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Initial post: Jun 4, 2012 1:42:48 AM PDT
richie says:
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Posted on Jun 4, 2012 6:37:47 AM PDT
Tom Martin says:
Troll, too much money, or? You decide!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 7:12:28 AM PDT
Sean U says:
Really... I saw this same exact post on DPReview and actually wasted my time replying to it. Your first post in 2 forums bashing what is probably the best DSLR available. How much do you get paid to troll?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 9:05:11 AM PDT
The only statement I will respond to is

The monitor screen on the back of the camera seems to be lacking in contrast. My D700 screen is always contrasty and give you confidence that you have got the shot.

And that is only because others encountering this topic should know:


Instead, one should use the HISTOGRAM DISPLAY FUNCTION to ensure the image exposure fits without having over-exposed or under-exposed peaks at the ends of the histogram.

Well, a second comment: historical rule-of-thumb for SLRs has always been that the shutter speed should be 1/(effective focal length) to hand-hold a lens. On an APS-C Nikon, a 200mm lens would require a shutter speed of 1/300s to hand-hold. This applies to ALL cameras, regardless of make/model.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 11:25:50 AM PDT
richie says:
'Too much money' ?? I'm a professional photographer, what is it your business what photo equipment I purchase for my career and my business?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 11:30:36 AM PDT
richie says:
Sean, I did post these questions on two forums because I have another shoot coming up and would like some suggestions or advice quick. It seems you think my motivation is to waste people's time???

When did I force you against your will to log onto the internet and try and answer my questions in any way?? I'm pinching myself because I cannot believe your response. Are you this nasty to everyone you know?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 1:20:38 PM PDT
® says:
why ask here?

more D800 users here:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 11:44:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2012 11:48:38 AM PDT
Sean U says:
I'm a pretty nice guy actually... i'll post my reply to your thread i gave on dpreview assuming you actually want information :

I notice the green lcd only when shooting under florescent lights. These bulbs have been quickly replacing incandescent bulbs and are not full spectrum. This has been mentioned many times in this (dpreview) forum, and other places. If you are shooting something on location a custom white balance would be a good idea with any camera.

Focus :
When looking at 100% pixel view of high res images, getting the focus right and faster shutter speed (tripod etc) is much more critical. Again, this has been discussed to no end everywhere. Do you print your photos at the same size and notice a difference in sharpness?

Shutter sound :
The D800 body does seem to be less "dense" to me... maybe that has something to do with it.

D700 noise vs D800 noise (from dpreview question)
Pixel for pixel the D700 may have better noise performance... but everyone seems to agree that at similar print/viewing sizes the D800 at least matches the D700.

Raw File Size :
File compression is based on the information. Nikon can't predict how much an image will compress, so they take the worst case scenario and show that too you. As the memory card fills, you will notice the number of images is exceeding the original prediction.

Raw "small" images :
Raw is just that... all of the info from the sensor. If you want less than a pure digital negative for smaller file sizes, shoot jpeg. Canon will give you a small raw file, but that it is not *all* of the data from the sensor. The D800 does offer raw crop files, again you loose information and can always crop later. If you are buying a $3000 camera, you shouldn't worry about buying a hard drive when 3 terabyte drives cost under $200 .

What else is wrong with the camera?

I'll defer this to someone that has problems with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 10:26:30 PM PDT
EdM says:
There is already a firmware update. Have you applied it? Not long ago, I applied yet one more firmware update for my D700 - stuff happens. All electronic products have some initial issues, hence the term "early adopter syndrome".

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 12:51:29 PM PDT
Nick Lloyd says:
You mention being a professional photographer, I find that a little hard to believe. Most professionals do a lot of research before purchasing cameras, all of the issues you've mentioned are talked about to no end on forums. It's your particular question of RAW size that makes me the most skeptical. Professional photographers for the most part understand that lossless compression is based on similar areas of constant color, and thus their size isn't predictable to the camera. Oh, and what professional isn't keenly aware of the way larger resolution affects focus and camera shake? Regardless of your state of professionalism, I guess some of us on the forum are just a bit skeptical that you might be a troll because many of these types of questions are asked by trolls. I hope I'm not offending you if this criticism is undeserved, many of us long time Nikon shooters are a bit defensive because of the fierce rivalry with you-know-who. Sean U seems like he answered your actual questions sufficiently.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 1:06:12 PM PDT
Tom Martin says:
I shoot you-know-who, but, this post seemed fishy to me too.

A pro shooter who doesn't understand the 1/focal length rule of thumb for shutter speed when handholding a camera?

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 12:14:28 AM PDT
I can't believe a professional photographer asking these questions.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 7:10:14 AM PDT
Jon says:
The word "professional" simply means that it is the persons profession (how they make their money), however the word "professional" is often miss understood to mean the person is good at what they do. Some of the best and most technically performed images seen today are taken by people who are not "professionals" but rather by people who have the natural ability to understand and see a potentially winning image.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 9:13:13 PM PDT
Well, this sounds like a tailgate party at a Giants-Cowboys game. But, it is now Sept 25, 2012, and can anyone tell me if the D800 cameras being shipped now have these focus, green screen, etc., problems I've been reading about, or any late-blooming issues I haven't heard of? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 5:45:25 PM PDT
x says:
Nikon is aware of the left focus issues. Sadly, they have made no press release and probably will not (knowing the Japanese). They are (according to working a fix through their service centers. The results, as best as you can garner from a forum, are mixed. To directly answer your question, the cameras are still being shipped with issues, at least on left focus.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 11:27:15 AM PDT
EdM says:
According to Nikon guru Thom Hogan, the left focus thing has been fixed:

"Focus on Focus
"Oct 22, 2012 (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...

"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 3055000 and higher)..."

In fact, he has changed his recommendation to Recommended, if you go to his website and read the D800 review there.
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