Summary: Having used the camera for the past few months, I understand why the Nikon Df creates so many emotions among photographers. It seems like the camp is divided between those that absolutely hate the Df and those that love and enjoy it.
Excerpt: The Nikon Df is a retro-style SLR camera with a 16MP full-frame sensor. While other Nikon SLRs, such as the D4, are clearly aimed at the professional and enthusiast markets, with all the attendant features of modern D-SLRs, the Df is clearly a “classic” camera approach, intended for “purists.
Excerpt: Every now and then you’ll feel a little skip in your heart, triggered by something memorable, something nostalgic, something comfy, soothing and satisfying. It might not happen often but when it does you’ll know it’s right, you’ll know you’re where you belong.
Excerpt: They say the best camera is the one you have with you. But there might be a better kind of camera: The one you never want to put down. Indeed, the full-frame Nikon Df’s appeal goes far beyond its throwback aesthetic, which borrows heavily from the black-and-silver body of the 35mm FM series from the...
Pros: Excellent image quality, especially in low light. Sturdy metal throwback controls for everything. Accepts pre-aperture-indexing (Ai) Nikkor lenses from the days of yore. Solid build quality and classic aesthetics. Just a hell of a lot of fun to shoot with.
Cons: Autofocus has a tough time locking in on some shots. No built-in flash. Doesn’t shoot video. Storage is handled by a single SD card slot. Expensive.
Conclusion: The Nikon Df full-frame SLR camera lives half in the modern world and half in the analog era, and suffers a bit for it.
Pros: Great high ISO image quality. 5.5fps continuous shooting. 921k-dot rear display. Dial-based control system. 100-percent viewfinder. Full compatibility with older manual focus Nikkor lenses.
Cons: No video recording. Lacks focus assist beam and flash. ISO dial omits "A" setting. Retro design and chunky body clash. Modern focus screen not ideal for manual focus lenses. Shallow handgrip not a great match with larger lenses.
Excerpt: Deion Sanders, one of the NFL’s best and most flamboyant players ever, was fond of saying that you “gotta look good to play good.” From tucking two towels into his belt on the gridiron to cutting off his sleeves during his part-time baseball career, he exemplified the ostentatious sports superstar.
Pros: Has the guts of a Nikon D4, Works with classic full-frame lenses, Built to last and will only get prettier with age
Cons: Terrible, unwieldy controls, Inexplicable lack of video recording, Fails to justify price premium over D610
Summary: Nikon Df Review: Nikon’s new full-frame retro DSLR certainly looks the part. But can it walk the walk? Find out in our Nikon Df review video. Nikon’s retro DSLR turned plenty of heads – and not just for its sleek design.
Conclusion: As some people have also recognized, there seems to be a romantic side of Nikon that has the tendency to produce old-school cameras. Back in 2001, over a decade into the auto focus era and the rapid transition to digital had already started, Nikon introduced the final installment of the FM/FE series...
Conclusion: The retro-styled, weather-sealed Nikon Df is an undeniably handsome camera, packed with external controls much like the F-series film cameras of days gone by. But perhaps its best attribute is what lies inside -- the very same sensor and processor featured in the professional Nikon D4.
Pros: Same sensor and processor pairing as pro-oriented Nikon D4, but at half the price, Great image quality with outstanding high ISO performance, Arguably the best available-light cam in its class, Accurate color reproduction (though some may feel default saturation is a bit dull), Weather-sealed bod...
Cons: Pricetag is close to that of impressive Nikon D800 / D800E, Bulky, yet handgrip is quite shallow for the size, Some physical controls are clumsy, especially ISO dial, front dial, and Mode dial, Reliance on Mode dial instead of A positions on other dials feels unintuitive, Extensive use of plastic...
Summary: The Nikon Df is the first and only retro-style DSLR on the market. Its very mechanical controls offer a return to the tactile feel of photography. Nikon is essentially taking the image-quality of the top-notch D4 and fitting it - in an even improved version - in a compact full-frame body, yet...
Pros: Class-leading image noise, Excellent retention of details, Superb dynamic-range, Very fast and responsive, Very-fast autofocus, Ultra-short black-out, Good color-accuracy, Flexible self-timer and exposure delay, Manual focus assist direction indicator, Superb build quality, Excellent battery-life
Cons: Poor Automatic WB in low-light, Poor placement of mechanical controls, Unusable with gloves, Exposure Delay mode hidden in menu, Bizarre Auto ISO, Shallow hand-grip, Strap eyelet hurts, Live-view not Exposure-Priority