The worst thing about the DF is the Disappointment

Started Nov 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
marike6 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,088
Df is the smallest, lightest DSLR on the market

edispics wrote:

"They should have made the camera just as small as was possible. this camera is not the smallest and lightest full frame dslr on the market. It should have been."

Actually the Nikon Df is the smallest / lightest full frame DSLR on market.

Nikon D610

5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2" / 141.0 x 113.0 x 82.0 mm

1.67 lb / 760 g

Canon 6D

5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8" / 145 x 112 x 71 mm

1.69 lb / 770 g

Nikon Df

5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6" / 141.0 x 110.0 x 66.5 mm

1.56 lb / 710 g

Maybe for you. I hear this frequently, and I have no doubt that it makes sense for shooters who have small, delicate hands.

However, I am well over 6 feet and 200 pounds (yes, I know, tiny by US standards) with large hands and I have great difficulty handling smaller DSLRs comfortably. Half of my hands end up grabbing air and the remaining fingers are twisted into claw shapes trying to hold the camera and manipulate the controls. Tiny cameras just don't work for me, although I can clearly see that they would for those with teeny weeny little delicate hands. In my case, I gladly give up some weight and size for something that fits my hands well and is easy and comfortable to operate.

So when you make statements like the one above, please don't forget to add "in my case; may not apply to all".


Mirrorless fans, including DPR, seem to think that ALL users want cameras to be as tiny and lightweight as possible. Often mirrorless camera vendors make all kinds of sacrifices in ergonomics to miniaturize cameras. Considering that APS-C and FF lenses can only be so small, mostly you end up with unbalanced cameras that really don't add improve usability and shooting experience.

I'm not sure why so many assume that EVERYONE shares their desire for teeny tiny cameras but some people seem to place a high premium on portability. Not everybody has the same requirements.

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