D800 auto focus over a year on

Started Jan 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
Shotcents Veteran Member • Posts: 4,472
Re: D800 auto focus over a year on

primeshooter wrote:

Af performance just not as good as the d700 was...and it has nothing to do with a 36mp sensor vs a 12mp one. I can downsize shots that have clearly missed to 12mp and still see the glaring focus issues. The really important thing i notice is often but not all the time, when it misses...its by a mile!. I've already exchanged my D800 with Nikon but the new one was the same. What is frustrating is that different light still affects focus post firmware update. Even more annoying when you shoot in great light and have the af point bang on an eye with good contrast and it constantly misses or finds the cheek even if you fine tune your lens.Don't get me wrong...its not always awful and sometimes i go through runs of everything is bang on...but it is clear that something just isn't right with the D800 af system...it.seems to really get in my way alot of the time...i think folk that don't notice these issues are f/5.6 shooters and the problem is masked by dof. Camera with beautiful colour...great iq but the af drives me nuts on a daily basis. posted via phone...excuse the errors and layout.

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My D800 STILL has the left AF issue and I gave up on trying to get it resolved. My friends, all with varying degrees of AF issues on the D800 had fairly poor luck with Nikon service.

Like many reported, my D800 would often back focus on any fast lens, especially when trying to focus on eyes. It was maddening. I did not trust the camera at all compared to my D700.

Then the firmware update came along and it pretty much solved the whole problem. I'm not someone who uses the outer AF point, so that was really no big deal and I'm now thrilled that my D800 can focus reliably with fast lenses. Is it as good as the D700? I'm not sure, but it's pretty good.

I believe that the QC on the D800 was a disaster. In some respects I'll be glad to upgrade it because I still have a bit of bad taste in my mouth over the trouble it caused. To this day there is no lens that does not require AF fine tune. I take some comfort in that every D800 owned by friends is pretty much the same.

But I do think Nikon has come around. My Df requires no adjustments of any kind...a first for me. What can I say? I'm looking forward to the D900 or D800s.

As to the OP, I believe 100% in his issues. Some of us were luckier I guess, but that's no help to him.

And before a certain person chimes in about proper targets, my left AF point will not focus EVER on ANY target correctly. And a lot of people have tried. I can actually AF tune for it to be perfect, but then the center point is NG.


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