Hello D800 fans,
You might be interested in my experience, since Nikon is obnoxiously quiet and the big camera retailers are pretty tight with information too.
I ordered a D800 from Adorama on Feb 27, 2012.
I was very patient and it finally arrived Friday, 13th of July.
As soon as I looked through the viewfinder I had trouble focusing the diopter.
Maybe my eyes are getting worse?
But soon it was clear this camera had very serious trouble focusing.
Autofocus worked pretty well on my brand new 28mm f1.8, though.
After a day I got frustrated and called Adorama. They'd be sending UPS around with a prepaid label! Good for Adorama.
So, on July 24, a replacement D800 arrived.
This one seemed OK. I could focus through the viewfinder.
I took it out for a walk around the neighborhood.
It worked well with the new 28mm, not so well with my big high tech Sigma 50mm 1.4,
though that lens works great on my D300.
At night I tried the "left focus point test" with the 28mm, and my new D800 failed badly.
So today I called Adorama and they are sending UPS again with a shipping label.
Adorama gives me the choice of getting another D800 fairly soon, or a refund.
I think I'll take the refund, and probably buy a D800 in a year, or sooner if Nikon decides to come clean, admit the problems, explain them, and promise the same problems won't happen again.
So Adorama deserves kudos for handling the D800 debacle. I hope Nikon reimburses them for the expenses of handling this.
I am not so happy with Nikon. They should come clean and issue a statement.
They can't keep pretending it is user error without alienating their customers.
I spent two whole days acting as Nikon quality control.
If the focus has such serious problems, who knows what else is wrong among the many hundreds of features explained very briefly in the 450? page manual. I don't want to try a new feature a year from now and find it fails, or worse, works badly in a subtle way. Like the focus.
I did buy the $700 28mm, and about $350 in memory cards and accessories as soon as the first defective D800 arrived. These are not exactly useless, but I should have waited.