Nikon Df Anyone?
If you like the classic FM/FE body there is a new Nikon Df out. If I had the $$$, I would give it some serious consideration. If for no other reason than it is unique. Good thing I'm poor. Only 16.2MP FX, but a lot of mechanical controls, etc.
Haven't read a review, but looks like fun.
At that price, I don't think it makes sense, unless you're really nostalgic. You may as well just go for a D800 since the price difference is not that great at that level. Even if I had the money, I'd either get a D610 or a D800.
Nikon should have priced it at the same level or below the D610 and it would sell a lot more. The rumors are that the pre-order numbers are not that great.
I will admit it looks cool and all, but I'm not sure too many people will be lining up to buy it. I hope I'm wrong for Nikon's sake, but they probably would sell more of a pro-DX body than this one...
I'm not really into the retro look. My guess, looking at the ads that this camera has been posted in, such as this one:
suggests to me they are trying to position this camera like a Rolex or something like that.
Another forum member and I have been going backwards and forwards between love and hate for the last 10 days since the Df was announced.
It has some very since features like the "only" 16MP D4 sensor which is widely regarded at the best FX sensor on the market at the moment but it also has some features that are a little strange and smack of a cheap cost cutting approach.
Price wise in Australia it will be $8-900 more than a D610 and around $200 more than a D800 but $200 or so less than a D800E and $3200 less than a D4 so if you look at it as a cheap D4 it will be a bargain but if you only want an FX camera then there are probably other options.
I look at it as a low cost D4, minus 1/8000 shutter speed. I do like that it is a still frame only camera as well, and like it's namesake has a hot-shoe without built-in flash. With clean 12,500 ISO capability the flash may not be a big factor. 100 frames at 5.5 fps is pretty decent as well.
This is a camera for folks with a little extra spending $, that want a fairly compact, high performance camera.
Yes, a d4 minus the 1/8000s, minus the farm rate, minus the 51pt AF, minus the dual card slots...etc etc. When what it should have been was minus the AA filter.
awesome looking camera that's about $800 overpriced IMHO.
the fact that it lacks video is stupidity. What is the purpose of that other than saying you don't have video ? Talk about a marketing gimmick.
Rumour has it the there is no video because Nikon could not control the heat build up in the small metal body. The small battery that they have used would severely hamper video record times as well.
No retro look for me. And while I don't rely on video, it's good to have it.
But it's good for those with old Nikkor glasses. It can use pre-1978 lenses as well as modern ones.
Here's a short review.
There are only a couple of pre1978 lenses worth the trouble. If I compare some of my Pre 1978 images (and there aren't many that survived) I can see that my D7000 with the humble 18-105 VR, actually blows the old film images away.
Originally Posted by tim11
The Df has the cool factor, but as commented is a tad overpriced. Which one of you guys has one on order?
That retro camera will look weird on your 18-105 VR.