The Philosophy of Nikon Df

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sgoldswo
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Re: The Philosophy of Nikon Df
In reply to Patrick McMahon, 7 months ago

Patrick McMahon wrote:

Shotcents wrote:

Have you tried the Df in extreme low light? I have not been able to find a situation where my D800 can focus and the Df can't.

In this test, the cat statue was totally black to my eye and the Df locked right away (as did the D800).

This picture illustrates the frustration I am having with fellow Df users over the low light AF. You are focusing on an extreme contrast - the spot vs. the light color. On a stationary object to boot! It doesn't matter that you can't see the spot, it is a point of contrast that is very different from a face in a bar.

The AF is not optimal! That doesn't mean the camera is crap, but I have been shooting in dimmly lit bars and there are instances where it doesn't focus on a face. I have no doubt I could nail focus on the image above.

You guys do us all a disservice by saying the low light AF is as good as 51 points and a focus assist light. It ain't! The instances where I have had it happen it zoomed in and out and gave up. It happens, but it can be dealt with - it is simply a product of the AF system and no light.

I am so sorry to have waded into one of these ongoing threads between the two extremes... You guys are arguing in absolutes... enough already

I don't understand what you mean. I've never struggled to take pictures in low light with the Df. Just switch to single movable point focus (and if necessary recompose). The photos in this set were all taken in poor light in a variety of bars (no, I don't claim they are great examples of anything other than that I was able to take pictures in (very) poor light):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgoldswo/sets/72157638898070543/

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