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D800 'not recommended'

Discussion in 'Nikon Chat' started by GeorgeIII, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. GeorgeIII

    GeorgeIII Well-Known Member

    Was thinking of going for a D800 but am taken aback by Thom Hogan's changed review of yesterday – now 'not recommended' due to the left AF sensor issue. Given the generally high regard for his views this is somewhat offputting, to put it mildly.
  2. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    If, like many users, you only use the centre AF point, there is no issue and it is still a superb camera. IF you expect to make extensive use of the left AF sensor then you might want to reconsider. Personally, I would wait until Nikon sort the problem out but then I am not looking for an upgrade.
  3. AdrianSadlier

    AdrianSadlier Well-Known Member

    Nikon NPS has a fix for this .. http://nikonrumors.com/2012/07/17/c...800d800e-left-focusing-issue.aspx/#more-42238

    I would expect Nikon to fix it shortly.
  4. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Seems a QC problem. But there is a error in the story. It is not written into ROM. That is Read Only Memory.

    That sort of chip is now not used because it requires the data to be burn in the chip factory once.

    Even PC motherboards now use flash memory for the BIOS. Before that alot used EEPROM.

    So the new data is just written to a protected area (factory only access) of the flash memory firmware of the camera.
  5. Fen

    Fen <span style="font-weight: bold; color: #AF7817;">L

    I've done quiet a few tests with my D800 and haven't found a problem.

    Perhaps it's just a batch of them?
  6. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    I think Nikon said it only affected specific serial number ranges, though not everyone believed them!

    As the D800 and D800E have been selling so well, it's highly likely one bought now from a reputable dealer will be from a recent batch. If you can find one at all!

    You could also confirm with them that you can return it if has the issue.
  7. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    As far as I'm aware Nikon haven't said anything and that's what Thom is complaining about. I had an D800 body with the fault and I sent it back. The replacement also had the fault plus another AF issue which meant that even with the centre point, around 15% of the time the camera wouldnt focus properly ( I don't mean it was a little off, I mean it was seriously crazily wrong ) so I sent that back too.

    I would have kept the first one but when I contacted Nikon they denied there was any issue and when I cited some known experts they said they "didn't read internet reports". If they had said there was an issue but they had a fix then I'd have happily sent it in and waited for them to fix it. But they didn't.

    This "fix" people keep talking about is one camera being sorted and it has spread all over the internet. Maybe Nikon do have a fix. I surely hope they do, but their denial of any issue at all just increases anxiety and suspicion. There are lots of reports of people sending them back numerous times and only having the issue partially resolved. I don't know how accurate these reports are but Nikon really needs to stand up and be honest here.

    Anyway, due to their current state of denial I've decided to keep my money in my pocket for the time being until I feel confident that the AF system works.

    As to recent batches, the last body I had was from last week so there you go !!

    Shame because when I used Live View to focus or when I used the centre or right sided AF points in the first body I had, the results were absolutely wonderful. I'm sure it will get sorted in due course, and when it does I will bite their hand off for this camera

  8. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    There are a few internet sages, we know who they are, who present their opinions as being cast iron fact. It is just a matter of whether you hang onto their every word, or use your own judgement on these matters.
  9. GeorgeIII

    GeorgeIII Well-Known Member

    In light of the expense involved I've decided to follow suit.
  10. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    We do know who they are, and Thom Hogan is not one of them

  11. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Yowza ..... don't tell that to people in or going to
    Vancouver that :eek:
    See my post from today.;)



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