I am waiting until the spare parts arrive to Canada. It turns out, that you can keep the door in place without the pin. However, each time you take the battery out, you have to fiddle. I do not have to use electrical tape however. The LCD protector is another issue. Ever since the plastic fell off (part broken) I have no protection over the LCD. I hope that I can get a replacement this week or the next.
The camera is great - things I used to do are easier and end up better and a host of features I did not have and mostly not yet tried. Great boost to motivation is also wrapped in the box.
Matt: Great review. I really like your cropped detail shots. If you can pull that detail out of small bits of the frame, it just screams for a couple of small primes and crop at will. Maybe negate some of the big big camera thing...
Pavel, delighted for you and I guess you're a man who makes very careful and wise choices before opening the wallet. Thus, I can only wince in sympathy to hear of the door-catch's flimsiness..I'm certain though that the rest of the camera will quickly outshine such an irritation.
Adrian's reflection sums up my own: if I were starting afresh I'd be so seriously considering this in its "E" incarnation. Thing is I guess, if I added the vertical grip to the "E" cost, then price personally starts becoming a serious issue(..but yet again, if one wants seriously enough, one finds the extra.)
Related to this but as an aside, I notice that secondhand outlets here at least, have far more used Canon full-frame models than Nikon(statistically always going to be the case), so that you'll see a few Nikon D300s and that's it...whereas excellent used deals are to be had for Canon's 5D(1st 2), 1Ds(1 and 2) and the almost FF 1D and Dn.
according to Thom Hogan it affects all units, but not everybody uses the same setup. If you use the specific setup, it happens
Ah, Thom Hogan investigated this issue very thoroughly. There are indeed cameras (D800/E) with this problem and many more where the owners claim that there is a problem and Thom found that there is none. I have not yet looked into this issue, as my photos seem sharp where I want them to be. This does not mean I do not have a problem. I often focus manually to make sure that I have the focus where I want it. The viewfinder in D800 is wonderfully easy to use for precise focusing (In D300, you could tell you are in a "sharp zone", but I was not able to tell, looking into the viewfinder if the image is in precise focus). I often use my lenses at smaller apertures (landscapes) and so a small shift in focus would elude me. I will check my camera eventually, after I adjust focusing on each of my lenses.
I've done a rudimentary check on the left/right focusing on my camera, and found no problems, and I'll happily use the various points as needed. When I have a large enough wall and a tripod I'll run a more careful check. But even if I find a discrepancy, I'm not overly concerned; it's an easy fix at Nikon and I have a two-year warranty.
It's unrelated, but I've gone through most of my lenses for AF tuning, using the centre point, and found that three of the four needed a slight adjustment (5-10 points) in the same direction. I tried that once with my D700, but couldn't see any difference in the focusing results – probably not enough resolution to see the differences.
Thom Hogan points out that the extra scrutiny on Nikon's focusing, with such a massive resolution to reveal any faults in the lens or technique, is likely to create a huge number of 'false positives' as people go looking for problems. This turns up the noise on the large web forums, gets more people with internet access and insufficient experience with the camera to look harder at their results… good times.