Pretty near perfect
The main reasons I got the Df is for image quality, low light capabilities and the looks of the camera. Other reasons that I like the Df. I just love the JPEGs that come out of the camera. The Df begs you to take photos. The camera is smaller and lighter than my D800E. Holding the Df is a pleasure and reminds me of the days of manual cameras. The build quality is great and feels solid in your hands when holding the camera. There is no popup flash on the Df which I really like. The shutter is quieter than my D800E. Basically this is my go to camera.
Some of nits, which bug me, about the camera, 1) small LCD screen. If you have eyesight or reading problems the screen is just too small. 2) 1/4000 is the fastest shutter speed for a camera that cost this much, why? 3) I understand this is a retro camera, however it is digital right, video would have been nice. Not a show stopper, however, nice to have unless you are carrying another camera for video work. 4) The SD card is located near the battery. Why is not on the side like other Nikon Dxxx series camera's? Even with all this nits I still love the camera for some reason and why I gave it 5 stars. I like shooting with it more than my D800E. I have had the camera for nearly two months now.
August 7, 2014
A pleasure to use...
I have had a new Df for about three weeks and have put it through the paces. Overall, I am extremely pleased. Having all of your basic data (ISO, Shutter Speed, Compensation, Mode, etc.) visible at the same time on top of the camera makes this a real pleasure to use. Great weight. Great build. Great light sensitivity. I, too, would hope that any future version (if there is to be one) would have room for a second media card for overflow or simultaneous back-up. I could generally case less about video so am pleased that this camera is not cluttered with such features. Thanks, Nikon!
August 1, 2014
The finest digital I have used. "Pure Photography" for sure.
I had been waiting for some sort of retro style camera since going to digital. I always missed having the analog style design and I have always despised a built in flash. I just do. When I first got my Df I was happy to have the old style again, but discovered another purpose for this. When you look down to the top of the camera, it tells you everything without having to go through menus or look at a tiny LCD screen or push several buttons to see what you need to see. Exposure compensation, ISO, shooting mode, shutter speeds when in manual or Shutter mode, other details too when just looking down at the top. The camera is very, very light weight and the battery lasts forever. Use of the SD card is nice because it saves a few pennies on not having to buy more expensive CF cards. 16MP is plenty and delivers resolution that of the D4s. It's low light capability is incredible and has acceptable resolution up to ISO 6400, I have found, with the use of digital noise removal. The Df is a "traditional" photography person's camera, that's for sure, and missing the video. It was designed that way and I like it that way. That was the purpose of it's production, hence the commercial "Pure Photography", not Pure Photography and Video. Video is desired by some but not by all. In the production of this camera I'm glad they left it off. In my opinion newer DSLR cameras are packed with too much making them harder to learn for beginning photographers. Not the case for the Df. As a photography teacher I think it would be easier for students to learn on the Df than any other because of the lack of some features. Even though this is, the Df still does pack useable features. It's loaded; but easier. Only thing I would change about the Df would be to make it accepting and available a vertical grip with duel batteries and an SD card slot so you wouldn't have to take the grip off. Duel SD card slots would be nice too, and would give it a fatter grip making it more comfortable to hold. In addition move the strap lugs. When the strap is mounted it tends to get in the way when shooting with the index finger. Other than those things the Df is a perfect camera for the "traditional" shooter. I highly recommend this for anyone who is not looking for video and loves just shooting stills. Thank you Nikon for bringing back to life an old friend in digital.
July 19, 2014
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