Nikon Df Is A Small, Retro, Full-Frame DSLR - First Look
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Reignite your passion for photography with this thrilling blend of classic and modern. On the outside, it's classic Nikon, their thinnest, lightest FX-format body with an elegant mechanical operation system inspired by the legendary F, F3 and FM/FE series film cameras. On the inside, it's flagship Nikon D-SLR the advanced 16.2-MP FX-format image sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine from the D4, Nikon's ultra-fast 39-point AF system, an ultra-high resolution LCD display and even Wi-Fi photo sharing (with optional adapter). Embrace a more personal shooting style that results in some of your most inspiring photos yet.
As digital camera technology has evolved, so has the way Nikon controls their cameras. Mechanical dials have given way to buttons, menu systems and LCD displays. But what if Nikon could blend the elegant, simplistic control and styling of classic Nikon film cameras like the F, F3 and FM/FE series with the advanced technology of Nikon's exceptional new D-SLRs? Enter the Nikon Df, a thrilling FX-format D-SLR with a unique mechanical operation system and classic styling along with Nikon's flagship digital camera technology. A perfect blend of classic and modern, the Nikon Df offers a more personal shooting style that will inspire a new relationship with your camera one you may have known and lost over the years and reawaken your joy for taking photos.
The Nikon Df is designed exclusively for taking still photos, enabling high reliability, advanced functions and elegant camera control in Nikon's thinnest, lightest FX-format D-SLR. Dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode and release mode let you focus on what matters, achieving your creative vision. Capture stunningly sharp, detailed images with rich, faithful colors, even in low light. The perfectly coordinated AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition kit lens is an outstanding companion, providing the exceptional performance of NIKKOR optics and advanced Nikon lens technology. Its manual focusing ring features the knurling/hatching of classic manual lenses for precise focus adjustments.
Life is full of diverse (and often difficult) shooting situations. Many of the advancements in digital photography have enabled new levels of versatility - remarkable ISO sensitivity, breathtaking resolution, ultra-fast performance and more. The Nikon Df is no exception. Like Nikon's flagship D4, its 16.2MP FX-format image sensor is paired with EXPEED 3 image processing for an optimal balance of resolution, image quality and shooting speed. Its wide ISO range (100-12,800 expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800) lets you capture sharp low-light subjects with crisp edges, shadow areas that reflect proper, natural tonal gradation and highlights with rich, smooth gradation.
It's no surprise passionate photographers are passionate about Nikon - their engineers have invented and perfected some of the world's most important camera features. The Nikon Df continues that legacy of excellence and innovation. It incorporates the outstanding 39-point autofocus system with 9 highly accurate cross-type sensors that work all the way down to f/8. Achieve sharp focus no matter where you subject is within the frame at up to 5.5 frames per second. Quickly adjust white balance with the Spot White Balance feature. Create photos with dazzling dynamic range with built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting. Its rugged magnesium alloy body will withstand harsh conditions, and its 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD display provides beautiful high-definition views of your shots.
The Nikon Df is commonly used for Low light, Travel and more.
Most Liked Positive Review
My first Nikon was the chrome FA purchased in 1986. I still have it and in near pristine condition. I had only two lenses- the 24mm f/2.8 and the 85mm f/2. The small light weight system was all I needed and it provided me years of joy and creativity. When digital came about I moved to a D70 and quickly loved the benefit of auto ISO and auto White Balance. I also liked the ability to shoot in different modes like B&W instantly. I acquired more AF lenses and other digital bodies, but I didn't h...View full Review
My first Nikon was the chrome FA purchased in 1986. I still have it and in near pristine condition. I had only two lenses- the 24mm f/2.8 and the 85mm f/2. The small light weight system was all I needed and it provided me years of joy and creativity. When digital came about I moved to a D70 and quickly loved the benefit of auto ISO and auto White Balance. I also liked the ability to shoot in different modes like B&W instantly. I acquired more AF lenses and other digital bodies, but I didn't have the same passion- it became too easy to shoot in auto and to difficult to shoot fully manual. I didn't have the same forethought of what I wanted to capture as I once had with film. I became lazy and accepted what the camera gave me. Enter the Nikon Df! The camera not only looks vintage, but it handles like the classic FA. All the essential controls are readily available plus the ability of going fully auto in an instant. The beautiful D4 sensor in a small attractive package such as the Df has rekindled the passion I had as a young man. Now I long for just a couple of excellent primes, maybe a return to my two Ai-s primes. Sadly my old lenses suffer from oily aperture blades and need service. In the meantime I'll be using the excellent kit lens, also a prime! This camera is perfect for anyone who wants to return to those days of creativity and enthusiasm some of us fell in love with long ago. Bravo Nikon!
Most Liked Negative Review
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What a disappointment, I just got mine today and I haven't been able to take one good picture with it yet. The WU-1A wifi adapter sends pictures of a quality I believe I could do comparable with crayons. I'm used to a old d3 with less resolution and a fuji x100 that both make this new nikon look really bad to say the least. If this is what a D4 sensor produces I'm glad I only wasted half the price of one on a DF.
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I have been a film shooter for over 20 years. I loved my nikon F2. I waited so long for a digital camera to start feeling and operating like the classics. I started using a Leica M9, M8 and Fuji x series cameras just because they were cameras that helped me concentrate on the image and not the tech. I love the size of the DF, its not too small but not too big. I love that my battery has lasted me more than a week on one charge. I don't rapid shoot but I do shoot every day. I have a 32 gig card which showed it had room for about 840 raw images or so and now I am down to 640 shots left in a week. so I have been conservative in regards to shooting but then again, I am a street shooter. I imagine for events you could possibly kill a battery a day and for the newb's who shoot 2k pics in a day, I would suggest buying an extra battery. the only thing i would want to change about the camera... 1) needs dual card slots. SD's are fine with me. 2) I think we could get rid of the MASP dial and instead op for a slightly bigger lcd screen that can show the light meter. 3) needs an AF assist beam 4) aperture wheel should protrude a bit further so you can get a more positive grip on it when changing the aperture. 5) no matter what the "pro's" say, I think this should qualify for NPS none of which I mentioned is a deal breaker to me. I would rather own this Nikon than any other on the market. they really did well here. I will sell my D3s, d700, F3 and F100 so i can purchase a second body and a few more lenses. Thanks Nikon for doing it right!
An outstanding digital fx camera. I have always been a Nikon F5 film camera photographer, so this is my first real venture into the world of digital, other than a small S9500 camera I got last year. I absolutely love my Nikon df and would recommend it to anyone interested in state of the art camera. I mainly use 2 lenses a 85 f 1.4 and a 180 f 2.8. The reciprocity of the images is phenomenal. You can't get a better camera than this and Adorama was outstanding to work with. I had been contemplating this purchase for over a year and finally after reading all the reviews, I made the switch from film (which I always bought from Adorama)to top of the line digital in my opinion. Thank you!
General photography, especially landscape. I appreciate the retro style; takes me back a few years. I also like the emphasis on stills. The image quality is excellent and the camera is very well designed, with all the control at hand. It also gives an impression of solidity and durability, which is reassuring. The only negatives are minor: a bit more weight than these old bones would prefer, but that comes from the solid make. The lack of a built in flash is a minor problem, but the very high sensitivity compensates for that. Although I sometimes use it as a big point and shoot, the availability of the controls is useful in difficult situations. It's a serious camera made for heavy use and image control, and very we'll put together.
enjoy df very much/ like the dials for iso shutterspeed, etc just like an fe. not only can use all the new af kikon lenses, but also ai and non ai manual focus lenses. carrying is a great conversation starter. shoot at higher level iso without noise. hardly ever use my sb-800 flashgun. things i don't like battery cover is plastic, no battery grip available. wish it had a second card slot. would prefer compact flash to sd cards. wish it had a built in flash to use as a flash comander. best money i ever spent
I am really enjoying shooting with my Nikon Df and it is everything that I thought it would be. Before buying I researched this camera on various sites and found out what others thought about it. Most of what I read in reviews I found to be true, both the good and the bad. It seems that most folks think that the photos produced by this camera are beautiful and I certainly agree. Furthermore those shots are coming from a relatively small and light camera body, and depending on the lens attached, one that easily fits into a small camera or walk-around bag. I also like the retro styling. The camera is not perfect though. Areas for improvement for me would include focus points that extend further into the frame edges; a more sturdy battery/card door; repositioning of the strap attachment so that it doesn't interfere with the shutter release button; a lower price; and a front sub-command dial that is a little easier to use. Having said that- all of those "cons" can be worked around, and I have (most notably customizing the command dials to move the aperture setting to the rear dial). But if a camera doesn't produce breath-taking shots or is too heavy to lug around all day while traveling, there is little you can do about it. And here is where the Df shines. The shots are great and it is light and small enough to take almost anywhere and shoot all day with- and it is the type of camera that makes you want to do just that.
I love to shoot night sky Milky Way photos. The Nikon DF is the new king of low noise night sky cameras from Nikon. Since shooting at night entails manual mode, the critisims of some of the throw back controls are moot.
The Nikon Df is the only DSLR that has reduced the time I spend with my beloved Fuju X100S. I use the Df for both portrait and street photography. The size and weight (nicely the lightest FX DSLR on the market) make it an absolute pleasure to work with and the quality of the images (even at very high ISO) is simply spectacular.
I'm a wedding photographer mostly, but I've recently did a industrial gig for Cinnabon. I already knew this camera was amazing for portraits, but it produced some beautiful shots for industrial usages as well. The low light capabilities is unbelievable
I love the look and feel of the retro-film camera design. Call me a throwback, but I easily adapted to the old interface style. The blogs and magazines have vetted out missing features. Those I think Nikon should have included - auto ISO on the dial, a low light focus illuminator, and maybe an included flash, but lack of a flash is a throwback! I do not miss the video, I want to shoot pictures. The sensor is outstanding in low light, not noisy at all. The battery life is remarkable. The other fun feature is the ability to mount old Nikkor lenes. If you want a reminisant experiance with current digital technology, you will love this camera!
I shoot with both the D800 and the Df. I compared these 2 with the D4 when putting together my set up. Prints from a Df are great up to 17x22. Get bigger than that and you start to notice D800 images have better detail. If your work is printed in a magazine size publication or shown on the internet the Df is far more than adequate. If your work is headed for a billboard or a large print display in a gallery or you do mostly studio portraits or product shots - you will prefer the D800 or D800E. The Df produces low levels of noise even when I use an ISO of 3200 - 6400. Its image quality at high ISO surpasses any other DSLR camera I have used - but I have no experience with the D4S. Low noise is only part of the story. Noise on a D800 file cleans up fairly well with noise reduction software anyway. The Df gets tonal rendition better at higher ISO's. It retains color fidelity, smooth gradation, good shadow rendition and good edge definition. D800 files get noisier faster. Part of this due to the large number of pixels it produces and part of it is due to the fact that the sensor just generates more noise at higher ISO. The D800 shines at ISO 100 - 200. B&W images from a D800 are the best quality off a digital DSLR you can get. Both the D4 and the Df provide more pleasing images when shooting in low light (or what used to be called available light) than a D800 - in the sense that the RAW (NEF) images are more like you expect them to be right out of the camera. The D4 is much more expensive than the Df and has features that I do not require - like being able to shoot movies, high frame rate and so forth. 4-5 frames per second exceeds anything I have ever wanted. The Df is faster at continuous shooting, buffering and storing images than a D800, but it nowhere near as fast handling and shooting as a D4. Df auto focus seems to work well, but it is not quite as robust as the D800. I prefer manual focus at least half the time in any case and the Df viewfinder for that is excellent. Both cameras lack the see in the dark illuminated viewfinder of the D4. The opportunity to obtain the better low light D4 type sensor in a body at about half the price of a D4 was the determining factor for me. The difference in the way RAW images from different cameras look is analogous to the difference in emulsions from the film era. You can see this when you examine unaltered NEF files from the D800 and Df next to one another. The D800 files look generally flatter (particularly in the shadows) and slightly brighter - because they get a wider captured dynamic range onto a given monitor. Bright scene D800 files usually benefit from shooting with a -0.3 to -0.7 minus exposure compensation and the same kind of images on the Df are usually best at no compensation. Some of the colors in a D800 file can seem to have enhanced brightness / saturation compared to an identical shot from a Df. Shadows that used to go black and highlights that used to go non-recoverable white have recoverable tonality in a D800 file. Files from the Df are a close second in this regard. The Df renders shadows & highlights in a slightly different way. This leads to different (often quicker to an end result) treatment in ACR / Photoshop for Df files versus those from a D800. I use the D800 for studio work (where it is unmatched by any DSLR) as well as location work with bigger flash modifiers and sunlit exteriors, landscapes, cityscapes - in other words ample controlled light and carefully controlled exposure. I use the Df for everything else, especially travel, available light and personal work. The Df is smaller than any other FX Nikon and its controls are out of sync with other DSLRs. Everything on the Df has been optimized to achieve this smaller, lighter body. This adds up when carrying a body and couple of lenses around all day on your shoulder. The Df is solid enough. It does fine hand held with a 300mm lens. It takes some shooting to acclimate fully to the control layout - then it feels completely natural. It is less prone to accidental shutter or aperture setting errors in A & S modes because you have to make a physical effort to turn a knob instead of accidentally spinning a wheel in contact with one of your fingersâ€¦ and in my case that is a good thing. Having both a Df and a D800 is far more versatile and less expensive than any other combination of hardware I can think of. As a practical matter it seems that what I used to do with medium format gets done with the D800 and what I used to do with 35mm gets done with the Dfâ€¦except now I have one set of lenses .
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