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I spoke yesterday with a friend who recently took delivery of a D800 from B&H. He did a test and found the camera has the left focusing problem but decided for the kind of work he does it isn't worth chasing the perfect camera. Out of curiosity, he tried the same test with his D700 and found the SAME PROBLEM. I've no idea what to make of that but my friend is a pro who has been shooting for thirty years and his description of how he did the test suggests his results are accurate. I wonder whether anyone else...Show more →
I think people assume that AF on Canikon cameras is meant to be very precise, i.e. attain critical focus out of the box, I know I used to but it simply isn't the case.
Sure there are some instances where it's particularly noticeable, like with some of the D800's but it's there in any DSLR with AF.
I'd say that the lower res of a D700 makes fornt/back focusing points less apparent and virtually unnoticeable from normal viewing distances of a photo, whereas the high res of the D800 is going to make any inaccuracy very obvious.
If you took a bunch of random DSLR's and AF lenses then thoroughly tested the AF on all of them, there would be slight font/back focusing on all, if not most.
Live view and manually focusing is way more precise but who wants to do that for every single shot...?
Unless you're doing that sort of photography, i.e. scapes and static studio stuff, it would be a major pain.