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Why did I receive 2 returned/restock D800E from Amazon.com in 3 months?
, November 6, 2012
This review is from: Nikon D800E 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
I ordered the first D800E on 6/1/2012; after waiting for 2 and 1/2 months, I received the camera at mid of September. I was so excited, but, as soon as I opened the shipping package, I knew the camera was used/returned: the outer box was worn, the camera LCD protector has scratches, and there were several big pieces of dust on the mirror and in the camera. The serial number of the camera is 30049XX.
After returned the first one, I waited another month until Amazon out of stock of D800E and then in stock again. I thought OK now Amazon.com should have a brand new batch of D800E, so I ordered the second one at mid of October and received it a week later. To my surprise, the second one's serial number was even smaller than the first one -- it is 30037XX. That made me very nervous and quickly ran some AF tests with my nikon lenses (60mm f2.8G, 24mm f1.4G, and 85mm f1.4G). As expected, the result was bad: very serious back-focus with all these lenses. That probably was the reason why it was returned by previous owners.
It is clear that two D800E I received are returned/restock, or even refurbished, items sold as brand new. The shutter number of both cameras were reset to zero either by Amazon.com or by Nikon, so they knew.
I write this review just want to warn other D800/E buyers: there are many defective D800/E from the earlier production are still in the market today, so carefully check and test what you have received.
The one star is to Nikon for producing so many defective D800/E without recalling them, and to Amazon.com for sending out returned/used/restock, even refurbished, items without inform its customer about the true condition of the items.
Update (November 10, 2012): ordered the third D800E from another online store this week. Called the store for the serial number of the camera before it was shipped to me. The number is 3009XXX, much bigger than those from Amazon.com -- a good sign. After received it couple days ago, I have been doing some extensive tests on the camera with all of my FX lenses. The result: finally, I think I got a brand new, trouble-free D800E. The AF is good with all my lenses, even 14-24mm f2.8G and 24mm f1.4G. No dead or stuck pixels even at iso 1000 with no NR. Image sensor is clean, no dust or oil.
Based on my tests, I would say D800E is a fantastic camera -- it is so sharp, the produced images has so much detail when used it with the best nikkor/zeiss lenses. It is a unique DSLR: one and only Nikon DSLR that doesn't have anti-aliasing filter, so its image quality could challenge those from $20,000 medium format. Nikon's engineer department has done a great job developed this wonder FX high-resolution imaging system, but its quality control, management, public relation and customer service have messed up a big time. That is why it was so painful to just purchase a good quality D800/E. The camera itself deserves 4-5 stars.
Good luck with your searching for a good D800E! You will like the camera. Enjoy shooting!
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