The widely respected camera guru Thom Hogan, has posted a rather shocking entry today on his blog "bythom".
After further review, today Thom has changed his July 5 review rating of the Nikon D800 from a "recommended" to "NOT recommended"!
This startling change in recommendation is a direct result of the left-side focus problems that have now been recognized as a serious design flaw for the first batch of cameras with the more serious problem being Nikon's failure to publicly acknowledge it while at the same time quietly issuing a fix to their local service shops.
Here is part of his column today:
The rest of this column can be found on his site HERE however if you are viewing this thread a few days after it's been posted, you'll notice it will have fallen off his main page so you'll have to search his site for it.Unintended Consequences
July 23 (commentary)--With Nikon basically still in traditional Japanese denial mode on the left autofocus sensor programming problem, the fallout has begun.
First up, me. After thinking about this (again, there's not much to do sitting on the tarmac for two-and-a-half hours and in a terminal for another six), I've realized that I've made a mistake. My D800 Review currently says Recommended. It should not. I've got enough data now to know the left sensor issue is not a problem with just a couple of cameras, but is reasonably widespread. I also have enough feedback from Nikon users that getting Nikon's attention is a giant game of Gatekeeper: some people are getting past the gatekeeper more easily than others. It seems that it isn't quite as simple as calling them and reporting that your camera has a focus problem. According to some emails I've been receiving, Nikon seems to want to make at least some of you leap over some unknown hurdle first. Plus, here in the US Nikon is not picking up shipping to them, not even retroactively when they discover that your camera did indeed have the manufacturing error they know about and are fixing.
Thus, because of the apparent widespread nature of the problem and Nikon's response to it, I'm going to have to change my review to Not Recommended, and it will stay that way until such time as it becomes clear to me that all new cameras coming into the US are free of the left AF sensor programming problem. That might be a day, a week, a month, or more. One problem will be that Nikon almost certainly won't send me a message saying "all new cameras are fine," which is a relative of the "we won't acknowledge any problems with our cameras" position they've been taking. So I'll have to figure out for myself when it appears that the pipeline is free of this demon, and that might take me longer than it should. Not a consequence Nikon wants, I believe, but one they now deserve given their stance.
Here are a couple of threads I posted earlier this month on the much discussed D800 left side focus issue:
Looks like Nikon is running out of fingers to plug in the dyke and better come clean with the public about this issue.