check for the focusing points

Started Jun 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
D800 Regular Member • Posts: 199
Re: D800 service center check for the focusing points

In last 8 years, you probably have been shooting pretty much all stationary subjects, based on your silly comments.

Have you ever shot a moving subject that by the time you recompose, the subject has move to a different distance/location?

I guess you never know or want to know there is such focus mode called AF-C with 9/21/51/3d that people use to shoot moving targets.

AZBlue wrote:

I love how all of a sudden nobody can take a photograph without using a left or right AF point. Regardless of whether these reports are legitimate issues or results of poor testing, how on earth did photographers take pictures before there were left/right AF sensors?

I laugh out loud when I hear [obviously] amateur owners of the D800 say that the left/right AF sensors are absolutely essential because you don't always focus on something in the center of the frame. I guess my "focus and recompose" technique that I have been using since my N90 days must be a flawed technique even though it has resulted in my images being tack sharp for the last 8 years. I can just imagine some of these poor "photographers" thinking to themselves, gee I wish I could take this picture, but there is no AF point over the spot where I want to focus! Damn you Nikon for ruining my career! OMG the humanity...

If Nikon has an issue, it needs to be addressed. If the D800 only had center focus and none of the multi-point AF stuff, would the same people not buy the D800? Was the multi-point AF feature THE defining feature that tipped the scales in favor of your D800 purchase, in other words, you wouldn't have purchased it otherwise? The reason I ask this rhetorical question is because you hear people complaining about the fact that they paid for 51 focus points and expect all 51 focus points to work properly. Personally, the only AF point I care about is the one at the center. I find it far easier to use the center AF point, then recompose, than to use the thumb wheel on the back of the camera to manually move my AF point. The latter seems unintuitive to me, but that's probably because the only cameras I used prior to my D800 only had a center AF point.

While some people have been legitimately affected, let's not pretend that you can't take perfectly good, tack-sharp photos using just the center AF point. IMO if this single issue is stopping you from taking photos, there is something else wrong with your technique if you require left/right AF points all the time. Maybe I'm too old school LOL
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