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Nikon Df

web surfing camera stuff and ended up at the Nikon web site....
I found a really unique dslr, model Df, that is a total dslr retro body in an fx format...
it really looks cool and you could really blow some of the wannabees and even pros turning up at a shoot, or just shooting street scenes with this body...
it's really pretty cool...
check it out....

The Real White Dog

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  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,412 AG
    I have rented one. Great shoot in the dark camera because it has the same sensor as the D4. The camera was way too expensive when introduced, but Nikon wanted to protect the price of the D4 and Nikon wanted to exploit the retro look of the camera. The first price was $2,700, half of what the D4 cost. Frankly, even at first cost, it was access to the sensor at half price.

    When I rented it, I used it for pre-sunrise landscapes at the beach, start trails, Milkyway, and street photography.

    Great street photography camera - probably what it is best for - if you are old and know what zone-focus is. :)

    One of these bodies with 35mm f/1.4 is great for street.

    It was fine on the stand (tripod) for landscape.

    It is a little slow shooting because of dial and menu layout.

    Now one can be bought for around $1,700 (body.)

    One huge advantage is Nikon set up the flange so it can be used with really old, pre-ais lenses.
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    I just think the whole concept is really cool...
    the retro look, it's classic, and the electronics are not that far off of brand new tech...

    I'd love to see canon introduce a dslr in a F1n or maybe an AE-1 body....
    people watching you would think you're some kind of old geezer with an analogue tv and an old volvo....
    in the fall and winter one could even wear a corduroy jacket with patches on the elbows...
    The Real White Dog

    if you can't catch a fish...catch a buzz....
    #12976, joined 8-17-2002
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,412 AG

    The Olympus OM-D E5 or 10 matches up nicely with a film-sized DSLR like the old Spotmatic. Not bad cameras either.

    As for the Df, I will watch for the price to come down a bit yet, When the prices for a decent one get between $1,400 and $1,500 I probably won't be able to resist. I can wait though because it will be an additional toy, not a substitute. Also, it quite a bit thicker, front to back than a film DSLR, unfortunately. Quite a bit.
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