Marek Stefunko: What is this? A hipster fashion camera?
Is there such a thing as an old hipster? If so, then yes.
dannyboy5400: Less features for more money? Nikon deserves to make money off any fool willing to buy this.
It just looks different. They are all quality instruments, whatever that means.
samfan: Well I have to admit it does look gorgeous.
That said, Nikon still completely missed the point of why would people want an old-fashioned camera. For crying out loud, it comes with a G lens!! Seriously, no aperture ring? And what about that plastic back?
And the price, well, that settles the whole thing.
It's another camera for rich hipsters, sorry to say.
I disagree about the price which frankly should have been higher, c.$5000. Limited edition, too. That's a drop in the bucket for attorneys, doctors, dentists, stock brokers and believe me, there are a lot more of them then there are serious photo hobbyists. And these guys and gals won't split hairs over locking knobs and focusing screens. Who do you think buys Porsches, $15,000 re-issue Les Pauls and African photo safaris? Follow the money.
dannyboy5400: I hope Nikon comes out with some faux retro lenses that are overpriced as well.
Stay tuned. Older lenses won't be that convenient and newer lenses are too big, so.....
Shamael: 2750$ for the body only. I will see in my pocket if I find the screw that is missing in Nikon's marketing director's head. Nikon will never learn.
They can get it. It's Nikon. People were in love with it before they knew anything about it. How many companies can say that?
Higuel: get less, pay more!
Say what you want; if Canon or Sony made this, they wouldn't be able to charge this much. Fuji might get away with it, though. I'll be curious to see how everybody's wonderful old Nikkors perform on 16mp FF and if it's convenient enough to be practical.
VirtualB: Aesthetically disappointing. Nowhere near the beauty and high quality look of an F3 or F2. Stamped metal look similar to the lower range FM and FE. Then there is the schizophrenic combination of a retro-design top with a modern-DSLR back...I very much doubt that a sophisticated industrial design house was involved with this abortion. Very disappointed as I was looking forward to this camera...
I'm pretty sure that magnesium, while lightweight, cannot be finished like brass so neither the silver or the black will duplicate the classic finishes. Then again, that gorgeous black enamel chipped like crazy.
OK, so just get a Pentax K3 (or K5 for that matter). Everything this is and more, minus full frame sensor. (Just get a KPS viewfinder magnifier for a full-frame sized view.) Backward lens compatibility. Amazing set of metal limited primes.
Perhaps DPReview might be reminded of this in their comments. Pentax rarely gets a mention with reference to the other companies and really that's forgetting some very relevant quality options.
And incredibly, the Pentax costs even more than the DF!
Bamboojled: The pros seem to like it...you know the folks that actually take pictures.http://nikondf.nikonusa.com/joe-mcnallyhtmlhttp://nikondf.nikonusa.com/bob-krist.htmlhttp://nikondf.nikonusa.com/lynn-goldsmith.html
I'm not able to make my own decisions so it's tremendously important what the pros use. One might even imagine them receiving one on permanent loan in exchange for their endorsement.
I'm sure it's nice--really--but you have to chuckle at the photo of the Df with the (admittedly cool-looking) 43-86, one of the softest lenses Nikon ever made.
What I want to know is, when you attach a non-CPU lens, and you have already programed the camera to remember that lens, does the Df automatically "sense" which non-CPU lens you are using...or, do you attach the old lens...then go to the non-CPU menu...then select lens #1-9?
Thoughts: I bet Canon is working a camera with a hump too...
Just a guess but I think it's more likely Jimmy Hoffa will turn up than Canon will "innovate" a retro DSLR.
njkdo: Sorry, what are we talking about?
It will sell like crazy for the next few months. I was hoping for a retro finish--black enamel on brass--instead of the crinkle finish on the suddenly ugly D610 and D800.
Interesting that the same people who said your computer was a wimp because it couldn't handle the D800 are now saying that fewer megapixels than the D610 is what you should have gotten in the first place.
Joe Ogiba: 16MP DF for $2,746.95 vs 36MP Sony A7r for $2,298 !
36MP Sony A7r :http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/10549831816_15ff6e63a5_o.jpg
He's right about the flash system. (But not about the 50 year old lenses or that a big telephoto will balance better on the world's lightest SLR).
Pretty perceptive. Let's hope he makes stuff so good that Sony doesn't have to rely on "our friends in the media". It's not like nobody's ever heard of Sony. Build it and they will come.
Plastek: Seems like people can make up only 2 arguments against this camera:1. It got too many buttons and switches2. It's too expensive.
If it's the best they can do than seems like Nikon just got itself a gold medal on dPreview and excellent sales! :)
The gold award was never in doubt and your two points are spot-on. But there is one more thing. Will this camera enable me to do something I couldn't do before?
StevieF: If NR have it right, beautiful job.
IMO Nikon have judged the market for this camera spot on ( for a change - V1, hello!). Retro means, by definition, a nod to the past and for that reason it will appeal ( but not entirely of course) to the 'older' consumer who are both an increasing demographic and may have the disposable income to indulge themselves. Nikon could not afford to ignore them. It also means no video, no touchscreen, a bunch of knobs etc etc
The infantile comments by some folk around here (with the brain dead 'LOL') are hilarious- they seem to think that it's their way or no way - they need to get out more with whatever gear blows their frock up rather than try and tell others that they're wrong - I'm no more interested in what they use than their opinions of this camera.
Don't shoot yourself in the foot tomorrow Nikon and I think you have a winner on your hands.
You get to make a statement. I can afford a D800...but I'm more refined (smiley face).
Richard Franiec: Perhaps Nikon tried to satisfy every photographer's preference: be that pushing the buttons or cranking the dials. I just wonder if this is not going to end up in harsh critique of unnecessary clatter from either camp.Canon 1DX does well with no dials at all, how this was possible? Execution of user interface should be simplest and most effective that technology supports.New Nikon is rather confusing in this respect. At least at the first look.
I guess you can't have it both ways. The traditionalist who wants a small camera is the same person who wants dedicated buttons so they don't have to assign functions, make multiple button presses, memorize, etc. But if you provide a separate button for each function the camera will be covered with them.
Two things. (1) A program option that overrides everything so you can take a photo without memorizing the ridiculous number of buttons and dials. You're friends will think you've memorized what all that stuff is for! (2) A reset, so that when you've accidentally set something incorrectly you can erase everything and start over. Handgrip looks great.
Archiver: 1226 comments as of this posting. This has to be a record for DPReview announcements, even bigger than the Adobe Creative Clod announcement. It shows how much interest and opinion there is for a camera of this nature.
It shows there is nothing else going on. Think about it. For whatever reason, they didn't make PhotoPlus and now there won't be anything significant until CES.
I would agree, there is something about Nikon. If Canon had a big announcement and they played hide 'n seek, I don't think people would pay attention until they knew what it was they were raving about.
Radilo Breitlack: I' rather have a digital insert in place of the classic film holder & bobbin to replace the 35 mm film cartridges in my old 35mm SLR;
Google digital film. I remember thinking it was a cool idea but it went nowhere.