Hi, I have been pondering between the D600 and D800 purchase, the weight currently being on the D800.
However, I have read some really nasty things about AF problems especially with the fastest lenses. As usually, I try to take these things with a grain of salt, but this issue makes me really worried:
1) phase detect is hit and miss with fast glass (somehow this has been avoided on the C side of the fence)
2) now I read some folks having issues with contrast detect AF as well
So, what´s your experience ? (please mention lens and aperture used and subject distance)
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I don't shoot video or use live view
I tend to have it set to AUTO S most of time ( It also seems to do a better job in AUTO C, than me using S C)
I use the 16-35 f4; the 24 -120 f4; the 70- 200 f 2.8 and 105 macro f2.8
it is much much better than the D700 and if a different class to my old D90
I did shoot a dance in virtual darkness with a hired 24 f1.4 and it did struggle, but it was very very dark with disco lights shining into the lens
It is a fabulous camera . there is no need to bracket, the exposure is always spot on, regardless of the conditions
I tend to use auto ISO with auto shutter speed set 2 clicks fast
Being able to focus down to F8 and the new metering system I think is worth it for the D800. The huge files sizes also allow generous cropping as well. The only limitation I have is the FPS but I almost never need more than 1 shot per second anyway. I have not seen any real difference in Low light performance, until you start cropping, then the detail of the D800 wins in my eye.
When I read people having odd problems, I try to follow their links to their web page or flickr account. I find the quality of the images generally speaks to how much they know. If it's a pro, then I listen, if not, I toss it as someone who didn't read the manual.
Can yo give us some links or other references to the issues on focus? Other than the complaint of the narrow focus spot placement in the D600 and the early left focus problems on the D800 I have not heard of focus issues. And, the D800's shipped since August 2012 are supposed to have this corrected by some reports.
M35G35, what is the serial number of you D800E?
I am wondering if I have an AF issue. Neither my far right or far left AF point seem to produce a good, sharp focus. I just got a D800E with s/n of 3010XXX.
What do you think?
I will give this a try once I receive my new focus adjustment target. I have the LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System coming in the mail. Using your suggestion, comparing it with the results from teh new system, it should be easily seen if the AF "Dot" method works.