Nikon Df Hands-on Review

Not content with just the fine range of full-frame DSLRs such as the D600, D800, D800E and D4, Nikon has released this retro-ish DSLR – the Df (…

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25 thoughts on “Nikon Df Hands-on Review

  • January 7, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Happy New Year! New year, new Nikon – enjoy the vid and come up with your
    own opinion of what “Df” stands for: Nikon Df Hands-on Review

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  • January 7, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Df = Delightful Fantastic… This is not for young photographers who have
    grown up on the melted-butter rounded all look-alike SLRs or DSLRs. No this
    is for photographers like me. I had a Nikon FM from 1977 (still have it
    actually) and it rarely left my eye until I got Nikon F3hp with MD-4 in
    1983. I shot over 150,000 photographs with that F3hp until I stupidly
    allowed myself to be drawn into digital in 2006. Think about that for a
    second… I shot through the same camera body for 23 years. Now in the DSLR
    world your body is only good for 5 years max. I miss using my F3hp, but
    film is just so hard now. For years I’ve wished for something like the Df.
    In my opinion they did not go retro enough. Put in a nice bright
    split-image viewfinder, take away AF, the monitor and rear buttons… Give
    me just the same controls; all analog as my beloved F3hp. Photography has
    been ruined by the rear monitor. You can never learn to be truly great
    unless you have trial and error. Make me wait till I get home and download
    to my Mac. Real pure still Photographers make their camera an extension of
    their body. As a 50 year old photographer, to me the May be the first step
    in a dream of many of my generation. The Df is comfortable… Please
    Nikon… Keep them coming!

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  • January 7, 2014 at 6:23 am

    When do we learn to accept the fact that you can’t relive the past? You can
    try, and you will try, but it will never feel quite the same.

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  • January 7, 2014 at 7:19 am

    You should have ended this review by dumping this abortion (the DF) in a
    back alley dumpster.

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  • January 7, 2014 at 7:51 am

    My experience with the Nikon Df is exactly the opposite of this review. I
    agree the camera has some quirks and is not for everybody. However, it is
    not a bad camera design—as Kai chose to portray it. The camera has
    marvelous high-ISO capability, the best of a 35mm-sized camera (bar none),
    can use virtually any f-mount lens made by Nikon since 1959, is lighter and
    smaller for easy daily carry, has weather sealing equivalent to a Nikon
    D800, and is not a fat cookie-cutter DSLR, looking like all the other
    DSLRs. The appearance of the Df is great and does make people ask about the
    camera when they see it in public. The external dials are highly
    functional, especially for a photographer with lenses having aperture
    rings. If you are old enough to remember using film Nikons of old, the
    camera will feel very natural in your hands. If you are unable to deal with
    ignoring the shutter speed dial when using aperture priority mode (like
    Kai), you probably ought to stick with standard DSLRs. This is a polarizing
    camera and one either loves it or hates it. I feel it quite silly that Kai
    did not present a more balanced review of the camera, like Chris Nicholls
    of TheCameraStoreTV or Steve Huff did. For a real review of the camera, see
    those reviewers. Otherwise, enjoy Kai’s negative, profane, sarcastic, and
    quite flawed presentation.

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  • January 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

    wow…..for a nikon fan he really gave this a kicking…..i can totally see
    what he means tho

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  • January 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Sorry, but I just do not understand these “retro” cameras. A DSLR is not
    and will never be a retro camera, period, so why try to make it like one?
    Especially when some of the dials and whatnot make it less useable compared
    to other DSLRs. 

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  • January 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

    What we actually want and need is a digital AE-1.
    No fancy crap. Just the original body with a good sensor.

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  • January 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I didn’t expect out of Kai, first not positive review of this camera i’ve
    seen. But i find it very honest so great job Kai.
    Df = Doesn’t film

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  • January 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Kai nicely captures the zeitgeist of the Df, at least the negative side.
    Hilariously, I might add. Do I agree? Pretty much. By retaining
    compatibility with at least four generations of F-mount lenses, “Auto”,
    “Ai”, “AF”, and “G” the Df is necessarily far too complex a camera to pay
    anything but lip-service to its traditional roots.

    #nikon #nikondfcamera 

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  • January 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Really, such a wasted chance. I love the actual concept, but even if I
    could afford one I wouldn’t buy this, simply for the compromised
    ergonomics/controls. The AF doesn’t even bother me that much, but if I have
    all those manual dials, I want them to DO SOMETHING in every shooting mode.
    How hard would it have been to take away the mode dial altogether, simply
    include an “auto” setting on all relevant dials plus maybe a “quick
    snapshot” button for instant full-auto action, and have at it without a
    care in the world, just like on an analog camera? Also, why is it so hard
    to figure out an indirect electronic control for aperture, maybe a rotating
    ring around the lens mount? This is just so half-arsed in terms of
    analog-feeling controls.

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  • January 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this review longer than a pedophile waits for Sunday
    School to let out!

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  • January 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    The amount of sarcasm in this video…. I love it.

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  • January 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    LOL…hilarious. Way better than the watered down suckup “negative” review
    from DPReview.
    Nikon is lucky Kai didn’t get the silver one…that feels cheapy (if you’ve
    ever held Canon’s Rebel, you’d know what I mean…metallic silver in
    plastic just doesn’t feel right)…

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  • January 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Nikon Df
    Nikon Dafuq or what was Nikon thinking?

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  • January 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Oh strange, Kai didn’t have a hard-on for a non-Canon product.

    Ah no wait, that’s digital rev for you. Carry on!

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  • January 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’m a Canon guy but I see that the Nikon Df has some pretty good reviews
    and ratings at B & H.

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