If you're shooting a D800 and you have been chalking up out of focus images to pilot error, it may simply be NOT your fault!
Just received a report back which I will quote below from a Nikon D700 / D800 shooter which seems to collaborate the notion that the D800 autofocus (AF System) is problematic.
The focus pyramid arrived today, and after a long editing session, I put my cameras and lenses on the tripod, and shot away. AF Fine tuning the D700 was easy in Lightroom 4, but it does not yet support tethered capture for my new D800, so I did the fine tuning the long way instead. The results made interesting reading. I have 4 lenses: the 50 F1.4G, 24-70 F2.8, 105 F2.8VR and 70-200 F2.8 VR II.
The 24-70 has just recently returned from Nikon after a service, and it turned in the best performance on both cameras - No adjustment needed on the D700, and -3 on the D800.
The 105 F2.8 VR: Not bad.. -2 on the D700, but -14 on the D800.
70-200 F2.8 VR II: +4 on the D700, -12 on my D800.
The 50 F1.4G: -8 on the D700, and I went to -20 on the D800.
I am looking forward to better performance from my D800 in future,
especially with all those megapixels. I never dreamt in my wildest dreams that my lenses/ cameras were anything other than perfect- I always put down out of focus images to my own poor technique.
Buying the focus pyramid has proved a revelation.
Thanks a million- I'll pass on the good news!
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