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
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 15, 2014