The Truth about D800 Auto Focus - fair at best

Started Jan 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
u007 Senior Member • Posts: 1,681
Re: D800E PDAF is better than my D700

My D800 is fine. It's not perfect 100% of the time though. Sometimes there are minor errors or even major errors when shooting at f1.4 but that's the truth for every camera using autofocus. The example pictures show minor errors.. the face isn't sharp but the scarf is.. no major concern. Sometimes I even get a big miss where something like the ears are in better focus, but still EVERY SINGLE camera does this. The d4 does it, the d700 did it, the d3s did it, the 5d3 does it.. NO camera using phase detect AF is perfect. Not a single one.

Roger from lensrentals tested the d800, as well as other Nikon cameras using a properly scientific methodology and 1.4 prime lenses for the centre AF point (which is what this thread is showing). He said that the newer series (i.e. D4 and D800) are better than the older (d700 etc) in terms of consistency.

I would suggest that everybody was getting the same, or worse, AF errors on the d700 but simply 36mp is letting you notice more.

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