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Nikon Df Review

December 2013 | By Richard Butler, Barney Britton
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Review based on a production Nikon Df

The Nikon Df is, at first appearance, the camera that many people have been asking for, for years - a classically styled DSLR with traditional external controls. But, for all Nikon's talk of a return to 'Pure Photography,' an awful lot of what's under the Df's confidently retro skin is pretty familiar. The Df is built around the 16MP full frame sensor from the company's flagship D4 with the processor and AF system borrowed from the comparatively affordable D610.

The camera's appearance is inspired by a much earlier generation of film cameras. In fact, from the front the Df looks like an oversized Nikon FM (and not dissimilar to Canon's F1N). And, as well as the styling and dedicated external controls, the Df's other nod to the company's history is the inclusion of a retractable meter coupling tab, allowing the use of pre-1977 non-AI lenses.

For those of us raised on film SLRs the effect is rather intriguing. We understand that the Df has been at least four years in the making, and the glee of its creators is almost palpable in the many specific design cues obviously taken from earlier SLRs including the FM/2 and the long-lived professional-targeted Nikon F3.

Nikon Df key features

  • 16 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (same as D4)
  • ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 - 204,800 equiv)
  • Maximum 5.5 fps continuous shooting
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points (same as D610)
  • 3.2-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen
  • Physical shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation dials
  • Compatible with virtually all Nikon F-mount lenses (including pre-Ai standard)
  • Single SD card slot
  • EN-EL14a battery (quoted endurance of ~1400 exposures)

According to Nikon, the 'F' in Df stands for 'fusion' - specifically, fusion of the old and the new. We know all about the old - the 'retro' styling - which leaves us with the 'D'. This of course stands for 'Digital'. The Nikon Df boasts a full-frame sensor, 39-point AF system and a maximum shooting rate of 5.5 fps. The LCD on the rear of the camera is a 3.2", 921k-dot display and, despite its 'fully manual' pretensions, the Df boasts front and rear electronic control dials alongside the dedicated physical dials on the top-plate. It's a thoroughly modern DSLR for the most part, but with one major difference.

What, no video?

That major difference is video - the Df cannot shoot it (making it one of only two current DSLRs which don't - the other being the Sigma SD1 Merrill). In conversation with Nikon engineers, we were told that video was never on the table as an option for the Df, apparently as much a philosophical point as anything else. This is a serious camera for serious people which is to be used for 'pure photography', not videos (oddly though, the Df still boasts a full complement of retouch options including the decidedly lightweight fisheye and miniature effects).

While it's true that many potential Df owners might not care about video, if you can add a function, why not do so? Since it's based around a video-capable sensor and shares its image processor with a camera that can shoot video, it's reasonable to assume it could be added via firmware, but the question is probably academic, since the Df has no built-in microphone nor a jack for adding one. Equally, the Df's relatively low-capacity EN-EL14a battery wouldn't last terribly long, even if such a feature were enabled.

Df - a D4 in F3 clothing?

If you look beyond the Df's outward appearance, another aspect of its appeal is the relatively inexpensive access it gives to the image sensor used in the company's flagship DSLR, the D4. And while that's true, the omission of video and high-speed frame rates mean you don't get to take full advantage of its capabilities. Even without those aspects, the well-respected low-light capabilities of the D4's sensor should lend some appeal to the Df.

Viewfinder

The Df's optical viewfinder is very large - the same size as the D800. The magnification is 0.70x and, naturally, coverage is 100%. We've also shown the viewfinder of the film-era F3 here for reference. As you can see, the F3 offered an impressively large finder, and even the high eye-point viewfinder that glasses wearers tended to prefer was still larger than the Df's. When a DX lens is attached to the Df, the viewfinder shows frame-lines indicating the DX image area.

One real shame (although perhaps not a surprise) is the fact that the Df's focusing screen is fixed. We had hoped for an accessory split-prism focusing screen for manual focus, but it's likely that the additional cost and incompatibility with modern pattern metering modes ruled that out at the design stage. Instead the Df has Nikon's standard 'rangefinder' display in the viewfinder, which uses the autofocus sensor to indicate when it thinks the lens is correctly focused.

Kit options and pricing

The Nikon Df comes in two color options - silver and all-black, and in the USA, both will be available for $2749 body only. Nikon has created a special edition of its AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G to match the 'retro' look and feel of the Df (optically it's identical to the standard version) and this is available separately for $279, or bundled with the Df for $2999.95.

The Df is being sold with a cosmetically reworked version of the AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G, with some 'classic' (but entirely cosmetic) design accents to match the look of the new camera.

In the UK, the Df is available only as a kit with the 50mm lens, at a suggested price of £2749.99 - only £50 less than the recommended price of the 36MP D800 and revamped 50mm F1.8. Unlike the US figure, this includes 20% VAT, but that still works out as around the equivalent of $3660, even if you take this into account. That said, prices change at different rates in different markets so, once the initial rush of customers has subsided, the prices might begin to look less unreasonable.


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unknown member
By (unknown member) (7 months ago)

http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/more-on-the-nikon-df-split.html

Another of Nikon's problems is that the bar for "good camera" is easily reached these days. Name me a 16mp or higher interchangeable lens camera that's offered by anyone that isn't capable of excellent images in a wide range of conditions when used well by a serious user. There are none. Sure, we can niggle and naggle over some details, such as how it shoots at ISO 12,800, or whether the focus is adequate or good in low light, or how long the battery lasts. But personally, I can't think of a 16mp+ interchangeable lens camera I couldn't be happy with the results from in most of my shooting needs. Indeed, it's really only pure action photography in low light where I'd start to weed a lot of the entries out, but the Df might probably be one of them, despite using the D4 sensor ;~).

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

The problem is that how a FF framed DSLR body shoots at 12,800 ISO in the year 2014 isn't simple "niggling", nor is the fact that above base ISO D800 can't keep up with the dynamic range of the Df. And that second thing is indeed of generally more import.

Yes, all current FF DSLRs can produce excellent images--of course a good lens helps as does shooting raw.

Right for lowlight fast action the D4 is better than the Df, provided you're using AF lenses but manual Zeiss lenses get you more out of high ISO images than Nikon lenses. In fact Nikon lenses inhibit lowlight shooting because of optical quality problems.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (7 months ago)

Indeed, out shooting brick walls by moonlight again?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Jab:

Yes that's the kind of thing I've done or close enough. Anyhow the point you miss is that high ISOs also allow for slower F-stops and higher shutter speeds.

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (7 months ago)

I'd say if you can't make good photos with D700 then it is time to change the camera operator or find perhaps another hobby.
It is really pointless to list how much df is better than previous FF nikon, because you could either make good pics that sell well with both or neither and it isn't the cameras fault.
It is interesting concept but the primary factor is to look very retro.
I think this may be the main feature people will be buying it or not and it has nothing to do with photography but lot of with vanity which is a bit sad.
But hey Nikon can afford this, they seems to be doing well.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

LaFonte:

No one here is saying the D700 is bad camera. It doesn't have particularly good AF though, and it's not real close to the D3s for high ISO performance.

So it has limitations, and they've been surpassed by newer gear, like the Df or the D4.

Simply the primary factor of the Df is NOT the look for many interested in it.

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Puddleglum
By Puddleglum (7 months ago)

I am such a sucker for the retro look. This this is beautiful.

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Terry Breedlove
By Terry Breedlove (7 months ago)

I don't get it. People loved the D700 and still do but hate the DF. Yet the DF out performs the D700 in every way and years later cost about the same as the D 700 did at introduction. So, same price, better sensor and looks what's not to like about the DF.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

People will insist here that the D700's AF was excellent--it wasn't.

That the D700 had a better buffer, possible.

That it has card slot separate from the battery compartment, true.

But mostly that the D700 doesn't have all those knobs, and aesthetics matter more than performance of course, NOT.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (7 months ago)

The D700 is now history and that's just the point. When introduced it was Nikon's first "affordable" FF camera; it has been trouble-free and is still quite usable, today. If someone wants to throw another $3000 at the Df, great. But if results from the D700 really aren't satisfactory, the obvious upgrade would be the D800.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

And yet the Df surpasses the D800 in some performance characteristics, so there are big reasons to choose the Df instead of the D800/E depending on what you want to shoot.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

And yet the Df surpasses the D800 in some performance characteristics, so there are big reasons to choose the Df instead of the D800/E depending on what you want to shoot.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (7 months ago)

HowaboutRAW
You really do have too much time on your hands:
No home life?
A lonely pensioner with only a laptop for company?
Strapped up in a hospital bed operating the keys with one finger?
Paid by Nikon to stay in this thread 24/7
The latest generation of Nikon bot?
Get a life man, there's a big wide world out there..take some pics instead of yakking about technology..which TBH you are bit hazy about sometimes!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Jab:

Clearly you haven’t paid attention to what I’ve written, else you’d not posit as one of the options “paid by Nikon”.

No not real hazy on this tech, I’m sure I’ve posted something in error. But it’s not like I try to draw conclusions about tech I’ve not used--instead citing DXO scores. Asserting that Nikon lenses aren’t optically up to Zeiss lenses is not “hazy” it’s stating something that’s pretty clear–all puns intended there.

How I waste my time is kind of my choice.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (7 months ago)

Really honestly mate: Get a life! Get out of here for a day or two: Find a woman, get drunk, smoke some wild weed. Live a little: maybe thump a cop or two?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Jab:

Except for the cop thing I've done all that.

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Rindahl
By Rindahl (7 months ago)

Jaberwok@ Personal attacks say far more about you than what you may or may not get right about the author. We all have biases and you are showing yours clearly.

I found the article to be interesting. This isn't a camera I'd choose but I do love the retro style. It brings back fond memories of past equipment. I also find it attractive to pair the Df with some old and very high quality manual lenses.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (7 months ago)

Yeah baby. I'm exercising an opinion on another posters (long winded and frequent) postings usually involving a specific point (low light / high ISO) repeated parrot fashion on numerous comments.
I'm sorry that you are unhappy with my posting. perhaps use the flag at right as inappropriate and leave the forum mod to intervene?

As for knowing anything about me: "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!"

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Jaberwok:

I repeat the high ISO performance point when other commenters claim the only interesting thing about the Df is the design of the box.

There's another, in some ways more preposterous, repeated claim about the high ISO performance of the D800 equaling that of the D4/Df. (Some not real informed commenter claimed the same for the Pentax K3 and the Fuji XE2.)

You see when I see these two silly comments parroted, and defended, by others again and again then I react. And the obvious point is that no in fact the Df is excellent at high ISO lowlight shooting so that is very important to some potential purchasers and will be a compelling reason for purchase.

I note here that you completely ignored the many times I've repeated the point that Nikon lenses can't match the optical quality of well done manual focus Zeiss lenses.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (7 months ago)

Rindahl
Hum A new id for a single comment as you are too scared - too much little boy to put your name to a comment?

Sad sad little boy..grow up.

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Joed700
By Joed700 (7 months ago)

You obviously have not compared the color accuracy between the latest Nikon DSLR with the D700. Yes, D700 has minimal pixels by today's standard, but the colors are brilliant. I was totally disappointed when I first got my D800 because it requires quite a bit post processing in order the get the white balance and colors correct. The Df is about the same at the D800...the LCD sucks.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Joed700:

The sensor in the D700 likely has better dynamic range than that in the D800. The D800's dynamic range is well known to drop off above base ISO.

No one really cares about the LCD, that doesn't have much to do with overall image quality. In fact the Df has significantly better dynamic range than the D800, no surprise, and of course the Df far surpassed the high ISO lowlight capacity of the D800.

Raws from either the D800 or Df are really easy to process for "correct" WB in ACR 8.3. (Whereas the Pentax K3's raws take a tiny bit of work fix WB.)

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Joed700
By Joed700 (7 months ago)

HowaboutRAW-

Before you start yapping about the D700 focus flaws, I would advise you to take a 50mm f1.2 ais lens mount it on a D700, set it at f1.2 and focus it manually, then come back and tell me if you are not impress with the D700....

In regards to the LCD display, plenty of people do care about it because out in the field, your LCD is the only thing you got in terms of verifying what you've just shot. It's disappointing when your LCD looks greenish yellow at all time!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Joed700:

I like the D700 well enough, but it doesn't have particularly good auto focus, and I never commented on the manual focus.

LCD, absolutely, it is something to be concerned about, however it doesn't reflect the image quality of pictures shot with whatever camera, nor do LCDs even particularly reflect the WB of cameras. So LCDs are really best for exposure.

Now if you really want the LCD to do something for you and the Df's doesn't, then right the Df is not for you. But that's really a limited set of potential Df users who'd only go by what the LCD displays. Check exposure, really RGB curves, and wait to extract the raw with serious software. If you have a decent lump of data under the curves you should have a shot you can work with; it's pretty simple.

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km25
By km25 (7 months ago)

I thouhgt it out and with the AA filter left in place. No interchangeable and/or "P" screen (it was just the most best ever ever focusing screen). And price. I well stay with my Fuji/Lecia combo.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

km25:

Do you own other Nikon DSLR bodies? Lenses?

The D700? That focus screen could be swapped not by you, but by a technician.

Those Fuji X APSC cameras have good image quality, but can’t match this one for high ISO lowlight shooting.

As for the lack of AA filter, really? There was a Pentax K5 with a 16MP sensor, regular Bayer filter and no AA, but that model didn’t last. I guess the Leica M9 is closest and that was full framed, but more pixels help.

Good that you have Leica lenses for whatever X body you use.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

G1Houston:

The Car Talk point contradicts you opening point. You want people to complain about design and aesthetics, but full well admit that you can get used to a knob or lever doing something different.

You are grossly misrepresenting my arguments in favor of Nikon, in fact I’m not real impressed by Nikon lenses and the D800 has dynamic range problems.

As for the aesthetics, I can see why some people wouldn’t like the Df, but that’s not got anything to do with sensor performance and the sensor is a big deal.

It does help your case that the YouTube guy does not know how to hold a SLR and makes preposterous high ISO image quality claims.

Irony of course, Hondas are mostly more durable than current or last 12 years BMWs, but yes a basic BMW would be more zippy than a basic Honda.

Look if high ISO low light shooting and great dynamic range above base ISO isn’t important than then stick with the D800.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

hexxthalion:

Okay Ming Thein thinks the Otus excellent, so do I. Didn't see flare when I tried the Leica 50mm f2.0 APO. And the Leica appears to handle colour better, though more testing is in order.

One problem with Ming's point, he seems to think that f/1.4 makes the Zeiss a better lens than the f/2.0; that's simplistic thinking that he should know to avoid. Of course, right the Otus is indeed faster.

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G1Houston
By G1Houston (7 months ago)

For those of you keep insisting that dppreview is the ONLY review site that views the Df negatively, see here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHNm54U1nQ4

And for those who think Thom Hogan "likes" the Df, should read this to know that overall he finds the Df "disappointing:"

http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/more-on-the-nikon-df-split.html

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

That Youtube video is a guy whining about the aesthetics, doesn't seem to imagine that he could possibly get used to using those knobs.

At 8:10 he clearly demonstrates that he does not have clue as to how to stably hold a SLR--repeats this mistake several more times.

Doesn't appear to understand the importance of shooting raw at higher ISOs.

Makes the preposterous statement that the high ISO image quality of the D800 equals the Df's high ISO image quality. This alone disqualifies the guy from reviewing digital cameras and being taken seriously.

And last he calls Nikon a "Canon chaser"--um look this idiot can dislike the body and that's his taste but nearly all of the rest is a joke not to be treated seriously.

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G1Houston
By G1Houston (7 months ago)

Thom said it best that he, and many of us, cannot help but look at the Df thinking about what it could or should have been. Some of you seem incapable of evaluating Nikon's design, marketing, and pricing objectively. Whatever Nikon throws at you, as long as it can take good picture, you will find a reason to like it. Of course the Df can take good pictures consistent of having the D4 sensor inside, and of course some of you would want it.

I am sure some people will buy a Honda CIVIC with a BMW 325's engine for $35,000.

Speaking of cars, there was an episode of Car Talk when some one complained that when she turned on the radio, the wiper came on instead, and when she used the power window, the lights come on (or something like that). So Ray repeated what she said and then asked " so what seems to be the problem?"

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

G1Houston:

The Car Talk point contradicts you opening point. You want people to complain about design and aesthetics, but full well admit that you can get used to a knob or lever doing something different.

You are grossly misrepresenting my arguments in favor of Nikon, in fact I’m not real impressed by Nikon lenses and the D800 has dynamic range problems.

As for the aesthetics, I can see why some people wouldn’t like the Df, but that’s not got anything to do with sensor performance and the sensor is a big deal.

It does help your case that the YouTube guy does not know how to hold a SLR and makes preposterous high ISO image quality claims.

Irony of course, Hondas are mostly more durable than current or last 12 years BMWs, but yes a basic BMW would be more zippy than a basic Honda.

Look if high ISO low light shooting and great dynamic range above base ISO isn’t important than then stick with the D800.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

corrected paragraph 4: It does not help your case that the YouTube guy does not know how to hold a SLR and makes preposterous high ISO image quality claims.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (7 months ago)

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binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (7 months ago)

He brings up a good point in the video about the poor interface with the mode dial and shutter dial. When you are set to A and start turning the shutter dial, does it ignore it or change modes?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

binauralbeats:

I saw that question, I'll have to check. I image it ignores it. It's one of his few good questions.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

binauralbeats:

As I thought, the PASM dial overrides the shutter wheel. So if the PASM dial is set to A, then the aperture is controlled by the aperture control wheel on the front and turning the shutter knob does nothing. Then of course the opposite is true if the PASM dial is set to S.

That guy in the video has a reasonably polished presentation and makes good enough aesthetic points, but isn't real smart about cameras.

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binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (7 months ago)

Hmm... not how I would've done it. If I'm in some mode and I go to change the shutter speed, I want the shutter speed to change. Seems the right way would for nikon to have an option for what mode to default to if the shutter dial changes.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

binauralbeats:

But then that setting would override the PASM dial. Or is it a different order of letters?

The shutter knob works when the PASM dial is set to M or S.

I don't think it's real hard to follow that rule.

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binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (7 months ago)

I know you defend the Df at all costs, but for me a tool needs to get out of the way and work. And if I'm turning the shutter knob, I obviously want to change shutter speed.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

binauralbeats:

No, I don't defend the Df at all costs, just don't see how it could work the other way absent some confusing series of "if then" conditions, which would in some cases override the master control of the PASM dial.

I think it's easy enough to remember that you have to be in M or S for the shutter knob to control the shutter speed.

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Gernot1965
By Gernot1965 (7 months ago)

"The spring-locked exposure compensation dial doesn't work so well - its position on the left shoulder is a clear nod to historic Nikon SLRs, but it's awkward to change with the camera to your eye, and downright impractical if you're already using your left hand to cradle a large lens."

Why should somebody take the eye from the camera when changing the exposure compensation dial on the left?
The camera do not have an EVF to see the changes in the viewfinder at all. It only makes sense in LiveView mode, looking on the backside's display, but then the eye is anyhow already gone from the camera.
Or did I miss the point here??

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srados
By srados (7 months ago)

Wow 1400 comment of which maybe 2 people actually used the camera...and all are "experts" in camera engineering and "use". Generating this much traffic is good for DPR...

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johnbatten
By johnbatten (7 months ago)

This review fails to address the primary driver here, which is that Nikon decided on a small-size, reduced weight FX body. That logically meant less space for an extra card and the larger battery needed for video etc etc.

All cameras are compromises. Nikon decided not to compromise on the small size, which has meant other comprises have had to be made elsewhere.

It’s a great camera. I use it as my carry-around and back up to the D800 I use professionally.

If you don't like the Df, don't buy it. Simple!

Me? I love it...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Madness, I say madness, someone who has used the Df and bought it too commenting on it.

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pannyics
By pannyics (7 months ago)

I'd be excellent if they'd allow interchangeable prism with the Nikon F series.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (7 months ago)

It would be even more excellent if it didn't look like a tart's handbag.

Or if the controls were remotely useful rather than simply bolted on to give it some kitsch retro-appeal. Maybe if it had focus aids for the M/F lenses it's designed for or a decent AF module instead of the DX one.

Or how about a range of AF lenses with aperture rings so we can use it as a proper retro camera?

I'd like one for the picture quality but I'm not paying for a camera I'd have to put in a bag in case people laugh.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

pannyics:

So more weight and more expense just to be able to swap the prism box?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Hugo:

There's focus confirm for at least some MF lenses.

The AF is indeed decent.

I think concerning yourself about being laughed at means you're still likely a teenager.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (7 months ago)

No, the AF is not decent. It's a DX module and covers a very small part of the viewfinder. It's a cheap shot and the reason I didn't fork out for a D610, I'll wait until Nikon produce a camera without such obvious compromises.

Focus confirmation? Big deal. To use it like a proper old camera you have to focus on a screen that wasn't designed for manual focusing.

No aperture rings on AF lenses means I have to use the stupid dials anyway.

Style over substance, and very poor style at that...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Hugo88:

By quoting specifications it looks like you’ve not tried out the Df.

Is that the case, or are you basing your judgements after having picked up a Df, with lens, and shot more than 3 photos–ideally in raw and recorded to your own SD card?

You see many people, including myself, who reach the conclusion that the Df’s auto focus is indeed decent have tested out the body with a lens.

Is it the AF from the D4? No.

You should look further into how Nikon handles focus confirm for at least some MF lenses.

Now, as for style, right you can dislike it, but that's not some objective judgment you're making there. It's simply not to your taste stylistically.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (7 months ago)

Ah, I see. You actually bought one and are obviously feeling a bit sensitive about your kitsch investment and are now overcompensating at every naysayer to protect your ego over it's shame. Much as I would if I'd got an Action Man in a ballerina costume for christmas when I was a boy. "Ballet is for men, it is! it is!"

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Hugo88:

Wrong, I don’t own a Df, nor have I ever owned one.

So fairly simplistic “analysis” on your part. Does it make you feel better about conclusions you’ve jumped to without actually using the Df?

I certainly like the image quality that I’ve gotten out of the Df raws I’ve shot, but I don’t run out and buy newest; there could be some undisclosed problem like oil and the Nikon D600, or the crappy auto focus on the Fuji XPro1–at least firmware has begun to fix the Fuji XPro1's AF problem.

If the Df is not for you don’t buy the Df, but your claims don’t appear to be based on things other than what you’ve see on the interwebs.

NB: You don’t seem to know much about ballet, indeed it is very much for men.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (7 months ago)

I think you should learn to take jokes in the proper spirit....

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Hugo:

Suggestion: reexamine what you think is humorous.

And if you're going to comment on a camera, lens, etc, expect the question: "have you used it?"

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G1Houston
By G1Houston (7 months ago)

You said this to someone: "Madness, I say madness, someone who has used the Df and bought it too commenting on it." and yet you also said this about yourself: "Wrong, I don’t own a Df, nor have I ever owned one."

So you can defend the Df in every post critical of it without actually ever touching the Df?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

G1Houston:

Get a dictionary and look up the word "own" then next look up the word "use", see they don't mean the same thing, nor does "touch" necessarily mean "own".

Right I've used a Df, so far only with the kit 50mm lens, I've shot perhaps a total of 60 raws recorded to my own SD card. And still I don't own a Df, nor did I own one and sell it.

Gee I can see two or three ways that's easily possible sans ownership.

Frankly I can't believe you asked that question. And made that huge a mistake with those two verbs.

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G1Houston
By G1Houston (7 months ago)

OK, my fault. You did touch it. :)

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

G1Houston:

And I used it. That's a lot more than "touch".

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

G1Hou:

And now I've used the Df with a Zeiss manual focus lens.

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JF69
By JF69 (7 months ago)

@HowaboutRAW*** you don't have a clue on what you're talking about, you admitted to not having one.
***PS: "raw" is not an acronym, a common mistake misguided internet "experts" make all the time.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

JF69:

Never thought RAW an acronym, just made it capitals for emphasis. NEF, now that’s an acronym, or PEF, but now what’s CRW?

Regarding the Df, I know of what I write, because I’ve used the Df for a bit of raw shooting. Have I shot 1000 raws with it? No. Have I used the Df with every lens that can be mounted on it? No.

The the reason for emphasizing raw in my screen name, it’s that sample raws can be hard to come by in online review forums. Generally the availability of raws from new raw capable cameras is a strength of DPReview, IR, and PhotographyBlog. But for example the New York Times never posts raws, even when doing a serious review of a raw capable camera.

Also never called myself an "'expert'" on digital photography. However I don't draw conclusions about interesting new cameras based solely on things posted online.

Have you shot with the Df, more than a few jpegs?

Look up the verbs: "borrow", "rent" and "use", just to confirm for yourself they don't mean "own".

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WalPhoto
By WalPhoto (7 months ago)

May be I'm wrong, but the DPR was more photo-centric, now it's gadget-centric somehow. Don't want to insult anybody, but a great part of the content is smart-phones like and less about the photography-like aspects. There are a lot of quite respectable web sites qualifying Df 'gold' like - DPR is a good complement to them for me, deeply technical; but how it comes it didn't get any award here? It's not about the 'award' anyway, but the DPR-message. I interpret it as a changing paradigm of DPR; to explain: check youtube and have a look at Df in action against D4 - totally different animals, very nice yet different. Now it depends on your preferences/paradigm/needs, which one you give what 'award' - and that's what I mean, DPR is the 'D4-like' direction. It's ok and correct, yet not compatible with all of us ;-). I'm shooting/developing pictures more than 35 years now, had a lot of devices and thinking about Canon->Nikon switch some day - and checking the Nikon terrain a bit sometimes.

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Funduro
By Funduro (7 months ago)

Why are all these Negative Nancy's doing posting comments on a DSLR's review they don't like much to begin with ? Clearly shows the nattering nabobs of negativism like to whine.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (7 months ago)

Probably because it's a gear site and the comment section is for discussing the pro's and cons of the stuff that manufacturers are trying to get us to part with our money for.

If someone thinks that a favourite manufacturer has slipped up it's often interesting to hear why.

With the DF it was obvious from the start. On the Nikon rumours site there was endless wild speculation about how fantastic it was going to be and when the first photo appeared everyone thought it was a mock up as Nikon could never make a camera so embarassingly stupid looking!

Digital rev made the best comment: watching Nikon trying to do something cool is like watching your uncle do an Ali G impression. Chortle.

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Funduro
By Funduro (7 months ago)

The Df high tech retro is on my shopping list. Hopefully this year. See my avatar, that's a Fuji X100, that will be sold so I can get the Df. D4 sensor at half price with a beautiful body, yea baby !

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2manybikes
By 2manybikes (7 months ago)

If you are interested in this expensive camera, rent it for a week or two and if you like it, buy it. You can't argue from reviews because you're not the person using the camera. If I ran DPReview I would moderate the juvenalia in evidence from these comments.

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dw2001
By dw2001 (7 months ago)

how much extra $ can one charge for a madiocre camera just because it's semi-retro styled? looks awful btw...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

dw2001:

Specifically, why do you think the Df “mediocre”?

By all appearances it's well made in the sense of durable, has excellent image quality, and once familiar has easy enough to use controls.

Have you handled the body? And shot with it?

You may in fact think the body looks awful, others don't so that's only a reason you'd not buy it.

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dw2001
By dw2001 (7 months ago)

seriously, are you a bot or what?!?

given the pricepoint it's mediocre. AF-system is subpar, no video, nothing extra compared to everything only retro looks. seriously, how can anyone justify the price-tag?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

dw2001:

Let's see, many have reported and experienced the AF as being just fine in lowlight.

The Df easily bests the D800 and D610 for high ISO lowlight shooting. At anything above base ISO, the Df has better dynamic range than the D800.

For a SLR it's reasonably quiet.

The only thing close from Canon, only sort of in performance, and yes price is the 6D, not the 1DX.

So those are all reasons it's worth plenty for many purposes and to many potential users--including those that already own a D4.

Then repeating myself have you used the Df?

Yet again, video takes battery life and cooling and AF is best with a different kind of sensor, so there are pretty clear reasons for Nikon to skip video in the Df. Get a D610 if you want video, has the video AF problems though.

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scopes
By scopes (7 months ago)

Nerds!!! You're all nerds!!!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Yes.

Then so?

And 4 total comments in nearly 18 months and you take this opportunity?

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (7 months ago)

"Nerds!!! You're all nerds!!!"

And proud!

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raztec
By raztec (8 months ago)

Is HowaboutRAW a paid Nikon employee? Just wondering. Look at the number of posts he's made here. I mean who's got time to respond to nearly EVERY single criticism of the Df? Even Shotcents has a wife he needs to keep happy.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

R:

So you clearly missed, or didn’t understand, where I said Nikon lenses aren’t real good optically. (Not something a Nikon employee would ever say and a position many Nikon users can't stand to read.)

Other things somewhat negative things I’ve said in these comments specifically about this Df body: “I can see how the layout would irk some users”. And: “I don’t like the card and battery sharing the same compartment”.

So your reaction is typical lazy, if someone likes something he/she must be working as a representative of that something.

Some other things I don’t like about Nikon: above base ISO the dynamic range of the D800 is not as good as it should be. And the buffer on the D7100 is far to slow for a camera of that price.

As for the number of comments I’ve made, my choice how to waste my time, and if I hadn’t repeatedly read comments akin to yours then...

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (8 months ago)

Yeah, but you know what, the best Nikon lenses are just superb. Like the new 85mm/1.4, the best you can get, for any price. Even the dirt cheap kit lenses are good enough for professional use. So why to complain?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Rage J:

Right good Nikon lenses are indeed good optically, but "superb" is going too far. They lack colour subtlety that optically excellent lenses have.

No: That "new" Nikon 85mm f/1.4 is not particularly excellent optically--unless Nikon introduced something new in the last two months. Nor is that 58mm f/1.4 Nikon (actually new) particularly good optically.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (8 months ago)

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Which-lenses-for-your-Nikon-D800/Nikon-D800-and-standard-lens-choices

Can't see too many problems with these superb Nikon lenses, when all that data is backed by my own personal experience. And the colors? Are you color blind or something, or what is wrong with your colors?

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

in reply to raztec
Nah The poster you refer to is extremely bright, luminous in fact.
A Transmitter and Receiver Of Laser Light no less.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Rage Joe:

Please don't cite DXO scores, they're not real helpful, they can say if a lens is good, but can't do much about saying if a lens is excellent.

Now as for your personal experience that only matters if you've also extensively used both good Zeiss and Leica M lenses. Most who have agree that Nikon lenses lack something in colour, though some disagree.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

J:

What on earth do lasers have to do with this, are you monochrome?

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

No, not monochrome but perhaps slightly pickled: I had a really excellent lunch in my club today.

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raztec
By raztec (8 months ago)

@howabout...
Some of the comments are just personal opinions. Don't understand why you feel obliged to get people to change them.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

raz:

Thought you'd just asked a question.

The colour subtlety of good lenses isn't opinion. Nor is the failure of resampling to reduce high ISO noise in anything like a real world example.

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

Hahahaha... maybe he really likes the camera.

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binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (7 months ago)

HowaboutRaw: geez bud, it's just a camera. You don't need to respond to everything. Maybe try going outside and taking some pictures. And why take criticism so personally?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

binauralbeats:

Mostly I don't take it personally. Though yes I'm personally interested in purchasing this Df body.

I just see too much whining about the "retro" look, or the "bad" AF and have to ask "have you used it?", though not you.

Then I see preposterous, easily testable and easily proven wrong, claims about how to make high ISO files from the D800 equal the lower noise performance of the same ISO setting on the Df/D4, and I have to object strenuously.

It's a very interesting body to many because of the sensor alone. And to read so much garbage spewed by those who have not even handled it, and haven't a clue about why high ISO lowlight shooting with a reasonably quiet body may be important so some persons, is really irksome.

Shall I go on about the comments claiming the Fuji XE2 equals the low light performance of this Df sensor? How about those who insist this is an "ancient", and implicitly useless, sensor?

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Shamael
By Shamael (7 months ago)

@ HowaboutRaw: So, if I understand well, you defend this body with all weapons you can find and all words in your dictionary, but... you don't have one yet. I do not have one ether, and will not have one, unless Nikon changes a few things in it. I am against this camera for the simple reason of it's price, the AF is not what it should be, the resolution of the sensor is targetting night shooters only, and I am not among those, and for day shooting, I would like a higher resolution. Then, there are not enough manual focus assist facilities and you can't change the matte to a split ro fresnel type. Then, ability to shoot 25000 ISO clean and 1/4000th maximal speed, what is that good for. Even Oly M1 has 1/8000th. Nikon has build a low end product with a sensor with good capacities, for a high price. Nikon sucks, that's all., simply they walk beside there shoes. And forget the 6000$ camera sensor story, Nikon makes the prices, not the sensor.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Shamael:

The resolution of the sensor is fine and you know better than to raise the silly more pixels equals better image quality argument.

The AF is decent, as others attest.

Likely, one can send the body into a service centre for a screen swap, that's how the D700 worked, and the Df sure appears to work the same way.

You clearly care more about bragging rights to specced numbers than image quality, this suggests that you aren't particularly interested in digital photography.

It is a stretch to call the Df "clean" at ISO 25,000.

Nikon is not going to put the sensor from a future D5 in a body before the D5 ships and Nikon is not going to charge less than the D610 for a body with the D4's sensor.

Sports photos were taken with 1/1000 sec film bodies.

"if, if, if". Get a D610 or buy a D800, but don't whine about higher ISO fails with those bodies. And too bad that above base ISO the dynamic range of the D800 can't keep up with the Df's DR.

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davidbarbour
By davidbarbour (8 months ago)

the Df is smaller, lighter and far quieter than a D700...use manual mode, fixed AIS lens and treat it like a film camera...you will be very happy and hardly have any reason to go into the camera's menu....shot with it yesterday...plan to buy two..good bye zoom lenses...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

I think some will stumble over this advice: " treat it like a film camera".

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

Ah yes film. cellophane sandwich wrap used by the retro gang, large format specialists and sleepy senior citizens who remember the good old days of the Nikon F6.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (8 months ago)

"Locking exposure comp dial is inconvenient"...

Sony α7/α7R Experience:

... "and the EV compensation dial turns accidentally in a bag, and even when I'm just hand-holding the camera - I have to check it every time I want to take a picture." - by Shawn Barnett

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chooflaki
By chooflaki (8 months ago)

I have to say this the same for my Fuji Xpro 1 and X100. EV dial always gets out of whack. Has a mind of its own. EV dial on Df very safe and easy to change when one realises they have use their fingers.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (8 months ago)

I think that if a camera has an EV compensation dial the best thing to do is to be sure it's set to zero and then glue it permanently.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (8 months ago)

Long time ago. I tried EV compensation dial. What a disaster. It just did so much more harm, no good at all. The times I tried it I always forgot it in a wrong position. What a disaster, even worse with slide film. Everything ruined. Good bye.

Lesson learned. Never use that thing again. Never. And even now. With the warning signs and everything. What a hassle, how complicated, slow and clumsy. Why to do something stupid like that, when you have the possibility to use that perfect and accurate manual way of shooting, with just the information you need, uncluttered view finder. Relax. Exactly the right amount of compensating every time. All shown exactly, how much "correction" and in which direction, showing it all all the time you move your camera. No nervous warning sings in there. Just that fast and perfect manual info. The fastest way to expose perfectly. 99,9 % I shoot like that, or surely more.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Rage Joe:

Many people use them, though almost everyone using them has had the dials move inappropriately. As you know that's the reason for the lock on Df.

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NCB
By NCB (8 months ago)

The EV dial is fine; in spite of the lock I can turn it one handed. The one control I've found you have to watch is the one without a lock on it, the drive control. Because the on/off switch doesn't have a ridge on the side (so its harder to turn on accidentally), I find I need two fingers to operate it. One of those fingers can catch on the drive control.
No big problem. If you find you start taking multiple shots it's because you've knocked it into continuous.

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paqman
By paqman (8 months ago)

you never give bad reviews to nikon, and this is no exception. this camera is pretty lame or at least shouldn't get "81%"

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

How many hours have you photographed with the Nikon Df, paqman? Oh ....

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

paqman:

Excellent IQ at a large range of ISOs isn't very important?

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

Always appreciate DPR lab tests, but some "conclusions" seem subjective, and don't jibe with my shooting experience. Purchased Df kit, immediately flew to DC for shoot. Only quick perusal of manual. Raining, overcast. US Conservatory dark inside. Found Df intuitive, and fantastic for "photojournalist" style shooting. (Subjects behaving naturally in natural light and surroundings) I like: Shutter speed and ISO on dials. Great, true, TTL finder. Built-in diopter wheel. Light, compact, for full frame. Exceptional low light capability. Shooting ISO 6400 is like old ASA 160 film in image quality. Easy to manual-focus AiS and AI-converted lenses. Screen snaps, for me. Carets/bullet focus checker is accurate, becomes second nature. AF with G lens is fast, accurate. Cannot relate to some "criticisms". I prefer center-weighted focusing and metering for artistic control. Only a lab rat requires 1/8000th. Simply dial down the ISO until 1/4000 or slower works for exposure. I like this camera!

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LaFonte
By LaFonte (8 months ago)

Looks great on paper, but why they think a pro gear needs retro styling.
It is either geared to very old people or lomo steam punk crowd. By the price I'd say the first as it is quite larger than an iPhone. Why the mee-too retro styling, why?

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

It's not "retro" so much as "useful" and "intuitive" in real world, photojournalist shooting situations. You may be too young to understand, if all you've been exposed-to are button and-menu digitals. No offense. When you have a body of work, look us "very old people" up. We'd love to compare images. Thanks.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Which, iPhone model shoots raw and has a full framed sensor again?

And does that iPhone model take interchangeable lenses?

Name any iPhone model with a card slot?

Name any iPhone model on which you can field swap the battery.

If the Df doesn't suit your needs or aesthetics don't buy it, but don't complain about the price or imply that an iPhone somehow does this job, though perhaps you simply meant to say something only about size--not interchangeability with the iPhone (the language isn't clear but best not to bring up the iPhone since it's so limited as a camera).

Look the only thing close to the Df in price and high ISO performance is the Canon 6D. And that's not tiny, not "retro" either.

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fatdeeman
By fatdeeman (8 months ago)

His language was clear as day to me, he's simply implying that the camera is more likely to be popular with old people than the lomo steam punk crowd because it will be too big for them.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

fatdeeman:

Meaning that for the “lomo steam punk crowd” small is everything? Okay, but why bring up the iPhone? It’s not a small+capable camera, unlike say the Olympus XZ10 or the somewhat bigger Sony RX100II. Or even the Pentax Q7 is a lot more camera than the silly iPhone.

So my point remains, don’t bring up the iPhone in this situation in late 2013.

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fatdeeman
By fatdeeman (8 months ago)

Because the lomo steam punk crowd/hipsters etc are the kind of people that use instagram and claim that an iphone is as good as any camera out there.

They also tend to be massive hypocrites because they also go around saying how film is better than digital even though they lack the technical and creative skills to do either medium justice.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

fatdeeman:

I think you have a simplistic idea of what hipsters do with photography. They aint all shooting Instagram shots with the iPhone.

How do you know that those choosing to use 35mm film in 2013 can't shoot a good photo? And frankly at lower ISOs there's still reason to use film if you want the different look.

You seem to have a number of preconceived ideas, not one of which has much bearing on the Nikon Df's capacity as a photo capturing device.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (8 months ago)

The fact that he lumped steam punks and hipsters into the same group leads me to believe that this person hasn't a clue as to what they are talking about.

Stop getting your information about sociological subcultures from DPReview.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

JDT:

Ah, now that I look up "steam punk" phatD makes less sense.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (8 months ago)

Steam punks are the "nerds" and hipsters are the "cool kids". Not really the same demographic.

I'd honestly say that the Dƒ wouldn't appeal to either group. The steam punks would rather take a DSLR and "retrofit" it themselves and a hipster would prefer to use or be seen with a real Nikon F.

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JonB1975
By JonB1975 (8 months ago)

Great images - but with potentially annoying flaws. Sounds like Fuji - but will Nikon have the ongoing improvements and support?

Doubt it.....

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Pray tell what to you think are the "annoy flaws" of the Nikon Df? And have you used the Df?

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

Suspect all hat and no cattle

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

He probably read the review.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

AbrasiveR:

So how would that answer the second question: "And have you used the Df?"

And still the OP has not listed what those "annoying flaws" are in his/her mind.

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aalaref
By aalaref (8 months ago)

reading the comments here are really depressing !
i bought the Df its not my main camera but i love it very much

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Charlie boots
By Charlie boots (8 months ago)

I use a D700 and would like to upgrade and add a second camera. The D800 has too large files for my use. I used F2 and F3's and have many legacy lenses, and the Df, with the excellent d4 sensor would be ideal. Reading the various reviews I am very disappointed as it seems that Nikon has short changed us for the price. Focus module, live view focusing, card in battery compartment, non pro connectors, max shutter speed (even my d700 does 1/8000sec). For the same price as a d800 I would expect to see a camera with similar or even better specs in these areas as technology has moved on since the D800 launch. We are seeing apsC sensors with equal capability. I will thus not buy at present. Sorry Nikon, a disappointed customer.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Why don’t you try the Df, before you count the AF system as a fail. Many have reported its AF just fine.

What is the obsession with higher shutter speeds? There was sports photography with 1/1000 sec bodies. If you need faster than 1/4000 sec buy a D4–that body’s AF is a good bit better than the not great AF in the D700.

Nikon is not going to sell the Df body for less than a D610 while the D4 is still on sale new.

And no this is simply untrue: “ We are seeing apsC sensors with equal capability”–suggesting you aren’t real familiar with what this sensor can do. Better live view focusing will require a different sensor, of course it’s not going to be in this body.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

Opinions are as similar to assholes: everybody has one, regardless of the level of knowledge of the proponent of said opinion.

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davaodoc
By davaodoc (8 months ago)

Charlie boots:

I totally agree. I bought the Df a few weeks ago and unfortunately, it is the only Nikon purchase that I am disappointed with. For $2700, you have to expect something for the money you spent.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

> D800 has too large files for my use

it depends on priority, better photos or smaller files.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

davaodoc:

Did you not handle the Df before purchase?

Also for your monies, you get the D4 sensor in a lighter and quieter body. (And I know you own a D4 already, so if you don't want the lightness and quiet shutter, the sensor probably doesn't matter too much to you since you already own it.)

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

If you don't like the Df, it's your fault because you haven't handled it. If you bought the Df and don't like it, it's your fault for not handling it enough before your bought it.

The D800 is the world's best SLR because look at all the megapixels you get. The Df is perfect because you didn't need all those megapixels in the first place.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

AbrasiveReducer:

More megapixels can get in the way, but if you are going for mega pixels, the Leica S2 would beat the D800 in many ways. Then of course the D4 is much better at lowlight high ISO shooting than the D800. And the Pentax K3 is much quieter than the Leica or either Nikon.

So no the D800 is not simply the "best" DSLR, though it's a very good body.

And of course davadoc can dislike the Df, however I'm perplexed as to why someone would simply jump in and buy it, instead of waiting for reviews and endurance testing. Not at all clear that the OP tried the Df before purchase, and why buy it unheld if you already own a D4?

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Charlie boots
By Charlie boots (8 months ago)

HowaboutRaw:

It is not that I want 1/8000 or even use it, it is a matter of perceived value compared to Nikon's other offerings. I like the Df and it would suite my purposes well. I just feel that Nikon has overpriced the Df by limiting some specs for the price they are charging. Around Rrsp $2500 would seem to be a fair price if they want more they need to improve the specs. For exactly the same street price it does not appear to provide the same value as the D800.

I have no doubt that the focusing system is better than the D700 and more than adequate for my needs. Again here it is a preception of value for money and a feeling that I am being overcharged.

The "f" cameras were Nikon's premium line and one would expect a camera that Nikon presents as representing the "f" lineage to be also the best in its product class.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Charlie–

Realistically you may see something close to that wished for $2500 price in say 10 months.

“F” wasn’t always applied only to the top Nikon of the day. Didn’t FE overlap with the premium F3? Or was it FM?

I know I’m repeating myself, and you probably apprehend this point, but the Df has a sensor that is more valued by many than the sensor in the D800. And it’s not simply the better high ISO lowlight shooting results with the D4/Df’s sensor.

Right: Nikon could have put the sensor from the D4 in a body very close to the D800, but that body wouldn’t have been inexpensive either. And then there’s be less distinguishing it from the D800. So Nikon tried something else.

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (8 months ago)

How can a Camera that costs about 2.500$ only shoot 1/4000, only 39 Focus points, only have -+3EV ??? All this specs issues are symptoms of a non-top camera but hey, my attention into them can be considered exaggerated - But NOT when the damm camera costs 2.500$ - But no... Nikon is not wrong - Nikon has got smarter because it can turn consumers into very dumb people to pay that much for that less - Don't get me wrong - I would not mind having a DF that cuts into top specs but offers FF - But not for more than 1.500$, maybe 1.700$ tops

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

"if, if, and if".

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km25
By km25 (8 months ago)

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!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

While no one claims that the Df’s autofocus performs as well as the D4's, many have had a better experience with the Df’s auto focus in lowlight than that claimed in this review. The center AF point works well in lowlight.

The Sony A7/r are very good first steps for a Sony full framed mirrorless.

(I’ve no idea why you claim that 35mm is the shortest focal length that can be used on that system; see the first full framed mirrorless interchangeable body, aka the Leica M9.)

However the A7/r aren’t exactly competing with this Nikon Df.

A big problem with the Fuji X Pro 1 besides the AF when it first shipped was lack of excellent raw extraction software. The Silkypix that released with that Fuji body was surprisingly good, for the notoriously bad Silkypix, but it struggled at high ISOs where the sensor was still very capable. Then of course the first ACR to extract these X RAF files had troubles–particularly with foliage. CaptureOne did a much better job and then Adobe fixed ACR.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

ROFL.

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marike6
By marike6 (8 months ago)

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.

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NCB
By NCB (8 months ago)

I've tried the Df in next to total darkness, and sure enough it doesn't focus. But that's an extreme case. Overall the autofocus is fast and spot on, including in some pretty dim lighting. That's an unscientific way of putting it, but for me at least autofocus isn't an issue, at all.

I do get the impression that this review was rushed. Normally DPR publishes real-world pics, followed by the "official" review pics; this time we have just got the first lot. Did DPR want it out of the way for Christmas? After all, they couldn't have had the camera for long.

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

"While no one claims that the Df’s autofocus performs as well as the D4's, many have had a better experience with the Df’s auto focus in lowlight than that claimed in this review."

The problem here is AF speed totally reported on a "feels" basis. Scientific measurement, like MTF, will clear all doubts.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

new boyz:

Feel free to set up the test and post the results. Of course use the same lens, same ISO setting, same aperture and make sure that no part of the lighting changes from testing the D800 to testing the Df.

I think you’ll find that the center point of the AF system on the Df works well, perhaps not a the D4 level, but...

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

In my experience, AF with the G lens is fast and accurate, down to scenes where the Df's captured image is actually brighter that my eye could see in the dark. This is the best performing camera for low-light and "photojournalism" situations I've handled ... in a lifetime of photojournalism and corporate image shooting. I don't understand the negative comments about AF. I guess there are lab rats, cowboy commenters (all-hat and no cattle) ... and actual, hands-on users.

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EvilTed
By EvilTed (8 months ago)

I got one from B&H.
The box was covered in finger prints, as was the camera.
The camera had 932 actuation's!

As for the camera, the thing is a toy compared to other DSLRs.
Flimsy and nowehre near as stylish as some think.
I thought it quite badly executed and cheap looking and feeling.

It was shipped right back to B&H for a refund.

ET

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kadardr
By kadardr (8 months ago)

Don`t deal with B&H. You see! They ruined the experience...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

EvilT:

"flimsy"? And "cheap looking and feeling"?

I can't claim to know how you think it should look, but it doesn't feel cheap.

Magnesium is lighter than brass.

Odd that B+H sent you a returned one, I'd have asked them for lightly used pricing, with a new warranty, and kept it. But if it's not to your taste I see why you returned it.

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Maaku
By Maaku (8 months ago)

BS. You're a troll

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

You are Evil, Ted. Hahahaha.

Sorry, can't help it.

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

Have to take your word for it ... however ... I've dealt with B&H for decades, on both the pro and personal levels, and never had less than a "10" experience. If they would sell a used or demo camera as new, I would be shocked as it would go totally against their policy and reputation.

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naththo
By naththo (8 months ago)

@EvilTed - Pfft I don't believe your story. Troll more likely!

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JimSavill
By JimSavill (8 months ago)

I was doing a project tonight testing the low light performance of my Fuji X1 vs a Nikon Df. It was raining hard so I took my old long grey mac and black woolly balaclava. My favourite place for night shooting is under the streetlamp by the hospital and round the corner by the nurses home.

Some of the girls have pet names for me. I can't hear too well under the balaclava but they shout my nickname in greeting from their windows.

I can report that over 20mins the Nikon far outperformed the Fuji. The whole colour balance and especially the flesh tones were excellent under really tricky light and through blinds and curtains.

I'd post some samples but unfortunately the camera and card were seized for evidence when I was arrested.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

> low light performance of my Fuji X1 vs a Nikon Df ...
> the Nikon far outperformed the Fuji.

low light performance is basically a lens issue. differences between sensors are quite small, about the same as error level.

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NCB
By NCB (8 months ago)

JimSavill - that's rough. Sounds like the Df would have been just perfect for some low light jailhouse shots.

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Kahiri78
By Kahiri78 (8 months ago)

Are you sure about that? I clicked and selected Fuji x Pro 1 camera on the high iso test widget done by DPreview above, and to my eyes, at iso 3200, the Df has about the same noise as X Pro 1, only that Df is slightly sharper!

For me thats quite and achievement considering the small sensor of fuji x pro 1 compares to DF.

No wonder some pros like Mansurov dares to say that if Fuji created new X series camera with full frame sensor, it will bring a serious threat to canon and Nikon. Juat take a look, even with a small sensor, fuji ia right up there with some of the best.

But seriously, i bought X Pro 1not because of ita superb iso accompany my D700, ita because the gorgeous color and superb hybrid viewfinder!

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

About time somebody had a gentle dig at the pompous old farts who claim they always shoot in candle light at ISO 20,000.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

J:

Candlelight, ever tried it? 20,000 would be a bit low. And don't bring up "Barry Lyndon".

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

Sorry. I forgot you were the low light advisor to Mr K back in '75.

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Dudders
By Dudders (8 months ago)

Thanks for the investigative effort "Jim". I just nearly choked on my toast and fell off my chair.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

J:

I think the shooting of the movie was done in 73-74.

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

Keep your day job, JimSavill. (but I'm smiling)

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

It's truly frightening that some of the fans here don't even realize your post is a joke.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Abrasive:

Duh. Well then check the year, see the continuation of the "joke" doesn't have to be on your terms.

And the point remains that ISO 20,000 would be a problem for some candlelit situations--particularly those exposed faster than 24th of second and with only one candle as a light source. A 0.7 Zeiss lens would help, shallow DOF though.

Suspect there's a joke to be made out of the term "Mr K" too.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Kahiri78:

How well does that Fuji XPro1 do when shooting ISO 12,800 and above?

Sure is quiet though and the best Fuji lenses are optically better than the best Nikon lenses. But that XPro1 AF, um...

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rb59020
By rb59020 (8 months ago)

More bad news, Moose Peterson can't stove raving about the Df.

http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog/category/technology/camera-tech/moose-bag/

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jimi1127
By jimi1127 (8 months ago)

Go to the link, scroll down and read Moose's reviews - is there any lens or body he dislikes? And ya know what - he's right! With proper technique and correctly selected gear, current cams and glass will successfully get the job done. The Df is no exception - its D4 sensor will crank out splendid images especially in low light situations. As to the Df's 'retro' layout, some shooters will be turned on, others turned off, however I'd wager for most us it's a neutral response. So why all the fuss & chatter? IMO the answer is VALUE. The Df is priced about 50 USDs below the D800 and about 250 USDs above the 800e. If the lower weight and better ISO performance works for you -- go for it. The Df is a wonderful image making machine. I must mention another issue with Df VALUE. Lurking 750 USDs below the Df is the D610 and of course for the brave of heart there are D600 bodies 1200-1300 USDs below Df prices.
Happy holidays and as we NYC street walkers like to say - 'shoot' a stranger everyday.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

There are endorsers and then there are de-facto endorsers. I'm not sure which he is. Or if there is a difference. Not that it's hard to say nice things about a nice camera.

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gnnyman
By gnnyman (8 months ago)

I own that camera (among several others from Nikon) now from its very first week on the market and I can only wholeheartedly disagree to this rather negative sounding review!
A photographer, a real photographer, does not need the video function nor is the 1/8000 sec necessary - think about those famous photographs, even of sport events - none of these (older ones) had been taken with such short.exposure time. I also disagree to almost all other negative points except for the topic of the SD door at the bottom - this is not a good feature. For my photography, I use almost always a tripod and that is a bit cumbersome, but as the most recently launched SD cards are very reliable, even those with 32 and 64 GB, one can work around and not change the card anymore - the files are much smaller than those of a D800 and the battery is really a long-life-battery.
I do like that camery very much and have the feeling, that DP does not appreciate Nikon....(think about their negative 1,4/58mm review)

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

it's not technical limitations that make photos great.

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Graham Tercero Graham
By Graham Tercero Graham (8 months ago)

I'm totaly accord with you,
GTG

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

gnnyman:

Do you own the new Nikon f/1.4 58mm lens?

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ruicarv79
By ruicarv79 (8 months ago)

Is it just me or does the temperature rises when you look at this beauty?
So sexyyyyy...
Why am I not rich? Why? :)
Gorgeous little thing!

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Aaron Sur
By Aaron Sur (8 months ago)

There is nothing little about it, Its like me with the Nikon Fm-2 , 25 years later with middle age girth

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mholdef
By mholdef (8 months ago)

I like Dpreview but this review confirms that it is more oriented towards high tech gear and spec sheets than the photographic experience.

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Revenant
By Revenant (8 months ago)

For me, it confirms the opposite.

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (8 months ago)

Fake 70's mojo that does harm to ergonomics is marketed as true photographic experience.

The D700 (and quite possibly D800) will be classics 30 years from now. Imagine how hip you where back in those days owning one of them ;)

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (8 months ago)

For me, it confirms that DPReview considers a wide range of factors when assessing a camera.

If this camera, which I consider gravely flawed (with a split personality but no split prism!), had been given a special award it would have made awards wholly meaningless.

The Df is dreadfully conservative and feels like it was designed by a committee of non-photographers. As such it falls far short of expectations at large (the digital FM2) and expectations generated by Nikon’s own hype campaign (‘pure photography’).

That it does some things well, or that its component parts are technically sound or even fractionally better than last year’s parts, or that some people mistake retro-fake for greatness, does not remotely justify a special award.

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Nikonparrothead
By Nikonparrothead (8 months ago)

Which digital camera does have a factory installed split prism again? Thought so. Like it, fine. Don't like it? Fine too. But what you consider a flaw may be a blessing to another.

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (8 months ago)

Awards can therefor be seen as a way for DPR to express their personal feelings without compromising objectivity and professionality in a review.

The Df is capable of producing beautiful images = 81%

DPR doesn't seem to like the camera as a tool, or the path Nikon chose with this product = no award.

Or at least, this is how i interpret these scorings...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

sebastian huvenaars:

I think you have a point about the body of the D800 being good contemporary design--so yes hip in 2013.

But as you clearly realize the Df does amazing image quality and that fact alone, "hip" or not, is a big deal to many potential purchasers.

Or: Right there are people who'd purchase this body of its look or not make the purchase for the same reason, but then there are many other considerations those interested in IQ take into account.

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (8 months ago)

>Only the Nikon V1, Pentax K-01 and now the Df didn't get any >awards. And you think the awards a meaningful? lol.

Marike6 - I agree with several of your sentiments but the Pentax K-01 was a piece of garbage.

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (8 months ago)

The only thing not silly about the Df would be that customers are given access to D4's sensor at a lower price, like HowaboutRAW said.

For everything else, it's an ordinary premium priced dslr. The big knobs do exactly what scroll wheels do but without falling directly under your fingers. The boxy styling makes it less nice to carry and leads to the use plasticky parts between material transitions.

Fuji x camera's are much smaller, have hybrid focussing and lack a mirror. Their form factor is a result of all this, the subtile hints to a bygone era look quite nice even.

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (8 months ago)

Well, i agree with you about which viewfinder is nicer, but thats another topic.

Df is the smallest but not small. I was looking forward to this camera, not to buy, just out of curiosity, the concept of pure photography is appealing! I was generally disappointed when i got my hands on one, disappointed in Nikon, i tend like their products a lot.

*huh haha? Where did you go?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

sebastian:

The Df is a good bit less audible than the D4, that's a real draw for some people.

The Fuji X ASPC cameras are good cameras, but the first two had AF problems and none of the 3 total can shoot at the high ISOs of the D4.

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (8 months ago)

Oh no I wasn't trying to promote the Fuji cams, just wanted to give an example about how function can lead to a certain form factor without looking superficial. But then my conversational partner's posts disappeared all of a sudden...

Quiet shutters are a good thing by the way.

Have a good christmas :)

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

sebastian huvenaars:

And those Fuji X ASPC cameras are even more quiet than the Df--near silent.

It's that others here have erroneously claimed that the Fuji X ASPC bodies equal the lowlight high ISO performance of the D4. That's why I react to claims about them here.

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mholdef
By mholdef (8 months ago)

I have been using the Df the past two weeks (which by the way is officially my wife's as I own a D800E) and I can tell you the camera is a joy to use and produces beautiful images.

Which leads me to believe once again that The "Dpreview experience" as they would prefer it is much more aimed at the techy / gear freak than the photographer.

As everyone is entitled to their opinion including Dpreview that is my opinion as I frankly don't understand all the negativity around the Df...except maybe that some people felt alienated by the Nikon marketing campaign as not being photographers for all these years.

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Ian from Berks
By Ian from Berks (8 months ago)

Hopefully this might inspire other manufacturers to produce cameras aimed solely at photographers. If I wanted to video things I would buy a dedicated video camera. Oh and please may we have proper controls.
The Sony Alphas like the 65, 77 and 99 have had their metering function added to the function menu and are no longer regarded as a primary control.
Hurrah for Nikon for understanding what many photographers want.
I just hope that it is seen as a camera and not as a fashion accessory.

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PhotoCoffee
By PhotoCoffee (8 months ago)

I have several D4's, D800, D7100 and a variety of lenses and flashes to suit. I find the Df a sexy camera, that brings me back to as they say the 'simplicity' of photography and use it as designed with the 50mm 1.8 lens (a most underrated bit of kit)…
It makes me concentrate on subject, not get distracted other content and in a sense a purity of photography… It is light enough to pack away, put in the lap, use on the street etc…
Using a D4 or similar simply intimidates people - is heavy over a period of time and I refuse to use it on anything other than professional work…
Great Camera - and find the shortfalls described in the review not an issue at all :)

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (8 months ago)

I agree that the Df is a stunning camera. However, stepping back, I think your reaction (and mine) regarding the simplicity or purity of this camera is not entirely with merit. There is nothing about this camera over any other with a 50mm that will allow you to "concentrate" on your subject any better. Likewise, the size of the Df is not so different from the models you listed except the D4. It's a purely romantic notion (and that's fine).
Nikon has made a camera that triggers an emotional response more than anything else.

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Richt2000
By Richt2000 (8 months ago)

I think the Nikon designers were playing Towers of Hanoi when they designed this one...

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B Marsh
By B Marsh (8 months ago)

I can hardly wait to get my hands on one of these Df's. I still have an old FM2 with a few lenses. I don't care what anyone says, this camera is for the true still photographer. I don't like the idea of a video feature in my cameras and I'm so glad that Nikon has made this bold and appreciated move. As soon as I can afford one, I'll get it. Right now, my D3 will have to be my baby!! Thanks Nikon!! Peace all.

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

BMarsh, you will like the Df with your AiS or AI lenses. It's like the FM2 or D3, but with faster, more accurate manual focusing, amazing low-light capabilities, and unlimited "film." I'm liking mine. Believe Nikon was thinking of me when they designed it.

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marike6
By marike6 (8 months ago)

In case you missed, Steve Huff reviewed the Nikon Df and he absolutely loves it. So much so that he bought one.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/12/20/the-nikon-df-camera-review-by-steve-huff/

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.

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (8 months ago)

"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"

Now that's just ridiculous.

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binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (8 months ago)

LOL it's hilarious to read grown men whine because a $3000 enthusiast camera didn't get an award. LOL

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sandy b
By sandy b (8 months ago)

Almost as hilarious as reading you whine about it.

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binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (8 months ago)

Sandy, sorry to interrupt your whine-fest. Please get back to complaining about your Df not getting an award *cry*.

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stevens37y
By stevens37y (8 months ago)

Nobody will buy it if it doesn't get a gold award on DP.

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Charlie boots
By Charlie boots (8 months ago)

I thought only people from the east worried about face.

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

Read Huff's writeup, after buying/using my Df. (Believe that's called "reducing cognitive dissonance" in communication theory.) Yes, he waxed poetic ... but, you know what, his shameless praise jibed with my actual experience. I like this camera!

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (8 months ago)

Played with a silver one today, its big! In my mind i've been falsely comparing it with an FE all this time. The D800 feels smaller and lighter, less pressure points.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (8 months ago)

Add a motor drive to your FE and tell me how big it is now.
ANd the motor drive for the FE was sonly 3.5 frames per second

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (8 months ago)

I don't have the motor drive, but it would be quite big.

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sandy b
By sandy b (8 months ago)

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=nikon_df&products=nikon_d800

The Df is 5 oz lighter, about a half inch shorter and a half inch thinner. It is the smallest FF Nikon

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armandino
By armandino (8 months ago)

no need of a motor drive here

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rb59020
By rb59020 (8 months ago)

http://camerasize.com/compact/#495,290,243,ha,f

http://camerasize.com/compact/#495.353,290.353,243.353,ha,t

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (8 months ago)

Sandy i knew the Df is quite a bit lighter and smaller. The squareness makes it more substantial in a way.

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Cliffwms
By Cliffwms (8 months ago)

I have a Df, a D4, and a D800. The D800 does not feel smaller OR lighter... mostly because it's not. I've only had the Df for a few weeks, but I think it's great, it's the camera I reach for when I plan to go out and shoot for myself; my X100s used to have that spot, but not anymore. It seems that most of the criticism is coming from people who have held it for a minute or have never actually seen one. I'm not saying that it's for everyone, but I don't understand the hate. I don't care for the Pentax K-5, but it doesn't bother me that some people like it, more power to them!

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Ozark photographer
By Ozark photographer (8 months ago)

Am I the only one that noted that this camera is spec'ed to have a metal frame and outside shell? Maybe pro level durability? And uses all F mount nikkor lenses? Now I would never care to use pre-AI optics, but excellent AI-S would be good. The split image and micro prism would be a nice touch, but it might have a bad effect on the metering. That might be why Nikon did not use one. Nikon has proven new technology for reliability on lesser cameras in the past, before using it in a higher scale workhorse. If you want to build a reliable product, you don't use unproven new technology. But I do question the use of the D610 parts, has that camera worked well? I have heard that there have been issues with the D600, but I do not know if that relates to the processor electronics or AF sensor.

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

I think the reason for the split screen omission is the AF. It sucks big amount of light, split screen will become very dark. Now I understand the decision. But they did have the option to go full-manual way(maybe with CDAF in LV mode), they just didn't have the gut to do "pure photography".

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Mike Laughlin
By Mike Laughlin (8 months ago)

D610 is the new and improved D600 and some reviews have said the D610 improves over the 800s in "parts." I have the Df and the AF with the G lens is fast and accurate.

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zidliyka
By zidliyka (8 months ago)

The black version is quite handsome. I had always liked the F3HP type sturdy knobs. Now there is plenty of them on one! Contax elegance with Nikon dependability and accuracy is an asset I think.

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NCB
By NCB (8 months ago)

Good point about Contax, never thought of that. Yep, if Contax was designing this sort of camera, this is the sort of thing they'd come up with.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

new boyz:

Ah yes, and Canikon should be deeply concerned about the optical quality of lenses from various Korean manufacturers.

The example you chose begins to prove my point, and for the Samsung NX system, the optically good lenses are already better to extraordinarily better than what Canikon can do.

Good Fuji level optical performance would be a big improvement for Canikon lenses; Canikon doesn’t need to aim a lot higher. They can leave that to Leica, Olympus, Zeiss and Samsung.

It's pretty clear (ha) that the better lens makers have a different understanding of light and its interaction with basic optics than Nikon or Canon.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

The lenses may be good but the Samsung NX cameras still have serious issues such as very small image buffers and poor low light performance compared to similar APSC cameras by rival makers. Image quality above ISO 800 starts to go rapidly downwards, far more than say the Fuji range.The NX20 is a case in point where the burst mode is effectively unusable on RAW mode due to the 30 second 'processing' lock up after every 5 shots. Apart from this the NX range is grossly underestimated in overall performance and results obtained in decent light with the prime lenses are outstanding.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

The image quality, raw that is, of Samsung NX cameras is excellent well above ISO 800. The NX100 can be used with excellent results thru ISO 2000, and the NX300 can be used with excellent results thru ISO 6400. Of course in both cases, the better lenses help. And the best Samsung lenses are better than Fuji X APSC lenses. Though the Fuji lenses maintain a higher average across all of the lenses.

Right, the buffering problems on the NX20 and even the newer NX300 are a very serious drawback.

One thing about earlier Samsung NX bodies, the included raw processing software, a version of Silkypix, was/is horrid, so to get the best image quality it's best to do the raw extraction with something like Adobe Camera Raw or CaptureOne.

Now, in early 2013, Samsung did start including a copy of Adobe Lightroom with some of its NX bodies, so that has ACR within it.

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Ozark photographer
By Ozark photographer (8 months ago)

Nikon lens quality has been for the most part top shelf in the past. I guess they have let the smell of hot plastic go to their heads! If Tokina and other Japanese after market lens makers use more metal in construction at a lower price, why cannot nikkor quality optic formulas get stuffed into those mechanics?
CNC machining has lowered mfg costs of metal construction. I have had nothing but problems with bicarbonate mounts cracking, too cheep! Why has the cost of quality in high volume become so high for some?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Ozark photo:

All true about CNC, however where Nikon lenses lack is in optical quality not high build quality.

Good Samsung, Olympus + Fuji all better Canikon lenses for optical quality. Then of course Leica and Zeiss are better still, though Samsung and Olympus are catching up.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (8 months ago)

Sorry HowaboutRAW...
I generally agree with most of your posts, but have to call you on this one.
I think you are talking out of your A__ on this post.
Canon and Nikon generally outperform all of the manufacturers you mentioned across the board.
Just open up DXO and start comparing optics and you will quickly see this.
Now does each brand have lenses that are stand outs? Yes, but overall Canon/Nikon smoke, yes I said it, Smoke the competitors.
Just because you say it doesn't make it true.
In fact the Zeiss lenses that you claim are at the top of the food chain generally underperform to the Nikon/Canon equivalents on Sony cameras; Again reference DXO.

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NCB
By NCB (8 months ago)

Nikon makes some outstanding lenses. And some excellent ones for the money. Take the 16-85 zoom for DX, or 70-300 for DX/FX. Great image quality, well made, relatively compact and light for what they are, and at reasonable prices. There may be better options for absolute image quality (including some Nikon ones), but these are cracking lenses at very good prices.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Bamb:

Sorry DXO lens scores, though a bit more useful than the sensor scores, are still pretty useless. The scores can say if the lens is good, but can not distinguish a good lens from an extraordinary lens.

Good Leica, Zeiss, Oly lenses easily beat so called good ED Nikon lenses. As do good Samsung NX lenses, and one of the Samsung NX lenses equals Leica M lenses--the good ones, maybe not the best.

Nope, those Sony Zeiss aren't always the best of Zeiss though some are pretty close.

Skip DXO, and use a good monitor or printer.

Canikon has serious optical problems if you want color subtlety.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (8 months ago)

So the obvious real world testing of lenses and the scoring of these lenses are not satisfactory for you, but we are supposed to take your word for it wham testing done shows different.
Hmmm, how does that work.
Also to say that Olympus lenses are better is absurd as Olympus has no full frame lenses to compare them against the other brands.
Not to mention that most Olympus lens design rely heavily on in camera processing.

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Ozark photographer
By Ozark photographer (8 months ago)

You know it is not just about lab performance of a lens. If a lens is of good optical quality to suit the users subjective view, then it becomes the quality of the photographer that matters! A good photographer can make good pictures with any fair lens, a bad one cannot make good with the most godlike perfect lenses and cameras!

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (8 months ago)

Well then, HowaboutRAW and yourself should then say...
In my opinion, I find the lenses from so and so and so and so better than the equivalent lenses from this manufacturer; if you are posting an opinion on a given product then state it as so.
Instead the post was written as a fact; which it is not, based on testing done from reputable sites.
As far as your last point about a good photographer vs. bad, this has no bearing on the facts presented.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Bam:

Yeah, the best Olympus lenses are indeed optically better than the best Canikon lenses. (There aren’t a lot of Oly lenses that qualify.)

Don’t really care what DXO has to say, I’ve owned Leica M lenses and rented and owned good Zeiss lenses so I know of what I write.

There’s an emptiness to the colour in both Canon and Nikon lenses, though likely Canon’s best is a bit better than Nikon.

While Leica and Zeiss handle colour much better and often times sharpness too, and the only lenses I’ve seen that approach that subtlety are from Oly and Samsung. Fuji beats Canikon, but not Leica and Zeiss.

You can rent a good Zeiss lens, mount on Nikon body, and enjoy the results.

And yes, my post stands as fact.

It's not that Canikon make bad lenses, but those lenses on only optically good in comparison to the best lenses out there.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (8 months ago)

OK, I guess there is no reasoning when one is arguing from a point of absolutes...
The tests prove differently, I have owned Leica glass, 75 1.4, 35 1.4 ASPH, 50 summi...
Fantastic lenses, and yes the colors out of them are very good.
But to say they are better compared to the lenses that I currently own in Nikon is ridiculous, and does not pan out in any review that has been done.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Okay, you have indeed owned very good Leica M lenses. And to my eyes the results from those lenses are a good bit better than what good Canikon lenses can do optically.

I certainly won't claim to know what reviews you've read, but I've never seen anyone claim that Canikon equals the optical performance of those lenses, and the Leica 75mm f/1.4 is one that I owned. While the new Leica M 50mm f/1.4 has been called one of the sharpest lenses ever sold. (In 2013 now bested by the Leica M f/2.0 50mm.)

Here: Please don't cite DXO scoring, it's not very good for colour and you should know that.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (8 months ago)

@HowaboutRAW
Your last comment is the point I was driving at...to you the lenses outperform Nikon/Canon...
I can live with that as this is your feeling regarding those lenses.
My experience is different.
The 75 1.4 Leica is a beautiful lens, and no one can argue that the construction and feel of those lenses are top quality, and better than the Nikon/Canon's.
The 75 1.4 and the 35 1.4 Asph were my favorite lenses until I recently got the Nikon revamps.
I do wish they were more compact though...:)

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Bamboojled:

Okay, I'm not going to argue that you find the best Nikon lenses optically better than some of the best Leica M lenses, though never seen anyone who's used those Ms make that claim. So odd, to me.

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Revenant
By Revenant (8 months ago)

You can make objective statements regarding the sharpness, optical aberrations and build quality of a lens, but how well a lens "renders" the image, and the quality of its colours, those are really subjective things that cannot be stated in absolute terms. It's more a matter of taste than a matter of fact.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Revenant:

I think it is possible to be close to objective about colour rendering, and that means setting up tests. However very good colour rendering likely comes from a better and significantly different understanding of colour, and right now in 2013 Zeiss, Leica and Optron (Samsung's lens maker) are the only camera lenses companies using this understanding of colour in their lens engineering.

And no one is real likely to want to share this better concept of colour publicly, so objective tests can't be run by third parties on colour subtlety.

No, it is not simply bit depth, and yes it is clear that some engineers at Adobe, Epson and HP also have a better understand of colour than is generally known.

In short: There are secrets about colour and DXO lens testing doesn't have a clue about how to account for them.

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Pill Book
By Pill Book (8 months ago)

"[...] you are a small people, a silly people: greedy, barbarous, and cruel." - Lawrence of Arabia

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (8 months ago)

Diverting slightly: Back in film days I loved my Contax G2. I would dream of a digital G3, same body form, 24Mps sensor and no unnecessary bells, whistles or 'scene' modes. Seeing 'Grandma & the puppy at sunset' modes on high end cameras annoys me for some reason.
If Nikon took an FM3 out of the store and produced a stripped down manual digital I'd sell my 3 oldest wives.

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Kabe Luna
By Kabe Luna (8 months ago)

Got a Dƒ yesterday. It''s not perfect, but I'll be damned if it's not a really well sorted product. It feels much smaller than it is. The shutter is nice and muted. The AF works exceptionally well within its limitations. Image quality is superb (even if I've gotten spoiled by the detail resolution of the D800's 36 MP sensor). The viewfinder, while not MF-era friendly, is easier to focus manually than any prior Nikon...and, more than anything else, it feels like a manual SLR in that it forces me to slow down and be more deliberate about my photography. This is the Dƒ's greatest trick. So far I'm loving this camera. The only thing I'd change is adding the 5:4 image area, as well as a 1:1 option, and reconfigure the position of the ISO lock, which really should be toward the front of the body so I can rotate the dial with my thumb.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

I think you make a good point about the ISO adjustment wheel.

Sad however to see the equation of resolution and image quality. Frankly above base ISO the D800 has trouble keeping up with the dynamic range of the D4/Df. And the sensor from the D3s would likely be even better than that from the D4.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (8 months ago)

isn't worse handling all what Df is about?

the best ways that Nikon know, that we know at present can be found in D4, D800, 1DX, 5D3, ... already.

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ovatab
By ovatab (8 months ago)

"The AF works exceptionally well within its limitations."

love this description

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

ov:

And the same description would also apply to the AF system in the vaunted Nikon D4.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (8 months ago)

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.

Carl

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chooflaki
By chooflaki (8 months ago)

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.

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

A Leica is expensive because it's a Leica, not because of anything else.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

new boyz:

I'm not reflecting on Leica cameras, though many are plenty well made and thought out, but clearly you've never used a good Leica M lens.

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

"but clearly you've never used a good Leica M lens."

Yes, I haven't. But that doesn't change my opinion - For an equivalent quality, Leica products are priced higher than Nikon or Canon.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

n. b.

Nope, Canikon lenses can't touch the optical quality of good Leica M lenses. Canikon lenses are kind of optical jokes compared to optically good lenses. There are much better Japanese lens makers.

Now: Canikon sure can equal Leica for bodies, no question there. But a Canon 1D X costs pretty much the same as Leica M24O, and the Leica has the capacity to use M lenses.

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

I believe any lens maker can makes lenses with good optics, take Samyang for example. BTW that's not the real point of this argument. The point is if Nikon makes all-manual(or 90%) camera(FM2 digital), would it be as expensive as Leica? I say it will be cheaper. Not as cheap as Sony A7, but certainly cheaper than any digital Leica.

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sandy b
By sandy b (8 months ago)

Problem is, if they made an all manual camera, very few would buy it. I sure wouldn't I kike the idea of fusion. If I want all manual, I'll throw a roll of film in my FE.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

new boyz:

Ah yes, and Canikon should be deeply concerned about the optical quality of lenses from various Korean manufacturers.

The example you chose begins to prove my point, and for the Samsung NX system, the optically good lenses are already better to extraordinarily better than what Canikon can do.

Good Fuji level optical performance would be a big improvement for Canikon lenses; Canikon doesn’t need to aim a lot higher. They can leave that to Leica, Olympus, Zeiss and Samsung.

It's pretty clear (ha) that the better lens makers have a different understanding of light and its interaction with basic optics than Nikon or Canon.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (8 months ago)

Sorry HowaboutRAW...
I generally agree with most of your posts, but have to call you on this one.
I think you are talking out of your A__ on this post.
Canon and Nikon generally outperform all of the manufacturers you mentioned across the board, in lens depth and overall performance.
Take the venerable 85 1.4 Zeiss and compare it to the Nikon 851.4 G or even the 85 1.8G.
Also compare the 35 1.4g, 28 1.8g and finally compare the 24-70 Zeiss against the Canon or Nikon equivalent.
Don't get me wrong, Zeiss makes some amazing lenses, but to make the blanket statement you made regarding Canon and Nikon is plain wrong.
Just open up DXO and start comparing optics and you will quickly see this.
Now does each brand have lenses that are stand outs? Yes, but overall Canon/Nikon have greater and deeper offerings than any other brand.
In fact the Zeiss lenses that you claim are at the top of the food chain generally underperform to the Nikon/Canon equivalents on Sony cameras; Again reference DXO.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Bam:

I've used the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 and the Zeiss 85 f/1.4. The Nikon is an optical joke in comparison to the Zeiss.

I just tried out the Nikon again two weeks ago, still not real good, though in that case the D800 body was likely the cause some of the DR trouble.

And I wrote not a word about range of offerings, when I see that comment, I see misdirection from the basic point.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (8 months ago)

Wow,
after this statement it really shows where you'r head is at.
The 85 1.4G is the reference lens for all 85mm's on the market.
There is no comparison, when it comes to center to edge sharpness, color rendition, micro contrast.
This is not even up for debate.
The fact that you think the D800 has dynamic range issues when this camera is also the reference for low ISO high dynamic range shows that arguing any point with you falls not on deaf ears, you have no ears at all (and obviously no eyes).

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Bambooj:

The tests you keep quoting aren’t helpful. They don’t make your case.

You clearly haven’t used the Zeiss and/or Leica lenses that you claim Canikon can equal optically. For those who’ve used them, there is no dispute about which is optically superior.

A lot of what you post in defense of Canikon lenses read like those claiming that organically raised food doesn’t taste better than non-organically raised food stuffs.

It’s not like you’re the first person to make these claims in defense Canikon lenses, and you even fell into the range of lenses claims as if that had anything to do with my point.

Perhaps Canikon will get their acts together and ship better lenses, but the new 58mm f/1.4 from Nikon is not promising.

In other news, the Windows OS has many unstable variations, AutoCAD (Win) is horrid software, the sound quality of iTunes software was bad until the year 2013, so there are all these things that are standards of whatever industry that simply aren’t that good.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Bambooj:

continued,

You may have a point about the good dynamic range of the D800 at base ISO, guess what, taking pictures isn’t confined to bright days outdoors.

Right: Nikon can make sharp lenses a point I’ve never disputed, however the colour of the ostensibly good ones (like the f/1.4 85mm you rave about) just isn’t very good. Here, and I’ve not used it, the Canon f/1.2 85mm likely surpasses Nikon. But Leica and Zeiss easily best both Canon and Nikon for colour subtlety.

I suggest you rent the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 and try it out on a good Nikon body.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (8 months ago)

How about Leica being full of sheet, RAW.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (8 months ago)

Canikon makes superior lenses, RAW.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

Rage J:

Clearly you’ve never used good Leica or Zeiss lenses, they sure produce better image quality than ostensive good Nikon lenses. Make for better high ISO work.

It’s pretty clear that Canikon doesn’t understand something about colour and light that the better lens makers do. Images from the best Canikon lenses, which are decent optically, yet look dead in comparison to images shot with good Leica and Zeiss lenses.

Though yes Canikon lens bodies are well made and the optics can be very sharp focus. At their best Olympus and Fuji also surpass Canikon lenses for optical quality.

Don’t bother with the citation of DXO scores.

Given that I’ve used both good Nikon lenses and good Leica and Zeiss lenses your ill-evinced assertions don’t give me pause.

Not even clear that good Canikon lenses are optically superior to the best new Sigma lenses.

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Press Correspondent
By Press Correspondent (8 months ago)

Nikon is not as dumb as it seems: baby boomers are entering the nostalgic age. They've taken enough pictures already, they just need to hold something familiar that they can still recognize. 16 mp? Oh, my... Some may need new reading glasses.

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T3
By T3 (8 months ago)

First of all, the Df is still quite different from the comparatively simple old Nikon manual cameras of decades past. In other words, it's not really as "familiar" as you might think. Secondly, I don't think there are as many aging baby boomers who are willing to drop $3K just to "hold something [supposedly] familiar" as you seem to think.

You might have an argument if this was really a digital version of a simple Nikon FE, with just two simple dials up top (ISO and shutter speed), that was similarly compact, and was only about $1500. But the Df is a very different beast from that. In many ways, I actually think the simple design and compactness of a Sony A7/A7R is closer to the spirit of an FE. I had a Nikon FE2, and when I look at the Sony A7/7R it makes me a lot more nostalgic about my FE2 than the Df, mainly because of the simple, cleaner, less cluttered design and smaller size. To me, the Df just looks like an overwrought, cluttered beast.

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guytano
By guytano (8 months ago)

I agree with T3. I would be much more enthusiastic about a mirror-less incarnation of the Df. Particularly if it was priced like the A7.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

guytano:

The thing about “compact FF” mirrorless, unless you’re running Leica, you’ll have to develop entirely new lenses for the system, witness Sony’s new FE mount lenses. Otherwise do you want Nikon to take the big box route Pentax experimented with?

Also the A7 has nowhere near the high ISO performance of the D4/Df, and that’s a drawback to your proposal. Nor is the Sony A7 particularly quiet. And I like the A7, but it’s only a very good first step, while the Df is highly developed.

Yet again: Nikon is not going to sell a body with the sensor from the D4 for less than the D610 while the D4 is still on sale new–even if that new body were FF mirrorless.

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T3
By T3 (8 months ago)

@HowaboutRAW- We're not saying we want the A7. We're saying we'd rather Nikon make their own version of the A7...lighter, more compact, less expensive. Face it, the Df might have "classic" aspirations, but it's still much chunkier and cluttered than any classic Nikon film SLR ever was. That's not very classic at all. Yes, a mirrorless Df would need a new lens system, but that'd be more worthwhile than investing in the dead-end, too-small CX format 1 system! And a mirrorless version of the Df would be much closer in size to a classic Nikon film SLR...like the Sony A7 already is.

I think the 1 system is a dead end. And I think the Df is a one-off niche camera. Moving forward, they should combine the mirrorless technology developed for their 1-system, but with the "classic" intent of the FF Df, to make a mirrorless FF Df system that can truly fit into a classic body size. Take the "highly developed" aspects of the Df, and the 1-system, and make a new FF system for the 21st century!

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jimi1127
By jimi1127 (8 months ago)

Gotta agree --- as a certified B. Boomer there are indeed moments when I yearn to hold something familiar that I can still recognize. Not sure I can remember what to do with it but if I can recognize it -- that's a win.

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Shamael
By Shamael (8 months ago)

I have waited to buy a new camera to see this Nikon coming out. My intention was A7, and I stopped my decision when the Nikon teaser appeared, like so many of us. When the camera was shown, it was for me just deception, all it had was a huge look, for the rest, nuts. It started by 1/4000 - 16 mpix - 12500 ISO clean ability. This combination is not sane, 16 mpix for a FF is too low in resolution, we come here back to the pixel size and pitch half way between D7 and D200. D200 made huge shots, so the pitch to go was a 20 mpix FF sensor. Then, 12500 ISO clean possibility, and 1/4000 only. My NEX-7 has 800 ISO limit, but here too 1/4000 is not fast enough, in many situations I am locked at the speed. Then AF, here the 11 point AF from F6 had done a better job, and then add manual matte with split prism and fresnel. All this was not provided. Now, the future for me would be a unified mount, one mount for each sensor size. That is the way to go, then we had lens choice among many brands.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

T3:

Okay, but then Nikon would have to develop entirely new lenses, and I see you understand that point, but it’s still a huge investment.

Shamael:

16MP is plenty. And as you know that’s one of the reasons for “clean” pictures at ISO 12,800 with the D4.

Why do you keep going on about the Nikon D200? It has a CCD sensor and those are problematic at higher ISOs. So why not call attention to the much more promising D2Hs (still nearly $2000 in refurbed condition)?

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MikeF4Black
By MikeF4Black (8 months ago)

@HowaboutRaw ( and others): Yes, I find the Df's layout cluttered as well. It made me realize how much camera design has progressed.

Clumsy handling? My F2AS
Is a bit clumsy as well...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

MikeF4B:

I see why you say that, but it works, and image quality is of most import to me.

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HetFotoAtelier
By HetFotoAtelier (8 months ago)

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/12/20/the-nikon-df-camera-review-by-steve-huff/

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PerL
By PerL (8 months ago)

Yep - a day and night difference.

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

From the review...

*If Nikon came knocking on my door and said “Pick one camera and one lens for free..anything in our lineup” I would immediately, without hesitating, give a clear and concise answer… “The silver Df and 50 1.2 Ais lens”.

Yes my friends, I would take the Df over the D700, D800, D4 or any other Nikon DSLR made.*

Ok, maybe because this camera is overpriced and only worth for free? hahahaha... great photos though.

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Shamael
By Shamael (8 months ago)

Steve makes great photos indeed, it is one of the sole sites where I go to see what a camera can do and what not, Stev has the knowhow anyway. But, none of his shots can convince me to buy this camera, low pixel chip, no way magic to get good higb ISO ability with that. On the other side, finesse, detail, simply IQ as we know it from other gear today, is missing. I come back to the same IQ in 100 ISO I can get from my D40, or my Fuji S5, that has better colors as DF anyway.
The best sensor Nikon ever had was D200 sensor, I love how that camera rendered. At ISO 100 DF is not worth the displacement, at ISO 12500 it is. Now, if we look this sole real advantage this camera has, and consider the disadvantages, no real good MF ability, bad AF, 1/4000 only, terrible ergonomy, the choice remains on the clean shot at ISO 12500. It is then a question of this choice only.

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sandy b
By sandy b (8 months ago)

D200 did have good skin tones, it was also lo res and barely usable @ 1600. In its day a great shooter and still a nice low iso shooter but thats it.

And as far as 16 mp not being enough, well, personal needs must dictate that, if you need ultra high resolution, than its the D800 or something similar.

I'm saving for it. A lot of guys I have respected around here for more than a decade are happy with it, and to me, that carries more weight than a commercial review.

It's clear this camera is not for you, but its also clear that the vast majority of owners love it.

So Nikon made a low volume expensive camera that some very experienced shooters seem to love. I don't see a problem. Kinda like the D3x, horribly overpriced, but those that bought it, the very few, loved it.

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spbStan
By spbStan (8 months ago)

I was hoping it was more classic with real MF friendly focusing screen so was not really interested in it. I have two cameras I really like, a D800 and D7000. Suddenly over a week, 4 friends back in the US who are serious shooters, and regularly having images hanging on prestigious gallery walls, each emailed to say they had no intention of getting a DF but did and now love it.
There must be more to it, 3 of them do not care that much about hardware, seldom talk about and the 4th is a partial gear head.
I will have to give it a more objective look and try one. I do not mind the AF since it is an optimized FX version of the MultiCAM4800 which has been quite servicable in the DX version.
I have a new from factory Nikkor 50 1.2 and would have loved a MF oriented camera with 12-18mpx to go with it for a walk around kit, but I would be anxious to explore with my 24 1.4 as the ultimate street kit.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (8 months ago)

spbStan:

Likely the focus screen can be swapped at a service center--the D700 worked that way. As you may know, split screens can cause their own headaches.

This DF is of course useable at ISOs above where the D800 runs into trouble.

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David Dolsen
By David Dolsen (8 months ago)

The Df is a shooter's camera. It's a poor man's D4. The controls are great for those of us who shoot thousands of frames every week for a living, almost always in full manual. The fact that I can pop on my old manual lenses is a delight, especially knowing the sensor inside. Long overdue.

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Shamael
By Shamael (8 months ago)

Poor man's D4???? One needs thus to be poor to buy a 3000$ kit with 16 mpix, a 100 iso performance and IQ comparable to a D70, just because Nikon have the same sensor in a camera they sell 3 times the price it is worth. Strange attitude, you must belong to the rich, don't you?

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new boyz
By new boyz (8 months ago)

" It's a poor man's D4"

No, it's not. At least not the same way as when D700 was a poor man's D3. Df is just different from D4.

D700 is long overdue for a replacement. Df is not the answer.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (8 months ago)

" It's a poor man's D4" ???
Silly comment.

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