Brand New D800E Autofocus Problem...What's Your Opinion?

Started Jun 18, 2013 | Questions thread
Zlik Contributing Member • Posts: 990
Re: I have NEVER tested my D800E

Biological_Viewfinder wrote:


I really could care less. The thing is going to be worth a mere $200 or so in a decade anyway.

Why should I care when my future-self doesn't even look in the D800E folders anymore, because he's so much more involved with the new camera he has in the future instead of this one.

And anyway, it's mostly on the Left AF point, and frankly I don't even care.

I would say that only 5-10% of the people who own a D800E even use the camera to its full potential. The rest of the people shoot the camera like it's a D700, and therefore removing the years of resolution progress that has been made from then until now. If you aren't printing large, buy a D700 or a D3 or D3s. The D800E is meant for resolution, it is the #1 reason for its existence. If you aren't using that by printing large or cropping hard, then you might as well have a D3s or D3 or D700. It really makes no sense for most D800E owners to even have the camera at all.

The D800e is meant for live-view or otherwise taking your sweet time getting the best shot in a studio environment where you are tethered to your computer and your hands are not on the camera which is set to manual focus, no VR, mirror up, and a remote or in this case a tether to the computer (hands off!!!) or for natural landscapes with the same precautions.

People *USE* the D800E for all sorts of stuff, but the camera was specifically designed for its resolution and those who can take their time to collect all the resolution that is available from this camera. Can you use it like a D4 or a D3s? Sort of, but that's not what it was made for.

Believe me when I say to you that no one who is shooting landscapes or studio will care all that much about the Left AF not working. Like I said, mine could be the worst that has ever been made. I wouldn't know, it will never ever show, and I don't care.

The camera was made for specific groups of people. They know that others will buy it anyway, but it's meant for studio and natural landscapes. It's not meant for street photography or sports or anything except those who have the forever and a day to set up the shot. If that's not you, then you can still take a picture with this amazing camera, but it is NOT what the camera was made for.

Just because the D800 can do high resolution studio work better than other DSLRs doesn't mean it is supposed to do only that. I have used a D700, a D3s and a D800 for both studio and event photography, and I can assure you that every photo I took with the D700 would have been better if I had shot it with the D800 instead (the only advantage in favor of the D700 is FPS, but I don't rely on that for my photography).

That's like saying that just because a Ferrari can achieve extremely high speeds, that it is not meant to drive in the city at 30 mph. Let me tell you that if I had the choice between driving at 30 mph with a Ferrari vs a Toyota, I would chose the Ferrari every time.

Shoot anything with the D3s or the D700, and shoot the same thing with a D800. Once it goes through your post processing workflow and is exported (you still export your D3s RAW files to JPG, be it full HD for screen viewing or higher res for printing or sending), it doesn't matter if the original file was 6, 12, 16, 24 or 36 MP. They all produce the same 6MP photo (well, almost, the D700 being less capable at higher ISOs than the newer generation).

Again, I dont' understand people that say "why buy a D800 if you are not going to use the 36MP ?". To them I respond, that whenever I need a higher resolution, I have it. It is called potential, and it doesn't matter if I use it only for 3% of my shots. For the times I don't need it, I don't see why having too much data would be a disadvantage, the result is the same.

In conclusion, I would say that cameras like the D3s and the D4 are slightly more optimized for sports and high speed shooting (FPS), and cameras like the D800 are slightly more optimized for studio and landscape photography (high res), but they all can do general (portrait, street, event) photography equally well.

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