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| p.2 #2 · Refurbished Nikon D600, D800 & D800E DSLRs |
I went through 3 refurbished D800s last week -- all three had AF problems. It's a lottery nowadays, especially with Nikon bodies.
Where did you buy those from? Bad luck, I guess.
Got mine from Adorama - $2300. Looks brand new, works fine. 104 shots fired when it came.
Adorama. I work in the city, so to me it's a 10 minute trip to 6th and 18th. Speaking of bad luck: 3 D7000s, 3 Sigma 35 1.4s and 3 D800s for the last two months. I'm done with Nikon and Sigma - going back to 5D MKII and L glass.
While I've never heard of Sigma as a champion of minimal sample variation, I find the likelihood that you got SIX bad Nikon bodies in a short period of time very unlikely. I can't really speak to the differences in the Nikon and Canon AF system, but I do know that there is a fairy high degree of complexity in the system, and if you aren't resetting the camera it is easy for some obscure setting somewhere to throw things out of whack.
The first thing I do on any used or unfamiliar body is hit Nikon's "magic buttons of happiness" (the two green reset buttons).
All that said, if I was buying a refurb Nikon body, I'd surely get an extended warranty - 90 days wouldn't make things comfortable for me given their recent track record. Sad. They've got an amazing lineup, but their execution and customer service lately haven't been stellar...