Nikon Df Announced – Retro Style Full-Frame DSLR

It was probably the most exciting news for Nikon users this year. The Nikon retro style DSLR is finally announced after 6 teaser videos from Nikon which has resulted in a lot of noise in the photography world. The New Nikon Df comes in 2 different colours, Black and Silver. Both colours has it’s own character. I personally would prefer the silver one because it looks more retro.

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The Nikon Df comes with a standard F-mount which means you will be able to mount all your Nikon lens on it. It is also fully compatible metering with with your old  legendary AI lens ( Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-NiKKOR and Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AIS). The control dials on the top of the camera to me, feels a bit of an over-load.

I have no doubt this is a very neat and fashionable camera. Nikon has definitely created this camera for a new market (Full Frame – Retro – DSLR). However, this comes with a price tag of $2750 USD for the body only and $3000 USD for a kit (Body + retro looking 50mm 1.8G lens).  For what it can offer, I feel that the new Nikon DF is slightly overpriced, so much that it is the same price as a Nikon D800.

Pros:  

  • Retro Style and very fashionable
  • Same Sensor as the Nikon flagship camera D4 which has exceptional high ISO performance
  • Made in Japan – means higher standard of manufacturing process
  • Dedicated ISO dial and exposure compensation dial
  • Fully compatible metering with legendary Nikon AI lenses
  • Compatible with all Nikon accessories

Cons:

  • Maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 (instead of 1/8000 on the D800 & D4)
  • 39 AF points (instead of 52 AF points on the D800 & D4)
  • Exposure compensation and Bracketing up to only +- 3EV ((instead of +- 5EV on the D800 & D4)
  • Only 1 SD card slot
  • No video
  • No built in camera flash
  • No vertical grip avalible
  • Overpriced

Who is this camera for??

The Nikon Df will be great for street photography and travelling due to it’s weight (765g which is the lightest FF DSLR made by Nikon). If you want to enjoy pure photography with no video function, this is the camera to get.

Who is this camera NOT for??

I think the Nikon Df is not ideal for professional work. With only 39 AF points, 1/4000 maximum shutter speed and only 1 SD card slot. This will not be a good wedding camera. The lack of vertical grip options also means the camera will be harder to balance (head heavy) with big tele-photo lens. If you want a backup camera for wedding, go get a D610.

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