Is the D800 worth it at this price in 2020?

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Michael Firstlight Veteran Member • Posts: 4,082
Re: Is the D800 worth it at this price in 2020?

T O Shooter wrote:

Michael Firstlight wrote:

"The D800 is like a prototype"
That is absolute bunk. I've been using my D800 professionally for years and it's now my backup camera for my D850. For the price/performance the D800 is a downright steal.
There was a small percentage in the early batches that had an issue with one focus point (the far left one), but the vast majority were unaffected and it was easy to test to see if one's sample had that issue. Frankly I preferred the AA filter on the D800 over the 800E and later for many reasons, which is one of the reasons why I kept my D800. Yes, the D810 is an improvement, and I'd buy a D810 over a D800, but the differences really are marginal compared to a D850 which is a major leap over either the D800/E/810.


There are good ones (likely most of them) or else there would have been a class action lawsuit and likely the Chinese government cracking down on Nikon a la D600.

But the problems were far beyond one AF point for many. Bad info from you.

Once again, you are spreading disinformation. The D800 was wildly and broadly successful with no more issues than any other model - none broad or significant other than the left focus point issue on a limited number of early builds.  Sounds like YOU got a bad sample that tainted your badly skewed opinion. Many issues - like al other models, were rectified by firmware updates. I know from prior posts that you've based the D800 - and you've been only one of the few lone voices doing that. But let's take your and my vastly opposing opinions out of it - all the original poster has to do is search on D800 issues here on DPR to learn the facts.


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