BuckarooBanzai: Nikon's strategy is confusing. I know they don't want mirrorless sales to encroach on their DSLR sales when they price their new mirrorless kit higher than all their other DSLR kits except the D7100 (which can be purchased for $96 more on Amazon in the US).
"Yes! 20FPS, which is great for... ?"
People who need to shoot 60 images in the hope that 1 might be good? :)
mdmiataman: I have an APS C Nikon D5100 and three lenses, a Lumix GX7 and three lenses and my waterproof Olympus TG-2. I have all the bases covered. Why would anyone spend $1200 for a smaller sensor camera than a M 4/3 with limited lens choices is beyond me. My Nikon DX lens choices are about 50, and Panasonic and Olympus M 4/3 choices are about 40 and increasing in numbers monthly. Nikon 1 V3 is a waste of time,.. and money !!! ..to quote Ken Rockwell, " It's always better to spend your time and money on learning art and photography, not by spending it on more cameras. "
Quoting ken Rockwell is an even bigger waste of time :P
Graham Hill: It's a mirrorless camera....no one will care.
Mirrorless sales are tanking hard.
As are DSLR sales. Your point is?
Kodachrome200: it does look like a joy to use though compared to other mirrorless cams
Like what; the EM-1, the XT-1, the EM-5, the GH-4, the XE-2?
Sounds like Nikon aren't the only ones who are delusional...
Kill the value of the D600 by re-releasing it as a D610 - check. Bring out a Frankenstein body with the dF - check. Bring out an absurdly overpriced mirrorless - check. Ignore loyal DX customers - check.
WTG Nikon, you are certainly on a roll!
BarnET: Another Doa product from Nikon. Please be serious about mirrorless or don't do anything.
@ D Gold; so you want a mirrorless D610 that uses F mount lenses? And what would be the advantage to that? Size? Hardly. believe it or not, a lot of us use mirrorless so we DONT have to carry the weight.If you think all the existing mirrorless will "come tumbling down"... err sure.
gerard boulanger: Nikon, despite a large volume of sales, is the most vulnerable of all with 75% of their business coming from the photography gear.Fuji and Olympus could afford to take more risks and I think this is what they are doing.
Nikon has nothing to do with Mitsubishi
Juandante: I'm tired of those 18-55 mm f/3.5. I really don't see the point of these lense.You put it in 18mm for prime, you are limited by the f/3.5.
You put it in 55mm for low DoF portrait, 55mm is too short for it.
I think this is a vicious stylé from those company just for us too buy more lense when we purchase a DSLR.
@ Juandante - so why on earth would you buy a DSLR if you dont plan on buying additional lenses? <boggle>
shaocaholica: Sharpness is overrated for the casual photographer.
And a 36mp FF sensor isn't? <boggle>
tkbslc: Pretty impressive.
However, what about all the other photographers who don't have the money or need for the absolute best? A $400 50mm f1.4 is fantastic for most of us. A7 is a pretty cheap FF body. Seems like a handful of $400-600 primes would be in order.
If you dont have the money or need the absolute best, why on earth would you buy a 36mp FF body in the first place? Like seriously, you buy a top end sensor but want to cheap out on the glass?
justmeMN: Another mirrorless camera with DSLR Envy Styling.
(Since you can't beat them, try to look like them.)
@justmeMN; exact same reply from you as in the Fuji release? Try some originality once in a while maybe?
Ben O Connor: IT IS A GREAT COMBINATION OF M43 CAMERAS, however its not a "budget"
its hard to be a olympus user/lover nowadays.
ps; I know, I know...its my fault, that I could not win the lotory yet :)
Well, I hear knitting is a cheaper past time than photography...
Identity: I'm sure this is a lovely lens, but I was expecting shallower DOF in an F/1.2 lens. For me, APS-C is still the best balance of size, image quality, cost, and DOF control.
Actually no KakoW, you need (or want) the smaller SYSTEM.
RobertSigmund: I have no doubt: this is a superlens. But the samples also show: FF cannot be replaced by 4/3. Even at F 2, a FF 85 mm lens gives blurrier backgrounds than this 42,5 mm lens at 1,2. Quite interesting!
m4/3 was never (ever) meant to "replace" FF so not sure why they are still compared. If you need the shallow DoF that FF allows, then you're not looking at m43.
These comments are rather hilarious! Fanboys calling fanboys fanboys; its really doesn't get any richer!
Look, these are all really really good photographic tools; as a photographer and not a gear collector, there really isnt a bad choice among them.
Does it really matter if your favorite wins? Will it make your world a better place if YOUR camera wins? Grow the f*%# up and go take some pictures!
physguy88: When trying to recreate a classic, its important to remember the functional ethos that made the original great in their time. The originals not only looked a certain way, but were the best performing equipment of their times. The pure functionality of the originals imbued every aspect of their design with passion and meaning, and allows the classic to stand the test of time.
When trying to recreate the classic, one approach is to pair a slavishly retro design with sub par performance so that a product can be sold at a high profit margin. Or, you can utilize the design elements of the original in a modern body with the highest performance achievable in the modern day, hence creating a modern evolution of the classic and pulling its heritage into an even greater story.
The Ford Thunderbird 2.0 was retro. The modern 911and Corvette are classics. Guess which one is the Df?
More like a Mustang II I'd say.
jamesm1291: As an owner of the DF, I was was amazed by how much it resembled an attempt to damn with faint praise. Then I saw the rating and saw the reviewer had to concede the excellent performance of this camera in the face of his prejudices. I began seriously taking photos in the 50's through a series of Pentax, Canon and Nikon film SLR's. The DF harkens back to these days and I am unashamedly in love with it. Unlike the opinion the reviewer, I find this camera feels quite solid and substantial. It also has wonderful creative capabilities and provides logical access to them. No other DSLR can surpass it in the excellence of its images. It cries for prime lenses, not zooms.
If you are a lover of fine craftsmanship, appreciate the old days when the photographer controlled the camera and not the other way around, want the finest available image quality and are into walk around street photography and stunning portraiture, this camera shines. The price is high, but the rewards are great.
Actually no, you buy a Leica. Or I guess you can drink the Nikon Coolaid, its your money.
String: Retro for no other reason than to be retro just doesn't work.
Well Bamboojled, since you asked... a good reason to be retro would be functional. You know, like if you are going to make a retro camera that is targeted at older manual focus glass and not putting a split prism vf in it is beyond absurd. Charging a $1k premium for it is even worse. But hey, its your money so go ahead and drink the coolaid...
Retro for no other reason than to be retro just doesn't work.
John Mason: My favorite Canon of all time was the 5d3 often with the 85 1.2 lens attached. However, after over a decade shooting both Olympus and Canon systems, I finally went all in and got 2 EM1 bodies and some more lenses.
While there are still fringe occasions where the 5d3 would have served me better, for the vast majority of my shooting, the EM1 gets me more keepers.
Part of this is the sensor. The little sony sensor the em1 is using has even more raw post processing adjustment range than the 5d3 did.
But the biggest reason for the larger keeper rate, is the ability to use some amazing primes with the 5 stop IBIS. Whether its causal street shooting at night, or low light events, the EM1 was more consistent in getting me great results.
Interestingly, as I sold off all my Canon gear the buyer told me how in NYC the weekend before he had a Nikon guy sell off all his D800 gear for the EM1 for the same reasons.
This Gear of the Year award is well deserved in my mind.
Well John, you made a huge mistake! According to at least one FF shooter, you could have had a 5D1 with a cheap ass 24-85 zoom and could get "anyway better IQ and subject isolation. Just read DxO" - tongue firmly in cheek!