Nikon Df FX-format Digital SLR Camera Kit with AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition Lens, Silver

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  • 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors
  • Compatible with many NIKKOR lenses
  • Contrast-detect AF
  • Easy to use Picture Controls
  • Embrace highlights and shadows
  • Exceptional metering and onboard intelligence
  • Instantly share your great photos
  • Metering coupling lever

About Nikon Df

This Nikon Df Bundle comes with $279.90 worth of free accessories including a Nikon GP-1A and a Nikon WU-1A and Shipping is free! .

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 Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel and more.The Nikon Df is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon Df: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Good image quality

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good image quality (16),High ISO performance (16),Easy to use (13),Fast / accurate auto-focus (12),Quiet (11),Fast shutter speed (10),Large clear LCD (10),Image stabilization (6)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (16),Low light (16),Travel (13),Weddings (9),Family photos (8),Sports/action (6),Wildlife (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (8),Photo enthusiast (7)

Nikon Df Features

  • Pair with current and past NIKKOR lenses: Nikon Df wouldn't be a true classic camera if it couldn't work with those lenses, so Nikon developed a mount system that works with all current AF-S, AF-D and AF NIKKOR lenses.
  • Metering coupling lever: a metering coupling lever makes it possible to use both AI (Aperture Index) or non-AI lenses. Use i-TTL compatible Speedlights, the AR-3 threaded cable release, Nikon's new WR Remote System and even Nikon's exciting WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for instant Wi-Fi photo sharing.
  • Instantly share your great photos: When photo-worthy action starts, hold down the shutter button and capture every movement, expression and feeling at 5.5 frames per second, even when shooting with the LCD display in Live View mode.
  • Focus exactly where you want it: Its 39-point autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors quickly locks onto your subject, and Nikon's unique 3D-tracking uses the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to recognize and follow it across the frame.
  • Contrast-detect AF: the Nikon Df uses fast contrast-detect AF, operating at the same speed as the flagship D4, and can display your composition at up to 19x for accurate focus confirmation perfect for tripod shooting.
  • Pictures as your eyes see them: Nikon's outstanding Scene Recognition System analyzes your shooting situation, compares it to an onboard database of thousands of scenes and automatically determines the most appropriate exposure, white balance and autofocus settings as well as i-TTL flash exposure when using a Nikon Speedlight.
  • Embrace highlights and shadows: Built-in HDR automatically combines two photos into one highly dynamic image, and new subject-based Active D-Lighting automatically brightens shadowy areas on your subjects great for portraits.
  • Define your own style: The Nikon Df's easy to use Picture Controls let you alter your color palette and add a personal touch with six settings available; Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape customize the look and feel of your photos.
  • Change your view of the world: The Nikon Df is compatible with so many past and present NIKKOR lenses, it's easy to expand your capabilities and creativity over time by growing your own collection.

Nikon Df Specifications

Camera Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Picture Angle
Nikon FX format
Effective Pixels
16.2 million
Sensor Size
36.0 x 23.9mm
Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Total Pixels
16.6 million
Dust-Reduction System
Image sensor cleaning
Dust-Off Reference Photo
Image Area (Pixels) FX Format
(L) 4.928 x 3,280
(M) 3,696 x 2,456
(S) 2,464 x 1,640
Image Area (Pixels) DX Format
(L) 3,200 x 2,128
(M) 2,400 x 1,592
(S) 1,600 x 1,064
File Format Still Images
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats TIFF (RGB)
Picture Control
User-customizable Settings
Storage Media
SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Card Slot
1 slot
File System
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
Eye-level Pentaprism Single-Lens Reflex Viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical (Approx.)
DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical (Approx.)
Viewfinder Magnification
0.70x (Approx.)
Viewfinder Eyepoint
15 mm ( 1.0 m 1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-3-+1 m-1
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Interchangeable Focusing Screens
Reflex Mirror
Quick return
Lens Aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Depth-of-field Control
Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (exposure modes A and M) or by camera (exposure modes P and S)
Lens Compatibility at a Glance
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatibleMetering with AI lenses
Compatible Lenses
Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU lenses.
Compatible Lenses Cont.
IX NIKKOR lenses and lenses for the F3AF can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the center 7 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster and the center 33 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/7.1 or faster).
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed
1/4000-4 s in steps of 1 EV (1/4000-30 s in steps of 1/3 EV with main command dial), bulb, time, X200
Fastest Shutter Speed
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 sec.
Flash Sync Speed
1/250 sec.
Bulb Shutter Setting
Shutter Release Modes
Single-frame [S]; Continuous low-speed [CL]; Continuous high-speed [CH]; Mirror-up [Mup]; Quiet Shutter Release; Self-timer
Frame Advance Rate
Up to 5.5 frames per second
Continuous Shooting Options
1-5 fps (CL) or 5.5 fps (CH)
Continuous Shooting Speed at Full Res
5.5 frame per second
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Exposure Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G, E and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Metering Range
0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Combined CPU and AI (collapsible meter coupling lever)
Exposure Modes
Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter- priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Digital Vari-Program Modes
Shooting Modes
P, S, A, M
Scene Modes
Automatic Exposure Scene Modes
Exposure Compensation
-3- +3EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure Bracketing
2-5 frames in steps of 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with A AE-L/AF-L button
Mirror Lock Up
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 - 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
Hi-1 (ISO-25,600 equivalent)
Hi-2, (ISO-51,200 equivalent)
Hi-3, (ISO-102,400 equivalent)
Hi-4 (ISO-204,800 equivalent)
Long Exposure Noise Reduction
High ISO Noise Reduction
Active D-Lighting
Can be selected from Auto, Extra high +2/+1, High, Normal, Low, or Off
D-Lighting Bracketing
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3-5 frames using preset values for all frames
Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 39 and 39 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode
Autofocus System
Nikon Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, and 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors; the center 33 points are available at apertures slower than f/5.6 and faster than f/8, while the center 7 focus points are available at f/8)
Detection Range
1 +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus Point
39 total
AF-Area Mode
9, 21 or 39 point Dynamic-area AF
Auto-area AF
Single-point AF
3D-tracking (39 points)
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Focus Modes
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF, Normal area, Wide area and Subject tracking AF available in Live View only
Full-time Servo (AF-F) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
39 points
Autofocus Sensitivity
-1- +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Built-in Flash
Flash Bracketing
2-5 frames in steps of 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV
Built-in Flash Distance
X-Sync Speed
Top FP High Speed Sync
Flash Control
TTL: i-TTL flash control using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor is available with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-400, or T103; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash Sync Modes
Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rearcurtain sync, Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash Compensation
-3- +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Accessory Shoe
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
CLS Supported
Flash Sync Terminal
White Balance
Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K-10000K)
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
White Balance Bracketing
2-3 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
Live View Shooting
Photography Live View Mode
Live View Lens Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-area Mode
Face-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
Live View Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Monitor Size: 3.2 inch diagonal
Monitor Resolution: 921K dot
Monitor Type: Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View: 170-degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments: Brightness, 5 levels
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
Also visible in LiveView Modes
Also visible in Viewfinder
Playback Functions
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, photo slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, and auto image rotation
In-Camera Image Editing
Image Comment
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Hi-speed USB
Wi-Fi Functionality
Requires WU-1a
Requires GP-1; GP-1A GPS Unit
Save/Load Camera Settings
Total Custom Settings
My Menu
Recent Settings
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time
One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14a battery
Battery Run Time
One EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 1400 shots (Based on CIPA standards)
AC Adapter
EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Battery Charger
Tripod Socket
Operating Environment
0 °C 40 °C (+32 °F 104 °F) 85% or less (no condensation)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6" (143.5 x 110 x 66.5mm)
1.6 lbs (710g)
Mfr #

Nikon Df Reviews

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AMAZING! Retro look w/today's capability

I'm an aspiring Art photographer, fresh out of college. I set up a studio at home to take portraits so I could get myself noticed and have extra income until my big break comes. I love lighting effects, especially long exposure at night. My true passion is the art which our surroundings provides us that we usually never notice.

Reviewed by 17 customers


Fantastic camera with a few minor flaws


from Bakersfield, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've had my Df for a few weeks now and have used it in three shoots totally over 3000 exposures. That said, I'm not a DSLR fan and before getting the Df shot almost exclusively with my Leica M Monochrom rangefinder camera and either a 35mm or 50mm prime Leica lens. The Df appealed to me because it pulls on the same emotional strings as the Leica does, adding real dials and a high-quality viewfinder from the 1970s to modern digital imaging. The Df for the most part gave me what I expected it to, but not quite. The dials are beautiful, but unlike with a film camera you just don't use them that much. With my Nikon FM I have to adjust shutter speed and aperture for almost every shot, not to mention focus. With the Df (and fairly with an FE or F3 as well) its frequently just focus and shoot, and with modern AF glass even that step is removed. Modern lenses also lack aperture rings, so while I usually keep the same aperture for a while (either wide-open or f/8 most of the time), making that adjustment is done with a modern control wheel on modern lenses. The biggest change of course is ISO, which on the Df goes into the stratosphere with good results, and can be set to automatic, which no film except for certain C41 black and white films could do in the old days. The result is that while it looks kind of like an old film camera, in use its still a modern DSLR and doesn't quite feel the same as the FM did or put my mind in the same place. Okay, emotional stuff aside, taken as a modern DSLR this is as good as it gets for travel photography with prime lenses, and not the best for sports or action or for using modern zoom lenses, at least not the heavy ones. It all comes down to the grip. The grip on the Df is very small, reminding me of the FA body from the early 1980s. Modern DSLRs like the cheaper D610 and new D750 have nice beefy grips that make it much easier to work with a front-heavy lens. Since am mostly into travel photography and usually don't bring a zoom lens with me, the Df is still the best current DSLR for my needs. I will typically travel with just the AF-S 58mm f/1.4G on the camera and AF 24mm f/2.8D in a pocket, and used with those two lightweight prime lenses the Df is a travel photographer's dream. It balances well, is fast to operate, and produces stunning image quality in almost any light up to an including almost none. I don't like the included AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens very much. Its optically excellent and extremely sharp, but I'm more into character at longer focal lengths and care more about the quality of bokeh and 3d plasticity than I do about ultimate sharpness. For most photographers raised on zoom lenses, the 50mm f/1.8 will be a revelation. If I had it to do over again I'd get the body only, but the kit lens is cheap enough that its worth having if for nothing else than if I travel someplace where I worry about theft or damage. I'm still very excited about my Df and plan on keeping for quite a long time. Like my M Monochrom, its more than sum of its specifications.


Unbelievable Camera


from Birmingham, AL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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!


i very good retro.


from New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


fantastic nikon like in the good old day


from vero beach fl  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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


A Terrific Camera


from San Diego, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.


Remarkable Photos


from Boise, ID  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best Nikon so far!


from Evanston, IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Retro Design, Remarkable Digital!


from Idaho  -  Photo Enthusiast

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!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


AMAZING! Retro look w/today's capability


from Southern California  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I'm an aspiring Art photographer, fresh out of college. I set up a studio at home to take portraits so I could get myself noticed and have extra income until my big break comes. I love lighting effects, especially long exposure at night. My true passion is the art which our surroundings provides us that we usually never notice.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent All Around - Details Compared


from Portland, OR  -  Photo Enthusiast

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 fingers… 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 Df…except now I have one set of lenses .


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Charles F  Can we get a Nikon corrective eyepiece for someone that is is far sighted (about 2 diopter)?
DAVID P  Yes the DG-2 eyepiece.
SB C  Is this a replacement to a D800? Is it more like my F3 high point or FE? Can I use my old 1.2 lenses etc.? How would you compare to a D800 or even a D4 please?
DAVID P  No not a replacement for the D800. You can use old lenses for this yes even non-Ai lenses. It's got the same sensor as the D4 fantastic in low light but doesn't have certain "pro features" - for one the shutter speed is capped at 1/4000 per sec. Also no video - this is made for photography "purists" whatever the heck that means.

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