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Nikon Df combines classic design with modern technology

By dpreview staff on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
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Nikon has announced the Df, which combines the design and controls from its classic film cameras with the modern technology of a digital SLR. The Df's body resembles that of Nikon's F-series 35mm cameras, complete with dials for shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation. Inside, the Df borrows the full-frame CMOS sensor from the D4 and the autofocus system from the D610. One thing you won't find on the Df is a movie mode.

The Df will be available in your choice of silver/black or black starting in late November, for a price of $2749 (body only) or $2999 / £2749 (with 50mm F1.8 lens).

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Press Release:

FALL IN LOVE AGAIN: NEW Df D-SLR IS UNDENIABLY A NIKON WITH LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE AND TIMELESS DESIGN 

Photo Pros and Enthusiasts Alike Will Embrace the Lightweight FX-Format Df D-SLR, Which Strikes the Ideal Balance of Classic Iconic Style and Advanced Imaging Technology

MELVILLE, NY (November 4, 2013) The new Nikon Df is a modern classic designed for those who have felt a connection to their camera, who revel in the idea of going out to photograph an unfamiliar location, and who know the effort and ultimate satisfaction that is part of getting the shot. Announced today, the Nikon Df is a unique, advanced-level D-SLR that harmonizes Nikon heritage and modern performance in a lightweight and very capable FX-format camera. The new Df pays homage to the enduring style and controls of Nikon’s distinguished “F” series of 35mm film cameras, yet features technology similar to Nikon’s professional flagship D4 D-SLR. Released alongside the similarly styled AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens, Nikon’s newest FX-format D-SLR presents a versatile and reliable option to help passionate photographers truly achieve their creative vision.

“Nikon cameras have played an important role in documenting world history for the better part of 50 years, and have earned their position as a reliable tool that pros and enthusiasts can count on. The  Nikon Df represents much more than a storied legacy of cameras; it’s more about giving the user a chance to truly enjoy the experience of taking amazing images,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The design is unwavering, and the features are the latest in Nikon imaging technology. The Df brings together the best of yesterday and today for advanced full frame photographers.”

A Classically Styled, Thoroughly Modern Masterpiece
From a robust feel, to mechanical dials and finely detailed craftsmanship, the Df embodies the very best of Nikon’s photographic legacy. The classically styled camera recalls design cues such as a recognizable pentaprism and top cover, which is now constructed of durable, lightweight magnesium alloy. The top of the camera features elegant yet sophisticated mechanical controls for settings, letting users feel the tactile reassurance of adjustments, such as a familiar click stop for shutter speed adjustment. Additional dedicated dials also control ISO, exposure compensation, release mode and exposure mode, while modern controls are also easily accessible. The intuitive control layout allows for quick and confident setting adjustment, yet retains a solid operational experience that “feels like a Nikon camera.”

The Df has been designed with an emphasis on familiar intricate details made famous from previous generations, including the leather-textured top and grip, along with the body mounted shutter button with a threaded release port. The design also recalls the slenderness of the previous generation’s cameras, making this the smallest and lightest FX-format camera in Nikon’s lineup.

It isn’t all about good looks though, as this enduring design is coupled with legendary performance to create a very capable and extremely appealing FX-format offering for professionals and enthusiasts.  The 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor of the Df is inherited from Nikon’s professional flagship D-SLR, the D4. The large 36 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor is praised for its ability to produce amazing image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Whether shooting landscapes, wildlife or weddings, the frames captured with the Df exhibit amazing clarity, accurate color and a broad dynamic range. In addition, Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine helps propel image quality, yielding images with a natural color and depth, all while enhancing subtle and nuanced tones.

Additionally, like the professional Nikon D4, the Df performs well in a wide variety of challenging lighting conditions with an exceptionally wide ISO range from 100 to 12,800, expandable to a staggering ISO 204,800. The combination of low noise and wide range make this an appealing camera to take on the challenges faced by photojournalists and event photographers, as well as those who enjoy the pursuit of extracting otherwise impossible images using natural light.

 A Feature Set for Passionate Photographers
The Nikon Df is engineered to enhance the experience of taking photos and represents a culmination of decades of experience and feedback from photographers in the field, the studio and the sidelines. From its proven AF system to modern connectivity and legacy lens compatibility, the Df contains the century’s best photographic features for an enjoyable all-day shooting experience.

  • AF System: The convenience and precision of Nikon’s 39-point AF system is proof-positive of the benefits of modern technology. With 39 selectable AF points throughout the frame for precise focus, the Df also features nine cross-type sensors, and seven AF points capable of working down to f/8. Users can also choose from a variety of AF area modes to match their shooting style: 9-point, 21-point, 39-point, 39-point with 3D Tracking and Auto Area AF.
  • Get the shot with 2016-Pixel 3D Matrix Metering and Scene Recognition System: This Nikon system analyzes each shooting scenario and determines proper camera settings, resulting in even exposures, accurate white balance and precise AF. To capture action sports, wildlife and other fast moving subjects, the Df has a continuous burst shooting rate of up to 5.5 frames-per-second (fps).
  • Compose with a 3.2-inch LCD Display and Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder: Users can easily compose through the high-resolution LCD screen or the bright optical viewfinder. The LCD screen has 921K-dot resolution, making it easy for users to adjust additional settings, review images or compose using Live View. Using the glass optical viewfinder, users will enjoy 100 percent accuracy and a bright field of view. What’s more, the shooting data presented through the viewfinder has also been updated and digitized.
  • Connect and Share Instantly: Another modern touch allows users to connect and share their images instantly using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter1. By connecting to a mobile device, users can download and share images or remotely fire the camera.
  • Features for Creativity:  Photographing dramatic monochrome or vivid landscapes is easier with Nikon’s Picture Controls, which allow for the customization of color, saturation and tone. The Df also features built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) to combine multiple shots with enhanced tonal range, and two to five-frame auto-bracketing. For maximum control, images can also be captured in JPEG, TIFF or RAW file formats.
  • Support for a Storied NIKKOR Legacy: In addition to being compatible with all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D NIKKOR lenses, the Df is also compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass. Thanks to a new metering coupling lever located on the bayonet, the user has the ability to once again enjoy their lens collections with renewed functionality. Full-aperture metering is also supported.
  • Accessory System Support: The Df is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS), letting users take advantage of i-TTL exposure or fire multiple units remotely using a Speedlight commander. To remotely trigger the shutter, the camera also supports the new WR remote system, as well as the threaded AR-3 cable release, which screws in to the shutter button in the traditional style.

A Classic FX-Format Special Edition NIKKOR Prime
The new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens is the result of classic NIKKOR styling combined with today’s optics to create the ideal focal length companion lens for the Df. The design honors original NIKKOR Ai lenses, with colors, texture, and an aluminum mounting ring that is mated to the style of the Df. This lens is ideal for everyday portraiture, landscapes and casual photography, but offers a wide aperture and seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur and a dramatic depth of field. Despite the timeless design, the 50mm f/1.8G is created with modern AF-S design benefits to give photographers rapid response, quiet operation and excellent sharpness and clarity throughout the frame. 
                                                                               
Price and Availability
The Nikon Df will be available in late November 2013, invoking classic Nikon silver and black color schemes. The suggested retail price (SRP) of the Df (body only) will be $2,749.95*, while the Df and 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition lens kit will have a SRP of $2,999.95*. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens will be sold separately for a SRP of $279.95*. For an additional flair of nostalgic style, Nikon is also offering black or brown leather carrying cases, the CF-DC6B and CF-DC6S (pricing and availability to be announced).

Nikon Df specifications

Price
MSRP$2749.95 (body only), $2999.95 / £2749.99 (with 50mm F1.8 lens)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3280
Other resolutionsFX: 3696 x 2456, 2464 x 1640; DX crop: 3200 x 2128, 2400 x 1592, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 3
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 - 12800
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (4 spots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
File format
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
  • RAW (NEF)
  • TIFF
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampNo
Number of focus points39
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program Auto
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or PC sync)
Flash modesAuto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction,
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single-frame
  • Continuous high
  • Continuous low
  • Mirror-up
  • Quiet shutter
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive6 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (2, 3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (2 or 3 shots in 1/3 or 1/2-stop intervals)
Videography features
MicrophoneNone
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesvia WU-1a wireless mobile adapter
Remote controlYes (Cable release, wireless remote)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionEN-EL14/EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1400
Weight (inc. batteries)760 g (1.68 lb / 26.81 oz)
Dimensions144 x 110 x 67 mm (5.67 x 4.33 x 2.64)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone
GPS notesvia GP-1 or GP-1A adapter
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Comments

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Marek Stefunko
By Marek Stefunko (5 months ago)

What is this? A hipster fashion camera?

2 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (5 months ago)

Hipsters use instagram and holga.

2 upvotes
Marek Stefunko
By Marek Stefunko (5 months ago)

yeah, but maybe Nikon thought they could grab a piece of market. :)

Comment edited 36 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (5 months ago)

Is there such a thing as an old hipster? If so, then yes.

0 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (5 months ago)

So, D610 + a few knobs that should be on every DSLR anyway + optional silver accents + boxy design - video - EIGHT MP + $1000 = DF? No thanks. Maybe if the design was more elegant and compact.

2 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

I guess you've never used the D4's sensor.

0 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (5 months ago)

Meh.

0 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

@HowaboutRAW me neither. Is it retro as well ?

2 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

wlad:

No why do you ask? Try renting a D4 if you want to try the sensor. Or wait until this DF body is available for rental or on display.

This Df is akin to the D700, which used the very good sensor from the D3. And the release of the Df means that Nikon will probably release a D4s early next year.

Then the D700 cost pretty much exactly as much as the Df, and the D700 is still better at high ISOs than the D600. Though to get the most out of any Nikon DSLR at high ISOs it's best to use Zeiss lenses--not Nikon lenses.

So all the Df is is a 2013 D700 in a retro body. And the D700 remains an excellent camera. While "retro" knobs, dials, etc are really helpful.

0 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

The point is, this camera is a dumbed down version of D610 in a "stylish" body, that has a $1000 premium and not much else.
Any current generation FX sensor is more than anyone would need.

3 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

wlad:

The term "dumbed down" almost always means everything auto and buttons instead of knobs and or levers--think manual gear box instead in a car instead of an automatic (the automatic is dumbed down).

This is a variation of the D700 with lots of easily accessible knobs and a sensor that's better at low light and DR than the D600's; that's not "dumbed down". It's a different market.

By all means the D610 has probably fixed the oil spotting problems of the 600, and the 600 besides the oil spotting, and not great AF, is a plenty good camera.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (5 months ago)

Ok, so someone is obsessive enough to use Zeiss lenses to get that last little bit of extra quality. They use a heavy tripod; they focus manually; they lock the mirror up; they pay Digiloyd for information that's available for free...why would such a person not get a D800 or D800E?

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

AbrasiveReducer:

One does not have to use a tripod when focusing manually. What world are you living in?

The reason on would by this instead of the D800/e is for high ISO work, the files are also small, and I'd be the DR is better.

Mirror lock up is for shooting exposures like a 1/8 sec and greater. One would use that on a D800 too.

0 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

dumbed down = having FEATURES (not buttons) removed

2 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

wlad:

Actually that's not the definition of dumbed down.

Besides video, what feature has been "removed" from this Df body?

0 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

1. no video
2. no built-in flash
3. no 2nd memory card slot

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

wlad:

Boo hoo, no video, get a video camera or DSLR and audio recorder if you need to shoot video. (Note that second part of the requirement for shooting good video with a DSLR--not even the Sony A99 has quiet lenses.)

Who cares about a flash, I barely ever use them? Not familiar with this sensor still I see.

I agree it should take more than one SD card. But it's not a deal killer, nor are you the first person to note this shortcoming.

0 upvotes
nearprairie
By nearprairie (5 months ago)

My eyes are watering. I don't know if it's sticker shock or because I'm all misty with jubilation.

0 upvotes
Mr Haight
By Mr Haight (5 months ago)

I like it but am a little frustrated over the price. I think they should've released it in 2 variations. One with the d610 sensor @ 24MP and the other with the D4 sensor @ 16MP.

I can't help but laugh because a lot of people keep pitch in it as "you're getting a d4 with 50mm lens for half price". Give me a break, apples and oranges.

The D610 sensor will still outperform the D4 sensor in overall detail so having it in this cool throwback style all covered in metal and leather would be a reason for Nikon to sell it at $2700. Then position the 16MP variant for $2000-$2200.

2 upvotes
dannyboy5400
By dannyboy5400 (5 months ago)

Bad news: There will be oil spots on the sensor

Good news: Oil spots will be in a groovy retro style

5 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

There are oil spotting problems on Nikon DSLRs other than the D600? Name an example?

1 upvote
Ron A 19
By Ron A 19 (5 months ago)

"Classic design with modern tech" - 16mp sensor with no video for 1.5x the price of the D610.

9 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

Or 1x the price of the D800.

That should open even more eyes.

3 upvotes
balios
By balios (5 months ago)

The location of the exposure comp dial is annoying.

0 upvotes
El Chubasco
By El Chubasco (5 months ago)

Mmmh! Nikon following Fuji's steps.... Interesting...

0 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (5 months ago)

Um, no, Fuji got it right.

5 upvotes
Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (5 months ago)

A Clearaudio Statement from Nikon. In design and price. The difference is that in the Clearaudio's case the limiting factor is your ear, and eventually the audio gear associated, and not the turntable itself. My take. Cheers! :)

1 upvote
davidbarbour
By davidbarbour (5 months ago)

if you are user...body construction is the highpoint and works at -40C.....use older style cable releases a plus.....those pin releases break in 3 months...if you are a user......high ISO quality is a plus...use older manual lenses that are much better than current plastic ones, faster, sharper, better construction.....sorry no autofocus...who cares, most of the time Auto Focus does not work well>if you can't focus a photo, perhaps it's time to find another hobby.....if you photograph 4 or 5 times a week you will see the plus of this design...I will buy two

3 upvotes
BillFS
By BillFS (5 months ago)

It appears UK buyers are being somewhat swindled!

North America price (kit): $3,000ish (before sales tax), at worst.
UK price (kit at Wex): £2749, or £2291 (minus VAT at 20%); that's about $3437, at an exchange rate of 1.5 (it's worse at the moment).

So, the UK pays at least $437 more than North America; that's 14.6% and that's best case).

(as far as I can see, exchange rates between Dollars, Yen and GBP are much of a muchness, with perhaps a slightly stronger pound, but not by much)

Okay, it's not ridiculous swindling, but Nikon are still taking advantage. Poor form (although good capitalism, of course, provided it sells!)!

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

UK buyers get decent government run medical care included in the price.

0 upvotes
BillFS
By BillFS (5 months ago)

You'll note that I deliberately excluded VAT from the calculation; north American prices tend to exclude sales tax.

In Ontario (where I am at the moment), sales tax is 15% (versus 20% in the UK); what's done with that is a whole different discussion.

If you include sales tax in the calculation, UK consumers pay even more, but since that bit of the price is nothing to do with Nikon, either directly or indirectly, I didn't include it in the comparison.

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

BillFS:

I can't speak for Canada and sales tax, but posted UK prices usually include VAT. Perhaps I'm wrong. Haven't been there in a few years. The point remains what is done with those taxes in both the UK and Canada.

And remember this website is run by Amazon, and in the USA Amazon does a lot to avoid US sales taxes and avoid paying warehouse workers a living wage+medical. Amazon just avoids the living wage part in Germany.

A very tiny bit of Google searching will lead you to how much Amazon has done to avoid collecting sales tax in the USA.

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BillFS
By BillFS (5 months ago)

I know all this, that's why I used a UK sell of £2291 i.e. £2749 minus VAT (which is applied to a notional ex-VAT price)! That price (£2291 = $3437) is directly comparable to the north American prices.

(If anyone doesn't know, to get the ex-VAT price from a UK selling price, simply divide by 1.2)

I also used typical 'street prices' (rather than absolute lowest).

The point was that when you exclude all taxes, UK buyers are being charged more than those in north America.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Roland Schulz
By Roland Schulz (5 months ago)

VERY NICE, well done, congratulations Nikon!!
Cute design, especially the silver one!
Best sensor, fair size and weigth, I think this camera will win many friends!!
Maybe I will get one beside my D4.

1 upvote
CopperMike
By CopperMike (5 months ago)

Df: $1,750 for the camera, + $1,000 for the nostalgia.
a7: $1,700 for the camera... including 50% higher resolution, hi-res EVF, video capability, and the ability to adapt just about any lens that's ever been made.

8 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (5 months ago)

yep: pay more for less!!!

4 upvotes
Ian SS
By Ian SS (5 months ago)

Only Nikon can make retro camera like this, Canon on the other hand would have a hard time selling their retro cameras if they decided to make one. There are so many mature Nikon fans around the world that would die for something like this. The price reflected what Nikon targets this camera to, older, more economically capable persons that used the Nikon F series cameras when young. I, for one used a Nikon F3/T and would be very interested to get my hands on one when price drops a bit after a year or two. Obviously, I think Nikon does not expect this camera to be a hot seller but something that brings back old memories!

3 upvotes
Axibis
By Axibis (5 months ago)

Is this camera with oil or without oil?

1 upvote
babalu
By babalu (5 months ago)

1st oil change service included in price tag - :)

4 upvotes
underxposed59
By underxposed59 (5 months ago)

DF = dust free , doesn't focus,downright fugly,dumb founded

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DezM
By DezM (5 months ago)

Haha! Good one :)

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kristaps
By kristaps (5 months ago)

Pentax should have done this ages ago!
But now they should put out similar camera, fast. And half the price:)

2 upvotes
Sepeteus
By Sepeteus (5 months ago)

Yes, that's true. A Spotmatic like retro design. And of course with in camera shake reduction system (SR), which Nikon misses.

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fberns
By fberns (5 months ago)

this camera will be a success!
But the price is a bit high to me.

3 upvotes
wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

If 5000 units shipped is a success, then yes.
The A7(R) will outsell it by a 100:1 ratio.

0 upvotes
ArunasS
By ArunasS (5 months ago)

It could be a success with the right price. Now I don't think so.

0 upvotes
rb59020
By rb59020 (5 months ago)

This camera makes everything made by Canon look like a booger. Strike that, make that a plastic booger.

1 upvote
fictionkamera
By fictionkamera (5 months ago)

These controls are not retro, moving away from direct input buttons should never have happened in the first place. This Nikon will inspire competitors to do the same. It's a great camera, though looks a little bulky. The lens does not sport an aperture ring, this is an over sight that hopefully will be corrected.

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

2750$ for the body, for a camera that has nothing to realy offer else than the look. Nikon will never learn. So, good luck with that.

7 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (5 months ago)

don't worry, the fanboys are already making a line for it!

EVEN ignoring no f ring!!!

Comment edited 57 seconds after posting
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underxposed59
By underxposed59 (5 months ago)

sheep be sheep

0 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (5 months ago)

Shamael:

Not familiar with the sensor in the D4 are you?

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foto guy
By foto guy (5 months ago)

While I'm undecided on the styling, the function is what matters most to me. I'm curious to see what others have to say about how this camera works in the real world.
However, once again, Nikon has shown its greedy colors. I was excited about this camera, but the price tag is ridiculous, even with the sooper-dooper sensor. Until the price becomes reasonable (<$2000), I'll stick with my other full frame Nikon, the F100.

2 upvotes
rare wolf
By rare wolf (5 months ago)

760grams!! Does that include the lens and/or battery?? My neck hurts just reading the PR!

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wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

nope, but it includes extra 500 grams of nostalgia

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Mike Yorkshire
By Mike Yorkshire (5 months ago)

Plenty of critics on this camera but didn't they notice the "retro" design is the very reason for this camera's existence? It was never intended to be a camera for everyone, nor a showcase for technical innovation. It is a futile exercise comparing this with other current cameras because none of them have a resemblance to the FM. This one does.
I love the fact that the camera doesn't do video - I don't do video. If I did video I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it with this form factor - it wouldn't feel right. I am definitely old-school.
There IS a market for classic designs, and the FM cameras were much loved by many. How big that market is Nikon are about to find out.

If you don't get it, don't get it. Simple.

5 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

Nobody will compete with you on that, those who do not want video, and I am among them, are happy to see a camera made for photographers only. But, please, not at that price.

1 upvote
wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

the OMD EM-5 or the smaller fuji cameras are a proof that a "retro" camera does not need to be built to withstand a nuclear bomb.. the cold war is over, you know...

This camera would be a success, if it was 40% lighter and smaller, mirrorless, and had a new mount.

In other words - if it was like the Sony A7(R).

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (5 months ago)

I'll buy it - However I will wait for the price to come down.
This camera is a bit overly priced and should have been set in between D800 and D610.

Its a no-brainer that you currently get more bang for the bucks with the D800 then with this retrostyle camera. Though it will fit perfectly as a backup to the D800.

Comment edited 36 seconds after posting
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Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

If you want to challenge Sony's A7 today, you need to sell the kit for the same price as Sony A7 body only. And this camera has nothing, no video, low pixel sensor, no tilt screen, 1/4000th, a 39 point AF foreseen for an APSC system and that covers not all of the surface of the FF sensor. All that remains is the retro look, but on the end, that serves to nobody in photoshooting comfort. Compare what A7 offers for 1690$ for the body, and then compare what this body offers for 1050$ higher, and you will ask yourself if you should laugh or if you should cry.

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wlad
By wlad (5 months ago)

@Shamael Those Sony cameras look absolutely awesome, and are the most exciting thing that happened to photography in the last 5 years.

However - the system is just not ready at all. People need more lenses, faster lenses and especially CHEAPER lenses.
A slow 35mm f2.8 Sony prime for $800 ? A 55mm f1.8 Sony prime for $1000 ? That's just as ridiculous, as asking $2700 for this DF.

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kty
By kty (5 months ago)

@wlad you forget that nearly all lenses are adaptable to A7

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rsenk19
By rsenk19 (5 months ago)

I m waiting for the same kind of stuff from Ricoh / Pentax
soon ....

2 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

Yeah, a digital spotmatic! Cool...

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Robert Newman
By Robert Newman (5 months ago)

There is something awkward about the Nikon DF. It strikes me much like the old Alpa Reflex. Fuji seems to have done a better job with retro type design esthetics. I guess the idea was a digital version of the F4 or perhaps the FM, but it just comes across as a little ugly.

2 upvotes
kty
By kty (5 months ago)

i agree.
too fat, too bulky.
rather DSLR like than film SLR's.

0 upvotes
smatty
By smatty (5 months ago)

Fuji has done the intuitive "classic" design right and it improves usability in my opinion.

Nikon tried but the lack of Aperture control on modern AF lenses makes this only a half herated attempt...

7 upvotes
sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (5 months ago)

This retro crap is hijacking the advance in contemporary design, looking forward to the day people are done with this nostalgia phase...

Imagine this thing 5 years from now, buyers are left with an old older-looking camera.

2 upvotes
Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (5 months ago)

Does it matter? All todays camera's become obsolete in time....

2 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

Imagine that everyone was seeing the wole world in the same way, how boring that was. Now, I just wait to get a new build 1959 Buick, with a groovy V8 and 650hp. Come on, when the new ideas reach the end, we start at the beginning, all is in rotation in the universe, it is all that was, al that is, and all it will be. It's just peridocity, period. We wanted retro look, we got it, we wanted a cheap priced camera, we.........euuuuhhhh, sorrrry, i miss something. Forget it?

0 upvotes
sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (5 months ago)

The Nikon FM is obsolete too right now, but people like it for the way it marks a period in camera history cause if its (for that time) contemporary design.

There's a good chance that in 25 years, people recall for example Canon 300D, Sony Nex, Nikon D700 and (forgive me) iPhone as they're clear representatives of what camera's are in their days.

This Nikon Fd is pastiche, it'll age quick and badly.

Saying it doesn't matter is somewhat true. True and saddening... I rather own something that makes sense for its time.

1 upvote
dannyboy5400
By dannyboy5400 (5 months ago)

Let me fix the Nikon Press Release
Today Nikon is proud to present a tool for fools who have more money than sense and a vain ego to match.

5 upvotes
Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (5 months ago)

Now we know why you will never end up as a CEO or marketing director... But as a plumber you will probably do well.

5 upvotes
Zdman
By Zdman (5 months ago)

He's clearly too honest to be a plumber but I guess that goes for most CEO's as well these days (always been true of marketing directors). Needs to be a SEC watchdog.

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0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

Maybe they will put a rosewood grip and offer a LV carrying case with it, when the day comes they find out it doesn't sells. Nice try to get rid of the unsold D4 sensors, but they made a misstake once more as it seems. Looks like an old VW with a Bentley engine, unfortunately they remained with the VW commands and wiring. So, good luck with that then.

There are many plumbers in this world that are more clever and intelligent than CEO's that are not able to hit a nail into a wall. It is not the 2000$ suit and the tie that make something better out of any human. Often it is the opposed.

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Higuel
By Higuel (5 months ago)

and people laughed at Hasselblad! :D

2 upvotes
Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (5 months ago)

Well, we can't have Leica cornering that market alone!

0 upvotes
CeleryBeats
By CeleryBeats (5 months ago)

It all boils down to the same question. Why would i buy this???

BECAUSE IT'S A NIKON! :D

8 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (5 months ago)

Yup. We'll see how big this group of stalwart fans is. :)

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

Reminds me bodybuilding jokes. One says that if the day comes that someone spreads around the idea that cows.h.i.t. builds muscle, bodybuilders will take over all the cleaning of the cow stables free of charge.

Now, do not treat all Nikon users like those bodybuilders, some are smarter than you think they are, what makes them different from bodybuilders.

1 upvote
CeleryBeats
By CeleryBeats (5 months ago)

Hihi :p

0 upvotes
LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (5 months ago)

Do you need to open the part with the rear lcd when you put the film in?

4 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (5 months ago)

I would be interested @ $2000.

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

Buy Sony A7, a lot much more for a lot much less, and, you can use just any lens with an adapter on it, try that with this one, you'll see. Compare what is comparable, here, all you can compare is the look, for all the rest, you can burry it right away.

1 upvote
Mike99999
By Mike99999 (5 months ago)

It looks insanely bloated. There's a comparison pic on Steve Huff's blog: the Sony and the Leica have such clean lines, and then there's the Nikon bloatfest.

Worst of all, you are paying $3000 for a camera with broken autofocus intended for APS-C. I have the Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus module in my current Nikon DSLR, and I know first-hand that it doesn't work at all. What an insult. Why carry a DSLR if the autofocus isn't even competitive with an Olympus PEN.

And don't get me started about that dreaded 50mm f/1.8G. I own it. It doesn't get sharp until f/2.8. The bokeh and rendering is horrible. I very much prefer my Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4. One would expect the full frame lens to be 4x better but it isn't, it's inferior.

I think I'm done with Nikon. It's just insult after insult. Abandoning DX, then forcing us to the broken D600 which is absolutely terrible in every aspect, and then this bloated attempt to compete with Sony/Olympus and Fuji. It's a poorly skinned D600 :(

10 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

You miss one point, this is a camera for Nikon suckers, so, pass away. There is nothing at all to compare on this camera with any other gear at all, except Nikon D600-610, and that is not a reference anyway.

0 upvotes
Matewka
By Matewka (5 months ago)

For me - not that pretty. I expected something more slim. This camera looks like a toy. I appreciate they tried hard and they almost achieved it. I hoped there will be no plastic or at least not that much (especially on the back). They desperately wanted to fit all that electronics and LCD in a small body. In the result we've got a camera that looks like some chairman's armchair.

1 upvote
Andrew Butterfield
By Andrew Butterfield (5 months ago)

Well it's very nostalgic, very beautiful, very expensive. But it kind of reminds me of the last gasp of those huge American cars in the 1970s. Some old stalwarts were still buying them but most people were starting to buy smaller Japanese cars.
At this price point it likely isn't a significant camera. It's not for the masses after all so it's not as though it's trying to start a trend. But if you think about the Sony A7, it makes it really obvious who's throwing their weight behind a new and different future and who's stuck in the past.
You'd have to really be into the whole Nikon history thing to want this. It makes me a bit sad that Nikon are wasting time and talent on this behemoth.

13 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

I don't know. Changing the ISO and EC sure look like a pain in the posterior.

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

the posterior, ohooh, je vois, Monsieur is a gentleman with distinguished langauge. We call that a pain int he a... The whole camera is a pain in the posterieur.

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0 upvotes
zakaria
By zakaria (5 months ago)

what is this camera for.It is not d800 mp or D4 powerful or d610 price.
it is full of controls that no space size to hold it easy.

4 upvotes
epozar
By epozar (5 months ago)

beautiful :)

5 upvotes
28
By 28 (5 months ago)

and from a technical perspective:
- Dudes, D4 16 MP (beautiful BIG Pixels!), I am more a Pixelboy, the HD, excuse!
- AF, also great - even though I haven't understood the fuss about an AF System, I just focus manualy and press the shutter - see what comes out ;)
- It must have a great (expensive) measuring system all together, have to read on more
- the idea of keeping video out opens some interesting doors, think about it. Would have to be a totally different then, or can some "wiring" be left out?
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1 upvote
28
By 28 (5 months ago)

2 typos in my post: more the Pixelboy THAN HD; Would have to be a totally different SENSOR then, ...
28

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28
By 28 (5 months ago)

if NIK prepares a camera with this price tag we can be certain to get something for our money. if we can settle with less technology our options go down to a pinhole camera, or a mobile phone for that matter. sure there is competition out there which is a beautiful thing. and ALL these cameras are way cheap, even the D800E, for what they offer, think of the design/production cycle (from labor to marketing) and that everyone involved with their skills, hearts and energy deserve a fair wage.
also +1 to Sony, they surely deserve a invention price for what they contribute to modern photography!

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

"if NIK prepares a camera with this price tag we can be certain to get something for our money"

are you involved in any religion?

0 upvotes
Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

What I really dislike is the way they left the two control dials on it, and the one at the front looks like a joke with its leatherette patch.

If you wanted to build a retro camera with dials they should have left it at that but it looks like they hedged their bets and put all their usual controls on it - even a LCD on top! - maybe they were scared we wouldn't buy a properly "pure" camera or maybe they thought people new to cameras wouldn't know what dials are for and just want to look "cool".

Consequently I think it looks like a joke....

3 upvotes
T3
By T3 (5 months ago)

Needs more knobs.

3 upvotes
codeNsnap
By codeNsnap (5 months ago)

What a bummer ! Another 39 AF point FF...I was hopeful of a 51 point AF looking at the AF-ON button in those teaser videos..

Hipster camera..610 is cheaper with video

I think I should give up hope on a Nikon FF that does 6fps with 51 AF system that costs $3000 or lower..I already gave up hope on the D400

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brunobarolo
By brunobarolo (5 months ago)

Don't give up yet! Wait for the D620. So do I (-:

0 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (5 months ago)

Too large, too heavy, too expensive. No video.

Not competitive to Sony A7/A7R. Not even close.

15 upvotes
dimar
By dimar (5 months ago)

Yep. Except Sony A7 can't use any lenses whatsoever, because it is incompatible with anything

6 upvotes
dannyboy5400
By dannyboy5400 (5 months ago)

With the Sony Alpha adapter there are plenty of lenses to use. You can buy the SOny A7, adapter and lens for the price of the DF.

2 upvotes
Polytropia
By Polytropia (5 months ago)

You people haven't even seen the photographs yet. If it has anything like the D4 sensor in it, then I can guarantee you it will utterly destroy the Sony stuff in low-light situations. It won't even be close.

1 upvote
Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (5 months ago)

With sony alpha adapter.... have you seen how BIG that adapter is?

Its clumsy and it will totally unbalance your A7. Also how many lenses do fit on the A7 without an adapter and what are their maximum apertures?

Want to use your old Nikon or Canon lenses? Good luck with metering, AF and aperture settings getting to work the way they should!

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Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

the adapter for Alpha lenses makes it just as clumpsy than this one, the distance to the sensor is exactly the same with a lens made for a dslr. A Sony A7 can take just any lens with Sony and third party adapters, on this camera here, you are stuck with F mount lenses only.

@ dimar, stop spreading dung here, I don't know where you get that with a Sony you can't use any lens whatsoever . I use NEX cameras with all my Nikon glass, with all my Minolta and Leica or Voigtlaender lenses. Where do you see a problem with that. Go to Steve Huff's site and see how A7 and A7R perform with Sony, Zeiss, and hybrid lenses, I doubt much that this camera will compete it, and, with an A7 for 1695$ for the body, with tilt screen, with video, with 1/8000th, with 25 AF points in CD and 103 AF points in PD. So, compare what is comparable and beyond it's look, there is absolutely nothing on this Nikon camera to compare with Sony's A7, starting by it's price and it's crappy AF system.

2 upvotes
Kuanbek
By Kuanbek (5 months ago)

1700 for A7 and 1000 usd for each lens? No thanks! And how much for adapters? Another 400?

0 upvotes
dannyboy5400
By dannyboy5400 (5 months ago)

That whole teaser campaign added to the disappointment factor. What a waste of time. Nikon, you are not getting my money.

4 upvotes
grumpycat
By grumpycat (5 months ago)

It's so fugly I kinda liking it!

3 upvotes
KonstantinosK
By KonstantinosK (5 months ago)

At least now we will have the chance to see what the sensor of the D4 can do, when DPR reviews the DF.

0 upvotes
Pik2004
By Pik2004 (5 months ago)

I'm not sure how this camera has FM2 look. I have FM2 and it doesn't have that messy look (so many buttons), instead it has clean and simple look. btw, I paid 1/10th of what this thing costs.
Not sure why would anyone want this instead of D800 or even D610 (for -$1000). anyone want to enlighten me?

3 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

fatty moron maybe

1 upvote
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (5 months ago)

For lower resolution sensor
For a body that pretend its small
For disabled video functionality to ease your humble human mind

1 upvote
Polytropia
By Polytropia (5 months ago)

You paid 1/10th? Did you never buy film?

1 upvote
Rod McD
By Rod McD (5 months ago)

Interesting. It looks like it's going to be a polarising camera......... Not for me. Still not small, plus I'm not invested in Nikon glass. And 16mpx in an era where 24mpx is almost standard? Yes, yes, I know it's potentially better for light collection, but that much better at the expense of resolution? I guess it depends on your uses......

I wonder if Canon will follow. And Pentax - some of their forum members have been calling for a small bodied retro DSLR for years.

1 upvote
Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (5 months ago)

Though I agree that 24MP is todays standard - 16 MP is not bad considering 9 out of 10 pictures end up on a display and not as a print.

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (5 months ago)

if your sole goal is looking pictures on a PC monitor, you really do not need a camera of that price. An old D70 does the job quiet good, and if I see my pictures form those days, they look as good as those form these days, on a PC screen.

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