5 Crucial Thoughts on the New Nikon Df. Does It Deliver?

ChaseJarvis_Nikon DF_1
Wow. Two new cameras on my blog in one week (here’s the other one). I’ve never been a gear whore and don’t like dedicating too much real estate here to it, but I do like me some of these compact cameras. So here we go – quick like.

Nikon got the aesthetics right, that’s for sure. If it does nothing else, the new Nikon Df is going to make you look like a legit photographer from the 70’s. Even more so perhaps like a photographer shooting film (but you won’t be.)

Specs: Within the tasty leather, chrome, and gunmetal exterior of this Nikon Df hides…

// the legendary sensor from the Nikon D4 – my favorite still camera sensor of all time
// Nikon’s latest + greatest Expeed 3 processor
// Optical viewfinder with 100% field of view (thank god – not having this sucks)
// Full wireless capability [requires WU-1 wireless adaptor].
// We’re still waiting on the side of french fries, but this full-meal of a camera may just satiate even the hungriest of critics.

Yeah, but does it deliver?

Before we can answer that question (because I can’t – haven’t used it), I want to set my expectations. Because they are (were?) high for this little bugger. But when the hype is this big, the goods had better follow. So here’s what it has to do to get my five stars:

1, Ergonomics. I like how all the dials for shutter speed, exposure compensation, and ISO give you the option of being really hands on with setting your exposure. Shooting this way really increases my connection with what you’re creating with the camera. The Nikon DF looks like it’ll do a nice job of recreating (or perhaps simulating) that experience of “making” pictures like the cameras of old… That feel helps me be connecting to the art just a little bit more–ie slowing down a tad– than some of my other tools in my shed.

2. The size. The size is nice. Or rather, the size is nice compared to a D4 or pro body. Don’t get me wrong, when I’m on a gig I need the pro body to lean on, bang around, pound nails and otherwise be tough and sturdy. With this little guy? I prefer the portability, sorta. It’ll make a great vacation camera for jet setting photographers….unless you also like to capture video of your travels like I do. If you want video you need another camera, or an additional camera, and then the whole compact selling point is thrown out the airplane window with no parachute. So what gives here? I dunno. They made up a nice advertising story about “back to basics” with a “real camera” but rumor has it they couldn’t keep the guts cool enough to shoot video because mechanically that stuff takes up space. Jury is out. I like the purity angle, but it’s 2013…

3. The sensor. It has the same 16.2-megapixel sensor as Nikon’s pro-focused D4, which is the best still sensor of all time. There, I said it. It has ISO range up to 12,800 and expandable to ISO 204,800!! You can basically shoot this thing in the dark – let’s just hope it (or you) can focus in the dark. What good is the sensor if you can’t pull the trigger in focus?

4. Focus. It better be decent. Nikons have historically kicked everyones ass in this department. This better not be a let down. I hope the focus is fast and accurate. (Speaking of fast…we know it’s not fast in frames per second department. 5 ‘n’ change. Not bad. But not fast. Who cares really – that’s not what this camera is for.) We really do want the focus to be fast, however, if it’s to stand out from it’s peers. BTW, how is the manual focus mode? It better kick ass. I’m curious to see if there are any features to assist with this. There’s a lot of marketing around this camera pimping its ability to use all the old non-AI lenses, but the cameras from that time had focusing screens built for manual focus. Without tools like focus peaking, a split image screen, or a microprism screen, shooting with manual focus lenses might just be a pain in the ass. Let’s hope they get it right

5. Pro shit. I’m excited to see how “professional” the camera can be. Can I pound nails with this thing? Is it heavy and durable? We use a ton of different cameras for video, but the D4 is my go-to camera for EVERY SINGLE commercial photo shoot we do. Could the DF could come along on our shoots as a good BTS rig? Even in our BTS stuff we expect pro quality That would be nice if this delivered. I will always have a couple D4 backups, but for the solo photographer, the DF could potentially save pro photographers some weight and coin if (and only if) it can produce professional results in a pinch.

All this said, I can’t wait to get my hands on the Df and take it for a rubber-burning test drive. Good pals like McNally are oogling over it, but Joe would have to use a Nikon mobile phone if they had one, so take that with a grain of salt. Anywhooo. Stay tuned for a more meaty pile of feedback when I get my paws on this thing.

The Df is available for pre-order in four options. Check out the goods here:

/// Black body w/lens
/// Silver body w/lens
/// Black body
/// Silver body

ChaseJarvis_Nikon DF_1

78 Responses to 5 Crucial Thoughts on the New Nikon Df. Does It Deliver?

  1. Michael Comeau November 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    This camera has the biggest drawbacks of modern high-end DSLRs (size, weight, and price) with none of the technological conveniences. So what’s the point? Because it looks cool?

    I’ll take a Fuji X package any day of the week over this.

    • Sonnie Hiles November 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      One benefit that you may not be thinking of is that all the pros already have natively compatible glass that is going to work with out adapters ect.. This can save money in the long run i guess

    • Johnathan November 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      You got that right, there are to many drawbacks with this camera to be considered a pro camera at all. Starting with the 39point AF, moving to the manufactured limits of the sensor and processor. 5.5fps really? The D4 gets what? like 11fps? the controls do not allow the photographer to adjust settings with out pulling the camera from the eye and to top it off if you look at Nikons other offerings there is no place where this camera fits in. At 5.5fps it is obviously not for sports or wildlife shooter. The D800 spanks this camera all day long for portraits and landscapes, Heck even the D600 spanks it. So who is this camera aimed at? well the low light ability would be nice for concerts and um… not much else. At $2900 this hipster camera will require you to have deep pockets for a not so pro camera

    • Marc November 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      Sorry, but your Fuji X series will not work like a DSLR. Absolutely not!
      AF works slowly, very slowly.
      So if you like family life scenes, you should forget your Fuji.
      And… also if you like children shooting, animals shooting,…

      I’ve got a D700, it works very very good. I’ve got the Fuji Xe1 too… unfortunately.
      I hate flash light. The Df like the D4 permit working in low light conditions for a noise/quality ratio unbeatable.
      So the Df should interest all Nikonist aware of the nikon quality products. Without the uncovenient of to small camera body.
      Each button as logical place, with a retro design and an up to date sensor.

      Like Fiat 500, like new Mini cooper, like the new beetle,…

      So try it and you will love it.
      For sure.

      Best regards.

      • Marc November 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm #


        … has a logical place…

      • HW November 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

        Just like this DF, Fuji X is not build for Sports/Wildlife photography.
        But if you think the af is slow even now, i bet you had not handled one before, especially those produced recently (XE2/X100s)?

        That said, I’m a canon user.. XD

    • Dan November 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Exactly, Michael. This thing is huge and the FF will only be an advantage for extreme landscape images that only 3-5% of humanity can discern. If you are printing extremely large images, bite the bullet and get a MF camera. Hate to pop the FF craze being pushed by camera manufacturers.

      • Andrew November 13, 2013 at 10:48 am #

        I used to think to same way. Logically, this line of thinking makes sense. Then I bought a D3, my first full-frame camera. There’s a feel to the out-of-focus areas that I haven’t been able to match with a DX camera. And the shift in the angle of view using each of my lenses if hard to describe, and equally hard to walk away from. After shooting full frame for a few years, I bought a D7000 for the video features. I haven’t been able to shoot it seriously because it’s not full frame. These might seem like petty issues to you, but the feel of my tools matters to me as a craftsman. Rent a full frame camera for a week and tell me if you still feel the same way.

      • Rachid January 12, 2014 at 10:11 am #

        If I want to print big, I grab the A7r. The Sony is smaller, lighter, has a much higher resolution sensor. Resize to 16mp and noise is about the same as the DF/D4. Personally I don’t see the need for this DF. It’s old tech in an ugly body.

  2. nixon lima November 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    the same sensor of D4??? wow!!!
    …Dear Santa:

    • Chase November 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      thats my real interest in it too

  3. sam November 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    It looks perfect, but only because there is NO video, will not be buying it. Really sad!

  4. Richard Southall November 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    A missed opportunity – should have ripped out all the auto modes and also got rid of the auto focus while they were at it. At least it hasn’t got that video crap that all new cameras are supposed to have (I am a photographer – I think in stills – who needs video crap anyway). Anyway, I have to wait to they make a true successor to the FM. Once they do that, I will order at least a couple of bodies for the practice (hopefully with the old D3X chip set – the best).

    • Chase November 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

      yeah – if they wanted to make a point – that would have been way cooler. and then make it lmited edition :)

    • MikeD November 8, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Go all the way and buy a film camera…I think FMs are still found on ebay

  5. Niel November 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I wouldn’t call the EXPEED 3 “latest and greatest” when another camera from the stable has already shipped with EXPEED 4 (the D5300).

    So while it seems like a likeable camera, it would have taken 24MP and a higher shutter speed to hold my full attention.

    It’s just not future proof enough.

    • Marc November 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      Excuse me Sir,

      what are you looking to buy?
      A chipset or an excellent (probably the best at the moment) image quality in an excellent body stuff?

      So for half the price the Df makes sense. Overall if you don’t need 11fps.

      Best regards

  6. Mike November 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    This looks to be a direct successor to the D700 in every regard. No extremely high resolution, no video, compact package, and very pleasing to look at and hold. I think photographers upgrading from a D700 will seriously consider this camera (maybe even more so than a D800)

    • stancung November 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      Never thought of it that way before. But it looks way more gentlemanly.
      Got my pennies saved for this.

      I’ll let Nikon stew over their + video version. Don’t need it in it’s current quality.

      Finally I can dump the idea of D3S/D4/D700/D800/D600/D610.
      DF it is.

    • Marc November 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      I’ve got the D700 and the Df is a serious, the most serious successor.

      • Craig Shipp November 12, 2013 at 6:45 am #

        I think I will keep my D700 thank you!

  7. Mathias November 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    I had the opportunity to play with one today. Aperture dial feels horrible. Totally placed wrong. Other than that the camera is pretty decent. The fact that it have the red “focusdots” and “focus lines” in the VF bothered me.. But again. This is a preference thing.

  8. Anonymous November 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    aperture dial? there is no aperture dial

    • Anonymous November 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      There is a dial right beside the Df logo. On that part, I applause to Nikon.

  9. Andreas Timm November 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Looks awesome and I belive in great tools helping creativity. Only downside seems to be the missing video.

    But overall: I want it!!!! :-)
    – a Canon user

  10. JM November 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Gimmick: noun. An ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal.

  11. Anonymous November 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    is it weather proof?

    • Chase November 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      good question – haven’t heard. anyone know?

  12. WAYNE November 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Nice to see the old retro style back, but it’s already got proven competition in the market with fantastic image quality- the Fuji x series…
    One little detail about this Nikon missed…. For what it is it’s too damn expensive!! – in the UK it’s retailing at around £2749.00 GBP- that’s nearly £1000.00 GBP too expensive–it’s needs to fit the market it’s competing against…
    Nice looking and nostalgia grabs me but way too pricey.

    • Chase November 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      yeah. competitors have similar (although not the great sensor this has) for much less. personally i’d invest in this for the sensor if it adequately delivers on the stuff i outline above. but not unless it does

      • stancung November 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

        The sensor is mighty attractive. I will definitely pick up lets say a D800/D610 to take the knocks for real work. LOL

        You never know- it might just be better to carry this one around for the retro look.

  13. Matthew Kieffer November 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    It is weather sealed (saw that question) to the same level as the D800. The AF module is from the D600/D610 so it should be snappy for street walking.

    Outside of my reasons for purchasing one: I think it would make a good camera for an aspiring professional that has some $$. I feel the controls will help beginners understand the relationship of shutter, aperture, and ISO as it pertains to exposure values. Short of putting a rabbit at the high end of the shutter dial and a turtle at the other, it is straightforward.

    The 58mm 1.4g is more important right now. Outside of that, heck yeah I want one. You can walk around and snap some great shots, then grab a table and enjoy a coffee or some lunch. You will not look out of place with this and a 50mm. A D4 raises some questions. It stands out too much. You think everyone is out to jack your gear and everyone thinks you are working for a journal or casing the joint.

    • Mark January 12, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Dude, this thing weighs almost 800 grams, and that’s without a lens attached! And it’s not a particularly small camera. Not my idea of a nice camera for everyday snapshots or something to walk around with for hours.

  14. Paul Reynolds November 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Bummer. D600 autofocus = no bueno.

  15. Lars November 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    If you didn’t shoot in the 20th century, you won’t get it. It’s about the viewfinder, the dials, lack of plastic and a kick ass sensor. Considering this is absolutely a pro camera, the price isn’t too bad.

  16. Chris November 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    This is a really expensive toy. If I had some extra cash burning a hole in my pocket, this would be a great “fun” camera. If I wanted the same retro experience for street shooting, I would probably get a Leica M9 with Summ f/2 and call it a day. A Nikon is a working man’s camera. I see a lot of baby boomers eating up the pre-orders then a bunch of Dfs on ebay next year for $1800-2300 (the proper price). Right now, grab a refurbished D600 for $1499 and have a superior camera with video. My 2 cents. Love your work Chase.

  17. Jay November 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Sorry what’s the BTS rig? Backup Travel System maybe?
    I’ll stick with my Olympus OM-D EM-5 for a small camera for now. It has video and amazing in body stabilization to go with it. (makes it great for hand held video!)

    • Chase November 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

      behind-the-scenes. aka your point and shoot for non mission critical work.

  18. Rollin Stanton November 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    It is truly unfortunate that so many people believe that bigger and faster is always better. If you shoot a lot of sporting events, this is not your camera and will never be. If you are looking for high pixel counts(20 mega +) this is not your camera.

    But if you are looking to return to the technical aspects of capturing images, are trying to avoid the complexities involved with setting specific exposure conditions, if you have a no need to shoot video, or simply want to have more control of your camera shooting environment, this may be a possibility.

    Based on the marketing brochures, the structure of this camera is along the same lines as the D800 and D4, with full magnesium frame, so comparing it to the D600 is apples and oranges. It uses the same sensor as the D4, and I have not seen any comments that disparage the D4 for only having 16 megapixels. The basic guts of the D4, D600, D800 and Df are identical. The first three were released within 6 months of one another, with only sensor and firmware differences, the Df just follows in these footsteps, but gives something to those of us who prefer a more hands on approach to capturing images. Four cameras with four different purposes. Pick the one that suits you needs and pay your money. All cameras are expensive, but if you must have the specific capabilities they offer you have no choice, bite the bullet and make your purchase, be it Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad or whatever.

  19. paul November 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    i hope they make more cameras with out video ,,, i don’t want video in all my photography cameras, ill buy just for that reason alone

  20. christian November 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    thanks for some common sense, the Df has seen some bullshit reviews. Personally I think it has a market, but the camera should be aimed more towards the top of the line. With an autofocus layout pretty much centered, it’s a miss for me. Looking at the claim ‘pure photography’ you should be able to carefully compose your image and not be limited to have almost centered autofocus points. I’m sure a lot of D800 / D4 shoothers are looking for a nice, smaller camera they can use with their smaller primes, but taking a step back on some crucial features is not the way to go.

  21. tony November 8, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    seeing the comments to various sites makes me finally see why camera companies are actually going backward in terms of image quality, and not forward. I’m not really knocking the new df. Let’s get down to it, IT”S THE IMAGE SENSOR DUMMIES! but the complaints are there that make no sense, dummies asking for 24 megapixels, they want this and that. Expeed 3 but no 4? someone mentioned a D5200? Are you kidding me? 24MP FF sensors have pixels that are almost exactly the same sizes as 12MP APS-C sensors, so why do you all want 24MP FF so bad?

    There are photographers out there known as event photographers, not some guy with a hobby. Light is horrid, carrying a huge flash is a pain, and often to be honest, you just don’t want a flash in people’s faces. The image sensor in the D4 is amazing, and just within a hair of the mightly D3S, but the slight bump in resolution gives you some wiggle room to crop. It’s the perfect compromise. I don’t own one because I work part time, and 6 grand US dollars is tough to swallow when used FF D700 bodies go for a song these days.

    This camera for about half the price of the D4 is what it’s all about. So all the crybabies that want something smaller, or with more pixels your cameras already exist, go buy them. I shoot with an old Sony A700 and a Fuji X100, The Sony is fine, the Fuji is great for being so small, but I need better. A used D700 is what I’m looking at now, with this df making my list when the price softens just a bit. The fuji X100 will still be my personal carry around because let’s face it, that camera rocks. Honestly I don’t care about brands, if Sony or Fuji deliver FF with a pixel count below 24MP, I will seriously consider it, I want better pixels not more crappy ones.

    • Jeremy November 8, 2013 at 5:23 am #

      Well said!

  22. faisal November 8, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    Looks old school but should work very well.

  23. Felix November 8, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    At work, there are about 10 people with Canon 5Ds. Not a single person has shot video with them yet. The fact that it does not shoot video is not a deal breaker for me.

    Yes, it is larger than an Olympus OMD, but it has an optical viewfinder. I think it is a great camera for everyday use. For sports, I use my D4, for weddings and studio work, I use my D800, but for everything else, it will be the Df.

  24. John November 8, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    If this camera had video it would suck and you know it… Then you would complain the video was not that great…. I respect that nikon Left the video out of the camera for the purpose of it to feel like a ” classic ” not a piece of shit with the video fuction.

  25. jac November 9, 2013 at 3:25 am #

    i am getting pretty tired of all the people who know this camera isn’t for them posting really negative opinions about it on all the Nikon Df pages. its a very DOWN attitude to take. They really just come across as having very inflated egos that must defend their opinion at great cost- even to the point of sounding like a jerk or an idiot. what is the point of all that? it doesn’t change a thing and its not uplifting conversation. ITS COMPLAINING and WHINING. get over it already. if you don’t want to buy it, then don’t buy it.

    • Brian November 11, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      I completely agree. From my point of view, video and pop up flashes have no value. I have a Panasonic GH2 for that, but I never use them. The vast majority of us AREN’t professionals like Chase. I don’t drive nails into my cameras. But I do like the feel of metal bodies.

      For the pixel-peepers, rumor has it that the D900E will have wings and a built in wheeled camera case.

      I have a D700 and the DF may be the replacement.

  26. Taildraggin November 9, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    The X100 came out as a faux Leica and the OM-D was sold as a “digital OM-1″. Both with external dials and retro styling. (A pentaprism on a mirrorless camera?) Nikon copied their product marketing.

    Nikon is going after a market niche that wants something like a Leica – a simple(r), dedicated, low light, walk-about camera.

    Its feature list is too short to win web battles. The pro system Sony A7 (with 2 lenses available in the system) ‘beats’ it, handily.

    • Brian November 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

      NOT interested in winning web battles. Interested in taking great photos.

  27. Sara May November 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Sure is pretty and I’m stoked to give it a try! Just not sure it’s worth the price tag. I’m going to rent it before buying.

  28. JVA November 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I shoot lots of sports – it will do as a backup to my D4. Not for sure about how it will do on the other side of things…. and my Leica M (type240). Will I use the M less?

  29. Devorah November 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    I shoot 2 D800’s professionally. I love the idea of this camera, but really, ONE CARD SLOT? Whether you use the second slot as a backup, as I do, or to store jpegs for quick retrieval (wedding day slide show, etc), that slot has become something I wouldn’t want to be without. Chase, would you really give up the second slot now that you’re used to it? Seems like such a lame thing for them to have left off.

  30. Art B November 11, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Kinda reminds me of the Apple Cube. Pretty, but is it practical. Not a tool.

  31. robin preston November 11, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Dom, you speak from the heart, lets all get back to photography.

  32. Eric Reichbaum November 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    I got to test this camera out the day it came out, and I came away with two opinions: 1. It looks and feels great. 2. It is not easy to use. Every dial on the camera has a little locking button that you have to press in order to change the setting. Change the ISO? gotta unlock it first. Change the shutter speed? Gotta hit that unlocking button first. This means that you have to use both hands to change any setting, making it impossible to change your settings quickly. Something most photographers have to do a lot of the time so you don’t miss your shot. It’s a great nostalgic peice for rich old photographers, but I couldn’t imagine anyone with a normal income purchasing this over a “real” DSLR. If you want the retro look, shoot film.

  33. Shauna Ploeger November 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Reminds me of my first Nikon film camera. The fact that this has the D4 sensor at 1/2 the cost pushed me over the edge. I just bought one today and I can’t wait for the UPS guy to show up (not delivering until the 28th). Curious to see how functional it is but not gonna lie, I find it’s retro style very appealing.

  34. juice November 12, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    this camera is a fail, but of course you need to write a good word on it and add those amazon referral links to cash in.. like the internet says, dont drink the chasejarvis juice

  35. Carrie November 13, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    I agree the lack of video could be a problem, but I can say I’ve only shot video on my DSLR maybe 2 times in the last 3 years. I am a Nikon shooter and it was also my first film SLR, maybe that is why I’m all about the Df I wrote a {gushing} blog about it too. Oh Lord….won’t you buy me…a Nikon Df http://blog.infotrends.com/?p=13133 :)

  36. Andy November 14, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Does this have any options with regards to a battery grip? I want to be able to shoot adventure sports with this, but I’m worried it won’t be a good fit for that…


  37. Durban Wedding Photographer November 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    I love the whole OLD SCHOOL look of this camera. . . but that’s pretty much it. I really don’t understand why Nikon chose to do a hybrid of analogue and digital controls? A bit of a gimmick if you ask me. . . Trying to compete with Leica perhaps?? A FAILED attempt!!

  38. Anthony Cull November 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    BTS rig you will be so disappointed there is no way to do this.

  39. Tom Rigde November 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    This camera, I believe, will fill a well-defined gap in my equipment needs. I am a scientist (ecologist) and use photogrammetry to record field data (forest floors quadrats). I use a D3X for all tripod recording (as I need high resolution plus the voice memo), but at the same time I need a handheld to capture a range of other image information. The D610 and D800 don’t’ have high enough ISO (I’m in forests), and the D4 is too heavy. I’ve ordered one. I couldn’t care less about what it looks like — I want a simple camera (I don’t use half the controls on the D3X) with superb ISO and a rugged body with good battery life. Sold. Yours, Tom.

  40. Scott Youmans November 23, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I am amazed at the level of polarization in the comments about this camera. “It only has 39 focus points so it’s unacceptable”. Really? I seem to recall a time not long ago when a fraction of that number served us quite well. There’s a lot more to AF than the number of focus points. And that’s just one example. If you like the user interface of typical modern DSLRs there are plenty to choose from. If you prefer a more hands on approach and the aesthetics of the classic cameras of the past then this would be a very nice choice. Personally I’ve been hoping Nikon would produce something like this ever since DSLRs started being produced. In fact I never really liked the trend away from the MF body styles when AF was introduced. I own both Canon and NIkon bodies and for much of what I do they are exceptionally functional. When I need speed I use an EOS-1D Mark IV. For resolution I have a D800e. I love them both for different reasons. When I want to take my time and enjoy the process of taking photos I will most likely use my Df (on order). I have some beautiful old Nikon lenses that I will enjoy using on this body. The D4’s sensor will be better than anything else I own for low light situations and plenty of pixels for most everything else. I was not unhappy with the results I was getting with my D3s with “only” 12 MP. 39 AF points are more than enough. More often than not I use the one in the middle and recompose if I need to. 5.5 fps is also just fine for 90% of the situations I’ll use this body for. To me photography is an art, not just a mad rush to crank out as many photos as I can in the least amount of time. I realize some people need to do that to make a living and there are many great pieces of equipment designed to do that. I want to enjoy the process from beginning to end. The tools I use are chosen partly on the basis of their aesthetics as long as they do what I need. It’s a lot like choosing a musical instrument. A synthesizer does a hell of a lot more than a Steinway and yet some people just like the look and feel of the Steinway. I suspect there are more than a few Leica shooters out there that wouldn’t give them up because of the way they are built. I grew up using MF Nikon bodies and love the way they look and feel. I still have a few and would love to use them but I much prefer digital at this point. I am looking forward to having the incredible capability of a top notch digital camera with the aesthetics and functionality of the earlier Nikon bodies.

  41. Kyle Durigan November 26, 2013 at 10:11 am #


    I love the retro design. I think it looks sexy and clean and brings the photographer back to the “raw” side of photography. All the dials make sense as they did back in film days. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new pro cameras out there, but when handling them, I feel that false sense of “just snap it and everything will work itself out”. The Df looks great and has all those controls ready to be touched and turned. You have to look at what you want and in doing so you are repeating the settings in your hand. All you need is a nice manual lens, say the 55mm 2.8 macro and it will be a great day to go walk around and shoot while still feeling like you have actually created the shot from the ground up.

    Professionally for run and gun, it wont work well, but I dont think Nikon had that purpose in mind for this little thing.

  42. Sumantri November 28, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    I have some prime lens with D300 and F2 camera ( yes it still working!). The DF is a perfect blend of both for me. I also have Fuji X system that taught me to take different approach before shooting so I dont worry much of the complicated dials in Df. Lightweight Full frame, D4 sensor, in retro looks, thats all I asked. Yes, I’ll buy it but not as early adopter if there is any flaw or QC problem like d600. I think the reasons why Nikon introduced the Df is to stop people like me from trying and jumping to another system, and at the same time the Df will push back to enjoying pure photography rather than following the trends of simple photography where iphone rules the instagram. Df is not there to replace your professional tools, but only to enjoying pure photography.

  43. Jozef Povazan December 14, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    If it can focus properly in low light so the advantage of D4 sensor can be used then I am in. If not then D3s would be mine another body to look for I guess for the same price…

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