I noticed several threads on the forum discussing various Nikon D4/D800 issues. I would like to open a new topic for Nikon D4/D800 issues - please report them here for easy tracking. Thanks.
Nikon D4/D800 issues(409 posts) (106 voices)
Here for example is a Nikon D800 AF issue::
Here is the issue I experienced few times with different lenses:
Nikon D800 long exposure issue:
Here is also my initial report on several Nikon D800 issues:
Lightroom 4 will not recognize Nikon D800 RAW files taken during video recording.
OK, in my D800, after 5 or 6 shots without changing lens, 2 black spots started showing up in pics:
another weird issue described on dpreview:
Paccini - I have something similar, see this image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonrumors/7009998901/in/set-72157629289734604
Right above the bird's head. I still have that - cannot blow it with the Rocket Air. I wonder if it was there from the beginning because the above image was the 89th I took with a brand new D800. hard to believe that I got dust on the sensor at the 89th image.
Another one sent in by a reader about this issue (D800 and ViewNX2):
I have noticed a strange behaviour of D800 image (shooted NEF 14bit lossless compression), tweaked in ViewNX2 (last version), when I select longitudinal aberration correction (lateral being always ON by default). I get horizontal gray stripes on the image. I guess it's less obvious if the subject is noisy (landscapes, portraits) but if I shoot a blue sky or a subtle gradient, it's very noticeable.
I also get ghosts halos around contrasted edges.
Of course, if it's annoying one can always switch the aberration correction to OFF (which is default setting), but it's curious nevertheless.
I don't have a D800, but this might be important to inform people of, http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1021&message=41128645&changemode=1
I received this today from a reader:
D800 Mic Input Preamp noise?
I think I found another issue with the Nikon D800. There is a really high pre-amp noise in the MIC input. I am running a Zoom H4n into the MIC input through a Sescom cord and noticed any manual mic sensitivity setting above 10 has significant hiss/pre-amp noise. It sounds like the camera is really turning up the levels. I am going to have to go back to syncing audio tracks and not using the Sescom cord! The D7000 never had this issue and I feel there is a night and day difference between the two.
From Rob Galbraith:
"An apparent bug in the D800 (firmware A:1.00 B:1.00) causes the camera to sometimes write to UHS-1-capable SDHC and SDXC cards at much-slower-than-UHS-1 speeds. We were able to workaround the problem by pulling the battery briefly, then inserting the card and not reformatting it (affected cards were instead FAT32- or exFAT-formatted using Disk Utility on a Mac prior to insertion). The slowdown is not consistent - some cards would exhibit the problem during JPEG testing but not NEF, or vice versa - and appears to impact SDXC more often than SDHC. In all instances the workaround worked, so the test results do show the camera's true UHS-1 write speed abilities when not tripped up by this problem."
I know, I know.... Focus issues...
Just purchased the D800 for work, with a 50 1.4 AF-S.
The camera is consistently out of focus within, and sharp outside of, my actual focus area; this despite looking dead on in the viewfinder. The odd thing is that when I turn on live view, it was WAY more accurate. Could the mirror be miss aligned? The problem seemed to be worse when i had 11 focus points selected, and a little better when I switched to 51.
I'll probably take it back into the camera shop Monday, but wanted to get some opinions so i don't look like a newb. "Yes Camera Sales Dude, i checked that i was not using Auto-Area AF, please don't roll your eyes."
I have only done informal testing, but tried a couple other lenses, and this seems to be a camera issue not a lens issue.
D800 won't trigger remote flashes reliably. The popup flash is configured as master and is supposed to trigger an SB-600, SB-700 and SB-800 configured as slave flashes. Sometimes the flashes are triggered, sometimes they are not triggered. I can not find a certain mechanism which determines whether the flashes are triggered.
Contacted Nikon tech support. They tried to recreate the issue with four D800 bodies, error did not occur. I sent sample RAW files where the error occurred. The response is that I should send in my D800 for inspection.
Several other D800 owners have contacted me stating they encountered the same problem, but also a certain number of D800 users said they encountered no problem.
The video is found here: http://lumenatic.com/2012/03/25/d800-and-wireless-flash-photography-problems/
D800 won't accept any memory card *surprise*
Kingston CF ultimate 600x 16GB is not recognized by the camera.
This is technically speaking not an issue, since Nikon lists certain card types which are guaranteed to work with the D800 and Kingston cards are not on that list.
Kingston's CF cards have never worked or rarely worked. 16gb ones seem to never work. I had 2 that didn't work even in a D300 - Friends have had them too that didn't work.
Kingston's card is usually not good.
You can find in http://d800.org/2012/03/compactflash-card-compatibility-with-nikon-d800/
to see lists of D800 accepted memery cards.
For memory cards, Sandisk and Lexar are ones that always work.
Anybody noticing metering issues in Live View? I was taking long exposure night shots the other night and found the exposure varied wildly, and didn't respond to exposure compensation properly-- setting to +2ev made little difference.
Shutter speed was well below 30s, so it wasn't a matter of reaching the camera limits. I haven't had time to really study the issue, but I'm wondering if anyone else has seen it.
I've also been getting inconsistent focus with an 85 f/1.4 G lens when trying to fine tune AF. Using the same AF fine tune setting and shooting at a focus target on the wall using the center AF point, I'll get noticeably different focus across multiple shots.
I can't access the mirror up for cleaning option, it's greyed out.
I've been back to my local camera store and he couldn't do it even with two new and fully charged batteries.
The reason I needed to get the mirror up was to try and blow the sensor clean as I seemed to have picked up more dirt on the sensor in two weeks with this camera than I had in 7 years with my last 3 Nikons for some reason.
My new D800 shows spots all over the place. The first few days I made perfect photos but gradually spots appeared. After using the dust reduction system nothing changed. So I used the dust reduction system over and over again and the spots were still there, only in different areas and there appeared more and more of them. I took the camera back to the shop and they ordered a new one for me.
Is this a real D800 issue ? This should not be happening with a camera of this quality.
I bought the D4 and the D800. I would like to bring up 2 issues I noticed on both bodies.
Auto-ISO will not go above ISO400:
When mounted a flash onto the hotshoe, put on Auto-ISO and I can never get it to go above ISO400. I could also not be able to have slow-sync and rear sync flashing. All my shots are front curtain which looks bad in dark situations. Anybody having this issue?
This happens only when the hotshoe is mounted with either a flash unit or a radio trigger, especially one that uses iTTL and distance calculation. I always notice the focus point is at the back for apertures f/3.5 and above. Any smaller aperture the problem will not be so obvious due to the deep depth-of-field. When I focus on the eyes, the focus plane always fall onto the ears. Anybody?
I'm one of the lucky users of D800 from the very first day of its release. Its an amazing camera and I did not met any of the above problems. But from the very first day I found that the life of the battery on my camera is very short, unlike what many others are reporting. What I see is that if I leave it ON in the bag or when I do not use, the battery is draining quite fast... unlike my previous experience with other Nikon bodies. Also when I use it intensively it gets low fast... I'm lucky if I get about 400 pictures... I use Sandisk Extreme 32GB card and Lexar Professional 64GB card on it. I tested three different batteries and two chargers since I own a D7000 as well.
On a different forum (I think on FM) I found another person with a similar complaint... so I'm not alone :(
Anyone else had or heard about this issue? The last thing I want is to send the camera in service... I'm addicted to it...
I also have a lot of 'dust' specs in photos on the D800 when stopped down. One 'spec' looks more like a hair, it causes a large area to be filled with specs and other odd diffraction shapes (light and dark). Furthermore there are specs of dust - and a hair or fibre - visible through the eyepiece in the same location (but they can't be the same thing, can they?). The specs in the eye piece were there since new, but I haven't taken the camera back, I assumed it was just on the mirror.
Since I now see specs on the images I think I should return it for inspection.
2nd problem with the D800 is the occasional 'hang' where the software seems to become unresponsive for 5-10 sec when in the menus. Noticed this when reviewing images as well, with the spinning disc staying on for far longer than usual.
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