Help deciding whether to get the Nikon Df

Started Jan 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
Waynerm002 Regular Member • Posts: 100
Re: Help deciding whether to get the Nikon Df

Tom, I came from a D300 to the Df, as my first full frame camera.  I balked at getting a D600 or the D800 as I loved the way my D200 and D300 looked and handled as a camera.  I liked the idea of a lighter camera but wanted better low light performance so was seriously thinking of getting  D700 as going to a D4 would negate the "light" portion of my needs (so too would the D700 but not as much as the D4).  The Df to me is the FF camera that check the boxes I want.  Video was not on my list and it's nice to get a camera that just do photography.  I find I can crop a bit more with this camera and the image quality is nicer than the D300 straight from the camera.  From what you described, the Df is the camera you should check out to fit those needs.

I got mine in Hong Kong and I know if there are any warranty Issues, I would have to ship it back there and I am OK with that.  For that price, I say go for it.  If you want to compare image quality, get a memory card, have a local shop let you shot with one or rent one to shoot with and then decide.  You have some really nice images on your site.  I haven't done a lot with the Dyet but have a few I took on vacation after I purchased it.  Look at my site in the travel section, the photos in HK are with the Df ,  The rest are from a D50, D200 and D300 over the years.  I think the photos are a bit different but that could be me.

Hi there, I realise the Df is a polarising camera but I was looking for some sensible advice from you guys and girls on this forum. Basically I have been happily using an Olympus EM5 the past few years and have been delighted with the results (you can see the types of stuff I take here for reference - I like having a camera you can easily pop in a bag and isnt heavy enough to really notice it.

Now i realise m43 is a compromise that I have been up to this point quite happy with. However at a recent evening event a friend was taking some pics with his Canon 6D in low light with a 50mm 1.8 and the "look" of the image had a sort of magic to it. I love nice people pictures and it really got me thinking about FF. But I have never found the look of modern DSLR's attractive and feel they lack any character. I realise many wont care about this, but for some reason, probably from growing up using my father's cameras in the 80's and 90's, I find myself drawn to "retro" cameras as I find the emotional connection with the camera itself is almost as important as the images it takes (within reason). With that in mind, if I want the magic of FF but dont want the modern design that I dont enjoy, the only camera that ticks the boxes is the Df coupled with a few primes.

One of people's biggest complaints, particularly here in the UK is the price. At £2749.99 its a bit excessive particularly when compared to the US, where you basically just swap the pound sign for the dollar sign (plus tax). However I have noticed the likes of Panamoz and DigitalRev are selling body only for around £1670-1800 which sounds far more reasonable compared with the cost of a D610 (I realise these are grey imports but would be willing to take the risk for a saving of £1k+). But I have been pondering this decision at length so thought I would see if anyone had any thoughts. If the price was only 20%ish more for a Df over a D610, would that be more acceptable to make the Df an attractive prospect?

Will I see a noticeable increase in IQ across the board by going FF or will it only be in certain situations, low light for example? I have a wedding in Cape Town in March that I am attending so was thinking it would be a lot of fun to take to that.

As mentioned earlier in the post, for reference, my website shows the type of stuff I get -

Be great to hear what you guys that have a Df or other FX camera would think about such a thing.

Thanks you,


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