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: 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 belies retro aesthetic, Optical viewfinder accuracy could be better, AF point indication in viewfinder is hard to see in bright light with dark background, Mediocre autofocus...
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)
Excerpt: The retro look has been a feature in cameras throughout 2013, thanks to the Olympus Pen E-P1 and Fujifilm X100 camera. Nikon’s much-touted Df, or Digital Fusion, is the latest to join the party. There are two main camps on retro cameras. One subscribes to the notion that form follows function. Take, for instance, the Fujifilm X100s, the X-E1/2 and the X-Pro1, which look old school primarily because the dials and aperture ring lend them the look of the old camera.
Summary: The Nikon Df is a product that's as much about invoking nostalgia as it is about capturing the moment. Its control setup, though slower than a modern DSLR layout, will appeal to anyone who wants a camera that feels more like a camera than an electronic device. However, despite an excellent imaging sensor, we think too many compromises were made on such an expensive camera.
Pros: Classic styling, Outstanding IQ in bright and low light, High quality JPEG images with pleasant color at default settings, Good blend of traditional and contemporary controls, Works with almost all Nikon F-mount lenses ever made, Gives sensible choice for using aperture ring or command dial, Lots of direct-access external controls, 100% viewfinder coverage with high magnification, Industry-leading Auto ISO settings, can be linked to lens focal length, Fairly accessibl...
Cons: Disappointing AF performance drops off in moderate light, Small coverage area of AF array, Locking exposure comp dial is inconvenient (especially with large lenses), Inconsistent use of materials detracts from sense of quality, 1/4000th sec maximum shutter speed, No exposure scale or histogram in live view, Viewfinder focusing screen not best suited for manual focusing, Single SD card slot, Battery door prone to falling off some cameras, Combined SD/battery door under...
Summary: There's no getting away from the fact that the Df is a pricey piece of kit (especially here in the UK). With the retro-inspired 50mm lens it'll set you back £2749 - while considerably cheaper than the
Summary: The Df is a great camera for we long-time Nikon shooters. It's a camera we own for love and magic, not for logic's sake. We buy the Df with our hearts, not our brains. If you're a photographic artist, you want the Df, but if you're a computer technician, you'll prefer the D610 or D800 . Nobody buys a Ferrari because they need one or because it makes sense either.
Nikon goes back to the future with its newest full-frame DSLR.
4 November 2013
Conclusion: While competitors like Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic have gone all-in with retro-styled system cameras, Nikon and Canon have stuck with sleek, modern designs. It’s for good reason: Today’s professional DSLRs have a very specific look, and it’s deeply ingrained in the consumer imagination. All of the Big Two’s DSLRs emulate the aesthetics of their pro cameras, and that visual association helps drive sales throughout the product range.
Conclusion: If you've been waiting for a retro-styled D-SLR, then the Df is the camera for you. Not only does it embody the vintage charm of days gone by, it also comes with a top-of-the-range sensor with an incredible ISO performance. Although it's lacking certain contemporary features like video or a touchscreen - and the AF system doesn't quite mirror the top-notch quality of the sensor - the Df is sure to please large numbers of photographers.