Ok ladies and gents, now that the Nikon Df is officially announced. Let us have our comments and feed back here.
To begin with, here are some sample image for us to have a healthy conversation about.
Nikon Df 70-200 F/4 1/400 ISO 1000 @ f/4.0Larger image size
Nikon Df 70-200 F/4 1/1000 ISO 1600 @ f/4.0 -1/3EVLarger image size
Nikon Df 70-200 F/4 1/500 ISO 1000 @ f/5.6Larger image size
Nikon Df 70-200 F/4 1/400 ISO 3200 @ f/8.0 +7/3EVLarger image size
Nikon Df 50 1.8 (SE) 1/1250 ISO 100 @ f/8 -1EVLarger Image size
Nikon Df 105 2.8 Micro 1/320 ISO 400 @ f/8 +2/3EVLarger image size
Nikon Df 58 1.4G 1/3200 ISO 100 @ f/1.4 +1/3EVLarger image size
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but I am please ( for Nikon ) to see demand is predicted to exceed supply
I'd be OK with a price up to about £1800-2000 (still higher than the US) but nudging £3k is taking the pi$$ (quite literally the $$ or rather the ££).
Maybe when they do an update.
I am looking forward to trying the new UI - it may be a good idea to offer old style UI as an option.
Will I dump my D800 for a DF? Don´t think so. Would I consider one as first FX camera? Yes
As for price. Looks fair to price it between D610 and D800. I would not pay more than D800 for one.
Like D800 this camera is not for everyone.
I just can't get over the mental pricing for the UK.
why will I not buy it:
- PRICE, it's $750 over the price it should have, for $2496 I can have all what I need for street photography: a7 + zeiss 35mm, and still have some $253 for some additional accessories,
- BATTERY: how big idiot you have to be at Nikon to sell a semipro camera with D5300 battery... if I have to carry another battery, than I can carry another battery from another manufacturer - sony...
- no optional battery grip - at least no information about this
"The Nikon Df continues that legacy of excellence and innovation. It incorporates our outstanding 39-point autofocus system with 9 highly accurate cross-type sensors that work all the way down to f/8........
When shooting with the LCD display in Live View mode, the Nikon Df uses fast contrast-detect AF, operating at the same speed as the flagship D4, and can display your composition at up to 19x for accurate focus confirmation—perfect for tripod shooting."
I am more asking a question than trying to say the AF is second rate, the only difference I really see is 39 AF points Vs I think 51 AF points in the D4. If the speed is the same and I can focus down to f/8 I can deal with it, normally I only use the center focus point anyway (but in AF 3D tracking mode can help with more focus points). Just my 2 cents.
I am more and more taken by the looks of it every time I look at it - beautiful.
Talking about the camera itself there are a couple of things I don't understand from the specs...
1.What is the "manual focusing mode"?
2.Will it be possible to change ISO via the normal back dial as well as the top plate?
That being said, that is still as near as makes no difference $3,500 in the UK, a good $750 (about £460) more expensive in the UK than the US!
I can see this as a D700 replacement- nice looking outer shell and a D4 sensor in a D610 body.
But I can't justify this purchase. I can certainly see the appeal for people who don't want 36 mp though.
Really I'd argue you can see a trend across lots of Nikon high end releases, the price in the UK starts high but then falls further than the US(taking out VAT) faster. If you imported a US Coolpix A or a D800 into the UK today for example and paid VAT on them it would cost more than buying them here.
The lesson is surely...
As for the European prices, it is downright stupid. For the price in DK, I can travel to NY, pick up the camera, unpack and use it so it doesn't look "new", and take it back to DK (avoiding the VAT), and still have money left (after ticket and hotel costs)... I live in Greenland so I do not have any VAT, but for my European friends that is an option.
However, even at the US price, it is still too expensive, for a camera which is not technically superior to the D800/D800e, and not a good "second" camera (as the handling and accessories are entirely different), it is a pass for me. I'd rather by a D610, save the money, and have a good backup to my D800...
Looks nice though - but face it, if it was looks we went for, we wouldn't run around with big clunky DSLRs in the first place:)
Read NFR the most common complaint about the D800 is that it has "too many mega pixels"
so they do read NRF after all
will the moaners about "too many mega pixels" buy the Df ? of cause not, they cant even afford a new computer let alone a new camera
Anyways, for the price difference you could buy a brand spanking new MacBook Pro (fully loaded), and then 40MB vs 100MB files makes no difference:)