What, no film crank on Df

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Skatterball Senior Member • Posts: 1,043
What, no film crank on Df
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Ok, so I admit that I would have loved to own the new Nikon Df.  It is from my era when Nikon F bodies were the epitome of a pro camera.

But wait!  This retro beauty is missing one very important feature.  Where is the film/thumb crank?  That has always been one of the key features of film SLR's of the era.  Without the thumb crank it's not fully retro.  So, I'll wait and see if they come down in price.

Also, I wanted this camera to pass along to my son as a keepsake, the way my dad passed his Rolex watch to me.  But long after I am gone, will this digital Nikon still be working and will its software useful.

Alas, I may never own it but I will sure go talk to folks who do.

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Murray Bowles
Murray Bowles Senior Member • Posts: 2,027
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seriously, hooking your thumb under the film advance sort of made up for not having a grip when you used a heavy lens

ragspix Contributing Member • Posts: 927
Re: What, no film crank on Df

Skatterball wrote:

Ok, so I admit that I would have loved to own the new Nikon Df. It is from my era when Nikon F bodies were the epitome of a pro camera.

But wait! This retro beauty is missing one very important feature. Where is the film/thumb crank? That has always been one of the key features of film SLR's of the era. Without the thumb crank it's not fully retro. So, I'll wait and see if they come down in price.

Also, I wanted this camera to pass along to my son as a keepsake, the way my dad passed his Rolex watch to me. But long after I am gone, will this digital Nikon still be working and will its software useful.

Alas, I may never own it but I will sure go talk to folks who do.

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Wait you didn't see the patent application  Nikon put called FauxCrank? It's next to the FauxRing on the new fifty

That should answer your question

Rags

jase
jase Contributing Member • Posts: 623
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Strangely enough I had this same thought today about the DF while shooting my Canon A1 loaded up with Portra 800.  The A1 has a tiny grip but the advance lever makes up for it.  I wondered if they could fit one that did something else..... on an FE it's actually pulling out the advance lever that turns the camera on, they could fit one just for that or maybe find another clever function for it.

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dwight3
dwight3 Senior Member • Posts: 2,378
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The film crank discriminated against left-eyed people.

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Murray Bowles
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Re: What, no film crank on Df

oops, I'm confusing the film advance lever with the rewind crank. the latter could be put to good use on a Df, to recharge the battery

4x5 Guy Senior Member • Posts: 1,341
Re: What, no film crank on Df

Skatterball wrote:

But wait! This retro beauty is missing one very important feature. Where is the film/thumb crank?

I've seen some stores offering a fake crank that you can attach to the df.

Also, I wanted this camera to pass along to my son as a keepsake, the way my dad passed his Rolex watch to me. But long after I am gone, will this digital Nikon still be working and will its software useful.

Yes. Nikon has said that they will support this camera for at least 20 years after the date of your passing.

ragspix Contributing Member • Posts: 927
Re: What, no film crank on Df

4x5 Guy wrote:

Skatterball wrote:

But wait! This retro beauty is missing one very important feat:-Dure. Where is the film/thumb crank?

I've seen some stores offering a fake crank that you can attach to the df.

Also, I wanted this camera to pass along to my son as a keepsake, the way my dad passed his Rolex watch to me. But long after I am gone, will this digital Nikon still be working and will its software useful.

Yes. Nikon has said that they will support this camera for at least 20 years after the date of your passing.

Owen
Owen Senior Member • Posts: 2,785
On/off switch

Yeah they could have made the film advance lever into an on/off switch. Or perhaps to switch from auto focus to manual, just pull it out a smidge.

A dial on top of it could have been used for exposure comp.

Owen

Skatterball OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,043
Re: What, no film crank on Df

Oops sorry.  For the record I meant no film advance lever.  Don't know why I called it a rewind crank...must be from my VCR days!

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Skatterball

Skatterball OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,043
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So true.

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Skatterball

Skatterball OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,043
Re: On/off switch

Now that is creative thinking.

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englishfil Regular Member • Posts: 155
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Also, I wanted this camera to pass along to my son as a keepsake, the way my dad passed his Rolex watch to me. But long after I am gone, will this digital Nikon still be working and will its software useful.

For the purpose stated an F6 (still available NIB) would make a much finer choice. If the "Hipster Luddite" Lomography community persists (as doubtless it will) your son will still be able to buy film. Best buy him a film scanner as well. I had an F5 which I sold - I wish I had a valid reason to buy an F6.

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