"retro" Df ... nah, just good design

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capanikon Senior Member • Posts: 2,088
"retro" Df ... nah, just good design

Was reading ByThom today:

"The Df shows that Nikon succumbed to one of the user self reinforcement proclamations: retro."

( http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/trends-fore-and-aft.html )

I've never thought of it as "retro" so much as just "good design."

The problem with the Df isn't that it's retro but that they glommed on too many features.

The Nikon FM2n is, to me, the most perfect SLR ever built. It's a pinnacle of clean simplicity. Although the Df looks vaguely FM2n-ish, it's got way too much stuff stuck on it. The simplicity is gone.

IMO, the Df should have had no PSAM dial. Instead it should have been manual exposure only, like the FM2n.

It should have been much smaller.

Remove the exposure compensation dial, as EC is not needed for manual exposure mode.

Remove rear command dial; just make it full-stop shutter speeds only.

Remove the front command dial. Make it designed for lenses with aperture rings only. Yeah, that means some more modern lenses won't work. Too bad. (mebbe make a menu-driven interface for aperture selection with newer lenses.)

Remove bracket button.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.

that's my two cents.

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