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on April 18, 2015
I was sold a broken camera. Unfortunately for me, it took me 9 months to figure out that the camera had a problem. very unhappy with this purchase.
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on August 5, 2012
I was a DX camera user who thought be would be happy with the D7000. A great camera that really got me into wildlife photography due to the D7000's high resolution and great focusing capabilities. I always told myself that I would get into FX when a 24mp sensor became affordable (meaning no more than $3000).

So, when Nikon announced the D800 I immediately took the plunge. As I waited for months for the D800 to ship I read everything I could, including reviews, user manuals, field tests etc. When I finally got the camera I and used it for a week, I was a little let down. Files loaded slower, I found my 14-24 had serious corner softness issues, my software programs kept crashing, and it was soon obvious that there were not many methods available to actually see the benefits of all that extra resolution. This camera was ahead of its time.

Now that I have used the D800 for a few months, I am getting a better handle on my technique and it is showing in the photographs I take. The high ISO capability, the 36mp, the incredible focus system, instant response, and advanced features mean only one thing. The weak link is now me. Changing your sloppy photo habits takes time! But it does happen. Its not so much that my photos now look better to me, but when I look back at my old stuff I almost feel sick. Why did I not pay attention to my aperture setting or where I focused? Why did I not buy better lenses back then? (I am now!)

This camera challenged me to be better. The many complaints I read on the web directed at this camera should be directed at the user.

I think the folks who have had the toughest time are those who were already in the FX world, owning such cameras as the D700 or D3. The resolution of the D800 is 3 times those cameras. Coming from the DX world. the resolution was already there, but in a sensor area 2.3 times smaller in area. A D800 set to the DX mode is about the same as a D7000. Both put high demands on lenses. The D800 puts additional stress on the corners of these lenses that the DX mode did not.

My point is this. Once you adjust to the incredible resolution this camera provides, you just cannot go back. Five years from now most FX cameras will be at this resolution, but today only the D800 has it. I have to say, its great to be there first!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
Got the Nikon D800 for my birthday. I've used Nikons for years both analog and digital. Just when I was considering switching over to Canon, they came out with the D800.

I'd been waiting with my D200 for a camera that I could keep for a long time.... and here it is. I can't imagine needing another one for a very very long time.

The small ergonomic changes are ones you get used to quickly. The additional features take longer and I'm still learning in that arena. But I have the instruction book and an extra 'how to' book to use for that.

I do a lot of musician photography and often have very low light situations. The camera kicks ass! I can get good fairly low noise images practically in the dark. It's amazing!

Recently a band asked me to come shoot some video in their studio. Well, their studio was lit by fairy lights.. only! I did the videos and omg...got great images. You will need a tripod to get decent video with this camera though. Seems much more jerky than even my iPhone video.

What do I hate about it? In video mode, the sound of the lens is just awful and the camera picks it all up...very loud and awful. I used lapel mics on me which handled the problem..but I also manually handled the focus. It's tricky and seems like this needs some help. (but maybe I've not learned enough about it yet...)

I really do love this camera... really love it. Strangely I take fewer photos and am more careful with framing etc. I think about storage now with these huge files. But then again if I have to crop, I've got plenty to work with.

I do need to get a couple of new lenses because two of mine now vignette.

Buy it. You won't regret it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
I love my D800 and it's nearly perfect except for one thing: it has the left focus issue. When using the left most focus points the camera will slightly back focus. I only gave 4/5 starts because you shouldn't have this issue with a $3000 camera. Other than that it's a great and I'm enjoying the resolution, snappy AF, and video feature.
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on July 18, 2012
I ordered this camera when Amazon first announced, waited 3 months, canceled the original order. Re-ordered 3 months later and received the camera just before Fourth of July, 2012. The decision to cancel, wait and re-order likely turned out to be a good decision. My camera batch must have gone through all fixes for the early production models, this D800 came with the latest firmware already installed, and its pictures so far are just amazing compared to all other Nikon DSLRs we have (or those DSLRs I tested from friends, camera shops, although I do not have chance to compare to Canon 5D MIII) with absolutely no detectable differences between auto-focus (a huge problem that had been reported when the D800 first came out) and live-view shots even at 400X magnification in Photoshop CameraRaw (my D800 came just in time for Photoshop CameraRaw update for this camera too; the very large D800 picture files load quickly and easily). Other than the Nikon MB-D12 Multi Battery Power Pack (clearly overpriced, but there is no other choice), my D800 works with all Nikon accessories we already have. Only three things (1) I had to upgrade my CF and SD cards to "much faster" cards, (2) this is likely not an all-around quick-point-and-shoot camera for most/all of us because I have to be very conscientious about setting much faster shutter speeds than with other Nikon DSLRs for the same shots to overcome camera shakes (unless shooting with a tripod and a remote/cable trigger), and (3) (regrettably) only the best glasses should be put on this camera, which clearly and easily out-resolves half of the Nikon lenses we currently have; even though Nikon does list the recommended lenses for the D800/D800E in their Technical Guide, I highly recommend Googling for (pro) photographers' articles on actual lens tests with this camera before purchasing.
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on March 22, 2015
Very happy. Louder than the D600 but I knew that going into the purchase. Crystal clear photos, love it for nature and portrait
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on January 9, 2015
Awesome 36 megapixel camera by Nikon. Very complicated...not for the those who want to be a point and shoot photographer
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on October 13, 2014
Work bought The camera for me and it works great . I take pictures For Gloucester County N.J. and for the N.J. Senate
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2015
This full-frame Nikon D800 manages to deliver 36 megapixels of resolution, without sacrificing image quality at high ISOs. It only shoots 4 frames per second, but that should be sufficient for event photographers, landscape shooters, and well-heeled enthusiasts.

Pros:
Excellent high ISO performance. High-resolution full-frame sensor. Fast focus and performance. Excellent viewfinder.

Cons:
Slower to focus in Live View. Must initiate autofocus manually during video recording.

A good idea to compare to this Sony to get an idea of the difference in spec and price: http://amzn.to/1yYmBhz
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on December 26, 2014
I LOVE this camera! It's difficult to use if you don't have a very clear manual to explain all the functions.
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