teos: "Super zoom" is USELESS!! I used several of them all with very high CA at corners. They are for amateurs, but not for enthusiasts & professionals. I ended up selling all, and continue with standard zoom & prime lenses.
Superzooms are indispensable when travelling. There are many, many incidences when the shot has to be captured in an instant or it has gone. No time to consider what lens you need to select, let alone change lenses. If you are taking a shot where image quality is crucial then knowing the optimum focal length and aperture to give maximum resolution, minimum distortion, CA and vignetting will be useful. If you know what you are doing most superzoom images can produce very acceptable prints up to at least A3+. Better the awesome image you get than the one you miss even if it isn't as razor sharp as a prime lens might produce. Most of the time my superzoom isn't on my camera but it is when I'm travelling.
PStu: Would this be the first weather-resistant APS-C lens for Nikon and Canon users? It would be nice to have something for those 70D users who don't want to buy an L-class lens for that feature. The press release doesn't offer many details on how good the moisture-resistance is.
No, it wouldn't be the first by a long shot
Kaelis: PhaseOne... I'm still waiting for a Full Frame you know, don't take the same road as Pentax please, I'm tired of waiting for bigger sensors !
Nice portraiture on your website
DSLR depreciation rules: At first I was pumped about this camera, then real disappointment came to me when I first held it - I expected it to feel as solid as my FE2, instead it feels like an N80 in my hands - light and fragile. Then I learned about its gimped feature set and I was nearly sick. It's disgusting how much praise this camera has garnered. It is a gimped, overpriced, retro-look DSLR and nothing more. The lack of video capability, fixed focus screen and light, unsolid feel are inexcusable. What is the point of making a retro-looking DSLR then gimping it to the point where using many excellent, fast, old lenses is not realistic because it is nearly impossible to focus them? Getting accurate selective focus on an old <f2 lens is nearly impossible without a split prism or microprisms. The "dot" and rangefinder don't cut it.
I use a vintage micro Nikkor with an aperture coupling fork and manual focus on my D200 and have no focussing issues at all. I focus by eye then use the green spot to get it dead on. Anyone who complains that you can't do the same with a Df either hasn't used one or tried.
The Df appears to have a much improved jpeg engine over D4 and to a lesser degree D610, retaining superb colour, contrast and details at extreme ISO like 12800. The 6D is the worst performer in this respect, imparting a smooth but plastic appearance
Mike Griffin: Nikon don't release their hardware communication protocols so third party suppliers have to reverse engineer the software. A difficult task I'm sure and sometimes they will not quite get it right. That is why future compatibility of third party lenses and accessories can't be guaranteed. I can't imagine that Nikon would purposely change things to block third party items as wouldn't that likely also block their own old lenses and accessories.
So when Sigma release lens firmware updates to make their incompatible lenses compatible again what do you think they are doing? I don't think Nikon blocks non Nikon lenses per se as the only way around that would be for Sigma to make all it's lenses report as Nikon branded. Isn't it true that recently some Sigma lenses wouldn't work with the D7100 even though they worked properly with all previous Nikons and all previous Nikon lenses worked with the D7100. I believe Sigma haven't correctly interpreted the hardware communication protocol. There is a conspiracy theorist in all of us but sometimes it has to be tempered by logic.
Nikon Rumors is now reporting that after the firmware update some brands of third party batteries are working and others aren't. Isn't that interesting?
So how come if they get it right first time, third party lens manufacturers occasionally have to update the firmware on their products to comply with Nikon firmware updates when Nikon's own products don't have to be updated even though they have been manufactured decades ago.
Nikon don't release their hardware communication protocols so third party suppliers have to reverse engineer the software. A difficult task I'm sure and sometimes they will not quite get it right. That is why future compatibility of third party lenses and accessories can't be guaranteed. I can't imagine that Nikon would purposely change things to block third party items as wouldn't that likely also block their own old lenses and accessories.
Daniel Bliss: Any comment from DPReview so far on the optical quality of the viewfinder? Some of the FX cameras, at least the D800, have the dubious distinction of combining relative dimness with still being a dollar short when it comes to ease of manual focusing. A bright viewfinder that snaps in and out of focus — an unusual combination to be sure, it's usually either/or — would go a long way to boost popularity of the Df.
Would be nice if that is the case. On my D200 I use the focus indicator, green spot, with manual focus lenses so it's not a problem at all. Then the Df has live view as well.
chooflaki: Response to Mile Griffin. That may explain why the mounting flange sticks out so much. Puts the camera look slightly off balance. Pre AI lenses were unworkable on previous DSLR's because of risk of the mirrorr hitting the back of the lenses and causing damage. I wonder if this has any effect on the listed focal lengths of the Pre Ai lenses?
I think pre-AI lenses were unusable because the aperture coupling lever for AI lenses would bind with the lens mount. Nikon redesigned the aperture coupling lever which is fitted to AI compatible DSLR's so that it is collapsible. I wonder if the upgrade will be fitted to future DSLRs
What is really clever about this camera is than Nikon have engineered a way for the lens mount to support pre-AI lenses. Given the lens parameters, metering can proceed as normal after the aperture setting is manually transferred from lens to camera
Zigmont: "Lensrentals' Roger Cicala has beaten us to testing the Nikon D610 for oil and dust accumulation - concluding its 'certainly no worse than other cameras.' "
Funny how "its" and "it's" are so often employed incorrectly.
Here's the simple rule: "it's" is always (always) and only a contraction of "it is". If you would say "it is", they you can say "it's". Otherwise, it's "its".
In the sentence from the intro, it should be "it's".
BTW, glad to see the D610 is "clean". But once again, Nikon uses us as beta testers and then quickly brings out an update which, of course, we have to pay for.
spot on Zigmont
Ozwork: Where is the aperture ring? I do not want retro or retro sake. I want a camera that is as functional as the 1970's models. Manual dial for Shutter speed Aperture and ISO. Miss one and you miss the point.
Nikon have made a quadrillion lenses with aperture rings and most of them will work on this camera as they will on any of their upper range of digital cameras that incorporate a lever to connect to the aperture ring. Even though the aperture link is mechanical the aperture set is digitally translated which informs the metering system and the external speedlight if used. You can still buy new Nikon AIS lenses on BH Photo Video right now http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=nikon+ais+lenses&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ta No problem getting a new Nikon lens with an aperture ring that works on your new retro camera.
It should have an ISO lock so that you can only change the film speed after you've taken 36 shots. Same goes for color/monochrome.
Mike Griffin: Unlike my old Nikon F, the Df comes with a lifetime supply of free film. It's a bargain.
Let's see.... Projector, screen, enlarger, developing spools, trays, chemicals, darkroom, print dryer and the list goes on.
Unlike my old Nikon F, the Df comes with a lifetime supply of free film. It's a bargain.
Video is targeting studious photographers who hunt down the quarry in stealth mode just like we all used to when our camera was loaded with 36 shots of expensive film and - if it was slide film - we had to wait a week or more to see the developed images. Sadly nowadays we are tempted to take our chances, firing off our 'free' film at 5 frames per second and selecting perhaps the one in 30 images that hit the spot.
One thing they won't have to adapt to be compatible with the retro model is the lens mount.
I was on the patio a couple of years ago and I noticed some ants at my feet arranged in a circular pattern. Getting closer, a number of ants each had the leg of a larger ant in the centre. A deadly tug-o-war. They were ripping the poor ant's legs off and succeeded to get two before I could get the camera out. I wonder what the crime was to elicit such cruel punishment.