mike kobal: looking at the crops wide open the 58mm produces a less hazy and slighter sharper image. Could be the difference between breathtaking and garbage image. Once you stop down to f2 however, you overpay.
But as I have noticed with most 1.2 and 1.4 lenses, the optical quality isn't the real problem but nailing focus during a fast paced shoot is and it appears the 58mm isn't any better then the rest of the bunch /: phase detection just won't cut it on current dslrs
The 58 f/1.4G has much better color/contrast similar to other high grade Nano coated Nikkors. With that in mind, I don't know how you are arguing that you are overpaying. Especially a talented professional portraitist like you Mike, I'm surprised to read this from you. The 58 f1.4G would sing in your hands.
12345ccr: this lens should not have gotten 84%. The rating is absolutely ridiculous. In the sharpness test, the 50mm F/1.4 is sharper at most, if not all F stops. Plus, it's between 3-4 X as expensive as well. The most i would give is a 60%. As a Canon shooter myself, i can get a faster and better lens for less money and im sure Nikon users can as well.
Lots of wide open samples here. At close range at max aperture there is tons of detail from this lens. Like the 50 f/1.8 and f/1.4G lenses, 1 or 2 EV from max you'll have all the sharpness you'll ever need. But this lens had much better color/contrast that the two other current Nikon 50s.
Here's a nice mini review from photographer Sam Hurd with samples images.
This is a better lens than the 50 f/1.4G, hands down. Sharpness is but a tiny part of photography. This lens has professional color/contrast that high end Nikkors and L lenses are known for, great bokeh (dramatically better than the other 50s), and a solid metal barrel professional build quality.
See the Flickr stream from my comments below and the above review and get back to us. :-)
Before theorizing on this lens, I would urge everyone to see the below image set from this lens.
This lens has about the creamiest bokeh of any normal lens. It is absolute butter. And like all N coated Nikkors, color/contrast is extremely high, something that these kinds of "tests" don't always tell you.
Clearly for professionals wedding shooters, portraitists, and general shooting, this lens is a no-brainer.
Anyway, in case you haven't seen these, have a look at this set of 58 f/1.4G images from Joe Marquez that he made in Hawaii. Lots of wide open portraits made in this set, and they look terrific.
leventhan: Go to here: http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/pentax_k50_review/sample_images/
I downloaded iso 6400 and its very clean yet sharp even though I didn't use the sharpening slider. It's very very usable. If only Pentax step up their game in their movie quality...
The K-50, like the K-30 before it has remarkably good IQ, easy to see in the photographyblog samples. That sensor has extraordinarily good colors, with extremely clean files an most ISO settings. I'm likely in the minority but I prefer the body design of the K-30 as it somehow looks more interesting. But IQ is mostly all I care about.
But I'm sure reviewers will try to find some way to give this camera a mediocre score / review. Isn't that how it goes with most interesting non-mirrorless cameras these days on DPR?
Akpinxit: IQ just a notch lower than 70D , never the less , I've become used to see Nikon sensors in lead
> Not sure what Timbukto is talking about as the RAW files from the D5300 are have as much detail or more than the 70D. Really there is very little difference. Where there is a big difference is in areas that the studio scene cannot depict, like DR and better color fidelity of the D5300. Not to mention the lower noise at higher ISO settings plainly visible in the studio scene. Put in on RAW ISO 3200 and have a look.
km25: The biggest point seems to be AF. Maybe firmware may solve this. This almost sounds like Fuji X-Pro 1 when it was reviewed. So combo of high price and AF. Well the X-Pro 1 has come down in price and had a lot of firmware upgrades. The other stuff, let's face it is pretty much.. minor. The bottom line is, what do the images look like. Some people have said DP has beeen unfair to Nikon, but the D600/610 has a very high score. I will also see how they review the Sony A7/A7R. Some are calling the dream camera. But thr mirror less users love using RF lens, Sony can not use shorter then 35mm RF lens and the A7 should focus better the A7R, some say that the A7R wins. That there are only two lens ready for it and with the history of slow Sony roll out?? But no matter what Sony does, any fast, very wide and/or long lens is going to drawf the A7s into an unbalanced mess. Will DP give 'em 90 and gold rating, we will see how this different camera does. Just say 36MP you get gold!
DPR is the ONLY tech website that is writing that the Nikon Df has "weak AF". The camera has the exact same AF module as the D600/D610 which is quite capable even in low-light.
As far as the A7R cares what score or award DPR gives the A7R or A7 (or any other camera for that matter)? The scoring and awards have become so random as to be almost meaningless.
Because the new Nikon received an unprecedented number of clicks here on DPR they hurried to bring us this Df review and it showed. It was truly a subpar effort. It felt rushed and had an overly negative tone with nitpicks that weren't mentioned for other cameras in the past.
Hopefully DPR will hire some more DSLR oriented writers because all this mirrorless talk / frame of reference is a bit of a snoozefest.
Check DxOMark Sensor ratings and you'll see the D5300 way higher than the 70D.
Lots of daylight samples. Does DPR ever bother to wait for interesting light to go shooting? IQ looks good, but for crying out loud. If I had a job that allowed me to make images with the latest cameras, I would at least wake up early at sunrise or go out late to catch the magic hour. Grab shots in bars and daylight snaps, that's all we ever see with camera after camera.
No offense but since you guys have decided to be hypercritical with no hold barred negativity in your more recent Previews and Reviews, there is no need to beat around the bush. A little effort will go a long way.
Carlos Loff: Nikon - Cut the crap and show us what you can do on a D400, so tired of waiting
What "crap" is that? Nikon has excellent, class leading bodies at every price point. A Nikon user complaining about a lack of choices kind of like a potato farmer complaining about the availability of french fries.
Compared to some of the other subpar cameras reviewed recently, this camera will most certainly please the reviewers here and will without a doubt be the next Gold Award camera.
Excellent IQ, solid lens lineup and from what I've read, superb handling and WiFi as a bonus. And it's small enough to fit in a small camera bag rather than a medium sized one.
In case you missed, Steve Huff reviewed the Nikon Df and he absolutely loves it. So much so that he bought one.
He talks about all the things this review didn't care to mention: the fact that the Df has dethroned legendary D3s on DxOMark as the low-light king, the quiet shutter compared to the A7's somewhat loud shutter sound, the outstanding battery life and body as the lightest FF DSLRs on the market.
Knowing that almost ALL cameras get awards on this website, with all those positives and class leading low-light performance going for it, the fact that the Df received a high score of 81 but no award was an uncalled for insult to Nikon users and readers of this website.
Huff, like most of the reviewers here, is a mirrorless and rangefinder fan, but he gave nothing but raves for the Df. And the quality of the images he made with the Df speak for themselves.
marike6: It's hilarious that pretty much every camera with a shutter button gets an award on DPR. Some cameras like the X-E1 with its RAW conversion issues, subpar AF even get Gold Awards. The Nikon Df, perhaps because of a crowbarred comparison with the Fuji X cameras on day one ("retro done right") and the reviewer's fondness for the X cameras, gets zero, zip, nada. Lol. DPR was under no obligation to give the camera a good review, but giving it such a high score, but no award AT ALL was frankly a passive aggressive swipe at Nikon and Nikon users, not to mention kind of petty gesture.
I checked the Df out the other day at B&H and it's quite nice. It felt great in my hands, nice a bright VF, and it focused quickly and accurately. One thing is for sure, I'd trade my Fujifilm X-E1 and all my X lenses for the Df, in a second. Retro right or wrong, for me there is just no comparison between these two camera.
No I don't make big shifts in gear. My main camera, one that I will never change, is my D800. And I have an X-E1 for kicks.
It's hilarious that pretty much every camera with a shutter button gets an award on DPR. Some cameras like the X-E1 with its RAW conversion issues, subpar AF even get Gold Awards. The Nikon Df, perhaps because of a crowbarred comparison with the Fuji X cameras on day one ("retro done right") and the reviewer's fondness for the X cameras, gets zero, zip, nada. Lol. DPR was under no obligation to give the camera a good review, but giving it such a high score, but no award AT ALL was frankly a passive aggressive swipe at Nikon and Nikon users, not to mention kind of petty gesture.
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.
steveh0607: I noticed this camera was only given a numeric score. No "gold" or "silver" designation. Why?
That's an easy one: passive aggression.
They decided from day one in the Preview that somehow the Fujifilm X cameras were great, and the Nikon Df was somehow lacking. Considering that I paid $2300 for my X-Pro1 kit, which by the way has the same 1/4000 max shutter speed, the same SD card slot on the base, RAW processing issues, and about the worst AF of any mirrorless cameras, it's the height of hypocrisy to hold the Nikon Df to a completely different standard regarding price/performance.
DPR had no obligation to give the Df a good review, but I'd at least expect them to be fair.
marike6: From Page 11
"...but the Df costs as much as the D800, *which* does include the more sophisticated 51-point Mulit-Cam 3500FX system."
Nikon D800 $2996Nikon Df $2746
Adding emphasis via italics can help drive a point home, but it won't make a false statement more true. :-) But seriously, why the claim that the Df is the same price as the D800?
The D800 released at $2996 and the D800E at $3296.
The D800 price of $2,796 on B&H you are quoting is a special "Instant Savings" for the holidays, something you didn't mention.
mpgxsvcd: For the people who want a camera like this it is perfect. For the people who don't there are so many other options. That sounds like a success to me.
Yes the Df has no flash which contributes to the extremely high 1400 shot rating. That said, DPR complains about the lack of a battery percentage meter (causing confusion like above), but unlike Thom Hogan in his Nikon Df review, they don't mention the excellent battery life it gets from such a small battery. Kind of an odd omission wouldn't you say?
RichRMA: Americans won't like this one. They tend to buy cameras on a weight to dollar ratio..
Maybe Americans don't like small and fiddly.
Or perhaps they don't have a problem exerting a little effort for a hobby. Nothing worth doing is ever easy, so if a good shooting experience means carrying a DSLR or larger mirrorless so be it.