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I know this has been discussed to death on several threads, and I have read the hundreds of websites and write ups about this issue already, but yesterday I bought a D800 got her home and did some AF testing with my 24mm f1.4 and 14-24mm f2.8 and found the dreaded left focus problem.
I called the store right away and went straight back. They had 2 more in store and I tested all of them in the store (not a very throrough test however as I didn't have the space, lighting, or setup to do an accurate test) and all 3 exhibited the problem, with one however seeming to be much better than the other 2. This morning I gave this new camera a thorough testing with about 200 frames using focus charts mounted on my wall, camera on a solid tripod, manual exposure at 1/500 at f1.4 ISO 100, and this camera has a disastrous left AF problem as well.
I'm gutted, and surprised as I have read reports of people testing as many as 12 bodies and finding maybe 2 having the issue, but it would seem all 3 of these cameras have the problem. Serial numbers are within a few hundred of each other so maybe they were all from the same build line at the factory but of course we'll never now.
The thing is, when I put the 85mm f1.4 or the 70-200f2.8 vr2 on the camera and actually use the camera like I would normally I don't really seem to have any issues with the focus not being where I need it. The irony as well is that whilst having the focus charts setup on the wall I thought I would run the same test on my D4 so I could see how a non issue camera performed and it would seem my D4 has a left AF problem too!!
I was blissfully unaware of the D4 problem until I bought the D800 damn it.
I'm curious to know how many of you have done this level of testing and have found the left AF problem but also don't really see much of an impact on real world shooting scenarios.
I'd also lilke to hear from people who have had their D800 AF problem successfully repaired by Nikon. Was this a difficult and long process to go through?
I'm in 2 minds about taking this camera back to the store as well, but I hustled them hard for a very good price (that I wouldn't get anywhere else) on the camera and they fast tracked the 3 bodies to the store for me to choose 1. Plus after having already taken 1 back and having spent 3 hours in the store yesterday playing around with the cameras I feel obliged to keep this one and maybe go down the Nikon service centre route.
What would you guys and gals do?