Are any of you

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RaajS
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Re: Are any of you
In reply to TThorne, 10 months ago

TThorne wrote:

RaajS wrote:

Intrigued by the Nikon Df? Looks like it might be a great low-light street shooting machine, with the ability to leverage some of the older classic prime lenses.

Love to hear your thoughts.

cheers,

-raaj

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I was intrigued because:

1. As much as I enjoy my Leica with 21mm SEM, there are times I need a wide zoom that will get me quickly from under 20mm to 35mm, and I didn't feel like adapting such a lens to my M. With the Df, I would be all about reconnecting with a Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8. Old faithful. Of course I would then feel the need to pick up a few primes for it as well, but nothing without an aperture ring.

2. As much as I do like the retro look, it is much more about preferring the analog controls to me. I like the way EC works on my MM, but not so much on my M's. It rarely matters because I shoot them in manual mode most of the time anyhow, but EC dials are my friend. ISO dial! Now we're cooking. I just like it, plain and simple. I hate menus and looking at screens.

BUT....

While I do like nice AF, it has been a while since I have owned a camera with it. That being said, I picked up an AF camera today and as the camera acquired focus, I felt myself thinking, "Am I supposed to trust you because you say so?"

Also, there was a disconnect that I felt and it made me want to go take some shots on one of my Leicas to cleans myself of the feeling.

Anyhow, AF is important and very useful, no doubt, but MF needs to be just as important, or at least it is for me. I am not sure how the Df supports MF, but if it works like any other modern DSLR, then no thank you. I was hoping this wouldn't be the case, but it seems like it may be.

If you know of other information though, please point me in the right direction.

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Totally agree with you on analog controls - I care more about that than the "retro".  My reason for interest is mainly low-light capability and use of focal lengths that are simply not practical on the M's.  Like you, I could care less about AF, though I am able to use AF on the EM-5, for example, and find it very effective in many situations. There isn't much info out there yet - most of it is speculation and opinion, with much of the opinionated unfortunately having left any semblance of logic far behind.  I thought Jeremy Walker's comments were useful to read, since he shot with it for over a week.  The Df comes out this week, so I hope to get my hands on one soon.  The great news is that most cameras these days are far more capable than most of us photographers, so it's a great time to be around.

Cheers,

-raaj

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