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Thom Hogan Declares D800 "Not Recommended"

Lisa B , Jul 23, 2012; 09:12 p.m.

Wow. I really hope Nikon can fix this quickly........

"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."


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Dan Brown , Jul 23, 2012; 09:56 p.m.

My bet is on Nikon for this one.

BTW, is there a website I can go to?

Matt Laur , Jul 23, 2012; 09:58 p.m.

I would like to buy Thom a beer, and encourage him to lighten up just a bit.

JDM von Weinberg , Jul 23, 2012; 10:13 p.m.

Are links here to Thom's site forbidden?

I looked all over for the original and couldn't find it. I don't doubt it's there, but I toured around his site for a while and nada - just older stuff saying how great the D800 was and selling me his book on the subject....

A more general Google only yielded this same post, this one here.

so I'd appreciate a link to see the whole statement, if that's possible.

Am I going to have to apologize to Maurice?

Curt Wiler , Jul 23, 2012; 10:17 p.m.

Center column, July 23. Maybe some readers need to clear their cache because this is new.

Lisa B , Jul 23, 2012; 10:18 p.m.

I don't know if links to other sites are taboo or not--my apologies in advance if they are:
Look under "Quick Links & Comments."

Leslie Cheung , Jul 23, 2012; 10:20 p.m.

It's just a matter of time...it's not like there is another 36mp ff dslr, Nikon or otherwise. You either want it or don't, unlike the mirrorless segment where there is a tight race with many contenders...

JDM von Weinberg , Jul 23, 2012; 10:37 p.m.

Thanks - that additional info was what I needed to find it. I was getting buried in a long list of books, reviews, etc.

I'm going to hold off apologizing for a little while, but the full statement, especially the part about "internet amplification effect", is interesting and recommend looking at it.

Dan South , Jul 23, 2012; 10:37 p.m.

If someone on the internet recommended against eating bacon would you become a vegetarian?

Do you have a clear understanding of your needs? Do you have faith in your ability to assess whether a piece of gear meets those needs? If so, why do you care what someone recommends and what they don't?

Per the (non) recommendation - I agree that for a lot of people it's probably not the right camera. If you're a casual shooter, it's probably not the right camera. If you have limited skills but want to take nice photos of your kids, it's probably not the right camera. If you want "ooh, ahh" reactions from other photographers, it's probably not the right camera (get the E instead - it will enhance the exaltation).

For a lot of other people it's a really GREAT camera. But those people should decide for themselves whether it's the RIGHT camera.

Avoiding a camera model because someone on the Internet suggests that it's not the right gear for you - not recommended.

Stephen Lewis , Jul 23, 2012; 10:48 p.m.

Dan +1

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