Nikon Df, how easy to focus manually?

Started Dec 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
sgoldswo
sgoldswo Veteran Member • Posts: 5,717
Re: Nikon Df, how easy to focus manually?

moimoi wrote:

MisterHairy wrote:

Had a play with a Df today, side by side with one of our D800Es and using my ZF.2 35/1.4. Focusing was no better on the Df; safe to say that both are poor for fast lenses. Same story with my 100/2 MP.

Thanks for this. So how does people shoot with the 50 mm AI(S) 1.2 wide open then? Do they rely on the focus confirmation dot? No way they can focus this beat well with their naked eye, maybe it works ok for close subject, but passed a few meters and more, it is MUCH harder to nail the focus at f/1.2

Df felt quite nice but a bit light and I don't think that it'll be long before we start seeing reports of the dials getting knocked off or coming loose. It's not built for action. I kept wishing for an EC button on the right where it should be. Having to take your hand off the lens (not always possible with a heavy lens) or lower the camera to change that is a real PITA.

I do think the VF visual focus experience is improved in the Df, but within reason. What I mean by that is that I find it much easier to focus lenses at about F2 visually. At F1.2 - I have to use the green dot for accurate focus. That's perceptibly different from my D800E, where I could use visual confirmation for F2.8 (at a push) and no wider.

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