About time to agitate for a Df2 methinks. I can make the difficult decisions for Nikon - give it two memory cards and up the build quality a bit to match top dollar price. Other than that, the D4 sensor seems fine as is. Perhaps someone can suggest a few other little tweaks to the fiddly wee bits inside. Oh and I would really like to buy it body only. What more do we need? Robin
The only 3 things physically I would change not including the focusing screen is
1. the PSAM button. I need to double check wich mode im in and with gloves I have to take them off.
2. the Meter mode I keep accidentaly changin it to spot when I remove it from the bag.
3. the Diopter, I keep changing it somehow as well but now I know at what setting to have it and I check it before I use the camera especially with a manual focus lens.
IDC too much about a second memory card but the stock option for a batter grip would be welcomed.
As for the !/8000, if there is that much light, and ou own the body today, my recommendation would be to purchase an 3-5stop ND filter for your most used lens in such lighting conditions.
It's built quality feels really good in my hands, but I would agree that a battery grip is a good addition.
I would welcome the 51-AF points. The AF speed is fine.
No need to invent a new body style if it does not solve a real world problem for the user.
Let Leica play the retro game - Nikon should stay focused on inventing and breaking new ground.
D800 made Canon shooters want to go to Nikon - Nikon should make more cameras like that.
If there even is a Df 2, I doubt it will change much. They might slap the D4s sensor in there and call it day.
I could dismiss every DX user because I think the sensors are too small. But half of this forum would be in uproar and rightfully so.
To criticize a business decision is another matter. But in that case, the burden of proof is on the person NOT investing the money. I will give one of the greatest camera companies in history the benefit of the doubt way before an opinion on an on-line forum.
I am not in the market for a mini D4 - the D800 is all the camera I need. In about 2 percent of my shooting I could use a D4. But that is beside the point.
I see a camera as a tool for taking pictures. The DF - to me - does not bring anything to the Nikon lineup that is not already there. OK you change settings in a different way with the DF - but is it a better way? I don't think so.
To make a long story short - I think Fuji is doing a better job at going retro. I could understand a digital F3 that would let you use old MF lenses - focus screen like the F3.
But you are right - we all want something different - I only gave you my opinion on the matter. I respect that your opinion may differ.
All the best.
But they do love to introduce more models with silly differences between them.
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IMHO Nikon's job is to produce the best camera for a given purpose and price point, not to provide every single possible combination of differentiated features to fill all market segments.
So let's take this hypothetical Df version 2 as an example. Nikon has two broad options (among others):
1. Option 1: as suggested above, make multiple variants to maximize unit sales. Df-S with low MP and high fps + ISO. Df-X with high MP sensor. Df-M monochrome. Df-lite, a cheaper model, maybe with a DX sensor. Df-T is a premium "Titanium" model. Df-HP with high eye-point. And lets not forget, the Nikon Df 100 year anniversary edition in 2017. (***)
2. Option 2: Nikon thinks hard about the Df philosophy -- what is this camera is supposed to be about -- and decides on ONE model that perfectly fits this role. Stop trying to please everyone, Nikon already has 19 other models for them to choose from. Make the best damn Df version 2 achievable given a target price point.
Personally, I vote Option 2.
(***) Yes I'm being facetious, but Nikon has actually produced many variants similar to these in the past.
Today im using the D800 for the street photos of the USA soccer fans. My first choice would be the DF to be light incognito and since I didnt get hired for the job its mostly personal use all while having an FX sensor.
The D800 comes out today since the end of may because I have 4 batterries for it plus several AA batteries for the battery grip. I'll probably wont need all of the firepower but my option is there and thats what I'll shoot today.
Just like the D800/D800e option. Nikon probably figured one d810 was enough vs a D810/D810e
Does anybody want video on the DFv? I have probably recorded less than 5 events or clips with the d90/d7000/d800
I'm happy with this DF concept not only that its a conversation starter and I also pass out my cards to those old school photographers or even the same age group as me. For me its a win win situation.
I actually have received emails from a passed out card. Its great what this Digital Fusion is doing with me.
If I want to use video (say the hotsprings in Yellowstone) and don't have a D800, I will use my Coolpix A.
Let's see... low mp vs high mp, video or not, silver or black. Based on these three "deal breaking" factors alone, Nikon must make eight (8) different variants of just the Df, or they will perish in bankruptcy!!
Yes I'm still being facetious.
Equally ridiculous is recreating an already existing body with just a different shell. Make it different.
Quite frankly I would rather Nikon grab the D4s or even Sony's 12mp sensor and slap that into it or something similar. The body is intended for available light shooting - put in the best available light sensor available. Leave video out or make it basic, put the D800/D4 AF module left overs in to hold cost down, and put a smaller lcd screen in and add more customizable buttons. Trim the bling off to bring it down in price by $1,000.