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. Don’t interrupt me when I’m there because I’m pretty sure I’m busy taking a photo right now with the Nikon DF. And boy is it a beautiful photo.
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 manual film SLR in the FM3a.
Conclusion: The Nikon Df is a mixed bag. We really wanted to love this camera, but sometimes memories are best left in the past. Given the price, the Df will appeal to the super rich who can afford such gadgets, and a very small group of photographers who are happy to leave the digital age (for the most part) and return to the analog land of mechanical dials, controls, and older glass.
Pros: Amazing low-light capability, Love those dials, Excellent stills, Compatible with older Nikkor lenses
Cons: Too darn expensive, No video or Wi-Fi, Images dreadful at ISO 204,800
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: 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 ’70s and ’80s. Using this DSLR is a visceral experience, one that becomes borderline addictive once you get used to the controls. The camera seems like it has a soul.
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.
Nikon's pro-level camera gets torn down and rebuilt as a stylish retro shooter
7 March 2014
Summary: The Nikon Df reminds me of Microsoft’s Courier tablet. On paper, the fusion of Nikon’s esteemed design heritage with its latest technology is an obvious win, but turning that aspiration into a practical reality has turned out to be harder than anticipated. Like the Courier, which never made it past the concept stage, the camera that combines the best of Nikon’s past and present doesn’t exist.
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
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. It's an undeniably high-end imaging pipeline, and yet the Nikon D4 costs half as much as that camera. The Df is not without its quirks, though.
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 body, Extensive external controls, Big, clear full-frame viewfinder, Retro styling is very handsome, Shutter button accepts threaded cable release, Supports non-AI lenses for man...
Cons: 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 body, Extensive external controls, Big, clear full-frame viewfinder, Retro styling is very handsome, Shutter button accepts threaded cable release, Supports non-AI lenses for man...
Excerpt: We've got a retro-round up of cameras this week, but they're not as old as they look. In fact, Nikon's £1,654 DF is a full-frame, modern day 16.2-Megapixel snapper that shoots top-notch images to go with its classic styling - but can it compete with the others on test? Find out in the clip above!
Excerpt: With its retro styling and mechanical dials, the Nikon Df is likely a love-it-or-hate-it proposition for most photographers. A blend of Nikon's F-series SLR heritage and today's technology puts this full-frame camera in a class of its own--reaching back into history even more than other manufacturers' homage to the good ol' days of film, SLRs and rangefinder cameras.
Pros: Excellent image quality, especially in good light, Impressive high ISO performance, Extensive external controls, Above average dynamic range, Solid feature set
Cons: Expensive, expensive, expensive, Some external controls are difficult to use, 5.5 fps continuous shooting, No video capture (which may or may not be a drawback)
Summary: The Nikon Df is a modern day reincarnate of Nikon's glorious days from the past. A Digital Fusion of form, design and function, the Nikon Df is the latest full frame from the company, boasting the same sensor as the D4. However, the camera leaves a lot to be desired on many fronts.
Pros: Weather sealed body, Excellent image quality from the D4 sensor, Great battery life
Cons: Grossly overpriced, No video, Cumbersome to use