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Product Highlights

  • 1080p HD quality video & minimized rolling shutter
  • 3.2-inch super-sharp 921,000-dot LCD monitor
  • 5 fps continuous shooting at full format resolution
  • 91,000 Pix 3D Metering w Advanced Scene Recognition
  • Dedicated Nikon Picture Control Button
  • Expand Dynamic Range using built-in HDR
  • Extreme 36.3 MP (35.9 x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor
  • Fast, accurate 51-point AF system
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About Nikon D800

Nikon D800 SLR Body – Refurbished

What kind of features make a professional-quality camera…well, a professional-quality camera? We can answer that exact question simply by describing the Nikon D800 SLR Body—Refurbished camera. This is a camera for pros, capable of advanced scene recognition and plenty of cinematography:

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  • With Advanced Scene Recognition, you’ll be able to snap professional-quality shots at a moment’s notice, as the RGB Matrix Metering System (coming in at 91,000 pixels) allows for the ideal exposure in every single shot.
  • Cinematographers at heart will appreciate the ability of the Nikon D800 to easily record HD 1080p, as well as the ability to record clips nearly half-an-hour long. With easy data compression and HDMI capacity, you’ll never have to worry about capturing easy, effective video again.
  • With a large, clear LCD that’s quiet, and plenty of image stabilization, you’ll be able to outperform amateur photographers simply by virtue of the quality of your camera.

Ideal for family photos, landscapes, studio shots, weddings, and live video, the Nikon D800 can handle just about anything your career as a professional photographer will demand. The only question that remains: can you handle a camera of this quality? We think you can.


Learn about the Nikon D800 SLR Body – Refurbished

Professional photographers know the importance of a trustworthy, reliable camera. And cameras like the Nikon D800 SLR Body (Refurbished) provide that reliability with the features and characteristics that make it much more than your run-of-the-mill “built for amateurs as well as professionals” camera.

But don’t take our word for it. The Nikon D800 for sale here at Adorama has plenty of features that make it practically sell itself. Read through the Nikon D800’s distinguishing characteristics for yourself:

  • A 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System. While matrix metering sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, the concept is actually simple. The camera’s meter will handle much of the exposure based on the different “zones” of the scene you’re shooting. This means a consistent, thoroughly enjoyable image without fussing over the exposure, which is as great for portraits as it is live events like weddings. The 91,000 pixels—well, what can we say other than, “that’s a lot of pixels”? The entire Advanced Scene Recognition systems of the Nikon D800 are stunning, as Nikon will compare your scene with a database of tens of thousands of images.
  • Plenty of videography shooting power. This camera can shoot 1080p video with a 30fps rate. Featuring an uncompressed HDMI output and manual shooting control, you’ll have plenty of direct say over three quality of the video this camera shoots for you. There’s no muss and no fuss when it comes to shooting video with this Nikon, which allows you to move seamlessly from portraits to live events.
  • Seriously, lots of cinematic power. You thought we were kidding. But think about these additional features: you can record up to 29:59 minute clips thanks to a B-Frame data compression. You can easily shoot MPEG4 AVC format video, or H.264. You can record full HD 1080p, as mentioned, or even 720p. And you’ll have the option of a low-pass filter: note that the Nikon D800e is the model without this low-pass filter.
  • Not just an upgrade, but an overhaul. You may remember Nikon’s old version of this model, a discontinued 12MP D700. This is not just an upgrade over that model—it’s something entirely new. Geared toward professional photographers, this camera allows DX-format lens users to use them on the D800—just use a 15.4MP resolution setting and you’re good to go.
  • Durability, plain and simple. Both the D800 and D800E models use UMDA6 and UMDA7 compact flash cards, featuring moisture protection and dust protection. The durable magnesium alloy ensures that your camera won’t smash into pieces at the slightest nudge, giving you the confidence to carry this camera around with you for spontaneous landscapes as well as live events. This is a must-have if you have an active Instagram account. Even an Adorama D800, refurbished piece can be a major upgrade to your collection.

Perfect for professionals, this camera can handle the demands of studio/fashion shots, weddings, live photography, and plenty of landscape and scenery photographs. You’ll be able to create stunning portrait shots for families, as well. At Adorama, the Nikon D800 SLR Body—Refurbished camera is a durable, versatile option for someone who wants to take the step from amateur to professional with just one purchase.  Whether you require 15mm or 14mm for your photography needs, this Body will deliver a complete photography package you can rely on day in and day out.


From the Manufacturer
The Nikon D800 is a 36.3MP professional HDSLR that breaks new ground in resolution and metering technology. More than an upgrade to the just-discontinued 12MP D700, the D800 is a major overhaul. Unlike the D700, which was positioned as a "prosumer" camera, the Nikon D800 is definitely geared towards pro users especially studio, fashion, and wedding and portrait photographers. The D800 has a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition, and what Nikon says is an improved 51-point AF system. It has a relatively small form factor for a pro camera, similar in size to the D700. For videographers, the camera can capture 1080p video at up to 30fps with manual control and uncompressed HDMI output.

Unlike the 16MP D4, Nikon's recently-announced new flagship camera that boasts an ISO range of 100-204-800, the D800's native ISO range is 100-6400, expandable to 50 and 25,600. However, Nikon says improvements in light transmission to the sensor photodiodes, changes in sensor design, an enhanced Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) and 14 bit A/D conversion with a high signal to noise ratio will translate into outstanding low-light, high-ISO performance. Also unlike the D4, the D800 delivers only 4fps burst rate at full resolution, 6fps in DX mode (see below).

Nikon users who have invested in DX-format lenses will be able to use them on the D800 by using the 15.4MP resolution setting. In this setting, only the pixels that cover a DX-sized portion of the sensor will be active, giving the camera a 1.5x crop.

Other features include Advanced Scene Recognition, which compares the scene with Nikon's 30,000 image database. Face recognition has been refined, with the Color Matrix Meter placing priority on exposures of detected faces. Nikon says it has also improved white balance to better recognize both natural and artificial light.

D800: Tool for serious cinematography
For videographers, the D800 is a serious tool. Able to record full HD 1080p at 30 or 25p and 720p at 60/30p, the D800 records H.264 or MPEG4 AVC format video using the B-Frame data compression method for up to 29:59-minute clips. Rolling shutter distortion a common problem for HDSLRs is said to be minimized thanks to fast data read rates at the sensor. High-ISO performance is said to allow filmmakers to capture footage where previously impossible.

The D800 is available both with and without a low-pass filter (the model without the low-pass filter is the D800E. The D800E cancels anti-aliasing properties and allows light to be delivered directly to the photodiodes. This is said to offer the highest possible color fidelity and dynamic range that, according to Nikon, delivers near-medium-format image quality. Color moire correction ise available within Capture NX2.

Both the D800 and D800E will use UMDA6 and UMDA7 Compact Flash cards as well as SD SDXC and UHS-1 cards in two card slots. The camera is protected from moisture and dust and is constructed of magnesium alloy. Nikon also claims up to 900 image captures and 60 minutes of HD video recording per battery charge.

The Nikon D800 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Nikon D800 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon D800 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon D800: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD and Quiet

Nikon D800 Specifications

Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Effective Pixels
36.3 million
Image Sensor
CMOS sensor, 35.9 x 24 mm; Nikon FX format
Total Pixels
36.8 Million
Dust-Reduction System
Image sensor cleaning
Dust-Off Reference Photo
Image Are (pixels)
FX-format (L) 7,360 x 4,912 (M) 5,520 x 3,680 (S) 3,680 x 2,456
1:2 format (30 x 20) (L) 6,144 x 4,080 (M) 4,608 x 3,056
5:4 format (30 x 24) (L) 6,144 x 4,912 (M) 4,608 x 3,680 (S) 3,072 x 2,456
DX-format (L) 4,800 x 3,200 (M) 3,600 x 2,400 (S) 2,400 x 1,600
File Format - Still Images
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW): lossless compressed 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed or uncompressed
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline-Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
Picture Control System
Landscape - Monochrome - Neutral - Portrait - Standard - User-customizable Settings Vivid -
Storage Media
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA) - SD - SDHC - SDXC
Card Slot
1 CompactFlash (CF) card and 1 Secure Digital (SD) card
File System
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
Eye-level Pentamirror Single-Lens Reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
1.2x (30x20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
5:4 (30x24): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.70x
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
Built - in (-3 to +1)
Viewfinder Eyepoint
19.5 (-1.0)
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII with AF Area Brackets (grid lines can be displayed
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Depth-of-field Preview
Lens Aperture
Instant-return type
Depth-of-field Control
Lens Compatibility at a Glance
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible Metering with AI lenses
Compatible Lenses
AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering III
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering III
DX AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) Image Size
Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported
Non-CPU: Usable in [A] or [M] mode Center-Weighted or Spot Metering; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Mazimum Aperture is f/5.6 or faster
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/8,000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/250 sec.
Synchronizes with shutter at 1/320s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320s)
Shutter Release Modes
Continuous low-speed [CL] mode; 1-4 frames per second
Continuous high-speed [CH] mode; 4 frames per second
Mirror-up [Mup] mode
Quiet Shutter Release
Self-timer mode
Single-frame [S] mode
Continuous Shooting Speed
FX-format: CH: Up to 4 frames per second CL: Up to 4 frames per second
FX-format CH: Up to 4 frames per second CL: Up to 4 frames per second
DX-format CH: Up to 5 frames per second CL: Up to 5 frames per second
1:2 format CH: Up to 5 frames per second CL: Up to 5 frames per second
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
4 frames per second at full resolution
2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
Exposure Metering System
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm circle in center of frame
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses)
Spot: Meters 4mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Metering Range
0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
0 to 20 EV (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Combined CPU and AI
Exposure Modes
Aperture-Priority (A)
Manual (M)
Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
Shutter-Priority (S)
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 o
Exposure Lock
Mirror Lock Up
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 - 6400
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Lo-1 (ISO 50 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
Lo-1 (ISO-50 equivalent), Hi-1 (ISO-12,800 equivalent), Hi-2 (ISO-25,600 equivalent)
Long Exposure Noise Reduction
High ISO Noise Reduction
Low - Normal - High - Off
Active D-Lighting
Auto - Extra High - High - Normal - Low - Off
D-Lighting Bracketing
2 frames using selected value for one frame
3-5 frames using preset values for all frames
Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode
Autofocus System
Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
AF Detection Range
-1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
Lens Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A);
predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
AF-Area Mode
9, 21 or 51 point Dynamic-area AF
Auto-area AF
Single-point AF
3D-tracking (51 points)
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Focus Modes
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
Autofocus Sensitivity
-2 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Autofocus Fine Tune
Built-in Flash
Flash Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Built-in Flash Distance
39 ft. (ISO 100)
Flash Control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-700, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighting metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Sync Modes
1) Front-curtain sync (normal), 2) Slow sync, 3) Rear-curtain sync, 4) Red-eye reduction, 5) Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Flash-ready Indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-910, SB-900, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged
Accessory Shoe
Flash Sync Terminal
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
CLS Supported
White Balance
Auto (2 types) - Choose color temperature (2500K 10000K) - Cloudy - Direct Sunlight - Flash - Fluorescent (7 types) - Incandescent - Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored) - Shade
White Balance Bracketing
2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV
Live View Shooting
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Live View Lens servo
Live View Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-area mode
Face-priority AF - Wide-area AF - Normal-area AF - Subject-tracking AF
Live View Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps) - 1280 x 720 (60p): 60 fps (59.94 fps) - 1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps) - 1920 x 1080 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
Movie Maximum recording time
20 minutes at highest quality
29 minutes 59 seconds at normal quality
Movie File Format
Movie Video Compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Movie Audio recording Device
Built-in monaural microphone - External stereo microphone (optional)
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps - HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps - HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps - HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps - HD 1,280x720 / 60 fps
Movie Audio
Built-in microphone, monaural - External stereo microphone (optional)
Monitor Size
3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
921,000 Dots
Monitor Type
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View
170-degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments
Brightness, 5 levels
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator Yes
Also visible in LiveView Modes
Also visible in Viewfinder
Playback Functions
Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Playback with Zoom
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Outline - Color Sketch - D-Lighting - Distortion Control -Edit Movie - Filter Effects Fisheye - Image Overlay - Miniature Effect - Monochrome - NEF (RAW) Processing -Perspective Control - Quick Retouch - Red-eye Correction - Resize - Selective Color - Side-by-Side Comparison - Straighten - Trim - Color Balance
Image Comment
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector - Headphone Connector - NTSC - Stereo Microphone Input - Super Speed USB 3.0
Wi-Fi Functionality
Eye-Fi Compatible - WT-4A
GP-1 GPS unit
Save/Load Camera settings
Total custom Settings
My Menu
Yes with customization
Recent Settings
Supported Languages
Arabic - Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) - Czech - Danish - Dutch - English - Finnish - French - German - Indonesian - Italian - Japanese - Korean - Norweigan - Polish - Portuguese - Romanian - Russian - Spanish - Swedish - Thai - Turkish - Ukrainian
Date, Time and Daylight Savings
World Time Setting
EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
900 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA)
AC Adapter
EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5B Power Supply Connector
Battery Charger
MH-25 Quick Charger
Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Approx. Dimensions
Width 5.7 in. (144.78mm) - Height 4.8 in. (121.92mm) - Depth 3.2 in. (81.28mm)
Approx. Weight
31.7 oz (900G)
Camera Body only
Mfr #
25480 B

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Always as good as what I expected

Haven't started to use it yet, but I believe it is as good as what I expected. :D


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Hate to rain on this parade.

From reading the reviews here I thought I'd give the refurbished a try. I had heard of the negative focus issue with some bodies on forums. The body I received did not look mint. There were a couple of minor scuffs around the base area and noticeable scuffs on the LCD protector. The basic handling of the body was great coming from my D700. No problems getting started. I do wish to use the outer focus points but unfortunately found both the left and right were too far off from my center poin

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From reading the reviews here I thought I'd give the refurbished a try. I had heard of the negative focus issue with some bodies on forums. The body I received did not look mint. There were a couple of minor scuffs around the base area and noticeable scuffs on the LCD protector. The basic handling of the body was great coming from my D700. No problems getting started. I do wish to use the outer focus points but unfortunately found both the left and right were too far off from my center point. On my 24~70 set @ 35 the right required -20 and the left -10 to get reasonably near the sharpness of the center focus point which was accomplished at +5. This particular lens had just been serviced along with my D700 by Nikon. My 14~24 @ 24 required both the left and right points to have at least -20 while the center was great at -10. I could have used more (-) movement but obviously hit the limit. I'm speaking auto focus fine tune incase there is any wonder. I had used three different targets and all were consistent enough in their results. Each time I tested I made more that one exposure to judge by. If it had not been for this situation I would have overlooked the slight blemishes on the body and kept it. I'd like to try out another refurbished body but returned products get the initial free shipping deducted which is what $25.75 plus add my cost of return with insurance of $30 this can eat up some of the gain of going refurbished especially if I were to chance trying a second body. I tried a demo D800 that was one of the earlier bodies, maybe by a year, with the same test at a local vendor and my 24~70 showed the right point and center both could be set a "0" while the left needed more that -20 correction. I did immediately notice a yellow-green slant in the LCD color which I didn't like. When compared to the LCD color of my D700 of the exact scenes my D700 looked magenta blue which I prefer. I saw this on the D800 demo body as well but then again it was older. Upon speaking with Nikon CS one could pay $30 to have it match the D3-D700 color. My guess is that there is no infrequent LCD greenish color. They are all of this shift and either you notice it or you don't. My next move may be to just purchase a new body and see if it gives me much more expected results between the focus points. I'm not expecting perfect but do wish for tighter tolerances. Why offer the outer points if they can't produce? If no improvement is found then I may then just resign my expectations to using the center focus point only but that will not entice me to then pay full price. In my case this is disappointing. For others that don't give a hoot to the outer points then you have yourself a nice offering. If Adorama would forgo their shipping charge to my return I might try another body. Yet, my having thought Nikon would have corrected this when it was first returned before sending it out to the market again causes me to wonder if I'd be wasting my time and money expecting better results. Oh well. I wish all this would have been rectified by now. I'm giving this a two rating. The experience has not been a complete waste. Had I not cared a bit about the outer focus points I may have been praising the benefits of buying refurbished along with the rest of these reviews and maybe a rating of 5. Would I recommend this to a friend? That would depend on their needs. I'm not sure how I can select either without this explanation. Lets see if I can just leave that one blank and still submit my experience here.

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Incredible camera!


I've been doing photography for 30+ years and have always shot with a Nikon. I purchased a D70 when it 1st came out and it was a nice camera but the resolution was not up to par with 35mm film cameras. When the 36 Megapixel D800 came out I knew I had to have one and I was not disappointed! This is a solid camera built like a rock and packed full of features any enthusiast or professional would love! The resolution of the D800 is just astounding - images even with Nikon's kit lenses are stunningly sharp and the color is clean and accurate. I highly recommend the D800 to anyone who wants near medium format quality in a 35mm package. I've included 2 images from the Rolex Watch Technicum building in Lititz, PA with one image showing just a crop on the door - you can actually see the Christmas Tree inside! The lens used was the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR shot at ISO 100 at F11 for 15 seconds at 24MM.


As You Would Expect


I am an experienced amateur photographer with aspirations to approach, if not equal, professional quality images. The D800 is tool that has the image quality to make that possible - someday. Great - The camera has fabulous megapixel count, making it possible to crop an image without jeopardizing printing large. The dynamic range is great and higher ISO settings than available in many DSLRs don't lead to grainy images. Excellent build quality Not So Great - Pricey, even as a refurbished item with a newer and upgraded version (D810) available. Heavy camera


Buy one! EASILY COMPATIBLE WITH AI LENSES. Terrific image quality


First of all, I would like to give this camera a rating of 4-1/2 stars. If you own and would like to use a lot of old manual focus AI and mirror lenses, this camera will do it. I have 50+ years of photography experience but am a very recent convert from manual film cameras. I still use my first Nikon F from 1967 and was extremely concerned about how well a digital camera would work with my extensive collection of manual focus Nikkor lenses. I am retired, on fixed income, and a whole new set of lenses is NOT in the future for me. Borrowed a D800 a couple times and tried it with a number of my favorite old manual focus AI and mirror lenses and was extremely pleased to discover that they were beautifully compatible. Just returned from a trip to Italy with the D800 and 5 AI Nikkor lenses and was totally satisfied with how well they worked together. LIKES: Very pleased to find the ground glass focusing to be about as accurate as the electronic range-finder, despite my failing eyes. Electronic range-finder works well with ALL of my f5.6 or faster old lenses and especially with all of my fast AI Nikkors (55f1.2, 24f2, 28f2, 35f1.4, 105f1.8, 135f2). Live-view focusing is a terrific feature with really big, slow telephoto lenses. Love the spot-meter feature. Love the ability to quickly change the ISO. Love the built-in diopter correction for the viewfinder. Image quality is superb. My DISLIKES: I find digital camera bodies to be very NON-intuitive (compared to manual film cameras) and thus slower and more difficult to use. Perhaps I should buy a Df. Part of what I mean by this is a digital camera requires the use of your eyes to make most or all settings. A manual camera like an F3 allows you to set the camera "blind" by using just feel. That is easier and quicker IMO when you learn the controls. I find the matrix-metering (when used with the one AF lens I own), to be less reliable than knowing how to make a proper exposure. I use the spot-meter feature, manual mode, my decades of experience, and nail every exposure every time, no question. Works great. Need more "Non-CPU lens" data entry spaces. Space for just 9 lenses is not nearly enough. It cannot even cover all the various Nikkor maximum lens apertures, let alone focal lengths. No aperture direct read-out of an AI lens like an F2 or F3 body. Mirror-up operation requires a special remote release. Will have to order one. Self-timer is not self-cancelling after one shot, requires visual setting instead of tactile. No mirror-up operation for my 7.5mm fisheye-Nikkor. No use for a built-in flash on a camera of this sophistication. Too many bells and whistles clutter up the camera controls.


This is a Must Buy


I received my refurbished D800 from Adorama in like new condition. Shutter actuation count was incredibly low at 352 actuations. All accessories, manuals and related items were brand new. What a fantastic deal and wonderful way to purchase an essentially brand new camera at a significant savings. Couldn't be happier. Customer service was excellent as always with Mike F providing exceptional service, technical advice and product recommendations. Overall an outstanding professional photography buying experience. Highly recommended. Thank you Adorama!


Light unit with almost everything.


As a nature photographer with my ability to reach the great satisfaction, D800 is the camera I enjoy most .I still love to use D2x and D3 as backup. I carry D800 and D3 in my bag,almost all the time. With my nature work using D3 and D2x, D800 is great addition to my work.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Just posting a nice Pic


Daddy long legs (pholcidae) with D800 and 105mm F2.8.




This camera is AMAZING! Why did I wait so long to upgrade from my D7000? I was skeptical of the ISO performance before I purchased it, and I am very happy to report that this camera is absolutely incredible at high ISO!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Camera


I have been shooting with this camera for a little over a year and am very happy with its characteristics. Excellent low light shooting and incredible detail. I have used it all over the world shooting wildlife as well as landscapes and people. I have added it to my D3x when traveling and especially like it on days that I don't want to carry around the weight of the D3x. Both of these cameras perform especially well when paired with high end Nikon lenses. The picture of the owl shown was shot at 8:00 in the evening with the D800, a 200-400 f4.0 lens, at 1600 ISO. Amazing color and clarity. Well worth the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera


I went from a D3200 to the D800 and found it easy to learn. I use it with a Nikon 500mm F/4 super telephoto lens and love it. It recently developed a focusing issue and is currently in the shop at Nikon, forcing me to use my D7100. There is night and day difference in the two cameras, even though the D7100 is an excellent camera. My wish and advice for Nikon is to improve this camera by removing the ability to do video and concentrate all the electronics and image processing for still photos and maybe to increase the ability to shoot and focus a bit faster. I have never done a video with the camera and have no intention of doing one. I love outdoor photography and the resolution of this sensor is outstanding. The new D810 just looks like a D800 E to me with a different number. Make a camera for just still photography for us die hard camera buffs!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera


Using the D800 both in the studio and in the field and its does everything I want. The dual card storage is a great feature, very quick changing ISO's and the interface is simple to use. I've been more than happy using it, not to mention the incredible resolution of the images. This is definitely the top of its class.


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Shopper  Does it come with a 30 day money back guarantee from Adorama in case of defect?
Arthur A  Yes we know about the 90 day manufacturer warranty. Does Adorama accept return of a refurbished unit within 30 day of the purchase date, however, if it is found defective upon shipment? That question is not clearly answered in the link you gave so can you give the answer here?
Andrew R  Apologies for the delay, the recent storm knocked out power to our store and took our mail server offline for a brief period. My understanding from the "Merchandise Return form" is that yes, you should be able to return the item under the 30 day policy. From the form: "At Adorama you can take advantage of our 30-Day return policy on all of our merchandise, with the exclusion of categories listed in full on our return policy online at" I would highly recommend that you contact our customer service department directly at 800-815-0702 if you require further verification or clarification.
Shopper  If a camera is refurbished by nikon USA is it as good as new to all intents?
ED B  Yes, I believe this is true. There are many reason why products are refurbished...some were store demos, some were returned because the consumer did not fully understand the product, and others because there was a manufacturers defect. It is my understand that Nikon and other reputable groups review the product and make sure it is up to their standards when it is re-issued as "refurbished". They are required by law to label a product as "refurbished" when re-issued for the above reasons. I have purchased refurbished equipment from Epson and other major companies and have not been disappointed.
Jay (Jian) L  Have these cameras been previously owned? How many shutter actuations have the cameras had?
DANIEL F  Mine must have been previously owned, becasue the shutter actuation number was 1,218 when I got it. Nevertheless, therre is no sign of prior use anywhere on the camera, and that was true of both samples I received. My original camera had a minor hardware defect (one of the card slots was not working) and Adorama exchanged it at their cost. The replacement unit has no defects. You also get a Nikon 90 day warranty in the box.
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