The new Nikon Df is beautiful

Discussion in 'Other Interchangeable-Lens Systems' started by Yeats, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Nikon-Df-blakc-and-silver.

    http://nikonrumors.com/2013/11/04/this-is-the-nikon-df.aspx/


     
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  2. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Oh dear ! !
     
  3. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    yes, that camera looks amazing (and probably performs fantastic too).
    I won't be able to afford to buy one (with all the lenses I'd need to buy). But maybe one day... in a few years... :)
    (and if I'm honest, I already have all the stuff I "need" - and more... But we all know that story ;) )
     
  4. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Kirk Tuck had a recent blog post about how, at least in his opinion, the camera companies are trying harder and harder to appeal to a graying audience by catering to their memories of retro camera designs.

    Case in point.
     
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  5. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    If the AF speed is anything good, this will be AWEFULLY tempting.
     
  6. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Yep . It's working too. Clever Nikon chappies.
     
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  7. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Couldn't agree with you more!

    The camera looks fantastic, but why does it need to be a DSLR? People aren't buying Fuji and Olympus cameras just because they look retro. They are buying them because they have innovative technology, great IQ and are much smaller and lighter than DSLRs. It seems like a failed opportunity by Nikon, especially after looking at Sony's more aggressive release (of course, not many people like the looks of the A7/R).
     
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  8. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry

    I don't even care if it works !
    It looks nice :)
     
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  9. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Counterpoint: As a guy with only a tiny sprinkling of greys up on the roof, I look at a camera like this and, yes, admire the front of it. But the front view isn't going to get me buying it. With gets my britches tight is the top plate... namely the dedicated, labeled, metal controls. And it's not really just an aesthetic thing, hence my bothering to reply here. It is incredibly useful to have damned labeled, REAL controls for the things I use constantly. Only thing missing is the Ap ring on that lens... I'm sure it's accessible somewhere easy, but everything else is right there and not an assignable button or whatever. ISO ring, +/- 3 EV, shutter speed. Direct, manual input controls with labels. I've come to expect it on cameras now at some level. I am angry when I handle a camera that doesn't make those things easy to see and control, like being in a car where the steering wheel is hidden under the emergency brake lever or something.
     
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  10. krugorg

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    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    :biggrin: Okay, I give up, I just preordered.
     
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  11. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    I haven't read the Kirk Tuck article, but I don't think the retro look applies exclusively - or even primarily - to the graying crowd. The so-called "retro look" includes legitimate design and handling benefits.

    Nikon already has a mirrorless system. They probably don't want to compete with themselves at this stage.
     
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  12. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Congrats on that... most of my shingles have blown off!
     
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  13. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    This. Dismissing the trend as superficial throws out the functional baby with the stylistic bathwater.
     
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  14. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    BTW I have plenty of gray hairs. Thanks to those things called genes. And kids.

    It is a sharp looking camera and I completely agree on the idea of moving commonly used controls to the exterior as physicals controls.

    But... it's another DSLR. I'm telling you, if this had been mirrorless FF it could have knocked the wind out of Sony.
     
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  15. macjim

    macjim SC Regular

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    Jun 20, 2011
    Couldn't agree more, what an ugly looking camera. Nikon has taken retro to a new level of unnecessary design with too many buttons, dials and over designed looks. In saying that though, I'm glad to see that FF cameras are now coming nearer to the enthusiasts reach as I've said for years, FF sensors should be available to all photographers and not just for the 'Professional' photographer. At least this is another option that will force other manufacturers to produce FF cameras to compete — roll on Fujifilm bringing out an X-Pro camera with FF,


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  16. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Oh god, my heart just skipped a beat.
     
  17. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    I think mirrorless would be antithetical to the "pure" purpose of the Df. This camera "doesn't even do video".

    I don't know about users of other brands, but there are a number of Pentax users who have been vocal in wanting a digital reincarnation of the K1000. This Nikon seems closest to that ethos.

    "Only" 16 MP is real interesting.
     
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  18. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    want one...
     
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  19. biglouis

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  20. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Still waiting for the digital OM-1, and not just a sorta retro look. Alas, probably never gonna get it, so this is really interesting to me. At least until I get a closer look. OH! Nearly forgot. Takes money! Oh well I like the idea anyway. :smile:
     
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