abortabort: Only thing wrong with this lens is that there is no camera with a 1/8000th shutter to take advantage of it in good light, so your expensive f1.2 lens often is forced to be a f2 lens (not suggesting a lens like this should only be shot wide open, far from it, it's about choice... A choice which is robbed in good light).
And yes, I know about ND filters.
No big deal. if you can afford this lens you can easily afford a full set of ND filters which would be more usable wide open at all shutter speeds. I use them on my 35mm f1.4 with great effect.
cgarrard: I think the problem is that Nikon is trying to make two cameras into one while they should have just made one - a classic camera. Fusion isn't necessary when Nikon already has such excellent DSLRS in its lineup.
Make a classic styled camera go full bore with it, don't hold back. Go simpler than this and don't try to fuse so much.
It's only good that Nikon is even thinking at all about making a classically styled camera, my complaint is that they didn't nail this.
If they made this a pure classic camera it would cost as much as a Leica. Will require expensive development of components and retooling and have a much smaller target market. Too many photographers expect modern bells and whistles.
If the Df proves to be an outstanding success I would not be surprised if they tried it. but expect to pay D4 prices at a minimum.
Singh: Hey it's "only a camera", why all the emotion. If you like it then buy it if not then don't.
Although i shoot with Canon i admire Nikon for trying to be different. And, yes to an earlier comment all Canon DSLR do look alike
I believe the K-01 was universally panned. On the other hand some of Pentax's latest offerings get good press but here it is mostly silence. I don't shoot Pentax BTW.
davaodoc: I am an avid Nikon user. Between me, my wife and my son, we have the Df, D4, D800, two D7000, D3100 cameras as well as almost all the current nikon lenses, yet I hate the Df and I regret buying it.
I made the mistake of getting a Df as soon as it hit the market. I agree that it is a D610 with a 50% markup. In Nikon's desire to create a "retro camera", they ended reinventing the wheel.
How else can you justify: it costs the same as the D800, but has no video, NO HISTOGRAM IN LIVE VIEW (a mortal sin for landscape photographers), no built in viewfinder cover (again, a must for long exposures), can't adjust the ISO with one hand (try it) and a single SDHC slot?
I also have the mirrorless Fuji X-E2 and a side by side comparison shows the X-E2 beating the Df in every aspect. I'm sending it back.
You are one of the very few posters who has reported getting rid of the Df. You reasons are very suspicious since you quote cons right out of the Dpreview review. First post, no gear list hmmm...I believe you are just a troll who has never owned one.
abolit66: There should be "emotion" because this camera does not fit into "retro" category. First of all - there's no any manual focusing applications (split prizm or focus peeking).Secondly : The adjustment wheels on the top of the camera placed by some guy who did not have any idea of what he was doing.Thirdly: The camera is not cheap!
The only advantage of buying this camera is just a LOOK.. not good enough for me.
Another failure from Nikon... it's freaking "amazing"!...
I own a camera with split image VF and two cameras with focus peaking and both are very good with these aids. My Df focuses just as good with my very own eyes with my manual lenses. Just get unlazy and don't expect the gear to do it all for you. The control wheel works fine. Just sync your brain with your eyes and fingers.
0.001% get it and DPR traffic goes meltdown viral. Does not compute. if only Pentax got this kind of attention.
sunhorse: I do not understand the people who hate a camera they've never handled or used, and will never buy.
Happy Holidays everyone!
The tease said this was a fusion camera and it was always targeted to a niche audience that have been asking for something like this for ages. Nikon never made any claims this to be their latest greatest or that it was replacement of current models. Judging by sales this niche audience has suddenly grown vastly that Nikon cant keep up production. Numbskulls just don't get it.
marike6: Frankly, this review as a hachette job. I've always defended them against the claims of bias, but after this absurdly negative, nick-picky review, I feel zero compunction to defend anyone anymore.
Erroneous claims that the Df is the same price as the D800 and a high number of nit-pick Cons that were never mentioned for other reviewed cameras, i.e., 1/4000 max shutter speed, SD card on bottom, etc.
It could be that there are few if any DSLR shooters on staff but there are several extremely positive reviews of the Df on-line by top pros, see Sam Hurd, Nasim Mansurov, et al. But DPR couldn't be bothered talking about the the extremely quiet shutter, great battery life, or the fact that the Df beat the score of the legendary D3s the previous low-light champ on DxOMark. Instead they lamented the lack of time lapse mode. :-) The phrase "jumped the shark" comes to mind. Sorry guys.
Also the WTF tone of the DPR preview did not help their credibility when it came to the final result. There is clearly something wrong with their AF results. Needs to be redone for sure. It appears their reviewers also don't have much of a clue how to manual focus.
raztec: Once again DP review proves that it is THE single best source for accurate, unbiased, reviews of modern digital cameras.
Thank you DPreview for your objective, well informed review. That is the reason we all keep coming back to your site and it is the most widely used site in the world for digital camera reviews.
What are you waiting for? Quite a few D700's going cheap on Ebay at the moment. Just don't come back and complain its too heavy.
chooflaki: Bjorn Rorslett has posted quite a scathing retort to the Dpreview review. Basically questions the reviewers competence as photographers. Makes some valid criticisms on their methods and is in complete disagreement with the alleged poor AF performance.
Bjorn posts on Nikongear forum.
Bjorn Rorslett has posted quite a scathing retort to the Dpreview review. Basically questions the reviewers competence as photographers. Makes some valid criticisms on their methods and is in complete disagreement with the alleged poor AF performance.
alenis: I have a questions for the experts. I own 5 old (60s-70s) Nikon lenses: 105 f2.5, 35 f2, 24 f2, 55macro f 3.5, 200 f2. Questions are:1) are those old lenses still good, compared to the new ones? Does it make sense spending 2700$ to buy the DF, just to be able to use them?2) Is it possible to use them (with obvious limitations) on a Canon Dslr (400d)?
Thank you very much in advance
The 105, 55 and 200 versions you have can be highly regarded depending on the exact version. Need more precise info.
I think DPR should retest the low light AF capabilities of this camera. Their impression of poor low light AF performance is way out of line with just about every user including myself and also all the expert reviewers.
On their website they have black Canon and Nikon versions for an extra $100. They look quite good.
Nikon on their japanese website have put up an apolgy to customers because they cannot keep up with the unexpected demand. Looks like a winner.
bakhtyar kurdi: No thanks Nikon for your DeaF camera (I believe they call it deaf because it has no microphone), I am buying Sony A7r instead.
I have three mirrorless cameras with video capability and they remain video virgins. Still haven't got around to trying vidieo and most likely never will. A useless feature for me, just bloatware.
Bjorn Rorslett is now saying that the Df and D800e may become his combination cameras to use.
backayonder: I saw one in a shop in Sydney yesterday and it sure is big and clunky.
The DF is approx the same dimensions as my ASPC Fuji S5 Pro or the D200 but about 250 grams lighter. He must be comparing it to an entry level DSLR like the D3200.
chooflaki: I have been using the DF for two days now. Great IQ and state of the art manual focus. Does eveything else it should do. I didn't know ugly could be so beautiful. Looks like I will be becoming a hipster.
Age has nothing to do with optical viewfinders. The best SLR viewfinders lived in the film days pre AF.
Focussing is better than my Fuji s5 pro which is set up for MF with a Katz Eye I don't know the technical reason why. Needs to be experienced. I am sure future reviews will confirm my opinion.