The more I look at this camera, the less it amazes. Love the sensor size and type, all the technology, fond memories of film era SLRs, but what is missing is that Nikon didn't try to re-think the interface for a digital SLR. Over the years, the digital SLR has come to resemble the flight deck of the space shuttle. Let's figure out how to simplify, yet gain ergonomic power, not simply patch on every conceivable interface control.
oselimg: This so called"retro" trend must be a very effective way of milking the vain and the shallow. Why not make even older looking cameras and put even more absurd prices on them.
But so many of those older cameras did marry form and function. It doesn't seem like anyone can rationalize or simplify the modern digital camera. In some respects, the Pentax K-01 is one of the best efforts so far. But Pentax went back to conventional DLSRs.
Focus. Set the shutter speed. Set the aperture. Take the picture. Cameras pre-auto exposure, auto-focus, auto-wind had a certain "elegant but sophisticated" simplicity. That never can be recaptured.
This is no doubt a wonderful camera but the digital age is anything but elegant, with so many layer cakes of buttons, dials, connectors, etc.
I know they are there with input, but it sure seems like even the major OEMs don't really design the cameras as much as pick from available subsets and modules. Most cameras share buttons, icons, I expect certain sub-assemblies. Thus, the new cameras come out fast and furious.
Wish someone would really try to simplify the modern digital SLR and advanced compact. Can the interface be streamlined and improved?
Thus, even this certainly desirable camera looks like a layer cake- digital upon retro upon digital.
These cameras are more attractive and, I feel, functional than the modern homogenous plastic blobs that digital SLRs have become.
Nikkormat FT3 I believe also had that fold-away indexing tab.
Richard Murdey: And what happened to the "hybrid viewfinder" rumor? That's the only feature that seems to be missing from the original leak.
Yes. Only Fuji has tried to advance viewfinders. Maybe, the "death" of OVF has something to do with the inability of the industry to combine OVF and EVF in a single viewfinder.
instamatic: I have a feeling that Nikon targeted this camera more at the collectors than photographers just needing a full-featured, full-frame camera. The high price is one indicator of that, and I have no qualms about stating that in this day and age - this price is indeed steep for a full-frame camera - that also does not come with built-in WI-FI. The focusing screen remains a big question here as well, and I think a lack of split-screen prism would confirm that the serious manual focus photographers continue to be left out. I for one sold my 50mm f/1.2 AI-S only because accurately focusing with it was next to impossible on the D700 because it's focusing screen is only viable for something like f/2.8 lenses and darker. Otherwise one has to rely on the green dot rangefinder indicator which I found not to work as well as I would want it. I'm hoping that the Df addresses that. Bottom line, I'm disappointed - but of course I haven't used this camera yet.
Yup. This is parallel to the beautiful new Nikon SP rangefinder film camera produced several years ago. Unfortunately, digital doesn't seem to be collectable, even some of the first cameras that proved digital was viable for working photographers like the Nikon 900 or Casio QV-3000.
completelyrandomstuff: The knobs on the top are nice, but they don't have to sacrifice the ergonomics of the newer cameras to include those. This camera focuses too much on the looks, to my taste. To me it's a product in the same category like different color bodies on entry-level Pentax dSLRs and I was hoping for a lot more.
This is a partner to the heritage Nikon SP rangefinder model that Nikon did a few years ago. However, collecting of digital cameras hasn't seemed to catch on yet.
$800.Thought we would see something like this years ago.This reminds me of the recent Nikon SP rangefinder.
Would really have liked to have seen "OVF done right" by camera makers with full information, customizable and controllable overhead display. So much technology and yet only Fuji has tried to advance viewing systems.
Thanks. Interesting read.
Would like to see Olympus do the same concept, even with a 24mm-90mm equivalent fixed lens.
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.
This may be similar to when Nikon prdouced a "modern" version of the SP rangefinder camera a few years ago. Almost just a collector's item. It's a good branding exercise.
Lab D: I had the pleasure to use one for a week and focusing was very good during videos. The review is very similar to my thoughts, so good job!The only thing I did not like was having to hold the larger heavy camera away from your body while in video mode or using live view.I also found the sensor to be good enough for most uses and not an issue.
Any way for a VF to be OVF or EVF? Manufacturers never really pursued heads-up display for the OVF. Is Fuji the only one?
JimBob0: Is anyone here a real photographer? You know, someone who actually takes good photographs? Or does everyone just argue about minor specification details that no one will ever see or notice in a photograph?
I'm beginning to worry that too many commentators can only take a good photograph if they have the very best camera to do it rather than actually having the skill or talent to take a good photo in the first place.
Too many dull nerds here.
You need to know about cooking, but you don't need to be a great chef to be a great restaurant critic.
Those negatives urge caution. PLEASE 2 card slots on so expensive a camera.
Thanks for posting. Olympus and Panasonic have umpteen M43 models. They could try a similar concept with micro 43 sensor.
miiicho: Very nice camera. It is possible for it to replace my e-pl1 in most situations. The only think that scares me is the hump for viewfinder. I'd really love to see a new camera without it. But otherwise I see no negatives :)
Yup. Panasonic gets it with GX7b and LF1 designs. Get that EVF in the gestalt of the camera.
Camp Freddy: A pretty ugly concoction, but somehow Olympus ( and Sony therefore as major share holder) are committed to a superzoom and retro PEN / OM styling.|Better off doing an mFT 16mpx chip with a non interchangeable 24-120 collapsing zoom for around the 700 USD mark IMHO. Let Fuji amd Panny fight it out with Nikon following soon after in the superzoom sector.
Exactly. XZ-1 is now $245. Reasonable acquisition. When it was $500-NO. This camera is overpriced.
Time to stop calling 1/1.7 sensor a larger sensor. It's one up from the bottom. FF, APS-C, M4/3, 1" etc. All these cameras should strive for a 2/3 in sensor at a minimum; really 1" like Sony and Nikon 1.