The Nikon DF Represents Everything Wrong With Photography

Started Nov 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
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The Sony VG900 DF Represents Everything Wrong With Camcorders
In reply to Joe Ogiba, Nov 6, 2013

Joe Ogiba wrote:

"When I saw a picture of this camera ...  #%*:-(

Anyone can like or dislike a car, lampshade, recipe, place, game, or camera for 1,000s of reasons of taste, for which there is no universal rhyme or reason.

Your VG900 is a pretty strange beast, by the way: not everyone's cup of tea.  It's a FF a99 moulded in the form of a videocamera.

A person could dismiss or object to that camera for plenty of reasons:

  1. Major contender for "worst moiré."
  2. Worse effective resolution, low light performance, or dynamic range than other (often cheaper) cameras.
  3. Awkward center of balance.
  4. There are cheaper, better ways to use legacy FF lenses, such as Meta-bones.
  5. AF works only in crop mode with certain lenses.
  6. No full HD 120 fps mode.
  7. Control dials and buttons in bad places.  None support a plunger, which might be handy.
  8. No 4k and not 4k-ready.
  9. Low resale value, which may worsen as secondary market for "barely used" VG900s climbs.

Meanwhile, an ultra-retro Nikon might retain some collectors' caché for quite a while.

"Ah, yes.  That was one of the last classic DSLRs they made back in those days.  My, how time passes!  What year was it?  1970 or 2013?  But just to see it makes a geezer remember the old days: neat SLR, V8 Firebird, 8-track tapes playing Beach Boys happy tunes."

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