Classic elegance with high-tech performance
Over the years my passion has been photography and I have had many new amazing cameras. My first serious cameras were a Leica IIIf and an Exacta VXIIa. These were followed by many Nikon cameras, including the F3 (used intensely for 30 years without a problem!). the F4s, F100, D100, D300, V1, P7000 and others. When I first saw the Df and learned about its features I felt as if it had been designed specifically for me and I purchased it on November 29, 2013. I got the silver body kit as its heritage styling radiated a classic ambiance that I could not resist. I have been able to use the Df with all my old Nikkor lenses as never before and I also bought a new16-35 zoom that is razor sharp. Over the past year I have taken all types of photos, from a spyder’s eye to mountain waterfalls and the moon.
I will not go into all the technical specifications here, because more importantly I have enjoyed this camera immensely every time I use it. The Df’s ability to take indoor pictures where the lighting is practically non-existent and yet obtain outstanding color and dynamic range with low noise exceeded my hopes by far. I can sum up this camera in one word – WOW! I should mention that people around me think the Df, with its brown vintage styled case and strap, is an old film camera and this makes it even more fun for me.
October 22, 2014
Nikon Df…..great camera
I have two Df's and all I can say it is lighter, quieter, great in low light and yes I can focus on the ground glass with fast lenses and check with the dot…I use 28mm and 105 AIS lenses as well as the 50mm that came with the camera….small camera, small lenses…body is built like a F3….feels great…..42 years of shooting with Nikon and other cameras…to many people who write reviews have never handled the camera, all they do is look at the photo, you have to use it to love it…....this is a great camera..thank you Nikon
February 21, 2014
The Df is a winner!
I have been a long time Nikon user, I have owned everything from the FM2, F100 right up to professional and consumer DSLR's. I currently have the D800 as well. I have now been using my Df for a week, and after one week all I can say is that I am in love!
Don't always believe what you read on-line - many reviews are written by folks that don't get it. You need to spend time with this camera to get to know it, and it will feel like old is new again! The camera is a fresh approach to photography. All of the modern advances in image making, incorporated into a camera that makes you think before clicking the shutter. I have always been a full manual user - even with my advanced D800. I like complete control of the image, thus the Df was no stranger to me.
This camera lends itself very well to using the f/1.8 primes ... it is a bit front heavy with heavier zooms, but no matter which lens you choose, you will capture great images! Have fun, create, and enjoy the images produced with the Nikon Df.
January 15, 2014
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