Why all the Df hate?

Started May 6, 2014 | Discussions thread
pcm81 Contributing Member • Posts: 835
Re: Why all the Df hate?

Bunza wrote:

Sure, no camera is everything to everyone and there is some criticism of every Nikon FX model, but ...

Is it my imagination or does the Df get more than its share of, well, not hate but negative comments compared to the rest of Nikon's FX line?

If so, why?

Having stopped reading the comments on page 2; mostly b/c most of them are full of crap, here is the simple, straight forward answer to your question:

People's view of Nikon has changed; people's expectation of nikon products has changed, and DF does not fit either of the two.

Nikon used to be a quality camera / lens maker. If you bought Nikon camera you were guaranteed quality; different nikon products offered different flavors and feel and functionality, but they were all top notch quality products. Nowadays Nikon has diversified into low budget "crappy quality" market, hence rather than "different feel" of a new product people expect "better specs, bigger bang for their buck" from new releases. DF offers none of the currently expected features from its price point. As the result it is seen not as a "niche / pure photography" camera, but rather as an attempt by nikon to cash out on hard core fanatics. People do not like to be treated like idiots and nikons offer of DF makes people feel like they are being treated like idiots by nikon.

If Nikon wanted to sell DF, they should have priced it at no more than $800 but with appropriately lower specs. Something along the lines of: 12-16MPX sensor (DX or FX what ever price permits). Yeah, the camera would not offer anything "new" as it does not offer now; however it would be what it was intended to be: a good quality, simple camera that does not get in your way.

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1. D800 is the first camera with resolution so high that it simply does not matter.
2. Most people who do not own/shoot d800 misunderstand it. Color depth and accuracy in addition to resolution is what makes d800 great. Resolution alone is over rated.

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