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.
While it likely depends on the RF frequency and the conductivity of the water I doubt that triggering the shutter will be very effective when the camera in case is actually submerged in water.
Janie123: What concerns me most is paying and paying for software and not ending up owning it. We are close to retirement age and at some point I am going to have to cut back on subscriptioin services.
I subscribed to Reckon financial software for at least 10 years. Having reached retirement I had to cut back so I could no longer justify the subscription. What I didn't realise that sometime during that 10+ years reckon had sneakily removed the function to convert my financial records including share trades, to a standard form compatible with other software. So I have on my computer all the records accumulated over the past years and no way to view them.
pwithem: I"m confused. How has Adobe sustained such a huge monopoly? What features have they rolled out with each bazillionth release that makes upgrading so necessary? Do they hold a bunch of software patents that prevent competitors from entering the field?
Myself, I'm just a hobby photographer, and the extent of my photo software use is file/folder management and exposure & cropping tweaks. So, I don't spend much time doing creative processes within software, but I would imagine most features under the sun could be provided by any number of competitors. I'm just genuinely surprised that after so many years, the Photoshop beast is still the only game in town.
It's not unique, Corel Paint Shop Pro has many of the same features at a much, much lower cost. There are many other similar programs too. http://photo-editing-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
zos xavius: F*** THAT! This company does not have permission to print my work. If they do it will be their lawsuit!
96 dpi means squat if the image is 5056 x 3370 pixels
sunkenbranch: Where is the monitor cover!! I think they eliminated that. Make the LCD bigger and not protect it. Brilliant.
The best monitor protectors are the GGS ones that you buy on eBay. Forget the Nikon supplied ones.
Dunno, In Australia it means the best photo hosting site on the planet.
I'm wondering; what if you use a manual eg. AI lens when shooting video. Can you then change aperture while shooting or is the lens still held at constant aperture regardless of where the aperture ring is set?
AbrasiveReducer: I'll be the first to admit the 5D3 seems overpriced for what you get. But switching brands and lenses as you chase each new feature isn't going to save money even if the body is cheaper.
You should check Camera Lens Ratings at dxomark.com
Sad Joe: Pleased to see that Canon have been FORCED by Nikon to improve the 5D3 (in certain areas) but why oh why will this software update take so many months? This all smacks of Canon becoming worried about what Nikon are doing and what Nikon have in the pipeline. As a Canon user hoping to go FF I'd love a 5D3 ( I have used one - fab) but even so I feel that Nikon must be laughing to Canon AGAIN.
My thoughts exactly. I wonder what else Canon cameras are capable of if only Canon would give you access. It appears that they cripple their products while they can get away with it to protect sales of higher priced products.
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