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Nikon Df camera and Nikkor Special Edition AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens announcement

Nikon-Df-announcement
The Nikon Df camera and a new Nikkor Special Edition AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens are now officially announced.

Nikon Df links:

Promo video:

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"A fusion of D4 image quality and lightweight mobility"

Nikon Df system:

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Nikon Special Edition AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens:

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Nikon Special Edition AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f:1.8G lens MTF chart

Nikon Special Edition AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f:1.8G lens design

Press release:

Fall in Love Again: New Df D-SLR is Undeniably a Nikon with Legendary Performance and Timeless Design

Photo Pros and Enthusiasts Alike Will Embrace the Lightweight FX-Format Df D-SLR, Which Strikes the Ideal Balance of Classic Iconic Style and Advanced Imaging Technology

MELVILLE, N.Y. – The new Nikon Df is a modern classic designed for those who have felt a connection to their camera, who revel in the idea of going out to photograph an unfamiliar location, and who know the effort and ultimate satisfaction that is part of getting the shot. Announced today, the Nikon Df is a unique, advanced-level D-SLR that harmonizes Nikon heritage and modern performance in a lightweight and very capable FX-format camera. The new Df pays homage to the enduring style and controls of Nikon’s distinguished “F” series of 35mm film cameras, yet features technology similar to Nikon’s professional flagship D4 D-SLR. Released alongside the similarly styled AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens, Nikon’s newest FX-format D-SLR presents a versatile and reliable option to help passionate photographers truly achieve their creative vision.

“Nikon cameras have played an important role in documenting world history for the better part of 50 years, and have earned their position as a reliable tool that pros and enthusiasts can count on. The  Nikon Df represents much more than a storied legacy of cameras; it’s more about giving the user a chance to truly enjoy the experience of taking amazing images,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The design is unwavering, and the features are the latest in Nikon imaging technology. The Df brings together the best of yesterday and today for advanced full frame photographers.”

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A Classically Styled, Thoroughly Modern Masterpiece

From a robust feel, to mechanical dials and finely detailed craftsmanship, the Df embodies the very best of Nikon’s photographic legacy. The classically styled camera recalls design cues such as a recognizable pentaprism and top cover, which is now constructed of durable, lightweight magnesium alloy. The top of the camera features elegant yet sophisticated mechanical controls for settings, letting users feel the tactile reassurance of adjustments, such as a familiar click stop for shutter speed adjustment. Additional dedicated dials also control ISO, exposure compensation, release mode and exposure mode, while modern controls are also easily accessible. The intuitive control layout allows for quick and confident setting adjustment, yet retains a solid operational experience that “feels like a Nikon camera.”

The Df has been designed with an emphasis on familiar intricate details made famous from previous generations, including the leather-textured top and grip, along with the body mounted shutter button with a threaded release port. The design also recalls the slenderness of the previous generation’s cameras, making this the smallest and lightest FX-format camera in Nikon’s lineup.

It isn’t all about good looks though, as this enduring design is coupled with legendary performance to create a very capable and extremely appealing FX-format offering for professionals and enthusiasts.  The 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor of the Df is inherited from Nikon’s professional flagship D-SLR, the D4. The large 36 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor is praised for its ability to produce amazing image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Whether shooting landscapes, wildlife or weddings, the frames captured with the Df exhibit amazing clarity, accurate color and a broad dynamic range. In addition, Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine helps propel image quality, yielding images with a natural color and depth, all while enhancing subtle and nuanced tones.

Additionally, like the professional Nikon D4, the Df performs well in a wide variety of challenging lighting conditions with an exceptionally wide ISO range from 100 to 12,800, expandable to a staggering ISO 204,800. The combination of low noise and wide range make this an appealing camera to take on the challenges faced by photojournalists and event photographers, as well as those who enjoy the pursuit of extracting otherwise impossible images using natural light.

 A Feature Set for Passionate Photographers

The Nikon Df is engineered to enhance the experience of taking photos and represents a culmination of decades of experience and feedback from photographers in the field, the studio and the sidelines. From its proven AF system to modern connectivity and legacy lens compatibility, the Df contains the century’s best photographic features for an enjoyable all-day shooting experience.

AF System: The convenience and precision of Nikon’s 39-point AF system is proof-positive of the benefits of modern technology. With 39 selectable AF points throughout the frame for precise focus, the Df also features nine cross-type sensors, and seven AF points capable of working down to f/8. Users can also choose from a variety of AF area modes to match their shooting style: 9-point, 21-point, 39-point, 39-point with 3D Tracking and Auto Area AF.

Get the shot with 2016-Pixel 3D Matrix Metering and Scene Recognition System: This Nikon system analyzes each shooting scenario and determines proper camera settings, resulting in even exposures, accurate white balance and precise AF. To capture action sports, wildlife and other fast moving subjects, the Df has a continuous burst shooting rate of up to 5.5 frames-per-second (fps).

Compose with a 3.2-inch LCD Display and Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder: Users can easily compose through the high-resolution LCD screen or the bright optical viewfinder. The LCD screen has 921K-dot resolution, making it easy for users to adjust additional settings, review images or compose using Live View. Using the glass optical viewfinder, users will enjoy 100 percent accuracy and a bright field of view. What’s more, the shooting data presented through the viewfinder has also been updated and digitized.

Connect and Share Instantly: Another modern touch allows users to connect and share their images instantly using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter*(1). By connecting to a mobile device, users can download and share images or remotely fire the camera. 

Features for Creativity:  Photographing dramatic monochrome or vivid landscapes is easier with Nikon’s Picture Controls, which allow for the customization of color, saturation and tone. The Df also features built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) to combine multiple shots with enhanced tonal range, and two to five-frame auto-bracketing. For maximum control, images can also be captured in JPEG, TIFF or RAW file formats.

Support for a Storied NIKKOR Legacy: In addition to being compatible with all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D NIKKOR lenses, the Df is also compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass. Thanks to a new metering coupling lever located on the bayonet, the user has the ability to once again enjoy their lens collections with renewed functionality. Full-aperture metering is also supported.

Accessory System Support: The Df is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS), letting users take advantage of i-TTL exposure or fire multiple units remotely using a Speedlight commander. To remotely trigger the shutter, the camera also supports the new WR remote system, as well as the threaded AR-3 cable release, which screws in to the shutter button in the traditional style.

A Classic FX-Format Special Edition NIKKOR Prime

The new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens is the result of classic NIKKOR styling combined with today’s optics to create the ideal focal length companion lens for the Df. The design honors original NIKKOR Ai lenses, with colors, texture, and an aluminum mounting ring that is mated to the style of the Df. This lens is ideal for everyday portraiture, landscapes and casual photography, but offers a wide aperture and seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur and a dramatic depth of field. Despite the timeless design, the 50mm f/1.8G is created with modern AF-S design benefits to give photographers rapid response, quiet operation and excellent sharpness and clarity throughout the frame.                       

Price and Availability

The Nikon Df will be available in late November 2013, invoking classic Nikon silver and black color schemes. The suggested retail price (SRP) of the Df (body only) will be $2,749.95*, while the Df and 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition lens kit will have a SRP of $2,999.95*. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens will be sold separately for a SRP of $279.95*. For an additional flair of nostalgic style, Nikon is also offering black or brown leather carrying cases, the CF-DC6B and CF-DC6S (pricing and availability to be announced).

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  • heeya

    FIRST!

  • DistrictGopher

    Pros: it’s looks neat.
    Cons: it costs as much as a 85 1.8, 16-35 f4, and sigma 35 1.4 combined.

    Buy glass, people!

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Some of us already have the glass!

      • DistrictGopher

        We’re happy for you.

        • J. Dennis Thomas

          I’m happy for me.

      • neversink

        If you have the glass,like some of us do, then you have the camera (a D800 or a D4 or D700,) like some of us do. So why do you need this camera? I don’t get it, but I do think its marketing genius.

        • J. Dennis Thomas

          “So why do you need this camera? ”

          I write Nikon Digital Field Guides. I have a D5300 on the way too.

          • Would-be-photographer?

            Is this a good field to get into?

          • neversink

            I guess that means you have a great depth of field.

          • Zeke

            I haven’t seen the numbers, but I suspect field guide authors are a niche market.

    • neversink

      I see by the comments here, that suddenly everyone is disappointed. I am not disappointed as I never had any high expectations for this camera. If it feels and sounds like Madison Avenue hype, then it probably is hype. Not that it won’t take astounding pics, but why do we need it. Wouldn’t Nikon have done a better job if they had created a lower-end body, similar to what the D700 body was to the D3s????

      • this_isnt_real

        that is exactly what this is…are you kidding me? it’s in the same price point that the d700 was.

        • neversink

          No it’s not!!! This Df is missing a lot of controls the D4 has, let alone the D700. sorry, but if it’s for you, buy it and enjoy it.

          • this_isnt_real

            controls? and what are they exactly? and you do realize if you need everything the d4 has you buy the d4. that’s why it exists. that’s why i have two flagship bodies and a d700.

            • neversink

              You are getting away from my post. I was comparing the D700 with the D3s and the Df with the D4, since these two examples sport identical bodies. The D700 is much more similar in function and compatible with the D3s than the Df is with the D4. Controls? You can read!!! Just do a comparison between the features on the D4 and the features on the Df. Then do the same comparison between the D3s and the D700. You should have a better understanding of what similarities and differences are.

  • bh_living
  • han.s0lo

    Is it confirmed to have/not have an AA filter?

    • jec6613

      At only 16 MP in FX, I hope that it does. The pixel density just isn’t high enough to do without one.

  • Pete Grady

    This is a disappointment…I don’t get the camera/price ratio here. Very strange except when reminded of the Nikon 1 and Coolpix A releases.

  • jec6613

    CIPA of 1400 shots on an EN-EL14a is impressive, to say the least. Anybody else think that they measured with a MF lens to get it that high?

  • Global

    Grandpa’s table, grandpa’s jacket, grandpa’s camera?

    I want this camera at the right price + video & uncrippled.
    Maybe the next version wont be a frankencam w/confused values.

    On the right track Nikon, but you failed at least this one customer.
    I really wanted this one to be the right cam; but its not & way overpriced.

    • Jim

      If you want video + more bells & whistles, this camera is absolutely not for you.

      • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

        And that’s why I’m not buying one.

    • Up $#!t’s creek!

      its to appeal to the nonagenarian market. apparently Nikon is banking on people living longer

  • Anonymous Coward

    I like how the beverage disappears from the fashion accessories photo depending on the market.

  • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

    Just wonderful!

    I will get mine somewhere next spring for certain. It’s beautiful, it takes all my lenses and has controls like no other!

    • neversink

      It’s actually missing some controls from other digital cameras. If you want to use old lenses, you can use most of them on a D4 or D800. If you want to take pics with film, dust off your old F2AS or your old Nikkormat or FM, and shoot some film with that so-called classic body. What can I say? I still think this camera is mostly hype. Yes, it has a great sensor, but not the flexibility of the D4.
      And don’t tell me how beautiful it is? Wasn’t Nikon putting out press releases just this year about the award-winning design of the D4 and how it won prestigious prizes for aesthetics as well as function.
      So suddenly, Nikon is now saying this Df design is the way to go.
      Does Nikon really believe we are a bunch of sheep???

      • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

        People, in a group, are a bunch of sheep. Any election year in the US should tell you that much.

  • matt jones

    it goes very well with tweed

  • Up $#!t’s creek!

    like the concept, not the price. This will be just like the NIkon 1, just wait for the prices to bottom out in a year

  • Killroy™

    NO split-prism focusing screen confirmed!!! Electronic rangefinder only.

    No buy for me!!!!

    • Up $#!t’s creek!

      That would have been pretty cool

    • sausage_grinder

      Yeah, what a disappointment. Same prism and screen as the D800, which is not adequate for quick, accurate manual focus.

      • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

        Thankfully the screen is easily changed to split screen and problem solved.

        • sausage_grinder

          I’d love a recommendation for a good screen if you have one.

          • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

            Brightscreen, Focussing screen, even KatzEye might make comeback someday (currently they only got for D700 of FX bodies).

            And of course, the ultimate Nikon option: take the screen from your film body! It may need adjusting but can be done. F6 focus screen for example works for DSLRs.

            • Killroy™

              All of those are cheap plastic screens that are not as accurate as the glass ones or even close to accurate compared to the F-series ones. Save your money.

              BTW… there is no way to adapt the old glass ones to new DSLR cameras due to the thickness…here is an example….

            • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

              Sorry to ruin your day but all those three companies mentioned provides excellent quality screens.

              Just to show how little you know: Focusing Screen (www.focusingscreen.com), for example, uses old Nikon screens (mostly F6) and trims them down to fit new digital Nikon bodies. Are you saying that Nikon have produced cheap, sub-standard and low quality screens for their high end bodies in the past?

            • Killroy™

              Yes, the F6 uses cheap thin screens. The above screen (on the left) is from the F5. And here is a little know secret, all the screens from the F2 to the F4 fit the F5 if you remove the glass and put it in the frame. The F6 got a whole new screen. A thin cheap screen. That is the only reason why they fit the DSLRs. Take a F6 screen and put it next to the F3 screens and tell me which is brighter and which has a better DOF. The F3 wins every time. All my F5s have F3 screens.The only reason I do that is that Nikon stopped putting K screens on the F5.

        • Killroy™

          If you mean third-party screen then I would recommend against it. They are not as accurate as the real ones. There is something with the thin plastic screens that are not as good as true glass ones like on the F series.

          • Joel

            Not only that, but you’ve got a good chance of interfering the bodies metering if the focusing screen cuts light transmittance more than the stock screen does.

            • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

              Metering can be marginally change but it can be compensated. It’s not a problem.

            • lobsterhat

              What? Metering isn’t done through the focusing screen.

          • Weapons Grade Fox

            also you lose your af point grids we assumen you will want to autofocus occasionally

            • Killroy™

              You only lose the OSD grids, the actual focus points are still there and the red illumination on each spot will still be there…they are below the screen.

            • macsavageg4

              Not on my D7000 when I did it. Since all of that lives at a higher point in the prism assembly. I know the D800 is built with the same design concepts.

          • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

            Then get glass screen instead ?

            • Killroy™

              I would love to!!! Have ever exchanged a focusing screen on a modern DSLR? Have you ever seen what the difference between a glass vs plastic screen is? Here, let me show you and then you can see the problem with your suggestion…lol (glass is on the left vs plastic on the right. I did not take the frame off the glass one but it is pretty much the same thickness as the frame).

              There is an old saying that really still hold water today… They just don’t make them like they used to.

            • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

              Yes, I have changed screen for all of my DSLRs since 2007 or so when I started to convert back to manual focusing. I got only 2 AF lenses now.

            • Killroy™

              On which cameras? DSLRs? Have you changed the screen on a F-series film camera? Have you taken the F-series screens off of the frame? They are almost 1/4″ thick if not thicker. Look at the pic above. That is a F5 screen next to a DSLR screen.

        • Scott W

          I believe the specs on the last post indicate that the focusing screens can not be changed. “Interchangeable Focusing Screens: n/a”

          • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

            It says it for every DSLR. It means that Nikon doesn’t offer any optional focus screen for it. It can be changed. It’s not even difficult. Couple minutes and you are done.

      • nfoto

        Definitively NOT the same finder as D800. The Df is bright and clear, no vignetting towards the corners even with glasses on, manual lens focusing a breeze, even superfast ones like 50/1.2, Noct-Nikkor, or the 35/1.4. Just tried this morning.

    • ShakyLens

      Split-prism finder would have resulted in my appearance in the pre-order queue. Now… can’t be bothered.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      They should have added that – for this price.

      • One More Thought

        The split prism focusing screen would have been very cool…but I wonder if there is any technical reason why this is not implemented? I don’t know of any dslr that has the split prism focusing screen and there has to be some reason why.

        And in searching on Wikipedia, I came across this:
        The drawback is that the prisms have considerable light loss, making low-light focusing almost impossible.

        • Killroy™

          First, the auto focus mechanism on most DSLRs is located underneath the screen so it is not affected by the screen at all.

          Second, if they used glass screens then they are far brighter than the current DSLRs screens and far better DOF viewing since the glass ones are about f/2.0 or greater (some are f/1.5) while all the current DSLRs screens are f/2.5 or f/2.8.

          • One More Thought

            But I still have to ask: why doesn’t any dslr use the split prism focusing screen? There must be a reason…whether it be light loss, messing up metering, etc.

            Surely Nikon engineers and designers must have considered this option and even had the same thought that the split screen focusing would have been cool and retro…it would be interesting to kow why it wasn’t used.

            • Andrew

              This is where it would be helpful if the Nikon engineers can share with us some of the technical details, limitations, or compromises involved in implementing certain features. If they don’t do that it can be expected that some people will think that certain features are being denied them arbitrarily or thoughtlessly. Oh were is the public relations department when we need them?

            • desmo

              AF and metering aside they are not bright enough to just focus with your eye
              to use them you have to use the small split in the center,
              which can be cumbersome in most out and about manual focus scenario’s

            • Killroy™

              If I had to make a guess it would be the fact that to make a good screen you need to make it out glass and not plastic like they do the modern non-split-prism of today. Glass screens have to be a lot thicker and heavier…built like a tank as they used to say.

              Here is the difference between the modern DSLR plastic screens (right) and the older F-series screens (left).

        • cppguy16

          No, the split prism is not visible to any of the electronics, only to the photographer. The light goes to the mirror, which splits some of the light to the AF sensor, so focusing is not affected. The meter, too, is located before the light reaches the screen. The screen is what you see when you look into the viewfinder, and that’s where the split prism would be, if it was present. So it only affects the human being who’s looking into the viewfinder.

          • One More Thought

            But for the human being who’s looking into the viewfinder, does the split prism focusing screen result in an unacceptable loss of light in low light conditions? In other words, is it usable in low light to the end user? It may not affect electornics but if it affects what goes to my eye it still may not be practical.

            • desmo

              yes

          • Martin Kozák

            Not true, prism will affect exposure mettering

            • cppguy16

              At least they could’ve made it an option, or an installable accessory. Sadly, the Sony NEX is more MF friendly with its focus peaking.

            • desmo

              instead of copying the FM they should’ve copied the F
              removable finder-allowing optional screens
              removable back – allowing optional sensors
              (or upgradeable sensors)
              :)

            • Andy Aungthwin

              Focus peaking is not the bees knees. I have the NEX-5 and I can tell you that it is not great for critical focusing.

              The 14x manual focus aid on the NEX is more accurate.

              As I understand it the Df has a 13x manual focusing aid.

              I also have the Nikon V1 which whilst missing the focusing peaking feature does have 10x focusing aid. So forget focus peaking.

              You do realize of course that you can’t get focus peaking through the optical view finder, right?

        • desmo

          Bingo,
          the bright screen that Nikon uses is much better for most real time on the go focusing.
          I had 4 focusing screens for my F

          the std horiz split prism that came with the camera required finding an appropriate line in the scene to place it on for split focusing

          the diagonal split was better ..easier to find something to focus on

          both bright fresnel matte screens allowed quick simple by the eye focusing

          even copy stand work suffered with split screen didn’t line up with something it could split
          (sure you could move camera or subject, but on copy stand that introduces problems)

          maybe they will make interchangeable screens like the F

      • http://www.mikekobal.com/blog mike kobal

        makes my D800e look real good now :)

    • Matt

      A massive fail if this is the same viewfinder as D800. There goes the whole “perfect camera for your AIS glass” argument. All the hipsters will still proclaim how awesome it is though.

      • Andrew

        I thought the focus should be on the camera and not calling people names? Oh if only I can press the delete button.

      • nfoto

        The finder is anything but similar to the D800. It is bright and clear, you see the entire frame + info even with glasses on and there is no vignetting to the corners. Focusing manual fast lenses like the Noct, 35/1.4, or 50/1.2 was a breeze. (tried the Df today so should know)

    • ben

      I just use a modified canon EC-S type matte screen in my d700. its designed to work with canon’s f/1.2 lenses, so it works like a charm =P

    • Scott W

      Do you mean via Live View on the rear display? Yuck.

      • Killroy™

        No, electronic rangefinder is the >0< at the bottom of the viewfinder. the 0 is the green dot.

        • Scott W

          Oh, ok. Thank you. Yeah, that’s what I was referring to in a post a little further down. I didn’t know that’s what it was called. Never felt that mechanism was that accurate/reliable, Too much wiggle room for focusing errors with it.

  • Ronan

    Price was correct.

    THEODORE!!!!!!!!

    • Ian Dangerzone

      ANY MINUTE THEY’LL TELL US

  • usa

    It should come with a pipe.

    • Fred Flintstone

      Yeah, a crack pipe

      • John H

        And a hooker.

  • http://www.colinpeddle.com Colin Peddle

    “Precision design that delights owners”…. who? Show me one of these mythical Df owners.

    • Pete Grady

      The guy in the tweed jacket in the video…

  • J. Dennis Thomas

    Here’s a link to all the high-res images for anyone interested:

    http://www.nikonusa.com/en/About-Nikon/Press-Room/Photo-Gallery/Photos/hndp8fiu/Df.html

    • Pete Grady

      Thanks, Dennis, I’ll pass.

    • neversink

      Did they take those high res images with a Df, or a D4 or a D800 or a Sinar????

      • J. Dennis Thomas

        EXIF is stripped. They used to shoot their products with the D3X.

    • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

      Not interested.

      • J. Dennis Thomas

        Then don’t look.

        • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

          I didn’t nor did a lot of others who aren’t interested.

          • J. Dennis Thomas

            Then what’s your point? Are you a sad little troll looking for attention? :'(

            • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

              Just making obvious hipster douchebag more obvious was my point. Mission accomplished. My work here is done.

            • J. Dennis Thomas

              You’re so cool. Hurling insults on the internet to people you don’t even know. I bet you feel really fulfilled in life.

              Hipster douchebag is the insult that people use when they really despise themselves because deep inside they don’t feel like they’re good enough. People who feel the need to proclaim to the public that they are “Fantastic”

              I’m far too old to be a hipster. Maybe I’m a douchebag. But if I am it’s only to people who deserve it. Like you.

              By the way, I’m just up the road from you in Austin. If you ever wanna come up and tell me how much of a “hipster douchebag” I am directly to my face like a man, feel free to do so.

    • http://Flickr.com/inthemist InTheMist

      Thanks Dennis

  • Up $#!t’s creek!

    I don’t understand packaging a $2800 camera with a $280 kit lens….

    • saywhatuwill

      A lot of the old film cameras were purchased with a 50mm lens. Many photographers, including myself, started with a 50mm lens.

      • Up $#!t’s creek!

        i have a 50 1.4 which i love. As marketing goes it’s an odd statement to bundle your most expensive sensor with your cheapest glass. They just released a 58mm which if you are tying to make statement with this camera, release them together.

        • saywhatuwill

          Could you imagine the interest in the camera if instead of it costing $2997 that it costs $4495 instead?

          • guest

            $4455 is the equivalent price they are charging in the UK – £2749 for the bundle, £900 more than the US price!

  • itcrashed

    Someone please hand me a rag.

  • Stepper

    woohooo! $2750!!!
    D610 here I come! :/

    • desmo

      you won’t be disapointed.
      D610/600 is better for most people

      • Alex

        Yes

  • aarif

    I’ll have the black with the brown leather case please, 1400 shot per charge is this possible

    • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

      Should be possible. Even my old D5000 did ~1000 shots easily and the battery is about the same size. (and since D5000 days, those small batteries has been upgraded at least twice. First to EN-EL14 and now the EL14a model of it)

  • Pete Grady

    Interesting to observe the pre and post-release comment activity here on NR. The Df has been launched to a resounding ….thud. Grrrrrrreat job, Nikon.

  • Espen4u

    Fusion ment a D4 sensor in a smaller body and vintage knobs. I was hoping for a bit more innovation. Still, a nice camera!

    • Sahaja

      A bit more than none?

      This camera is not about innovation – it deems to be about looking back to the past.

  • Radek

    Hmm, I think it’s FAIL at this price point … sad. R>

    • jmj3

      Hmm, I think that almost all cameras have been “FAIL at their price point” here in NR.

      Keep in mind that this is just released price which is always bit high, it will go lower after some months

  • http://marsweekly.wordpress.com/ Mars Observer

    I’d but this except I don’t have a tweed jacket, man purse, or antique car.

    • Pete Grady

      And I don’t watch Downton Abbey…

    • Fred Flintstone

      Curse my dyslexia! i just bought a tweed car, a man jacket, and an antique purse!

    • Ronan

      So THAT’S what those jackets are called!

      Not a fan of them haha

    • Guest

      I have a man purse. It’s made by Domke…

      • Alex

        Me too

  • jr456

    These posts are really funny. Before the launch most of the posts were sheer excitement and joy for such a camera. Now that the specs are confirmed and are largely exactly what was anticipated all these folks come out of the woodwork to bash it.

    This is good drama.

    • Hillbilly

      High expectations, 24mp 610 at less price. This is good for low light, portraits, a d50 can give similar iq for sensor/px density.

      • Joel

        A D50 has a similar DR, tonal gradation, colour representation and noise to the D4 sensor? Dude… really? Image quality is made of a multitude of factors, it’s not limited to resolution..

    • Joel

      It’s always the way. You’ve got the group who cries because it’s not a D4 at a D610 price, the group who cries because it’s not an exact replica of a 30 year old body and the group who cries because it doesnt have enough resolution.

      Seems that only a tiny minority in here actually want to talk about the photography that this amazing little product might actually enable them to shoot.

      • robin

        Is a good product… specs are okay… but what that thing for 2750 USD?…

        • desmo

          Some wiill say the D4 chip dictates the price,
          but most probably it’s the “Retro” market
          as well as made in Japan that dictates the price.

          • http://davidhdennis.com/ David H Dennis

            Well, to me it’s pretty odd, since it’s essentially the same price as the Nikon D800, which is also made in Japan.

            Since the shooting speed is almost exactly the same, and the D800 has more than double the resolution and the more advanced autofocus system, I don’t see that much point in buying the Df.

            I would love to have the retro controls, but when paying a high-end price like this, I would have rather seen them on a top-end base camera like a D4 or D800. If you took the D800’s electronics, and added $300-odd to the price for the better build and controls, I’d be pretty excited about the camera.

            As it is, I’m buying a Fuji XE2, which has the retro controls and is much smaller and lighter than my D4.

            • desmo

              not really odd,

              they’re both made in japan and both about the same price

              (one has a high Mpxl chip the other the state of the art Pro chip)

            • Matt_XVI

              Some people don’t want to work with 36MP RAW files.

              I photograph wedddings and take between 5000-8000 frames per day. I would SO much rather have the 16MP sensor from the D4 than the 36MP from the D800.

              Just wish it had a better AF System.

            • http://davidhdennis.com/ David H Dennis

              Still, I think you can select a smaller size image on a D800, and it will give you the better autofocus and cost about the same or even a little less. So from that point of view, it’s hard for me to justify the Df over the D800.

              You might want the better low light sensitivity for weddings, though.

              I have a D4 and love it for all kinds of events, but of course that’s a bit more than double the price of the Df, and I think the Df has more intuitive controls.

              D

            • Alex

              No you can’t, if you shoot raw.

            • KnightPhoto

              Well yeah you can shoot the 1.2 crop 24 megapixel 5fps mode on the D800/E. No grip needed to get the 5fps and if you turn AF illumination off, you get a nice greyed out viewfinder border where you can distinguish between what is being captured and things just outside your frame. It really does work quite well, and is RAW of course.

            • http://davidhdennis.com/ David H Dennis

              Good point, I didn’t think of that even though I shoot RAW myself :)

            • stop whining…

              Why the fuck would you need a better AF system? it’s hardly inadequate, especially if your shooting weddings. Although come to think of it those brides do sometimes move pretty quickly…

            • Matt_XVI

              “Especially if I’m shooting weddings?” Obviously you’ve never seen good wedding photography.

              Capturing people going crazy on the dance floor and partying into the wee hours of the night in little to no lighting does warrant having a good AF system.

              My D3S and D700 work well enough, but my D600 (which has the same AF System as the Df) was completely unusable in those situations.

              So yeah… I do wish it has a better AF System… Especially since I’m photographing weddings.

            • Eric Duminil

              Yes they do, and you’ve got exactly one chance to get a good picture when they’re walking up the aisle.

      • Dennis W

        “the photography that this amazing little product might actually enable them to shoot.”
        Name 5 things this camera can do that cameras $700-$1,000 less can’t already do. Lets face it, most people (me included) were hoping that the specs were a little better, and the price was $1,000 less. The lack of innovation should dictate a much lower price. After all a 16mp camera with the latest image processor should be able to handle 7-8 fps. then there would be 3 things the DF could do that less expensive camera can’t.

        • Jonas from Sweden

          one thing
          High ISO performance


          Use lenses older than most of us and still being able to do light metering … is also a good thing.

        • Guest

          Its exacly as the new mini: there’s nothing that car has and less expensive cars don’t but that did not prevent Madonna having one.

    • Lumenatic

      I think many people bash the camera because of the misbalanced value for money. I could live perfectly with the specs and many others could do I suppose, but not at that price point.

    • Celtic

      I’ve made my decision based on what I want, so adieu. By the way, this is the second online riot I have attended. The first was for a diecast airplane being sold by a company called The Flying Mule. Both were fun, in their own unique ways!

    • wootpile

      It’s too much. A bling thing to carry on the golf course. I applaud Nikon for their effort. let’s hope it is a trend.. but I still want to see a digital FM or FG… doesn’t even have to have AF. Just digital sensor, nice viewfinder, f-mount, smaller, lighter.. Done!

      • just a comment

        and a battery and a rear LCD and a memory card slot and …

      • Matt_XVI

        How is it too much? It’s a D4 sensor in a semi-pro body…

      • premaks

        Exactly my thinking! Take Nikon FM, remove the back, put a sensor and LCD and that is it. Who needs over- and underexposure button? Small display on the top? How come they manage to miss so terribly? If they made a digital Nikon FM for less than US1000.- they would have blown competition out completely!

  • Filip

    I was really counting kn this kne tk be accessible to mame my entrance inti digital FF. Bht at that price l’d rather break tbe banm fir a D800.

    For 2.700 USD i can feed film to my FM for 10 years and trully be connected to photkgrapy roots :(

    AT This point it feels like expensive man-jewelry

    • Up $#!t’s creek!

      the 600 is extremely accessible FF

  • nikkorlodeon

    This is exactly the camera I’ve been wanting.
    The D4 sensor, in a classic film body, made in Japan.
    But not exactly the price I’ve been hoping.
    You almost had my money, Nikon. But you just got a little too greedy. About $750 too much, to be precise.

    • Rad Alzyoud

      With this attitude, you will never own a camera you want!

      • nikkorlodeon

        You’re prob right. I guess I better hit up Santa.

        • Andrew

          You got caught :)

    • Joel

      Wait 6-12 months.

    • Andrew

      No they are not greedy, they need to cover some of their research and development costs. Wait a year and they will take off $750. But then again why wait if you can afford it. You don’t need to answer because you are not their immediate customer.

      What is amazing is that new products always filter out people. Those who want it right now and are willing to pay for it from those who want it but the price is just a little too high, but would buy it when the price drops. So as a customer, you are valuable to Nikon, but its just that they likely have enough buyers that are willing to pay more. It is quite likely that the D4 sensor is the culprit here and that it is it that is keeping the price somewhat high. Anyone who wants the extra high ISO performance of the D4 but cannot afford or justify spending $6,000 is a perfect candidate for this camera.

      • fred

        There is NO way average joe like me with a D300S will buy a D4. I might buy this DF though, the only access I have to D4 sensor.
        No interest in D610, I’d rather buy this DF or D800.

      • nikkorlodeon

        Good point Andrew.
        From a business perspective, you are prob right.
        It’s just difficult to see that from a customers perspective.

      • KnightPhoto

        I agree Nikon feels they have to protect the D4. Things are a lot tougher than 2008 when the D700 came out only about 9 months after the D3. Hopefully this is actually working and people are actually buying D4’s. Otherwise Nikon should have just put the 51-pt AF in this baby and added $300 to the price and said “come and get it”. I will say the Df has a decent 29-shot 14-bit buffer, so it ain’t all bad. If I didn’t already have a D4 I would be on this DF like flint and at 2750 probably take two.

        The other thing I wonder about the next cam generation is… if the D5 and D900 both have a new 75-point (or what have you AF), will that be the point where the D620 and DF2 get the 51-pt AF? I’m guessing that will happen, but is a few years away yet. So for now the D800, D4, D7100, and D400 are going to be the only cameras to carry it. Personally I prefer the 51-point cameras, I just got home from a shoot and even 51-point on FX is limiting.

    • fjfjjj

      Just buy a D700 and relax.

  • usa

    The perfect gift for that special Harvard man at graduation!

    • Pete Grady

      Yes, right before he embarks on his Grand Tour.

    • Guest

      Hey! Why are you poking fun at Harvard?

  • Scott M.

    Cost is way too high for these features. Epic fail

    • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

      You mean lack of features.

      • jmj3

        There are D610, D800, and D4 for people who wants more features… go buy them

        • Scott M.

          I did already
          D800

        • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

          Don’t worry, Jim. People are buying those instead.

  • usa

    I can’t wait to load up some of the pictures on my carousel!

  • Someone

    Can someone tell me other than the size what is the difference between this and D600? This is ridiculous

    • DistrictGopher

      This one goes better with your fixie and your ironic beard.

    • noir_et_blanc

      You need a tweed jacket for this camera

    • Daniel

      And the size difference is negligible. Essentially it’s .6 inches thinner.

  • Merv S

    Looks like Nikon is trying to get a product into the luxury goods market, a bit like Cartier or Rolex.

  • Up $#!t’s creek!

    This would have been a more interesting release bundled with the 58 1.4.
    Right now the world is DumbFounded

    • One More Thought

      If bundled with the 58 1.4 then the kit price would be about $4500, and you’d really have people complaining.

      But no doubt that 58 1.4 is one sweet lens.

  • Stepper

    Personally I think the design aesthetic is a bit of a miss.
    To me, the aesthetic appeal in modern retro cameras is the use of dials and knobs rather than buttons and menus and not necessarily old 70’s visual design styling. Kudos to Nikon for an awesome looking set of controls on the DF but I think you guys went a little “Full Retard” or in this case “Full Retro” by trying to make the DF look like it was made three decades ago.

    P.S. Please forgive the derogatory use of the word “retard”. But I think the Lincoln Osiris’ “Full Retard” lecture illustrates my point perfectly.

  • http://www.colinpeddle.com Colin Peddle

    Pre-order for the Df with 50mm is up on Adorama.

  • J. Dennis Thomas

    So it has 3D-tracking and Auto-Area AF, but NOT Dynamic focus?

    I’d have rather seen it with single point only.

  • Pete Grady

    58 comments in 40 minutes. We had this many in the first 40 SECONDS before the release. Gee, what happened?

    • saywhatuwill

      The Amazon “mistake” earlier in the day is what happened.

      • Pete Grady

        OK, but we had dozens per minute yesterday BEFORE the Amazon garment malfunction.

        • saywhatuwill

          Because everyone was using their imaginations and letting it run. Once the Amazon “mistake” came out and the reality of what the specs and costs were, everyone lost interest.

          • Pete Grady

            Exactly.

    • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

      Priced killed interest for a lot of us.

      • Pete Grady

        Yes, it did. Amazing.

  • Spy Black

    I sincerely hope Nikon offers a split-image/microprism screen as an option, even if it’s not on that chart.

    • Pete Grady

      That would be too forward thinking on their part. I’m now convinced that this is a company that is lost in its own rhetoric. New titans will challenge and win. It was a nice ride, Nikon.

      • Spy Black

        I dunno, I think this camera will do fine, but I hope at least KatzEye gets on the case and capitalizes on Nikon’s shortcoming with the most obvious camera in their lineup in need of a split-image/microprism finder.

        • Pete Grady

          They likely will which underscores my point in a way.

    • Alistair Maitland

      Under interchangeable focus screen is states: “N/A”.

      • Pete Grady

        Yeah, saw that. What ARE Nikon thinking?

  • noir_et_blanc

    No split-image focusing screen! Hugely disappointing!

  • Spy Black

    Imagine buying this and putting the 43-86 on it?…

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Have you ever used the 43-86? It’s a cool lens. Nope it’s not perfect, but that’s what’s nice about it. It renders images in a weird way and flares like mad, which I like. It’s not always about perfection.

      • Spy Black

        It’s a matter of personal tastes, I suppose. To me the 43-86 was the original 24-85…

        • J. Dennis Thomas

          Sure, it’s a matter of taste. It’s like a lensbaby or a Holga lens. Use it for special effects. I mean I wouldn’t use it as my everyday kit lens. But the 43-86 gives WAY cooler results than the 24-85. The 43-86 is bad in a way that has character.

  • Ian Dangerzone

    Don’t worry guys, any minute now Nikon is gonna drop the ruse and tell us that this entry level camera will be 1600 dollars. Theodotis promised, remember?

    • MrSkelter

      Yes. It’s the cheapest Nikon FF and the price was secret as a marketing trick right?

      • Ian Dangerzone

        its because of our chicken brains that we don’t understand these important things,

    • waterengineer

      Ir the price was set high so they can drop it for the Holiday season.

  • J. Dennis Thomas

    Looking at the bottom confirms my suspicions of no grip. No contacts. Luckily shooting with Leica has trained me to use my thumb to press the shutter-release. I hate that elbow in the air technique.

    • Chris

      Where’s the shot of the bottom, may I ask?

    • Sean Molin

      Are you sure that little dark rubber rectangle won’t pull away to reveal contacts like they do on most cameras? Granted, it’s a different shape, but is that not possible?

      • J. Dennis Thomas

        No. That’s not a rubber rectangle. That’s the decal where the serial number and other junk is printed. Plus the SD card in the battery compartment.

      • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

        Or it could be a grip like the D90 that slides in the battery slot.

  • Alistair Maitland

    The price simply defies logic. How is this worth $200 less than a D800? The retro knobs and dials? It’s like ordering a steak dinner getting the juicy meat cut away and all you’re left with is fat. Knobs and dials = the steamed vegetables.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Fat is tasty!

      • Alistair Maitland

        Oh, I don’t disagree, but it’s generally cheaper than meat. :)

        • Aldo

          tastes good like the dials…

  • Sean Walsh

    Maybe I’m missing something, but where exactly has it been confirmed that the MRSP is $2,746.95? The Amazon.com site is still non-existent, and I haven’t seen anything on B&H, Adorama or Vistek.ca, so how do we know that that price is set in stone? Can someone point me to the page where it says “$2,700″ before we all get in a snit about Nikon’s pricing?

    Oh, and all of the whiners here realise that Japan is a first world country with workers rights and standards similar to the Western world, and the camera would cost just as much (if not more) if it were manufactured in the good ol’ US of A, right? You pay a premium for materials and workmanship. And don’t start about the D610 with me; every brand in the world, regardless of it’s industry, comes up with a lemon from time to time. It’s called “the law of averages”.

    • http://Flickr.com/inthemist InTheMist

      Last paragraph

    • Aldo

      well said… now where is my 51 point focusing system so I can go sell my azz and buy this camera? Think I’ll wait for the price to come down to 2200

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors
      • Sean Walsh

        Fair enough, thanks. Still doesn’t mean the workers should be paid less because they’re in another country. I’ll accept the pricing if the product performs. We’ll see what the reviews have to say.

    • Pete Grady

      nikonusa.com

      • Sean Walsh

        More confirmation. Personally, the price hasn’t shaken me that this might be my next camera.

    • Seki Ryunosuke

      The cost of producing goods in Japan is one of the lowest in the industrialized world. Japan’s GDP per capita is 70% of the US’s, which means average Americans are far richer than average Japanese. The price should reflect it.

      • J. Dennis Thomas

        Interesting. They also have some of the highest quality goods. I have a high-end Gretsch White Falcon guitar made in Japan and it’s way better than my USA made Les Paul Custom that was the same price.

        • desmo

          Yup,
          that’s why the eric claptons of this world are rushing to buy that guitar and selling their Les pauls on craigslist

      • Sean Walsh

        I’ll take your word for it, but Japan is a far cry above the rest of Asia, no? Look at electronics of any kind produced in Japan vs. Taiwan/Vietnam/China. No comparison, IMO.
        The Japanese are known for their attention to quality and workmanship, and the price reflects that.

        • Seki Ryunosuke

          Japan might be distancing itself from other Asian countries in some industries, but in general, no Japanese know the difference between “Made in Japan” and “Made in China”. The technological difference is now so close that few people care about where the product is made. Besides, many companies are cheating on where products are made. I know lots of companies have 99% of products made in, let’s say, China, complete it in Japan, and say “Hey, this is made in Japan!” to sell it with a wider margin. I’m not saying Nikon is doing that. But “Made in Japan” is somewhat a myth in my opinion.

      • Pete Grady

        My 2003 Toyota 4Runner is made in Japan. I’ve owned about 20 cars in my lifetime (59 years) and it’s the best car I’ve ever owned by a very wide margin…in every category. A owned a Contax G2…incredible camera. Designed in Germany, made in Japan. Best of all worlds for this kind of merchandise. But, labor isn’t cheap in Japan. Nikon has been forced to go “offshore” with their mfg. Witness, Thailand, China, etc.

        • Seki Ryunosuke

          Toyota used be famous for exploiting factory workers. Mass media is very reluctant to bring it to the news, because Toyota is one of their biggest clients in terms of advertising revenue.
          One more. Nikon is notorious for its long working hours. Some says average Nikon employees work overtime for 1600 hours a year.

        • neversink

          The Df is supposedly made in Japan. Not sure if all the parts are.
          This camera is not for me.

        • desmo

          good chance your toyota was made in the US

          • Pete Grady

            I do know that it was made in Japan. You can check the origin of any car by looking at the sticker on the side of the driver’s door.

    • zoetmb

      The price is posted on the nikonusa.com site. And $2747 is the price for the body. With the lens, it’s $2997. On the site, it says the lens isn’t available for separate sale, but in the press release, it says it’s $280, $60 more than the existing 50mm 1.8 AF-S.

      I don’t think the price has very much to do with the manufacturing cost. I think the geniuses at Nikon decided that this camera would appeal to those type of people who overpay for Leicas – the price is no object crowd and they also didn’t want this camera to cannibalize sales of other bodies unless they can make a bigger margin on it. What the high price MAY reflect is Nikon’s realization that this is a niche camera that they won’t sell very many of. Therefore, the development and tool costs have to be amortized over fewer units.

  • rosshj

    I really love this camera. The design imo looks great. The specs are just what I need in a camera… just the price… damn, so close. I can’t justify selling my D600 to get this camera.

    • oops

      no. Nikon made sure with the d610 the 600 has no resale value

    • Alistair Maitland

      Or my D700. Which sounds crazy when you think of it.

  • Pete Grady

    What Nikon needs to do is look at doing something like an Apple Retina display on the back of a yet slimmer version of this camera. Come up with a logical menu operating on a fast touch screen display. Offer an open platform to allow developers to create apps for it. Compress the electronics into something along the lines of the F3. Stay with the D4 sensor and manual dials and knobs. Make it easy to swap focusing screens for those who want to go commando. THAT would be a compelling blend of old and new. THIS…is a disaster at this price. They didn’t take enough risk. “You’ll miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”…Wayne Gretsky.

    • J. Dennis Thomas

      It’s downright odd that the D5300 has a higher res screen,

      • Pete Grady

        I think there are a number of odd “shortcomings” about this camera. It looks like a very good camera. A very good $1,800 camera.

        • Alistair Maitland

          Hahahaha, absolutely.

  • http://gplimages.com/ TheFantasticG

    Wait, where are all those people who were whining for a modern (not neccesarily retro styled but doesn’t matter) DSLR with no video? I know I’ve seen quite a few on NR the past year or so. I thought surely they’d be happy with this camera. Or, did they think because they didn’t include video it’d be cheap? LuLz if they that thought was true!

  • LoveDf

    I definitely like it! Take the survey. Let’s make it cheaper. https://webc.nikonimaging.com/form/pub/info/df_en

  • Sean Molin

    I’ll even be more kind than most of you and say it’s only $500 overpriced. At $2300, I’d do it. But, alas, overpriced nonetheless.

    • fxbuyer

      $2300 would have been the sweet spot (as I posted a few minuted after you did!). It is unrealistic to expect this camera to be priced at the D610 level or cheaper.

    • Ian Dangerzone

      Aye, that would’ve gotten my money too, and I told Nikon as much. For 1800, I’d have bought two.

    • lukemeup

      Yup. $2300 and I’d be reaching for my wallet. $2750… go home, Nikon, you’re drunk.

  • Alex

    So much for leaving out features to keep the price down. How much would this camera cost if it included video, higher resolution, and faster fps? $10,000?

    • Up $#!t’s creek!

      about the same price as a D4….

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