Nikon D800E Focus Problems
My Nikon D800E has some serious focusing flaws
After having used my Nikon D800E for the better part of a year and persevering with a camera that failed to be able to deliver well focused images 50% of the time I decided to do some tests.
My 4 most used lenses are the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 and a Nikon 85mm 1.8 prime.
I stopped using my 14-24mm 2.8 a while ago because no amount of AF fine tuning would coax this lens to give an acceptable amount of sharpnesss at any focal length with my D800/E.
As I don’t don’t make a lot of images at very wide angles it kinda got put away and forgotten about.
I got up early this Sunny Sunday morning with no plans in mind for the day, so I decided to gather my lenses together and try and get all things camera and lens wise into some kind of working order. First I set up a test shoot with Reiken Focal a piece of software allegedly to simplify and streamline AF fine tuning.
After a good hour trying to get it to give me an AF tuning setting for my 24-70mm 2.8 lens I gave up.
Next I tried it with my 14-24mm lens same thing no go,no results no use.
I then tried multiple shots of a car number plate at varying AF settings and found the sharpest setting for the 24-70mm was -13. Ok at 2.8 at 24mm this gave me a sharp image. Next I tried the using the lens at different focal lengths.
I found that the more I extended the focal length the further back the point of focus moved. So focusing on a number plate at 70mm moved the actual point of focus a couple of yards back from where the actual focusing brackets were aimed. This was the case for all the lenses I fine tuned and tested except the 85mm of course which as a fixed prime has no other focal length settings.
I did find that everything I tried focusing on with Live View was in focus and perfectly acceptable at all focal lengths.
After trawling the internet and searching for related posts I did find other people who have commented on the same thing happening to them so this is not a unique problem. The interesting thing is that all the focus points (far left far right etc)
produce the same sharpness as each other so the left focusing point problem which seems to be a to be a hot topic among D800/E owners is not in the equation here at all.
So now I am pretty sure I have a lemon of a camera and I am also convinced I am not the only one. I have been lucky in the past, having used Nikon equipment since the F4 film camera and only ever having needed Nikon service once in all that time (which was for a D100 LCD).
So now I have to convince Nikon to look at the camera and not tell me it is within specs or just use all my expensive lenses at F8 to give some degree of sharpness to make useable images with a bigger percentage of keepers.
My personal thoughts about this camera is that it was not ready for release and more research and development was needed before unleashing it on an unsuspecting public.
Anyone else have any thoughts on this problem ? are you having any issues with your cameras? I would like to hear your thoughts on the problems, or if your camera is perfect, maybe we could start a poll ?
As a matter of interest the firmware has been updated and the reports by some users claiming this improved their cameras AF certainly does not apply to my camera.
Sanho Updates iUSBport App
Sanho have updated the application for iUSBport camera control to version 1.54. The app now has a redesigned interface and for the short time I could see the App interface, they have also added a histogram.
Unfortunately for me the App crashes whenever I take an image.
This part went without a hitch.
I then proceeded to test the unit with the IOS App, the live view screen showed up perfectly and touching the screen focused the camera on the part selected, also now a focus rectangle shows exactly where the focus point is (Something that was missing in the previous version)
Taking an image seemed to work initially, with a .Nef image showing up on the film strip.
On trying to load the image for viewing to access sharpness etc, the App crashed.
I then changed the camera settings to take a raw image on the SD card and a basic small jpeg on the secondary CF slot.
On taking a photo the filmstrip showed an image with a raw.jpeg extension which on trying to load said image into the viewer the App again crashed
After restarting everything again I gave it another try and again the App crashed, so as far as I am concerned the IOS app is still unstable and unusable with my Nikon D800E.
The web App on the other hand seems to be a lot more stable and useable, with everything working as advertised. Using the settings for a small basic jpeg on the CF card, only a jpeg loads on the film strip, which can then be loaded to view in the viewer without problems..
I applaud Sanho for taking over the support of the so far ill fated CameraMator, but it seems that more testing is required before releasing applications that simply do not work correctly.
Maybe the problems are camera specific so anybody reading this who has had success with their cameras and the iUSB camera control app leave a comment, maybe it can be narrowed down to just certain cameras showing problems.
I am sure that eventually they (Sanho) will get it right as they certainly seem to be standing behind the product, but so far for me and my camera the IOS App is still unuseable.
After contacting Hyper Support, I received a very quick reply explaining the reasons for the crashes.
New Nikon Firmware Updates
Nikon have released firmware updates the link below is for European downloads.
The Firmware Can be downloaded here
Full list of modifications in the new D600 C:1.01 firmware:
- Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
- Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
- Frame output size has been changed from 95% to 100% when movie live view display is changed to “Information off” and an HDMI-compatible device is connected.
- An issue that caused the right edges of images to be somewhat white when captured at an Image area setting of DX (24×16) 1.5x with Active D-Lighting set to Off has been resolved.
- When the camera’s shutter-release button was pressed repeatedly for uninterrupted shooting with the “Record to:” option in Camera Control Pro 2’s Storage tab set to “PC+CARD”, the camera would stop responding with displaying “Err” in its control panel. This issue has been resolved.
- In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.
The new Nikon D800 A:1.01 / B:1.02 firmware update contains:
- Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
- Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
- Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera’s monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
- With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on. This issue has been resolved.
- In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time. This issue has been resolved.
- With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line. This issue has been resolved.
- In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications. This issue has been resolved.
- In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved
The Nikon D4 and D3X also get firmware updates the Nikon D3X update is for the newly released Nikon 800mm Lens.
The Nikon firmware updates for the D800 are causing rumblings on some discussion boards about improved AF performance, part from the continuous AF mode mentioned I doubt anything has changed. My D800E fortunately focuses as good as it always did. I doubt a firmware upgrade could even improve focusing issues. Ever hear of the Placebo Effect?
One good thing is the improved Live View in manual mode for studio shooters or indeed when shooting in dark places.
Still the trap focus does not work as it did on previous models but Nikon claim this is intentional.
I personally see no difference in the display of the Adobe RGB image on the LCD, but I never had the green tint that people were discussing.
Having found myself wanting a vertical grip for the Nikon D800 and not wanting to pay the ridiculous price for the Nikon branded grip,
I found the DTSE grip on Ebay from a seller in China
The grip comes complete with a non branded EN-EL18A battery and the battery door to fit the grip.
Two battery trays are supplied with the grip, one for the EN-EL 15 and one AAA battery tray.
Reportedly the trays and batteries are interchangeable with the original Nikon grip.
Along with a mains charger the EN-EL18A battery insert comes a car charger also which is a welcome accessory indeed.
The original Nikon battery has a capacity of 2000 mAh (10.8V), but the DTSE clone battery has a 3900 mAh (11.1V) capacity.
When I tested the battery and grip the video function of the camera does not work, but live view shooting does.
I have seen reports of
neither operation working with this grip when the clone battery is inserted.
DTSE D800 MB-D12 Grip
Thankfully all operations function fine when using both the EN-EL15 battery in the grip or the AAA tray.
This leads me to assume that the clone battery is perhaps over or under powering the live view section of the camera.
All in all though I find the DTSE Vertical grip to be a good substitute for the Nikon MB-D12 grip.
I would recommend this grip as a fine alternative.
The build quality is good and it appears to be well made, the grip matches the body mottling of the D800
It also has the metal strip inside for tripod mounting. the controls all function a they should do and feel positive in use.
The locating pin is made of metal the same as the original.
The only thing that does not seem as good as it could be is the tightening wheel this is because it
remains slightly loose to the touch when the grip is fully tightened onto the D800 body.
I have found that when an EL15 A is inserted in the camera while using the grip, the live view and movie mode functions
both work as expected, when powered from the grip with the clone EN-EL18.
The battery life of the supplied clone EL-EN 18 is proving to be excellent.
Ok I have had my Nikon D800 E for a short while, probably a month and basically it is not in my opinion a camera for everyone,
and certainly not a Pro build body.
The battery life so far has been quite poor having been used to my Nikon D3 series bodies.
The feel and balance of the camera is unwieldy in my opinion and the multi selector is raised
too high and just plain gets in the way.
Trying to shoot in portrait mode the multi selector rests against your forehead and the focus points
dance around the viewfinder until you realise whats causing it and lock the thing. Trying to hold it so that the shutter release is on the right hand
side is just not comfortable and un balances my grip on the camera altogether, maybe a left handed shooter could use it that way.
Get A Grip
The alternative of course is to buy the Nikon battery grip, which gives the camera a vertical shutter and other controls also.
The cost of said item being a ridiculous £358.99p and an extra battery of which, at least one is a must, costs another £60.00.
This of course adds over £400.00 to the cost of owning this camera.
Third party grips are becoming available though on Ebay for £48-£69.00 so there are alternatives.
using a third party grip could cause problems but a lot of people report on the various forums (fora) that these grips are well made
and do the job well.
Focus on the Bad
I have seen many reports that the D800/E has had some serious focusing problems seems that a lot of early
adopters of this camera have experienced an asymmetrical focusing problem.
It seems that on a lot of cameras the extreme left and right focusing points are way of the mark and yet the centre focus point is
I thankfully have not had this problem on mine.
This does not make the problem any less problematic for the people who have paid a lot of money for a camera that does not
perform as it should. It seems that Nikon are saying nothing about this but a lot of cameras are being reported
as coming back from repair centres as not repaired.
On the subject of focusing, it also has been noticed that trap focus does not work as it should (used to do), on the D800.
When the custom setting A2 is set to focus only and AFS is selected the camera will fire without acquiring focus if the AF on button is selected for focusing the camera and not the
half press of the shutter release button.
Nikon Uk told me that this is the way it has been designed and maybe or maybe not it will be “fixed ” in the next firmware release.
But don’t hold your breath..
Why on earth did you buy this camera? I hear you ask, well because of the awesome sensor, a whopping 36Mega Pixels of image goodness.
I have to say though to all those who have said this a D3X killer, I don’t agree, sure it has 12 Mp more and the files are really clean, but a D3X killer it isn’t.
The body of the D3X is far superior in many ways and the camera, even as old technology is still an awesome camera.
The two card slots on the D800/E could have been the same instead of one CF card and one SDXC card slot.
To me it is inconvenient to have two different
cards for one camera.
The cost of the Nikon D800/E is £2,599.00 or £2,899.00 for the E version.
For Nikon, removing the anti-aliasing filter in the D800 to create the D800e wasn’t quite as simple as it sounds. The filter in the D800 is actually two layers, surrounding the infrared filter. The first layer blurs the image horizontally, and the second one blurs it vertically.
To create the D800e Nikon has apparently swapped out the second filter with one which re-converges the image that the first layer blurs. Apparently to give sharper images at the consequence of the more likely hood of producing moire (false colour) in
Most or all medium format Digital cameras do not have said filter.
I personally have not yet had to remove Moire from any of my images.
The Nikon D800 E comes with Capture NX2 with a Moire removal tool which will account for some of the extra cost.
I will be updating my thoughts on the camera as I get to use it more. For now it is my second go to camera.
|Type||Single-lens reflex digital camera|
|Lens mount||Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)|
|Effective pixels||36.3 million|
|Image sensor||35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)|
|Total pixels||36.8 million|
|Dust-reduction System||Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)|
|Image size (pixels)||FX (36 x 24) image area: 7,360 x 4,912 (L), 5,520 x 3,680 (M), 3,680 x 2,456 (S) 1.2x (30 x 20) image area: 6,144 x 4,080 (L), 4,608 x 3,056 (M), 3,072 x 2,040 (S) DX (24 x 16) image area: 4,800 x 3,200 (L), 3,600 x 2,400 (M), 2,400 x 1,600 (S) 5 : 4 (30 x 24) image area: 6,144 x 4,912 (L), 4,608 x 3,680 (M), 3,072 x 2,456 (S) FX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 6,720 x 3,776 (L), 5,040 x 2,832 (M), 3,360 x 1,888 (S) DX-format photographs in movie live view: 4,800 x 2,704 (L), 3,600 x 2,024 (M), 2,400 x 1,352 (S) Note: Photographs taken in movie live view have an aspect ratio of 16 : 9. A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24 x 16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs.|
|File format||NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats|
|Picture Control System||Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls|
|Media||SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards; Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)|
|Dual card slots||Either card can be used for primary or backup storage, or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.|
|File system||DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge|
|Viewfinder||Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder|
|Frame coverage||FX (36 x 24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x (30 x 20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX (24 x 16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical 5:4 (30 x 24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.7 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)|
|Eyepoint||17 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)|
|Diopter adjustment||-3 -+1 m-1|
|Focusing screen||Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid|
|Reflex mirror||Quick return|
|Depth-of-field preview||When depth-of-field preview button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)|
|Lens aperture||Instant return, electronically controlled|
|Compatible lenses||Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC Micro-NIKKOR lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.|
|Type||Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter|
|Speed||1/8000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, X250|
|Flash sync speed||X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)|
|Release mode||Single frame, Continuous low speed, Continuous high speed, Quiet shutter-release, Self-timer, Mirror up|
|Approximate frame advance rate||With EN-EL15 batteries – Image area: FX/5 : 4; CL: 1-4 fps, CH: 4 fps – Image area: DX/1.2x; CL: 1-5 fps, CH: 5 fps Other power sources – Image area: FX/5 : 4; CL: 1-4 fps, CH: 4 fps – Image area: 1.2x; CL: 1-5 fps, CH: 5 fps – Image area: DX; CL: 1-5 fps, CH: 6 fps|
|Self-timer||2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s|
|Metering||TTL exposure metering using 91K (91,000)-pixel RGB sensor|
|Metering method||Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data. Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame). Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)|
|Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)||Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV Spot metering: 2-20 EV|
|Exposure meter coupling||Combined CPU and AI|
|Exposure mode||Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)|
|Exposure compensation||-5 -+5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV|
|Exposure bracketing||2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV|
|Flash bracketing||2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV|
|White balance bracketing||2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3|
|ADL bracketing||2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3-5 frames using preset values for all frames|
|Exposure lock||Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button|
|ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)||ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available|
|Active D-Lighting||Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off|
|Autofocus||Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft 8 in.-9 ft 10 in.)|
|Detection range||-2 -+19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)|
|Lens servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used|
|Focus point||Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points|
|AF-area mode||Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 51- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF|
|Focus lock||Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button|
|Built-in flash||Manual pop-up with button release and a Guide Number of 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)|
|Flash control||TTL: i-TTL flash control using 86K (86,400)-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering|
|Flash mode||Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported|
|Flash compensation||-3 -+1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV|
|Flash-ready indicator||Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output|
|Accessory shoe||ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock|
|Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)||Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units|
|Sync terminal||ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread|
|White balance||Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2500 K-10000 K), all with fine-tuning.|
|Modes||Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)|
|Lens servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)|
|AF-area mode||Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF|
|Autofocus||Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)|
|Metering||TTL exposure metering using main image sensor|
|Frame size (pixels) and frame rate||1,920 x 1,080; 30 p (progressive), 25 p, 24 p 1,280 x 720; 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p Actual frame rates for 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality|
|Video compression||H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding|
|Audio recording format||Linear PCM|
|Audio recording device||Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable|
|Movie options||Index marking, time-lapse photography|
|Monitor||8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness sensor|
|Playback||Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, highlights, histogram display, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)|
|USB||SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector)|
|HDMI output||Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; can be used simultaneously with camera monitor|
|Audio input||Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)|
|Audio output||Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)|
|Ten-pin remote terminal||Can be used to connect optional remote control, GP-1 GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)|
|Supported languages||Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian|
|Battery||One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15 battery|
|Battery pack||Optional MB-D12 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries.|
|AC adapter||EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)|
|Tripod socket||1/4 in. (ISO 1222)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm (5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in.)|
|Weight||Approx. 1,000 g (2 lb 3.3 oz) with battery and SD memory card but without body cap; approx. 900 g/1 lb 15.7 oz (camera body only)|
|Temperature||0-40 °C (+32-104 °F)|
|Humidity||Less than 85% (no condensation)|
|Supplied accessories||EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-25 battery charger (AC wall adapter supplied only in countries or regions where required), Strap (AN-DC6 for D800, AN-DC6E for D800E), UC-E14 USB cable, USB cable clip, BF-1B body cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, BM-12 monitor cover, ViewNX 2 installer CD|
Nikon D800 Focus Problems
It seems Nikon have quite a few problems with their latest Camera release, after reports on Internet boards of asymmetrical focusing problems
and buttons falling off, it now seems that focus priority mode (Trap Focus) does not work as on the D3 series either.
The focus settings A1 And A2 have a setting that when set should not allow the camera shutter to be released on an out of focus image.
I first noticed this myself yesterday while using my Nikon D800E.
I contacted Nikon about it and also did an internet search to see if the problem was widespread or if it was just something incorrect on my camera.
it seems that it is the same on all the D800’s.
I am told by Nikon that the way this works is different from the D3 series.
When the AF on button is set on so that the focus is only controlled by that button, and not the shutter release button the camera will indeed release the shutter
on an out of focus image even though the priority setting A2 (AFS) is set to focus release only.
On my camera the setting works if the shutter release is set to control the focus
with a half shutter press.
Nikon say this is the correct behaviour for the camera.
When the AFC (A1) is set to focus release only the camera follows the subject where focus was first acquired. So if the camera is focused on a person,then the person moves back
or forward the focus will track the subject.
This works fine on my camera.
There is a discussion about this here
This youtube video demonstrates the differences between the D800 and the D3 series
[youtube width=”560″ height=”360″ video_id=”lRDEu038S4c”]
I really wasn’t going to weaken and buy a new camera, but I am a sucker for new tech. The D800E is a 36 megapixel camera with a modified Bayer filter so I thought this just had to be good.
Well for me yes and no, I am very used to the D3 series of Nikon cameras and the balance and weight of them feels right in my hands while shooting.
The D800 is a lot smaller and lighter and without the seriously overpriced battery grip it just doesn’t feel right.
I miss the portrait mode shutter button and having the controls where I need them so I will have to get a grip. (Pun Intended)
Also the multi selector on the back of the D800 seems to stick out further and when I am shooting the focus point
dances around the viewfinder as my face brushes against it. Some of the controls have been shifted and focus mode button has been changed.
But I am sure I can get used to these things in time.
The files created by the D800E are really good though so the change could well be worth it.
Fortunately I have had no problems with the focusing system as has been reported on many of the forums and no buttons have as yet fallen off.
The new autofocus system seems very snappy and also the auto white balance seems improved over the D3 series.
Something else I need to get used to is the sound from the shutter it doesn’t have the solid thunk I expected to hear after years of using
I haven’t really shot the camera in earnest yet so won’t try to go into an in depth review until I have.
but suffice to say this is going to be an interesting transition.
It seems that the stock shortage of this 36 Megapixel Monster camera
is starting to filter through.
Warehouse Express have The Nikon D800 in stock if anyone is wanting to buy one, Just a quick heads up!!
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ISO 100–6400: extendable up to 25,600 (equivalent) and down to 50 (equivalent).
4 fps consecutive shooting in FX/5:4 crop mode. 5 fps in 1.2x/DX crop modes.
The new multi-area mode Full HD D-Movie records FX- and DX-format Full HD (1080p) movies in 30p, 25p and 24p.
Anybody who found this page probably knows already the hype and all the relevant specifications that make up the Nikon D800 and also the more expensive D800E.
By now you would think the launch of this 36Mp camera and all of the associated discussions would be over and people who wanted to buy this camera would have one in hand, not so it seems.
The cameras release sparked quite a debate amongst the photographic forums, firstly came the price hike then came the discussions about AF problems and last but not least the availability of said camera.
I have been looking at this camera as an addition to my small camera collection so have read with interest the many reviews and conversations about the Nikon D800 and the Nikon D800E.
My decision was that I shall wait awhile yet before spending the £2,599.00 required to own this 36Mp camera, although I can say that I found it quite easy to find both the D800 and the E variant of the shelf had I decided to buy one.
I wonder how many people outside the circle of must have the newest camera released brigade actually bought one and found it to be the best camera they have up to date purchased and used in earnest, rather than photographing the family cat or dog and posting them on the web
at small resolutions for respondents to say how fantastic a mundane and poorly rendered image was, so I have put up this page for people to comment on their experiance thus far with this camera, hope to hear from users out there who have had good or bad results from the camera. Do you perhaps regret the hasty purchase?
maybe you have had focusing issues with the camera? or love it and use it extensively? all the information will maybe help others decide on whether to lay down their hard earned on this camera, or maybe give people a good reason to wait and see whether it is the camera for them..