The Art of Photography
I had a D4 but never needed the high frame rate. I needed a camera for all day use, travel and be a 2nd body for my style of wildlife and nature photography. The one thing I loved about the D4 was the sensor, and IQ. I initially was sceptical and then Nikon arranged a Demo for me to use for a week, after 3 days I bought mine. I like it more and more every time I use it, I work around the limitations such as the 1 card slot, I just use bigger cards, I bought a camera grip with extra battery when I go on wildlife trips. It gives me battery capacity of 2200 frames. As it is not my main body, I have never run out of battery or card capacity. I have shot Nature, landscapes, travel and wildlife with it, a gem in low light. with my D810, a great combination.
May 30, 2015
Nikon scored a touch-down and a home run on this one!
It's the best looking camera since the FM-2! Love looking down and seeing all my settings. I've retired my D3 and thinking about retiring the D800 for this camera. Resolution is half the D800's but is sufficent for the magazine photography that I do. Thank you Nikon for making something that's not a black box.
May 22, 2015
It Is Like Coming Home
I bought the Df last summer and have been using this camera as my primary camera since that time. I started with Nikon when I was 16 years old, that is 51 years ago. I have used used Nikon all over the world in the harsh conditions of war, jungle, mountains, rivers, deserts and cities. Seeing the Df brought back memories and just flat out slammed me back 51 years ago when I first fell in love with Nikon and photography. I have been a print guy for all this many years and the Df is my first move into digital. It is a difficult adjustment for me but the Df does make it a more enjoyable journey. Thanks Nikon you have a winner.
January 19, 2015
Very happy, Df a fun camera if you ever shot film
I've been shooting film for over 40 years. Switching to digital was not fun, too many menu choices and too much to learn. Using the Df can be just like using my FM or FE. Same size, same feel, same fun and same lenses if I want. Wished one or two things were different but all in all, a great little camera.
December 14, 2014
Reignited My Passion for Still Photography!
It seems that half of the reviews for this camera online are "for," and half seem to be "against" the Nikon Df. Count me among the 50% who are passionately in love with this camera, which I purchased three weeks ago from nikonusa.com.
I consider myself a "serious amateur" who -- owing to my work schedule and other hobbies -- is limited to shooting photos mainly on vacations and around the holidays. Nevertheless, on 2-3 week vacations to Malaysia and Southeast Asia over the past 10 years, I typically shoot between 3,000 - 4,000 photos per trip.
Over the past three weeks after trading in my old D7000, I've shot about 1,500 pictures with my new Nikon Df.
As soon as I stumbled on this "new" camera from Nikon a few months ago, I immediately fell in love with its classic good looks. Not only is its design and look distinctively different from all of the other mid-to-high priced DSLR's out there, it took me back to "the good old days" at college, where I first learned how to shoot a 35mm single lens reflex film camera while working on the student newspaper, borrowing the photo editor's Nikkormat FTn or my co-Editor-in-Chief's Canon FTb.
Following graduation and during my 20's to 40's I used a combination of Nikon and Canon 35mm SLRs, until I purchased my first digital camera in 2000.
My new Nikon Df does exactly what Nikon promises: it helped me re-discover (and appreciate) the art and science of photography, with amazing results. The look of the camera initially caught my attention, but using it over the past few weeks -- as well as actually studying the manual as a "refresher" photography course -- helped me recall the knowledge I gained years ago necessary to properly operate the mainly manual old SLRs I owned in the past.
Having upgraded from a D7000, which for me was a great camera, my initial experience with an FX camera has been very positive. Using Nikon's AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5 and 70-200 f/4 lenses, as well as the special edition 50mm that came with the Df's kit, I've started taking some very memorable and pleasing photos.
I very much like the look and feel of the various knobs and buttons on this camera, and haven't had any problem twisting and setting the controls, even when shooting exterior photos of my apartment building this morning barehanded in 35-degree weather.
For me, reading the manual and practicing with my new Df has been a fun and educational experience. And based on the results I've been getting with my practice photos, a very rewarding experience, as well.
In my opinion, Nikon hit one out of the park in bringing out a "retro" camera that looks distinctively different from all of the other DSLRs, but that also borrows technology from its top-of-the line models that resulted in a camera that's a perfect step-up from their mid-priced cameras.
I don't at all miss the inability to take videos with my Df, since I only used this feature on my D7000 two or three times, plus I have the options of taking videos on my iPhone, iPad or GoPro Hero if I want to shoot motion. And besides, I wanted a camera to take stills, and not videos.
Overall, this is a really fun, high-quality DSLR, and I'm very happy that someone at Nikon was able to bring this concept to market. I recommend this camera to anyone who wants a beautiful, high-quality camera that is rewarding to operate and produces outstanding results.
I'm very grateful that I accidentally stumbled on Nikon Df on Nikon's web site.
November 16, 2014