Nikon Df, how easy to focus manually?

Started Dec 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
Cliff Fujii
Cliff Fujii Veteran Member • Posts: 8,322
Re: Nikon Df, how easy to focus manually?

I don't see an issue with calling the view finder on the Df an OVF (Optical View Finder) vs. EVF (Electronic View Finder).  The term OVF in the SLR context simply means that you frame your shot with the same lens that takes the shot.  In contrast, the TLR has an OVF to frame the subject and another optical system to take the picture.  Focusing is conducted through the OVF while metering is accomplished by a different system which uses parts of the OVF to accomplish this.

When talking about the context of 35mm photography, the metering system can be divided into two categories, those cameras with external metering (like the Nikon Photomic F) and those cameras with internal metering (like the Nikon Photomic FTn).

Modern DSLRs have integrated the info system with the OVF via an overlay in the viewfinder.  In this context, I don't think that it's too far a shot to consider that the Df had an Optical ViewFinder because the viewing and framing of the shot is done using optical means.

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