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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:
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:
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
Most Liked Positive Review
First the bad: It doesn't have wifi built in, nor can it use the cheap wifi adapter from Nikon. It doesn't have GPS built in, get a 3rd party GPS that has a compass (Nikon's doesn't). Only 4 fps without the grip and large battery. 6 fps with the grip in DX mode only. The battery grip costs over $800 if you get all Nikon gear (the grip, the D4 battery, and the charge). 3rd party grip/battery can have you shooting 6 fps for less than $100. Can't use cheap IR remotes. Now the Good: Image quality...View full Review
First the bad: It doesn't have wifi built in, nor can it use the cheap wifi adapter from Nikon. It doesn't have GPS built in, get a 3rd party GPS that has a compass (Nikon's doesn't). Only 4 fps without the grip and large battery. 6 fps with the grip in DX mode only. The battery grip costs over $800 if you get all Nikon gear (the grip, the D4 battery, and the charge). 3rd party grip/battery can have you shooting 6 fps for less than $100. Can't use cheap IR remotes. Now the Good: Image quality is great. I know claim that 36 MP images are not as good, but I crop aggressively, and the extra pixels are great. It will autofocus Nikon lenses that don't have a built in focus motor. The viewfinder has great overlays but stays out of your way when shooting. The LCD is beautiful, and live view (mirror up) shooting works, but you can not view the LCD while the camera is processing the image data. Since I got this refurbished I was worried about several known issues with the D800. The left focus issue was fixed, and the camera shipped with about 500 shutter actuations. Overall I am very happy.
Most Liked Negative Review
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 point...View full Review
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.
Reviewed by 292 customers
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.