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It could have been the best
from San Diego, CA
Comments about Nikon D800 DSLR Digital Camera:
The high resolution sensor, familiar controls, astonishing dynamic range and image quality make me a happy D800 user. In fact, the D800/e could have been the best DSLR that Nikon had ever made... if it weren't for the build quality and QA issues that have plagued this wonderful camera. If it had been as solid as the D700, I would give the camera 5 stars. However, the left-side autofocus problems, external flashes not being triggered in commander mode, the failing 10-pin connector, the body finish (to name the most common and well-known issues) have happened to too many users. After long discussions with the US support to get my 10-pin connector fixed out of warranty, I just hope that nothing else on my D800 will break. When buying a camera in this price range, I have higher expectations on both the build quality and service. Users deserve being taken serious by Nikon, and not for granted.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Lancaster, PA, USA
I've been doing photography for 30+ years and have always shot with a Nikon. I purchased a D70 when it 1st came out and it was a nice camera but the resolution was not up to par with 35mm film cameras. When the 36 Megapixel D800 came out I knew I had to have one and I was not disappointed! This is a solid camera built like a rock and packed full of features any enthusiast or professional would love! The resolution of the D800 is just astounding - images even with Nikon's kit lenses are stunningly sharp and the color is clean and accurate. I highly recommend the D800 to anyone who wants near medium format quality in a 35mm package. I've included 2 images from the Rolex Watch Technicum building in Lititz, PA with one image showing just a crop on the door - you can actually see the Christmas Tree inside! The lens used was the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR shot at ISO 100 at F11 for 15 seconds at 24MM.
Buy one! EASILY COMPATIBLE WITH AI LENSES. Terrific image quality
from Washington, DC area, USA
First of all, I would like to give this camera a rating of 4-1/2 stars. If you own and would like to use a lot of old manual focus AI and mirror lenses, this camera will do it. I have 50+ years of photography experience but am a very recent convert from manual film cameras. I still use my first Nikon F from 1967 and was extremely concerned about how well a digital camera would work with my extensive collection of manual focus Nikkor lenses. I am retired, on fixed income, and a whole new set of lenses is NOT in the future for me. Borrowed a D800 a couple times and tried it with a number of my favorite old manual focus AI and mirror lenses and was extremely pleased to discover that they were beautifully compatible. Just returned from a trip to Italy with the D800 and 5 AI Nikkor lenses and was totally satisfied with how well they worked together. LIKES: Very pleased to find the ground glass focusing to be about as accurate as the electronic range-finder, despite my failing eyes. Electronic range-finder works well with ALL of my f5.6 or faster old lenses and especially with all of my fast AI Nikkors (55f1.2, 24f2, 28f2, 35f1.4, 105f1.8, 135f2). Live-view focusing is a terrific feature with really big, slow telephoto lenses. Love the spot-meter feature. Love the ability to quickly change the ISO. Love the built-in diopter correction for the viewfinder. Image quality is superb. My DISLIKES: I find digital camera bodies to be very NON-intuitive (compared to manual film cameras) and thus slower and more difficult to use. Perhaps I should buy a Df. Part of what I mean by this is a digital camera requires the use of your eyes to make most or all settings. A manual camera like an F3 allows you to set the camera "blind" by using just feel. That is easier and quicker IMO when you learn the controls. I find the matrix-metering (when used with the one AF lens I own), to be less reliable than knowing how to make a proper exposure. I use the spot-meter feature, manual mode, my decades of experience, and nail every exposure every time, no question. Works great. Need more "Non-CPU lens" data entry spaces. Space for just 9 lenses is not nearly enough. It cannot even cover all the various Nikkor maximum lens apertures, let alone focal lengths. No aperture direct read-out of an AI lens like an F2 or F3 body. Mirror-up operation requires a special remote release. Will have to order one. Self-timer is not self-cancelling after one shot, requires visual setting instead of tactile. No mirror-up operation for my 7.5mm fisheye-Nikkor. No use for a built-in flash on a camera of this sophistication. Too many bells and whistles clutter up the camera controls.
Light unit with almost everything.
from Phoenix, MD 21131, USA
As a nature photographer with my ability to reach the great satisfaction, D800 is the camera I enjoy most .I still love to use D2x and D3 as backup. I carry D800 and D3 in my bag,almost all the time. With my nature work using D3 and D2x, D800 is great addition to my work.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Just posting a nice Pic
from Wisciconsin, USA
Daddy long legs (pholcidae) with D800 and 105mm F2.8.
(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I have been shooting with this camera for a little over a year and am very happy with its characteristics. Excellent low light shooting and incredible detail. I have used it all over the world shooting wildlife as well as landscapes and people. I have added it to my D3x when traveling and especially like it on days that I don't want to carry around the weight of the D3x. Both of these cameras perform especially well when paired with high end Nikon lenses. The picture of the owl shown was shot at 8:00 in the evening with the D800, a 200-400 f4.0 lens, at 1600 ISO. Amazing color and clarity. Well worth the money.
from Missouri, USA
I went from a D3200 to the D800 and found it easy to learn. I use it with a Nikon 500mm F/4 super telephoto lens and love it. It recently developed a focusing issue and is currently in the shop at Nikon, forcing me to use my D7100. There is night and day difference in the two cameras, even though the D7100 is an excellent camera. My wish and advice for Nikon is to improve this camera by removing the ability to do video and concentrate all the electronics and image processing for still photos and maybe to increase the ability to shoot and focus a bit faster. I have never done a video with the camera and have no intention of doing one. I love outdoor photography and the resolution of this sensor is outstanding. The new D810 just looks like a D800 E to me with a different number. Make a camera for just still photography for us die hard camera buffs!
from Minnesota, USA
I have decided to leave Nikon. Quality problems and Nikon's refusal to take video seriously. The D800 is an OK camera. There is really nothing special about it. I honestly think the Canon 6D is a better camera than this and its cheaper.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
just I loved......
from Waterbury, CT, USA
Awesome detail,perfect pic quality. Good features .
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Amazing performer, sloppy QA
from Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
A little background, I came here from a d5000 then a d7000 and now a d800, have been doing photography as a passion and as a profession for around 6 years. What to use it for: products, weddings, landscape, fashion, All around shooter for people who "KNOW" how to handle the beast. Or the learning curve will be steep and you might get disappointed quickly. What NOT to use it for: Pro Sports shooting or very fast paced action! (only for the modest burst rate) Let me break down the points; IQ: Superb. Enough said! The Image quality of this camera is quite amazing, it is extremely sharp, if you know how to use the tool and have good glass (not amazing, but good enough). Extremely useful (36 MP!!!!) for cropping or recomposing after fact and printing HUGE. ISO: Not very impressive, but in relation to the MP count and signal to noise ratios, it is well kept under control, The 6d and 5d 3 are way better even around ISO 800, but you sacrifice a lot in return. AF: auto focus system is quite amazing especially when in DX mode, as it covers mostly the entire frame! I haven't used it in complex situations much, but it sometimes lags in dim light, and that is to be expected to some extent. It also depends on the lens used for focusing speed. Battery performance: Not amazing, but adequate to my needs. Something you won't find out the easy way, the battery drains REALLY quick when plugged into the USB Port. This is apparently because the Camera stays ON the whole time it is connected, you could almost see the percentage falling . Nikon could easily work out a firmware update to fix such an issue I believe. Ruggedness: Very well built and sealed in a good manner, but nothing is perfect of course, on a fashion desert shoot the camera took quite a beating but the sensor also gained a few spots as well! Viewfinder/eye piece: bright, well placed, but not 100% comfortable to use, could be pumped out a little to help getting a more comfortable nose posture. What I like/ love: MP for large (I mean LARGE) prints, Dynamic Range, fine tuning control, Quality at low ISO. What could be better (personal preference): Controls layout (especially ISO button and Focus control), ergonomics, and ISO, Skin tones and colour reproduction is a little off for my taste, I prefer Canon's warmer skin tones, but Nikon's richer Dynamic range. What I dislike/ hate: Sensor was defective on my first unite (a complete vertical line of dead pixels), QA at Nikon is REALLY getting sloppy, if I face another issue like this with a Nikon product, I'm switching brands. Reliability is a MUST have when buying tools for business. I returned the unit and reseller will exchange it after inspection and after wasting a week of my time. How could this unite get out of the factory is beyond me! A unite aimed at hard enthusiasts to say the least should be inspected further in my humble opinion. Rating: 5 Stars for the very good balance between sensor size, Pixel count and Image Quality at this price range. The tool should not be punished for human mistakes at QA, should it?! ******Check your Camera and test it in in the Shop before you buy it.****** **A request for Nikon, PLEASE give us a firmware/ tool to do remapping of the sensor's dead pixels. So we don't have to SEND it to in or back to the store just to fix a couple of dead spots!**
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