Tapper123: At $3000 (rumored price for the body) this is mainly a fetish camera for well-to-do older guys who dislike complicated digital cameras and long for the simpler film camera days. It will have a small market, and I'm sure Nikon understands that. Not a camera for me, but it's at least interesting and different, unlike the majority of CaNikon cameras.
3000$ without video!! :)
leschnyhan: As a photography instructor, I'd like all my students to start with a film SLR with basic manual controls. However, since I teach in some programs that don't have darkroom facilities, I often end up teaching intro DSLR classes to people who don't have any experience with a simple film SLR. The Nikon DF, together with an older Nikon lens with an aperture ring, would be an ideal kit for a student learning to use manual exposure--not too many bells and whistles to complicate things, and (maybe?) fewer automatic features like scene modes (which become a crutch and don't help people to understand exposure). It looks fairly sturdy, too, which means it might be a good camera for school photography departments or rental facilities (where equipment is often handled roughly). Unfortunately, I think it will come with a price tag that will put it out of reach for many beginning students who want to own (rather than borrow) a camera.
film doesn´t help anyone today to take better images.that is a myth from some old folks who dream about "better times".
you can learn everything with a digital... and even faster because you have instant feedback.
trust me.. i have had my time with film cameras too.
Earthlight: Well, piccies are piccies, no matter if you shoot them with a hipster lifestyle accessory. :-D
That said, will Canon follow suit and announce a digital F-1?
yep in some interview with a canon official.
the usual canon websites reported it a few weeks ago.
Jake64: Can someone clarify just what makes this camera so special other than the fact it looks like it's 40 years old? This is a serious question.
boy i hate to destroy you dream.... it´s not mirrorless...
and the rumored price tag is 3000$. don´t know what you guys smoking....
for years i hear photogs scream.. give me a camera that is cheaper because it has no video functions.
i guess we will see how much "cheaper" a camera without video functions is very soon. ;)
still can´t believe nikon has not included video.. completely retarded move.
special is that it has no video... i mean that´s quite special these days.
and some morons will sure tell you that will help you concentrate on photography.. because otherwise you are forced to take videos too.... ;-)
canon already said it will not jump on the retro bandwagon.
well i call that bolocks.i have learned with a film camera.
today my 12 year old nephew is shooting with a 550D and makes great images after 5 month.
exposure and stuff only brings you so far. what is 1000x more important is an eye. an eye for situations and composition etc.
exposure is maybe going in your way taking the picture you want... but its not the holy grail of photography. and making it more complicated to master exposure helps nobody.
use the tools you have. you don´t get to be a better driver by learning how to drive a ford t model.
fad: Most people do not understand the benefits of pro focus/metering with 51 points on the D4/D800 --which this camera does not have.
DF hasOnly 2k pixel imagining sensor, instead of 62k.Only narrow DX style 39point AF instead of pro 51 point with wider area.
This is a down-spec'd system that will no doubt be fine for MF, and for center focus/recompose. It will be inferior for selecting focus points. And it will be much inferior for Auto-Area focus with face detection. The latter is truly excellent for action photography. I use it for street most of the time.
If Nikon had not crippled the metering/focus system from that in the D800/D4, this would be the street camera I am looking for.
Likewise, despite sharing the D4's sensor, don't expect the Df to be anywhere's as capable for low light shooting.
I guess one could say about it, faster AF than the A7, but deliberately crippled by Nikon to not compete with other models.
as you seem to know the specs... i don´t ask why.
does this camera has video or not?
Cailean Gallimore: Nikon:
DSLRs - Very good.
DSLR Lenses - Very good.
DSLR Flashes - Very good.
Coolpix A - Not bad.
Everything Else - Lol.
please use your own brain if you have one. don´t just repeat other peoples headlines. ;-)
itsastickup: Classic 80s. Retro for me is 70s and earlier.
yeah well... for my grandpa retro is 30s and earlier.
mpgxsvcd: Making it only shoot photographs doesn't mean it shoots better photographs. It just means you took out something(Video) that every other manufacturer wouldn't dream of leaving it out and called it retro.
People will buy this camera but they will be wasting their money.
well where does this rumor comes from anyway? that this camera has no video functions?
Mirrorless Crusader: Pure photography? What a joke. This is a digital camera. Nikon should get over itself and start making cameras people will actually buy, not some overzealous hipster fashion accessory that doesn't even have a proper LCD.
wow.. every image is spot on... you are my hero.
mhm... at the top end more do then on rebels or low end nikons i guess.most "noobs" don´t get AF with DSLR´s anyway, a cheap camcorder is way better (easier to handle) for such customers.
but wedding photographer and other pros will do more and more video. most wedding pros i know shoot video these days too.
Biowizard: Oooh Salivating ... a "real" body with a metal-barrelled Zeiss Prime on the front ... at last, a CAMERA rather than a blob of plastimetal!
buy it you look like you have a few years left... and a retro camera really fit´s your style. ;)
this camera doesn´t have video functions?
the heavy vignette is killing it for me.
UnChatNoir: Yes Nikon, what are you doing? After wandering a very fuzzy road of big, bulky and even bad DSLR's like the D600 I switched to the Fuji X-system.
I Didn't regret it for a minute, Fuji easily outperforms almost every Nikon equipped with the mainstream lenses and zooms, even FX.
Now this DF should wake up our 'wow, a Nikon' feeling again. I don't know. I expected a bit more than just this 16MP retro-attempt to get convinced in your brand again.
After your crappy D600, I fully lost all confidence btw. Do something real for your believers, come f.i. with a credible mirror less range.
the D600 was not that bad.... just oily....
SirSeth: Exciting times. Mirrorless is really growing up with the E-M1 and A7--offering something very competitive in a diminutive package. E-M1 advances mirrorless into the crop sensor enthusiast zone losing nothing to APS-C in IQ. The A7/r is most certainly the smallest FF camera with real appeal and the price is right. Nikon looks to be offering something different in FF also by going back to basics with manual goodness. In my opinion, with sales slacking, companies have to branch out and provide something that has mainstream performance as well as special appeal. Companies are taking on a little risk. Camps are going to solidify around these unique designs. Polarizing yes, but in my opinion, it's all good.
unfortunately this is no mirrorless as most think.
Dynax7Man: The most promising camera I have seen since my Minolta Dynax 7.My D700 is still very good, I passed the D800, bought a D7100 as a kind'a substitute. Do not like video controls on a still camera - love what I see in these teasers. A tool with capital T!
This is not only good Nikon - it is FANTASTIC! Can't wait!
wow.. just from the design you can say that´s the most promising camera.. just wow. who cares about specs.you buy cameras like louis vitton handbags.... ?