Planning to switch from D800 to 5DIII Locked

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Re: Planning to switch from D800 to 5DIII

iseeu wrote:

Toccata47 wrote:

iseeu wrote:

I am planning to make a switch from the D800 to 5DIII for some reason:

1. D800 lock me up few times and I have to take out the battery and insert it to make it work again, this really annoying.

2. The grip (not the battery grip) made 1 of my finger so painful after 10 hours of work, this is never happened with my D700.

3. The outer left AF point back focus severely.

4. Can't lock focus in low light so I missed few important shots.

I only have the Nikon 24-70mm for now, so I am not heavily invested in Nikon glass. Do you guys think 5D III will not give me those problems? I will buy the 5DIII with 24-105mm f/4 kit lens. Does 5D III will give me better high ISO performance? Can you please help me to decide. Thanks in advance.

Sounds like a lemon. I would send it in for service.

I have both. They nikon focus better in low light, and the nikon lens will be better there than the canon f4, obviously. The canon has a better grip, but that can be added to your nikon.

Getting your nikon fixed will be cheaper than replacing your gear, particularly if your canon comes with a defect too. Keep what you have. The canon is great but so is the nikon once you get past the qc garbage.

I saw some people sent it in and came back even worse, that's why I am not gonna take a chance to send it back and forth,

How long ago did you see whatever you saw? It took many months before Nikon was able to repair faulty D800s with left side AF sensor problems. Once the cause of the problem was diagnosed, Nikon had to ship specialized tools to its repair centers, because calibration of the AF sensors (storing appropriate AF sensor data in individual cameras) was normally (or always) done when the cameras were manufactured, so Nikon's repair facilities couldn't fix the problem until they received the proper tools. Repairs attempted before last November, when the technicians weren't familiar with the problem or what needed to be done, probably would be the reason why cameras had to be sent back again to be fixed, but that should be long in the past. Have any of what you read been posted this year or are you basing your decisions on google searches that show what the internet never forgets, or on old DPR forum replies? If you bought your D800 this year, you were probably sold old stock, but the good news is that the D800 is still under warranty and should be easily repaired. That is, repair of the left side AF sensor misfocusing. Individual samples of any brand and model camera can be lemons and intermittently lock up. That's your D800's real problem. If Nikon can't fix it, it needs to be replaced. I've had a much greater percentage of faulty hardware with Canon's products (non-functioning stabilization) than with Nikon's (stuck lens diaphragm) but both companies fixed problem hardware without needing to try a second time.


regarding the grip I mean not the vertical grip, the canon even without it I feel more comfortable than nikon.

Reading between the lines it seems like you really want to switch to Canon even if you'll do so at a loss. If I were in your position and was lusting for a 5DIII I'd first get the D800 fixed before trying to sell it, but what you do is up to you. FWIW :

Focus on Focus
Oct 22, 2012 updated (news and commentary)--First things first. Potential D800 folk want to know what the status of that camera is. At this point I'm 100% certain that NikonUSA knows how to get a body to where it should be if it does have misaligned AF sensor information. The second procedure deployment seems to have corrected the problem I saw with the first (all bodies were coming out with what was effectively a center of +10 AF Fine Tune).

Second, I've now seen enough just delivered D800's without the left sensor problem that I'll probably revise my D800 review back to Recommended later this week (applies to US serial numbers 3050000 and higher). This has taken me longer than expected for a simple reason: people are doing more tests and seeing more things, but I then have to figure out if they're performed the tests right and what it is they're seeing. A modest AF Fine Tune miss is not the same as the left sensor focus problem, and very common with all bodies. Moreover, the former is user correctable and the latter is not.

I'd rather fight than switch!

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