Are any of you

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RaajS Veteran Member • Posts: 6,084
Are any of you

Intrigued by the Nikon Df?  Looks like it might be a great low-light street shooting machine, with the ability to leverage some of the older  classic prime lenses.

Love to hear your thoughts.

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Daedalus2000
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NO. nt
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HuntingSand Veteran Member • Posts: 3,196
I think Nikon got the DF all wrong!

Looking at the design cues and the whole concept, this should be a *film* camera with the additional option of writing files to an SD card. How cool would that be?
Seriously, though, it reminds me of my old FE2, but seems bulkier and more "visible" (street shooting value statement). Maybe I'll rent one for a week or so just to see how it feels in the hand. That D4 sensor they put into the DF gets you around town 24/7, bright light or no light.
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How about this one?
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bosjohn Veteran Member • Posts: 4,890
Re: How about this one?

nothing like gold and endangered species skin to warm the harts of collectors

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Vikas M Gore
Vikas M Gore Senior Member • Posts: 1,461
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No, the retro is too artificial for me As if they tried too hard.  Strange that I should say that when I think the Lica digital Ms look beautiful.   But something about the Nikon just says "retro done wrong" to me.  Maybe it's just that Leica went smoothly from the film Ms to digital, gradually evolving the design.  The Nikons on the other hand left  it all behind.  Why try and turn the clock back.  It's perfectly possible to do logical looking and well designed technology without groping in your past.

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Edward48 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,177
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I rather like the look of it Raaj. But no, I have no interest in it other than that.

very best
Mike

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porrsha Contributing Member • Posts: 694
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Raaj,

The negative comments on the Nikon talk area almost brought the internet down when Nikon released this camera~!

Wayne

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OP RaajS Veteran Member • Posts: 6,084
Kostas and Jim

Daedalus2000 wrote:

Thanks for your response, Kostas & Jim.  You guys seem very happy with your existing gear, which is a great place to be!

Cheers,

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Thomas

HuntingSand wrote:

Looking at the design cues and the whole concept, this should be a *film* camera with the additional option of writing files to an SD card. How cool would that be?
Seriously, though, it reminds me of my old FE2, but seems bulkier and more "visible" (street shooting value statement). Maybe I'll rent one for a week or so just to see how it feels in the hand. That D4 sensor they put into the DF gets you around town 24/7, bright light or no light.
Thomas

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I know what you mean - that would be super cool!

As you point out, the D4 sensor intrigues me because it may make the Df a very capable, small low-light camera.  It also has a quiet shutter mode that appeals to me - the Sony A7 shutter noise was a non-starter for me.  I have a few older Nikon lens who's renderings I am irrationally attached to, including some R lenses modified for F-mount, which adds to the attraction.  While I love the rendering of the M8 and M9, both of which I am keeping, they don't do much for me in low light.  Let's see what the Df brings.  Apparently it gets released on Wednesday.  If you do rent one, I'd love to hear your take on it.

Cheers!

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OP RaajS Veteran Member • Posts: 6,084
Re: How about this one?

l_objectif wrote:

That is some serious blingification! (is there a word like that or did I make it up?)

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OP RaajS Veteran Member • Posts: 6,084
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Vikas M Gore wrote:

No, the retro is too artificial for me As if they tried too hard. Strange that I should say that when I think the Lica digital Ms look beautiful. But something about the Nikon just says "retro done wrong" to me. Maybe it's just that Leica went smoothly from the film Ms to digital, gradually evolving the design. The Nikons on the other hand left it all behind. Why try and turn the clock back. It's perfectly possible to do logical looking and well designed technology without groping in your past.

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- Vikas

Thanks for your interesting thoughts, Vikas.  I care less about the retro and more about the low light capabilities in a package that small.  Let's see how it performs!

BTW, I've been following your experiences with the GM1 - look forward to more images & thoughts.

Cheers,

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OP RaajS Veteran Member • Posts: 6,084
Mike

Edward48 wrote:

I rather like the look of it Raaj. But no, I have no interest in it other than that.

very best
Mike

Thanks for your comments, Mike.  I too like the look of it.  If the sensor performs as well as it should, I'll be delighted!

Cheers,

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Wayne

porrsha wrote:

Raaj,

The negative comments on the Nikon talk area almost brought the internet down when Nikon released this camera~!

Wayne

Yes indeed!  In fact, one of the Nikon fora are still going at it!

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HuntingSand Veteran Member • Posts: 3,196
RaajS

RaajS wrote:

HuntingSand wrote:

Looking at the design cues and the whole concept, this should be a *film* camera with the additional option of writing files to an SD card. How cool would that be?
Seriously, though, it reminds me of my old FE2, but seems bulkier and more "visible" (street shooting value statement). Maybe I'll rent one for a week or so just to see how it feels in the hand. That D4 sensor they put into the DF gets you around town 24/7, bright light or no light.
Thomas

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I know what you mean - that would be super cool!

As you point out, the D4 sensor intrigues me because it may make the Df a very capable, small low-light camera. It also has a quiet shutter mode that appeals to me - the Sony A7 shutter noise was a non-starter for me. I have a few older Nikon lens who's renderings I am irrationally attached to, including some R lenses modified for F-mount, which adds to the attraction. While I love the rendering of the M8 and M9, both of which I am keeping, they don't do much for me in low light. Let's see what the Df brings. Apparently it gets released on Wednesday. If you do rent one, I'd love to hear your take on it.

Will certainly do. I have a couple of Nikon F sitting here, fitted with pre-AI/S lenses, I think the DF is the only digital Nikon that actually accepts this type of vintage glass. Interesting - and potentially very irrational - weeks ahead...
Thomas

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Re: RaajS

HuntingSand wrote:

RaajS wrote:

HuntingSand wrote:

Looking at the design cues and the whole concept, this should be a *film* camera with the additional option of writing files to an SD card. How cool would that be?
Seriously, though, it reminds me of my old FE2, but seems bulkier and more "visible" (street shooting value statement). Maybe I'll rent one for a week or so just to see how it feels in the hand. That D4 sensor they put into the DF gets you around town 24/7, bright light or no light.
Thomas

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I know what you mean - that would be super cool!

As you point out, the D4 sensor intrigues me because it may make the Df a very capable, small low-light camera. It also has a quiet shutter mode that appeals to me - the Sony A7 shutter noise was a non-starter for me. I have a few older Nikon lens who's renderings I am irrationally attached to, including some R lenses modified for F-mount, which adds to the attraction. While I love the rendering of the M8 and M9, both of which I am keeping, they don't do much for me in low light. Let's see what the Df brings. Apparently it gets released on Wednesday. If you do rent one, I'd love to hear your take on it.

Will certainly do. I have a couple of Nikon F sitting here, fitted with pre-AI/S lenses, I think the DF is the only digital Nikon that actually accepts this type of vintage glass. Interesting - and potentially very irrational - weeks ahead...
Thomas

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Thomas, I am using my AI lenses with my D300 without any problem!...

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Daedalus2000
Daedalus2000 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,526
Re: Kostas and Jim

RaajS wrote:

Daedalus2000 wrote:

Thanks for your response, Kostas & Jim. You guys seem very happy with your existing gear, which is a great place to be!

Raaj,

It is a DSLR.... What else is there to say?

What is the saying? A wolf in a sheep's clothing?

Best, D

fti Senior Member • Posts: 1,009
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I think it's an interesting camera and may just win over a few people. it offers manual controls. It's not for me though. If however they introduced a bare-bones FM2 I'd really be interested. I also find it a little too large.

Still waiting for that digital back.

I have been following the developments of both the A7(R) and DF. Really interesting developments. I just can't get over the emotions they've unleashed in some people though. It's almost scary.

richygm
richygm Regular Member • Posts: 383
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Me no. I have some Nikon E series lenses (which are very good) that I would like to use again, but I don't think this camera is worth the price, and think, too, that the sensor should be bigger.

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