Its Perfect for my Passion
The little camera that was born into so much negativity made me want to try it even more and once I finally did it was like it we were the perfect fit. I've owned a D2H, D2X, D200 and the D90 and D70. I still shoot with an old F2 and F100 and the Df is now in my bag with them as the perfect sibling. This camera is so easy to use, the dials are like second nature and I can work through my settings effortlessly. The image quality and prints are beautiful with colors that burst on their own. The old manual lenses are a dream to use and the quality of images is simply impeccable. I didn't think I could love a camera as much as I love the Df. Its not too big, not too small, in fact it fits perfectly in my hands and for what I do which is create photos through my passion and love of photography I dont thin I could ask for more. I believe anyone could use this camera for any type of photography. It may not be designed for the professional since Nikon has set it in the enthusiast category but it is capable of doing great things in the right hands and with the right eyes behind it!
June 29, 2014
Designed for the soul
What took you so long, Nikon? This is the camera I have wanted for years. I just didn't know it. After reading tons of reviews, many disparaging, I still did not know. I finally got one in my hands, and in one day I realized what was wrong with so many of those reviews. They are trying to compare the Df to other cameras. THERE IS NONE THAT COMPARES. This camera is unique in so many ways, it is futile to make comparisons or to approach it as if it is just another DSLR. The Df invites you in, but it is its own creation, and it must be taken as a whole for what it is. The image quality is stunning, but getting there is even better. It is simply inspirational. The Df frees you to enjoy your photography any way you wish. It provides multiple ways get where you want to go, almost like a myriad of roadways with different scenery and different people along the way. There's the shortcut, and there's the long way home. I like the long way. If you want to get every ounce out of it, do yourself a favor and get some manual focus lenses. You'll find the Df focus indicator to be highly accurate. Watch the viewfinder as you manipulate the controls shooting manually, and it is almost like going back in time. The dials are so precise and crisp that you can't get enough of them. I have heard so many remarks about the aperture wheel, imagine my surprise when I found I like it better than all the others, and I have owned a lot of them, still do. But if I didn't like it, the Df allows me to reassign the rear command dial or even use the aperture ring on the lens, if it has one. This is just one example of how the Df allows you to take any road you like. I have other Nikon cameras, but they are going to gather cobwebs because I have found the magic. Its name is Df. Don't take my word, or anyone else's, not reviewers and not internet forums. Get one in your hands. If you can remember the craftsmanship in Nikon cameras of the film era you will be reminded of that when you hold the Df. Don't try to force it. Just use your imagination and take what it gives you. And that's a lot.
May 11, 2014
This is the gem we've been waiting for.
Finally loyalty of Nikon proven to its professional fans. Nikon Df provides the sexiest feel a camera can give to a real photographer. This is like the blue sky to a bird.This is reviving the history, a fusion of today's digital with yesterday's film. Design, Built and image quality are spectacular. Nikon is standing up now to beat Leica.
During decades Nikon has produced unique manual focus jewels and now its time to use those lenses again.
I highly recommend this camera. 16MP is not as high as other competitors but image quality beats all of them.
Pros: Beyond excellent image quality, superb high ISO performance, solid built, low body weight, Retro design. Price half of D4s. Weather seal. JPEG images out of the camera don't need much of editing.
- Could be smaller to feel more like reto film cameras.
- It would be much nicer to have a split focusing screen, making MF lens use easier however third party screens are available.
- Remote control only with WiFi adapter
- Mode dial is not easy to turn, also ISO dial lock is annoying.
- Built-in Flash? I'm surprised this is even asked. You want to use camera's flash !?1? what an amateur! Does D4 have a flash? Maybe you need a point and shoot rather than a Df. This camera doesn't even need a flash with its superb high ISO performance.
- Video? give me a break for God's sake. you're not a photographer.
April 7, 2014
Versatile camera for my existing A and Ai lenses with complete manual control.
I always wanted a digital camera with the picture quality of film, lightweight and convenience of direct
parameter settings. Especially, when I am travelling and taking serious pictures, I do not have to waste the
time in having to go into the software parameter selections.
Also as a bonus the low light capability of the camera is ideal for my interest in building interiors and night pictures photography under ambient low-light conditions.
April 6, 2014
DF - Superlative
I think It's great that Nikon has added a retro camera to their lineup. You may like the DF or you may not but one thing is certain the Image Quality is excellent. I like the size and weight of the camera and it works fine with any lens including large telephotos. The DF is a beautiful camera.
Pros - Excellent I.Q. - Excellent ISO low light pix - very good dynamic range.
The only real Cons is the battery door is a bit fragile. Subjective cons would be personal preference, I would like to see more mg pixels for larger prints. Wouldn't it be nice if you could order your camera with some upgrades like a computer, mg pixels, iso, fps, shutter speed etc.... dreaming!
March 31, 2014