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Nikon Df camera hands-on and preview videos

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Here are some Nikon Df hands-on and preview videos from around the Web. First, watch Joe McNally, Bob Krist and Lynn Goldsmith talk about the new Df (follow the links, the videos are not published by Nikon yet and are available only on Amazon.com). More videos after the break:

Another Nikon Df promo video:

The Nikon Df is currently available for pre-order at B&H, Amazon and Adorama. It seems that the Nikon Df will be available only as a kit in the UK (see Jessops pre-order listings).

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  • Jon McGuffin

    Funny how when you lose interst in something, what was once really pretty now looks kinda ugly :)

    • this_isnt_real

      the silver has always looked ugly. the black looks beautiful.

      • Anónimo

        In the “good old days” most SRL cameras (not just Nikon ones) were sold in silver and with a 50 mm lens.

        • stan

          The good old days, you had a choice of silver or black. However black cost more.

          • Anónimo

            You’re right and that’s why I referred “most SLR cameras”.
            Black came at a premium, being the choice of photojournalists (namely in conflict areas) and acquiring the status os “pro” that slowly drove consumers to adopt it more and mor till becoming the “real thing to buy”.
            As a matter of curiosity going silver can be an advantage at present times and due to the problems posed to photographers in certain places or by people noticing being photographed, as silver is not giving the “pro” status and people tend to be more permissive towards and “amateur” using an “antique camera” as a lot of people are likely to perceive it.

  • mikegorton

    Does anyone really care about this camera?

    • Anónimo

      Do you?

    • Andi

      Anybody who reads and writes here surely does ;)

    • The Wayne

      Admin, we need a poll to see who’s buying or not.

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

        I really hate polls, but I will see what I can do.

    • inteliboy

      Have you seen the number of comments these Df articles have been getting???

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

        I can now confirm that NikonRumors set a new record yesterday: over 700k pageviews in 24 hours even after the website went down few times. Way more then the D800 announcement. People are definitely interested in the Df camera.

        • Pete Grady

          sounds good for you…way to go.

        • Eric Calabros

          in D800 days, they came to say 36mp is overkill, and now they come to say its overpriced :-)

          • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

            That’s an indication that the Df will sell very good, just like the D800.

  • Joseph Li

    do the girls come with the $3000 df purchase?

  • scott800

    i think it looks great (in black)! I can’t help but really want one of these. I love analog stuff, but I wish the price point was a bit lower. Sadly, i will probably not get a Df because my d800s will likely out-perform it (and i do a lot of video). The 39 AF point thing is a shame. :(

    • davywavy

      honestly, i’ve had a better experience with AF on the d600 than the d800. that 39 point AF is no slouch, except in the dark (no problems focusing in a dark studio, or even in a casino). neither is quite as seamless as a d3/d700, imo. haven’t played with a d4.

      • scott800

        i use a d600 as well, and if i do use 3d tracking i have to keep subject right in the center, d800/d4 means more freedom and less re-composing, i think.

        • davywavy

          That makes sense. I almost never use the 3d tracking.

  • fjfjjj

    Would Nikon please just put the D4 sensor in a D800 body and sell it for $3k? Do it and take my money, Nikon.

    • Photoway

      Same for me , the Df is great…

      .. but not for my everyday work. I need to replace my D700′s

      ..so , please, Nikon would you be so kind to made a D800 Body with that D4 sensor ?

      thanks

      Richard – http://www.photoway.com/

      • Tomsky

        No, why should they deliberately wreck their D4 sales? If you want a D4 buy a D4.

        Nikon’s logic – not mine!

        • photoway

          In 2005 I was working with D2X’s.. Heavy, too heavy when traveling around the world with pro lenses… the D800 are perfect ..but I do not need 36 Mpix : Heavy files, slow editing, etc.. and believe it or no : too big for my clients !!

        • TheDude

          They made the same “mistake” with the D700 vs D3.

          • Tomsky

            And they won’t make it again…

            • stan

              Why not? Once the D4 sales, level off or drop, many people like me would buy a D700 version of the D4.

          • Mike Ver Sprill

            Canon was able to pull it off with the canon 5dm3 and 1dx. 1dx and d4 appeal for sports photographers who need the speed.. 5dm3 is the ideal camera for weddings… what did nikon deliver for wedding photogs? D800? I love the camera for landscapes and portraits but 2000 wedding pictures to edit… ughh!

            • Mikael Risedal

              no problems for me, and you can not compare 5dmk3 with D800, I have them all

            • umeshrw

              So which is better according to you? 5d3 or 800?

            • umeshrw

              Exactly. Whoever needs D4 will buy only D4 and they will do it for speed and built quality. They wont go for D800 because of the price. Nikon doesn’t want to see that.

          • Trender

            at least they sold a lot of D700 that way.
            DF will sell much less.

          • outkasted

            That’s just it they are not making the same mistake 2 X in a row.They are trying to see some bodies without crippling D4 sales. This will hopefully achieve what we may all may want

        • fjfjjj

          I don’t currently need an 11fps camera that’s bigger than my head, thanks.

          • Agent

            Why do you have someone else’s photo, or you like cross dressing?

            • Agent’s Boss

              And how is the answer to those questions going to help this discussion?

          • outkasted

            your so cute when your angry

        • preston

          I’ve seen this argument for years but still don’t get it from a business perspective. They still put the D700 at a price point where it was profitable and all those people are still buying Nikon lenses to go with it! What I’m wondering is (maybe I should check Thom’s site to see if he’s already done it) – have there been any surveys of D700 owners to see if they ever would have considered the D3 if the D700 was slightly crippled?

          • Tomsky

            The D700 with the MB-D10 wasn’t really crippled in any way compared to the original D3. Same sensor, almost same performance, why the hell should anyone on a shoestring budget (like so many photojournalists and press photographers) go for the more expensive solution?

            If there would have been some serious “crippling” of the D700 by Nikon not all D700 buyers would have switched to the D3 instead but definitely those who could have afforded it and those really needed the “uncrippled” features.

            • preston

              Ok, sure, this makes some sense if they’re planning on releasing an update that is basically the same thing about a year later (like D700 and D3s). But due to how little of an improvement the D4 was over the D3s (the D3s was a larger improvement over the D3), I don’t think they can get away with such a minor iteration of the D4 within the next year. And surely anyone who was considering a D4 has gotten one now that it’s already nearly 2 years old. Sure, they’ve been pointlessly iterating (from a performance standpoint) the consumer line for a while now but that’s because newer equals better to the consumer at that level regardless of actual specs/performance.

          • instamatic

            Preston, interesting point. The D700 actually *is* slightly crippled already – when compared to the D300 for example. It lacks a 100% viewfinder, and an exposure compensation display on the top LCD for example. Owning and using a pair of D700 now, I think I would have gone with the D300 if the D700 was crippled more – but that would be a big compromise for me in terms of sensor size – which I cared for. I could not afford the D3 as a one time expense. Before the D700 I was using the D200, which was very nice, but slightly rough around the edges – at least compared to the D700. I really wanted a full-frame camera for better bokeh due to the large sensor, and at the same time better performance from lenses when used near the wide open aperture. At 12MP, the D700 does this job perfectly. What might have been a deal breaker for me would be flash sync of something like 1/180, but fortunately, the D700 does not have this problem.

          • Saffron Blaze

            No!

        • FussyBob

          D4 sales peaked a long time ago. Anyone wanting a D4 bought it already. D4 sales are a trickle right now.

          • umeshrw

            Here in india a friend bought 800. Then he sold it and wanted to buy D4 because of small file sizes.(He already has a 700). We tried to find a D4 with every dealer for ONE whole month.(Even asked distributors). Not a single one was available. So I would say that maybe nikon itself is not interested in D4 now. They want Df to go on. (That friend has now got 5D3 and is cursing himself for its slow AF,low iso noise,and loss incurred due to selling off all his nikon kit which was extensive and buying more expensive canon kit).

        • Warren Buffet

          DF at 1500, D4 at 3K

          All lens at 1K

          Try for one year only. Nikon will have highest revenue the year they do this.

    • Joel

      It’ll come, but the D4 refresh will need to happen first.

      • R!

        A fast 24 mpx will be great!!!!
        With 60p video please!!!(4k maybe)?????

        • Joel

          Yep, it’ll be exciting to see what the D4S might bring with it. Perhaps they’ll find a way to produce a high res, high ISO back illuminated sensor in high enough quantities to make it feasible? Or could it be a more traditional RGB with the inclusion of clear, or “white” photosites making it an RGBW for an extra stop of performance with even truer colour rendition?

          • Eric Calabros

            Those tricks are for smartphones world. Nikon never do BSI or RGBW in a high end sensor

            • Guest

              orly? :)

              http://egami.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2013-08-30

              Translation (poor job by Google translate, but you get the idea): “Nikon of AE sensor has the RGBW array patent is pending. It seems to have aimed at the high performance that it Yomiwakeru the brightness information and color information in accordance with the conditions. Nikon RGB multi-pattern metering is, it might be to evolve into RGBW multi-pattern metering.”

            • Eric Calabros

              maybe for coolpix, one day

            • Joel

              Oh really? Canon have already taken out patents on APS and FF back illuminated sensor tech:

              http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/01/patent-large-back-illuminated-sensor/

            • Eric Calabros

              Canon, and only patent
              Love its relationship with what I said

        • zzz

          Sony A7?

    • Daniel

      I think it was called Canon 5D3

      • fjfjjj

        If I wanted to shoot Kodak Gold and process it at K-Mart, I’d do that.

        • preston

          How is shooting a 5D3 equivalent to shooting film? Did I miss something?

          • Daniel

            she wanted a D4 sensor inside D800 camera which the canon 5D3 is the closest

          • Guest

            I think fjfjjj was trashing the 5D3…

          • French Fries

            They both have heavy noise in the shadows ;)

        • koenshaku

          ooooooo combo breaker

        • Vulvia

          That’s how you see your post processing?
          You can learn a lot if you watch some tutorials…

        • Daniel

          I love you.

      • instamatic

        Canon 5D3 is a darn good camera. It appears to be designed to outdo the D700 on all fronts, since Canon appears to have recognized how great the D700 was. In my area the 5D2 or 5D3 is the “standard” camera for many wedding photographers, as well as family photography oriented MWACs. These cameras also seem to be widely used by the members of certain large photographic associations here in North America. Canon knew, that the 21-22MP is a nice sweet spot for resolution, as it touches on the low end of digital medium format – at least pixel count wise, but does not attempt to compete with it. There was little reason for Canon to increase the resolution – also considering the processing performance needed for larger images. There are large prints made consistently from both 5D2 and 5D3 cameras with little compromises, and the industry, as well as the market got used to what can be achieved with files coming off of those cameras. Now being a Nikon user for almost 10 years, I can only ponder, how could Nikon have missed this, and the opportunities that come with it? They were doing so well with the D300-D700-D3 trio back in 2007.

        • umeshrw

          Back then everybody was clamouring for a more MP body from nikon. And nikon refused to give it to them. So many photographers shifted to canon. Now canon is stuck at low(or ideal… whatever) MP count. Nikon is giving more MPs. AND people are clamouring for nikon to reduce them. Wow. I never thought it would happen.

    • tks546

      Have you ever compared a D800 image resized to 16mp? It has way more detail than a D4 image. Just buy a D800 unless you only shoot in the dark.

      • fjfjjj

        Yes I have. It compares favorably. The files are still huge, and I don’t want to deal with that.

      • nicolasharter.com

        Just a firmware update with small RAW for the D800 would be fine. I would have got a Df without a second thought if they bothered to put a AF system with AF points not only in the middle of the frame. Why this new camera has a lower AF system than the D7100??

      • Joel

        Not at ISO 6400 it doesn’t.

    • Lumenatic

      I second that, was my first thought when I heard of the D4/D800 specs. But I don’t think that this is going to happen since they did it with the D700 and D3. D3 sales were heavily impacted by many people buying a D700 instead.

    • desmo

      just buy a D800 and cut the MP’s in half

      • umeshrw

        Or use 12 bit with compression. Equivalent to 24 mp sizes. Quality will be a bit less though. Just a slight bit.

    • Polygon

      Did you really go as far as searching for that character to post it here? Damn you’re passionate

      • fjfjjj

        Yes, and I did it before the camera was released. Call it intuition.

        • Polygon

          well props to you :P

    • Forget about it

      “Pure Photography” turned out to be “Pure Robbery” in the end!
      Limited quantities! lol
      The all thing is a bad joke.

      • Matt_XVI

        How is this pure robbery? I feel the release price to be quite reasonable. Please… Do tell me of another full frame camera that released at a much better value to warrant your “Pure Robbery” complaint.

        • Ian Dangerzone

          d700. d800. d800e. d610. d4. d3. d3s. d3x. how’s that for a start?

          • Matt_XVI

            D3X was released at $8000. You’re telling me that the Df is robbery compared to that? Same with all the others. Look at their release prices vs. specs, I hardly find the Df a rip at all.

            • Ian Dangerzone

              Then you’re not looking to anything but your own confirmation bias. It’s astonishing you think a vastly underfeatured DSLR is worth anything close to the best, most advanced DSLR in the world. It’s not even close, as comparisons go. If you think it’s worth 2700 dollars, the 610 is a huge steal for you. Buy one of those, instead.

              When the D3X was released, and its cost now are two separate things. It was released as a ‘best in the business’ DSLR, which at the time, it was; market forces naturally drove the price down. This is a 610 with a d4 sensor, 20 year old frame, and f*ck-all features. It’s not even close to touching the d800. It doesn’t even touch the D610, yet is priced well above it. The ‘rule of cool’ doesn’t extend to 150% price marking against a superior product. Market forces, if they don’t force this dumbed-down 610 off the market into the dustbin of history, will reduce the cost to within the expectations of the buyer, which is between 1800 and 2300.

              At 2300, I might’ve bought one. For 1800, I’d have bought two. 2700 buys me a D800, which has everything the DF has, and nothing it doesn’t, and much, much more.

            • Matt_XVI

              What are you talking about? When did I say that the Df is worth anything close to the best? Those “market downward forces” driving down the cost of the D3X you speak of is EXACTLY what I was talking about in my initial comment – people thought it was too expensive – it was “robbery”. The original OP was saying the Df is a robbery, and I was just saying that it is not much worse than other full-frame cameras at release INCLUDING the D3X.

            • Ian Dangerzone

              you said it when you said it’s worth the asking price of 2700 dollars, which is damn close to the best (D800) that’s when. Your argument that this Df is worth remotely near a d800 is absurd. Good day to you sir.

            • Matt_XVI

              Absurd? Maybe it’s within the context of what you consider “the best” – to me Nikon’s flagship D4 is “the best”. I’m sure many pro’s who pay twice as much for a D4 than a D800 may also share my sentiment.

              Since when is the D800 considered Nikon’s flagship? Just because DXO gave it a higher ranking due to dynamic range at 100 ISO and absolutely massive working files for screen and print resolutions that most people will never use?

              Quite frankly you’re putting a $6000 camera’s sensor and selling it in a $2700 body. Not that absurd if you ask me, and for my purposes I’d take the D4 sensor ANY day over the D800′s.

            • Ronan

              $8000? Here it was $11,994 + taxes…

            • Saffron Blaze

              Seriously, you get most of a D600 for nearly the price of D800! That’s pure robbery.

              Moreover, putting the D4 sensor in retro D600 package is like putting a Ferrari engine in VW Van. The hipsters might think its great but the rest of the real photographers think it is silly.

            • Matt_XVI

              And I’m not a real photographer? To me this is everything I want in a $3000 camera except for the not-so-great AF system and single memory card slot.

            • umeshrw

              There . You said it.

            • mikeswitz

              Why everyone keeps saying this is a D600 with a D4 sensor is baffling. It is weather sealed ala the D8oo. It has no video. It has a very small top lcd with the most basic information. It seems to have a much simplified menu. It has one sd card slot. It has a shutter that doesn’t require an oil change at 3 thousand miles. The top plate is like no other Nikon ever and it certainaly doesn’t look like a D600. It also doesn’t have a real good manual focusing screen but I don’t think the D600 was ever meant for manual focusing.
              I’m not arguing about price. It’s worth it if you think its worth it, and not if you don’t. I personally don’t but because of I don’t think Nikon went far enough with the concept. But it is very little like the D600.

        • Ian Dangerzone

          d700. d800. d800e. d610. d4. d3. d3s. d3x. how’s that for a start?

        • DiScire

          it is ‘robbery’ because it is a crippled camera.

          yes, it is great is you rigidly shoot on all manual only. then it is great to have all these dedicated dials.

          but for the rest of us who do live in the 21st century, and who know how to use a camera in more than just one way, we might want a camera that is versatile. with dials whose functions are assignable, focus points that are useful, a flash that can be used as a trigger, dual card slots, and heck: in this century we do want video as well.

      • alpcns .

        If this is pure robbery, then the D4 must surely be the crime of the century.

        I’ll never understand these ridiculous blanket statements of people going all hysterical over a camera.

        It’s a lovely looking camera with D4 light capabilities and excellent features, great build quality. If you don’t like any of that or don’t fancy it, don’t buy it!

    • Mike Ver Sprill

      I’ve been saying that the day they announced the D800…would be my ideal wedding camera… dont think it will happen anytime soon tho. 600 is close but doesnt quite hit the mark. If only nikon would read all of these comments and actually listen!

    • Delmar Mineard Jr

      Agree, put the D4 sensor in the D800 body and a faster EXCEEDS processor and you got my money too.

    • Patassa

      People only reply to this person because they think she is a cute young lady. Fjfjjj or whatever the f*ck your name is, change your picture to some crabby old man or a neurotic hipster, for research purposes. Thanks

    • Eric Calabros

      Whats your problem with D800 sensor? I dont understand, its 2013, even smartphones have +30mp sensors. Whats wrong with that? Dont say it needs more storage and more powerful PC, for gods sake

    • Markus Gruber

      recently I bought a D800e. Really nice, but from ISO400-800 the noise gets noticable.
      I D4 for “poor” People (as D3 -> D700) would be nice.
      What I dislike at the D800 ist the built in flash. The body is a tank, but the built-in flash is just a piece of fragile plastic!
      Such a mini-D4 should cost the same as the D800, not more!

    • Mikael Risedal

      d800 sensor is better than D4 sensor in DR, color resolution, resolution, signal/noise so what is the problem

  • fjfjjj

    UK price in USD: $4400 ::facepalm::

    • FrenchGuy

      EUR => USD: $3900… Cheap!!

  • broxibear

    Here’s something I haven’t seen reported anywhere else, BJP is saying “the Df will be available in selected stores in limited quantities”. So not are there no plans for the body only in the UK, not only is it far more expensive here, but you might not be able to get one because of “limited quantities” ?
    Very odd.

    http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2304913/nikon-aspires-to-create-a-future-classic-with-the-full-frame-df-retro-dslr#ixzz2jo5IIJiF

  • brian

    I love how in half the photos/videos I’ve seen of this thing, it’s already missing the little black cap for the pc sync socket.

    • Pete Grady

      I have a few inside my couch somewhere if you ever need one.

  • FrenchGuy

    Why there’s never more than 2sec burst? Buffer issue? :)

  • Jo

    So we have metering with older non-AI lenses, but still the standard focus screen not optimized for fast primes AND no interchangeable screens.

    No video which is just gimping the camera for no reason other than to appeal to Luddites?

    No dedicated WB knob…

    Crappy AF that is clustered in the center of the frame if you do decide to use AF.

    So basically $3k gets you a D4 that you can’t focus accurately, no video, but knobs for ALMOST everything.

    I probably would’ve nabbed one for $2k, especially if it was marketed as limited production, but at $3k I’m not gambling my money to see if it’ll be a collectors item later. I’ll still get one if I can find a used one for $1500 or so next year and hack some kind of microprism screen into it.

    Still would’ve preferred a digital SP rangefinder…

  • Micycle

    Those tiny women make the Df look gigantic.

    • Lamar Lamb

      It’s a big camera, at least relative to what I thought it would be. I really thought we’d see something between an FM and F2. I’m a bit disappointed. The price didn’t help either. Nor the half baked retro. Too many compromises. I don’t think I wanted retro as much as I wanted small FF with an F mount.

      • MMS

        You want to see a big camera, try putting the Df next to a D4.

        • inteliboy

          There will always be something bigger or smaller. The point is the promise of a Digital FM is the promise of a streamlined manual style DSLR. The Df is certainly not this.

          • MMS

            Yes. It would have been very interesting if they could have made the Df more like the FM2!

        • Lamar Lamb

          I have two F4s. I know. That’s why I appreciate smaller bodies and why I never bought the F5 or any other large bodies. Although it’s nice having the F4 with me if I’m in a bad neighborhood……..

  • Z

    I’ll wait for the release of Df2, with 51 pt AF and video … once all the purists and well-to-do hipsters snap up all the Dfs … they gotta refresh Df at some point, right? Like they did D7000 with D7100 … 39 to 51 … I hope …

    • dave

      Very probable. Even the D3x00 and D5x00 series get updates on AF between 1 or 2 generations.

    • Pete Grady

      Good luck…the rest of us are still waiting for a D300s replacement.

      • PoLJim

        Amen to that!
        Really ticked at Nikon for leaving us in the dark.

      • Z

        Gotta slide in the unicorn (aka D400) reference, even here …

        • Pete Grady

          For old time’s sake…like the Df…

      • desmo

        take care of your D300s
        it’s gonna have to last you a long time

        • umeshrw

          Thank you. You said… a long time. Not …. a lifetime.

          • Z

            Good one …

            Just hope Canon releases 7D II next year …

  • what_the_fox_says

    half baked camera! this could have been an epic winner if:

    * 51 Af-points from d4/d800/d700
    * full alloy body, rather than plastic bid in the front
    * 91k metering unit from d4/d800
    * viewfinder shutter curtain
    * 1/2 stop shutter clicks like Leica
    * 2nd SD card slot

    It’s a great camera, it just doesn’t seem 100% right, it’s half baked. Possibly rushed to market? Great concept, full with ‘second-hand’ interior (except sensor which is top notch)

    • Joel

      That’s precisely what were all asking for and it’s something that we’re simply not going to receive until the D4 gets a refresh and the old hardware can be moved downwards without affecting sales of the flagship. You want that D4 and it sounds like you need it just like I do, but we’re both teetering on paying $6k. Nikon want to keep us facing that difficult decision for just a little longer :)

    • Tomsky

      And put the D4 right out of business?

      Whether you like it or not, whether the price being justified or not: But building the Df to the specs you and numerous others have claimed it should be is the equivalent of asking Nikon to shoot their own knees and feet with an AK-47 loaded with a full 30 rounds clip of 7.62×39 FMJ.

      They did that with the D700 vs. the D3 and I seriously doubt that they are really keen on repeating that painful experience. Sorry to burst your bubble.

      • what_the_fox_says

        I don’t see those cameras competing, D4 is a fast camera with 11FPS & great focus tracking capability. It caters to professionals who heavily rely on their gear in sports/action photography, as well as photojournalists. If you need a D4, you’ll get a D4 for the handling, speed and accuracy. The Df caters a completely different ‘slow photography’ market.

        Giving the Df a few better specs such as better metering & better Af spread wouldn’t have canabalized sales, but it would have made the Df a grown up cam, rather than a D600/D610 in new clothes. Just my two cents :)

        • Joel

          Of course they could do it, and they could probably even do it for $3500 and still make a bit of money out of it, but they wont because taking $6k from a customer is better than taking $3.5k. Whilst it’s true that photojournalists and sports shooters would stick with the D4, the far greater market which are the wedding and event photographers would instantly move to the cheaper body. Nikon simply don’t want that to happen just yet.

          • umeshrw

            They should have given Df 1 or 2 fps speed and 800 AF unit . No fear of cannibalizing D4 sales.

        • Tomsky

          @Joel: exactly

          “The Df caters a completely different ‘slow photography’ market” – that’s precisely why it got the lower spec’d features.

          As I said, Nikon most likely just doesn’t wanna come close to that situation again where the much cheaper but almost similarly spec’d model eats away the flagship’s sales.

      • per

        If Nikon is afraid of the Df cannibalizing the sales of the D4 – then why do they try to sell it as a classically styled mini-D4? Their whole marketing campaign is this: “Buy the Df – and you get the performance of the D4.”

        • Tomsky

          Of course they’re trying to do, suggesting you’re in reach with “the top” when buying the Df. The soft, oh so soft whispering of the experienced marketer.

          At the brutal technical level this time they made absolutely sure that the Df cannot endanger their flagship D4. Period.

          And still I can see the potential of the Df as a great reportage camera geared towards a slower approach where the “crippled” features (AF, metering) don’t really matter. The only thing that is quite incomprehensible is the lack of a second card slot when using SD cards anyways. D7100 and D610 have dual SD-slots. Probably the greatest faux-pas of the Df.

          • per

            So Nikon is basically fooling the gullible potential buyers of the Df, while the buyers of the D4 are in the know. Could be. But then, if Nikon does not want to repeat the mistake they did with the D700/D3 – then why did they do it with the D800? The D800 instantly made obsolete their flagship studio camera, their most expensive camera.

            • Tomsky

              Apparently there seems to be some “magic” about the D3x’s sensor. True or not, I can’t confirm as I have never been deeply involved in the studio/commercial photographers’ scene. But there still seems to be a significant demand for the D3x despite its nominal inferiority to the D800. Otherwise the D3x would have been out of production a long time ago.

              But from photojournalists and press shooters I know that many of them picked the D700 over the D3 as it offered pretty much all that they and their customers needed. And the introduction of the upgraded D3s a mere two years after the introduction of the D3 and only one and a half years after the market entry of the D700 speaks volumes as well.

            • Extra

              I know a lot of pros who still (in 2013/14!) prefer the D3x over the D800 for (mainly) 2 reasons: AF System, which is much more accurate / reliable than the D800 one and cleaner image a low ISO (100-400). For everything higher they take D3s/D4.

            • Extra

              D3 is much better than D700 in so many aspects. But – true – many customers won’t see the difference.

            • Joel

              You’ll find that D3X sales were so low it was a fairly non-impactful decision (in terms of D3X sales) to bring out the D800 – a camera designed to compete against the 5D2 which had become the predominant 35mm used for studio and landscape photography.

            • Extra

              5D2 has no AF, at least no usable one.

            • Joel

              I’ve shot weddings with the 5D2 and used it within the studio. It’s not great, but it’s workable if you know what youre doing.

        • Guest

          They’re not afraid of the DF taking sales away from the D4. The framerate is probably too slow for most sports photographers, the body doesn’t offer fast alteration of settings, and it looks like it’ll be something that’ll get damned painful to hold after a few hours with a large prime attached. Wedding and event photographers probably (you’d hope) probably wont want to risk shooting onto a single card either.

          I shoot professionally, yet I’ll still be buying this camera. Why? Because I want something small, versatile and with excellent IQ for my own (not my clients) photography. The fact that it features a beautiful bespoke design that casts me back to a childhood spent with my fathers FM and F bodies that he shot with when he was a professional only increases the warm feelings that I have for this body.

          If you want to know who this camera is aimed at, it’s someone like me really..

        • Anonymous Coward

          You need to cannibalize yourself before your competitors do.

          • DTB

            If they weren’t so greedy, and if they would have put a decent AF system in it, perhaps the Df would be a success. But, unfortunately, they took the greedy route and used an APS-C sized AF system, which has turned off a lot of customers. Perhaps it was a mistake to even release this camera, as they just highlighted their “give-the-bare-minimum approach”, just like Canon, and charged a premium for a same-old, same-old with a slight makeover…

            While I don’t like the design of the A7/A7r and its lack of high-quality, reasonably sized, fast primes, at least Sony has pushed forward and has given a sign of what is to come in the future…

            In my opinion, Nikon should have released a full frame, MILC with a set of high-quality fast primes. But, unfortunately, they are too conservative, just like Canon, which may start to hurt them in the near future…

      • Cuculain

        I wouldn´t spent 5000€ for a D4 since I´m only a hobby-photographer.

        But I would spent up to 3000€ for a new version of the D700- in this beautiful retro disign – even better. :-)

        So my purchase wouldn´t influence the D4 sales at all.
        Am I the only one?

    • M H

      “half baked”
      “great camera”
      “doesn’t seem 100% right” ..hmm doesn’t “seem”
      I’ve read quite a few negative posts about the camera and even the potential buyers of the camera, but none quite as contradictory as yours. congrats!

      • what_the_fox_says

        not a negative post at all

        • M H

          Sure it is.

          adjective: half-baked
          1.(of an idea or philosophy) not fully thought through; lacking a sound basis.

          “half-baked notions of Teutonic superiority”

          synonyms:ill-conceived, harebrained, cockamamie, ill-judged, impractical, unrealistic, unworkable, ridiculous, absurd; More

          informalcrazy, crackpot, cockeyed

          “half-baked theories”

          antonyms:sensible

          • what_the_fox_says

            Glad you pointed that out :)

      • Pete Grady

        Sounds like he’s running for President

    • Cheers!

      And price that $1500.
      Then its fully baked + topless bar warranty.

  • Pete Grady

    Lovely. Very slim, beautifully proportioned with a really nice surface texture. Knobs in all the right places for each function. Oh, and the cameras are nice, too.

    • photoroto

      My girlfriend so needs a “Nikon” tattoo.

      • Pete Grady

        Where?

        • photoroto

          Just above the aperture ring.

          • Pete Grady

            lol

  • fxbuyer

    After waiting for this camera for a couple of weeks, I finally ordered a D610 today.

    I would have bought this camera if it was $2300 for the body, and it had a way to capture videos, even if it meant digging through menus to do it. If it can include cheesy post processing effects, it is “unpure” enough to offer video capture. Between the AF system, lack of video and lack of 1/8000 shutter speed, this camera is too crippled to justify the price.

    The D4 sensor was great when it first came out almost two years ago, but cheaper cameras offer sensors with better overall performance now, so the D4 sensor is not a huge selling point. It would have been a different story if this camera had the D4 AF system, shutter speed, and FPS, but it doesn’t. The D4 wouldn’t be a D4 without those and many other features that the Df lacks. Just putting the 16mp D4 sensor in the Df doesn’t make it a cheaper D4!

    • Joel

      Sounds like you’ve explained precisely the decision Nikon wanted you to make given your needs, though I would recommend shooting with and processing a few shots out of the D4. That sensor really is something that cannot be captured in the words of a review.

  • Maji

    I am not sure if this has been posted here before or how many have seen this. Please go and tell Nikon why you like or you dislike the Df. Here is the link to a survey on Nikon’s website. I am glad that Nikon is at least trying to hear what the user base is saying.

    https://webc.nikonimaging.com/form/pub/info/df_en

    • broxibear

      That might turn out to be another mistake by Nikon…Peter (Admin) should make a seperate post highlighting that “Nikon Need Your Opinion”…a lot of opinions out there about this camera.

      • MMS

        From people who haven’t even held it in their hands.

        • broxibear

          They’re asking for opinions from people who have seen/read the press about the camera and any who have handled it.

          • Kev Dav

            I used the questionnaire in asking where the D300s and D700 replacements were at so they could actually make some much needed money.

            • DunDat

              Yep, +1
              Nikon will soon get p####d with all the” why no D400″ responses

            • Vin

              Yep+2 , DfX, D400f, retro fusion DX, D300s successor!

          • umeshrw

            Why make the door after horse has escaped?
            P. S. realized that maybe it is for Df2

  • karl

    Can anybody answer this question: is 1 click 100% zoom available on the Df? Thank you.

  • Sebastian

    From the specs it looks like a nice camera. Like the d800 and d600. Or a 6d or 5d3. All about 300% more camera than is necessary for most people most of the time. for me, as an amateur, it’s hard to get excited about it. What is this thing going to do for me that a d600 or 800 or 700 didn’t? Yes I know the numbers, but really?

    • GetALife

      Once you stop whining about it, the camera will give you a balance and tactile feel that you have never experienced with other DSLRs. The analog dials, especially coupled with a manual focus lens, will bring you closer to your subject in ways hard to describe to one who has never experienced photography to any depth.

      • Sebastian

        Have you actually used the camera or is this from some marketing brochure?
        I’m not whining about it at all, btw, I think it will be a nice camera. Like all of the FF and many of the APS SLRs.

  • karl

    After having thought about it the whole day, I think Nikon is just letting most features “upgradable” for the next generations. What I really can’t understand though, is how they imagined they could ask so much for that.

  • usa

    I’m buying whatever the hell they’re selling in that second video!

    • usa

      Any idea what size sensors are in those models?

      • scott800

        +1

  • Gary

    As one who has owned (and really loves) a D800 since launch day in the UK, I know that Nikon learned with the D800 that it can sell all it makes with a (relatively) low launch price.

    So, this time, there’s a high price for the “early adopters” (aka “mugs”) just in time for Christmas.

    But just watch what happens in the New Year when folk start buying with their head and not their heart.

    If you have more money than sense then go ahead and buy now – you’ll think it gives you kudos but your friends will be laughing behind your back!

    Wait until the New Year, and you can laugh at Nikon!

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of the Df – but not at this price!

    • Lumenatic

      I’m not too sure. The D800 was 2.900 Euros upon release, now (1.5 years later) it is 2.100 Euros. Project that price drop on the Df and you have a price of sth. above 2.150 Euros in 1.5 years. That is still pretty much for such a “downgraded” version in my opinion. Sth. in the region between the D610 (currently 1.800 Euros) and the D800 should do the trick. But I don’t see that happen.

  • BM

    I suppose we have witnessed Nikon giving up on competing with the Phone craze that has become the new polaroid of our time. Instead of making a solid no frills camera that is truly an affordable shooters camera, they focus on high priced cameras for people that wear pocket watches and drink tumblers of expensive bourbon.

    • Bamboojled

      You are making this statement as if Nikon has stopped producing the other cameras…
      Nikon is still making all of those cameras.
      All they have done is give you yet another choice.
      This is just product segmentation.
      I have various Nikon DSLR’s that I use for work-but I will be purchasing this camera for myself…
      Not all watches have to be a Timex, can’t a person also chose to purchase one for it’s design aesthetic and tactile quality?
      Or to put it another way=
      Some folks enjoy using a fine tool as much as they enjoy the end result.

      • BM

        A fine tool does not need to be $3000. A fender telecaster is around $1200. It’s a basic guitar that is solid, affordable, made in the USA and is a classic no bullshit instrument. It’s what I would call affordable to most people that have a passion for music. Maybe Nikon should make a digital FM10 for the average person that has a passion for photography…well pure photography that is.

    • inteliboy

      It’s as if Nikon didn’t know what they were trying to do with this camera. Rather than a classic FM manual style DSLR, instead we have this weird monster of thing with every damn button, wheel and bell & whistle imaginable thrown at it (minus video). It even has PASM dial and a top LCD…. utterly bizarre.

      • Espen4u

        Disappointed!? Not me, I had wished for more of course, but this was expected. Still, it’s affordable (for FX), has an intresting sensor and a new (old) control layout. I won’t buy it, yet. Maybe the next iteration of it or maybe in a year or so when it get down some in price, as a second body to my d800.

  • MMS

    Check out this link for the Mcnally video.

    http://nikondf.nikonusa.com/joe-mcnally.html

    • Integral Moments

      i can tell one thing, i liked the studio video promo, especially in B&W

      • MMS

        I love the product pages that show the brown leather case/strap for the silver/black version.

  • fjfjjj

    Dinky incandescent side-light for top LCD?!

    • Drazen B

      Old school, brother…

  • usa

    Admin, Any word on volume of pre-orders?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I will get the first results tomorrow, no idea yet.

      • usa

        Awesome job covering this product release. And as far as I can tell, your predictions were 100% accurate. Bonus kudos for posting the video of the two models with the crop sensors!

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          :) I got some stats that 92% of my audience is male…

  • MMS

    Admin, if not noticed before, here is the link to the Nikon pages with the McNally video and product pages:

    http://nikondf.nikonusa.com/joe-mcnally.html

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Oh, this is a whole new dedicated page. I will post this in my next recap, probably tomorrow.

  • youcontrol

    Admin,
    Do you have statistics which of these videos was clicked on first by the most people. ;)

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I do not statistics to tell you that :)

  • Joel

    I’ve seen a few posts from those wondering what Nikon were thinking when they produced this camera. “It’ll take sales away from the D4″. “It wont take sales away from the D4 because it’s been intentionally neutered”. “What’s the point when you can buy a D800?” etc. Well here’s my brief take.

    They’re not afraid of the DF taking sales away from the D4. The framerate is probably too slow for most sports photographers, the body doesn’t offer fast alteration of settings, and it looks like it’ll be something that’ll get damned painful to hold after a few hours with a large prime attached. Wedding and event photographers probably (you’d hope) probably wont want to risk shooting onto a single card either.

    I shoot professionally, yet I’ll still be buying this camera. Why? Because I want something small, versatile and with excellent IQ for my own (not my clients) photography. The fact that it features a beautiful bespoke design that casts me back to a childhood spent with my fathers FM and F bodies that he shot with when he was a professional only increases the warm feelings that I have for this body.

    If you want to know who this camera is aimed at, it’s someone like me really..

    • Bamboojled

      This was posted on another site from a blog, and speaks to exactly what you are saying!!!

      “This isn’t a camera to grow your business. This isn’t your second or third wedding body. This isn’t your do-it-all camera. This is the “grow yourself” camera. This is a gift to yourself for a job well done. This is a camera to remind you why you are a photographer”

      • jr456

        This makes sense to me…apparently a lot of people have issues with that though and are bringing on the hate.

        I may not buy this camera but I think it fulfills exactly the niche you stated and possibly others as well.

    • per

      Which makes it all the more mysterious why they crippled the camera. (In particular with regard to the AF-system. Why, oh Nikon, why!?) Maybe the marketing gurus have taken over the company and they simply cannot refrain from crippling, even if it serves no purpose. To paraphrase Gordon Gekko: “Why did you cripple it? “Because it was crippable, alright!?”

      • Bamboojled

        I think that crippled is to harsh a term…
        It has an updated focusing system to the D7000 only bettered by the D800/D4.
        The best selling full frame was a 5DII and that had center point for all intensive purposes.

        • per

          The 5D also had a crippled AF-system. The Canon folks were mad as hell about it, forcing Canon to make amends with the MkIII. In my view, it is beneath the dignity of Nikon to cripple their products. Nikon should always offer their customers the very best they can do. This is particularly the case with the Df, a high profile product which Nikon is marketing as a camera with the cutting edge technology of the D4, with corresponding price tag.

          • Joel

            And what if the price tag were to go up by another $500 if Nikon had incorporated the 92k meter and 51pt AF? Would people then be proclaiming that Nikon had lost the plot by producing a body that was far more expensive than the D800, or would people now be saying that it was the perfect body at a great price?

            I know how to work with the 4800FX unit and I certainly trust 2k meter to get me within the ballpark when I’m not shooting in manual. So whilst I’m with you in saying that I would have liked to have seen the better meter and AF units packaged, I probably would have baulked on the additional price that would have come with it.

            • per

              The camera is now 2750 USD. Put in the 92k and the 51p and make it 3000 USD, and I think that a lot more people would buy it. People would have realized that it is a pro camera, it would have been treated as the D700 successor, albeit in classical style. Nikon would have created the ultimate street camera; (for street photography, retro is actually functional).
              This is perhaps the problem. Instead of merely catering for nostalgia, Nikon should have asked: how can we make the greatest street camera ever? They would then have had the three top cameras in every category: the D4 for sports/PJ, the D800 for studio/landscape, Df for street.

            • umeshrw

              For a higher spec camera people shell out. For a crippeled camera they expect reasonable price tag.

    • usa

      Joel, Have you figured out what happens with the knobs when a programmable mode is used? Are they just wrong? I can’t figure this out.

      • Joel

        From Nikon’s explanation of Programmable Auto Mode:

        “The camera automatically adjusts aperture and shutter speed for optimal exposure, but the photographer can choose from different combinations of aperture and shutter speed that will produce the same exposure”

        The ISO you set yourself and then use the rear dial to scroll through different combinations of aperture and exposure offered for the given shot. Im guessing the may either use whatever exposure set on the exposure dial as the minimum, or, it may just disregard what you’ve set on the dial all-together. I’m guessing the latter is probably true.

        • http://www.gordonmoat.com/ Gordon Moat

          That’s the way the F4S works on P and Ph. The settings on the dials do not matter. Switch to another mode and then the settings apply for each particular mode. Nothing new in that regard on the Df, other than Ph (Program High) disappeared with the F4 line.

        • umeshrw

          Is that same as vari program?

  • Belicosos

    Quick question… If I use command dial to set shutter speed, what do I use to set apeture when using a G lens?? That big dial on the front??

  • BrainBeat

    No reviews? Only twisting dials and pressing buttons?

  • Ronan

    Great camera, priced exactly where it should for it’s target market.

    Still too expensive IMHO, but i’m not the manufacturer/retailer.

  • mart

    Somehow I can’t stop thinking that the best marketing and sales move from nikon was when they released D3 and then introduced d700, which IS the same D3 essentialy. Quite a few people were sceptical, but time proved that the decision was right, and the two cameras were bestsellers. And no one ever thought that d700 was “crippled” in any way – it was a different model and yet-it was pretty much the same. I think that’s what most of us expected from this camera, its retro looks being a bonus for some and a misunderstanding to others. But no one would dare to call it crippled or otherwise inferior to the top model, whereas now it is pretty obvious that Nikon worked hard to save costs on this camera and to maximise its returns. Ok, it is business, i understand.

    • usa

      Not sure I agree. I bet the D700 product placement probably cost Nikon millions in profits.

      • mart

        Why do you think so? Do you assume that without d700 all the people who bought it would have robbed banks just to get a high fps, dual card and grip equipped d3? On the other hand – the working pros simply had no choice – at least due to the dual card and fps. Can’t really see how the release of d700 could have adversely affected the company’s profits. Its the same camera after all, and its production costs must have been significantly lower (no additional R&D, no sensor/af module developments, etc.

      • zlik

        This is a story I often hear about the D700 and the D3, but I really can’t understand the logic behind it. Nikon makes profit out of both cameras, why should it matter which one it is that people are buying ? IT’S THE SAME COMPANY. Oh, and most people that bought the D700 would have never bought a D3 anyway, so, in that regard, it’s even better for Nikon.

        • umeshrw

          Precisely. If you cannot afford D3 then you don’t need it and You wouldn’t ever go for it. But D700 is in reach . If 700 hadn’t been there then there would have been a much bigger hole in the lineup than now(with D800)

      • Sahaja

        It may deem logical to assume so but do we know for sure? I read all the time that “the D700 cannibalized D3 sales”, but I’ve never actually seen any statistics or statement from Nikon that shows this.

        Nikon was also new, and a little late, to the full frame digital market then which distort things too.

      • KD

        Then there is the otherside which is people like me. Had Nikon not had the D700 with its specs when I started photography, I would have went with the canon 5dm2 and not had given Nikon the $ for subsequent 50, 105, 16-35, 24-70, 70-200 and 3 x sb800.

        In this one case, Nikon didnt cost itself money.

    • Cuculain

      Well, their strategy didn´t work on me…though I love the disign I´m going to stick to my D700 and D300 – still marvalous cameras which perfectly suit my needs.
      Anyhow I would have been willing to spent 3k for a suitable replacement – for the beauty and fun of it.

      So I sit and wait and continue to love taking photos.

      Crossing fingers, that Nikon will continue to produce wonderful cameras now and then.

      Canon 1dx already has the better autofocus system, according to reviews, higher framerate.
      Canon 7d mark II is rumored to have specs all Nikon D300s users are longing for as an replacement…
      Sigma ist producing 24.105 obviosly superior to the 24-120.

      Nikon might be still marvelous in the area of pro camera and lenses.
      My feeling is, they are loosing the semi-pro and abitious hobby photographers (like me) more and more. And thats a shame…

  • Lubos

    It is not end of the world. That’s why it is not the sweet 24Mp, 51AF and so on. Time is going on and on and on, that means that there is a space for DFs. Maybe in year or two. But if there is a success with this kind of layout, there will be upgrade. I don’t believe this one is dead end.

  • bonem

    I really like how the camera looks and the idea behind it, but I think they went too far with it. They should chop the specs (and body size) considerably along with the price and call it good. If I want “pure photography” like they’re saying I’ll pick up one of my old film cameras and go shoot.

    I guess this would be for the narrow market of folks upgrading to nicer specs and a cool body. I don’t think it’s of any use for someone with a pro-body daily shooter though.

    My 2cp!

  • Ankorwat

    why the D4 sensor? when d800 sensor is better
    best to all Ankorwat

    • Lubos

      no it’s not… :-)

      • Mikael Risedal

        Why is it not better?

        • Lubos

          D4 sensor is one of the best balanced sensor on the market. Colors rendering, skin tones etc. :-) with 1Dx…

          • Mikael Risedal

            sorry you are wrong look at DXO measurements, sensor ranking

            • PhotoAl

              Too many megapixels. If I were in the market for a FF Nikon I’d pick this over the D800 because of physical size and file size.

    • Joel

      Better for what? Studio portraiture? Still life? Product photography? Landscapes? Low light events? Photojournalism?

      Define better and why.

  • usa

    Breaking: Internet Camera Guy with the orange kids likes the DF.

    • broxibear

      Lol, Ok, I’m calling it…time of death, 01:48 GMT.

    • broxibear

      Lol, Ok, I’m calling it…time of death, 01:48 GMT.

    • rosshj

      Ahahahahha!

  • Mikael Risedal

    First of all so are d800 sensor from Sony better than Nikon Renesas sensor in D4, Better DR, color resolution, resolution and if d800 raw files are down sized to D4 the high iso results is similar

    • hexx

      you are not allowed to say that :D

    • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

      Not exactly true. While I dare go as far as Hi.7 on my d800 (slightly above ISO 10000), the d4 proved about 2/3 stop of advantage. While important for noise, the d4 sensor also provided close to a stop advantage over the d800: dynamic range. This is above ISO 1600. For low-light events, this is even more important than noise – you get better colours and fewer blown out highlights, especially with those colourful stage lightings. And more white balance leeway as well.

      • MrSkelter

        It kills me that D800 owners are convinced Nikon is lying about the D4 being the best high ISO choice. I never see D4 owners complaining their D800′s do better in the dark but D800 owners seem convinced their bodies are essentially the best across the board. It’s a great camera and does surprisingly well in low light but its no D4.

  • akersc

    I already have a D800 and a D3s so I think I have enough FX bodies for awhile. What I do NOT have is a DX body. If Nikon would make a DX version with the 24mp sensor from the D5300 or D7100 for around $2000 to 2,300 I would jump on it.

    • genious

      CROP and keep the money in your pocket…………..

      • umeshrw

        Genious comment. While you are at it please tell also how to crop the size and weight?

  • Ken Mann

    My d700′s are workhorses for all the 1000′s of images I shoot at festivals, events and weddings – Nikon I’m still waiting for an upgrade. The D800 with a small (16mp) and medium (24mp) raw option would do nicely. WTF :(

    • toby

      buy a d800 and a new computer. problem solved

  • Ken Mann

    How about a firmware update for the D800 for small (16mp) and medium (24mp) raw files – that would convince me to ditch my 2 d700′s that pay the bills! D4′s are too expensive and D600/610′s have those silly center clustered AF points like they were from some retro DX camera :(

    • http://z7photo.com/ Csaba

      Don’t worry about the AF – the difference between the 51 and 39 coverage is exaggerated. In reality, the it’s not a huge deal.

      I shoot low light events in tricky light conditions. I often focus and recompose, though I use back button focusing (AF-ON button only, shutter set to be released whenever I want it, AF-C d9) and that makes it fast enough even for action. And you don’t have to focus on the eyes if you want them to be in focus ;) This actually allows me to move out of the focus area coverage, and it’s like muscle memory – doesn’t take time to aim at a body part or any object that would be on the same focus plane.

      With lots of practice and doing the above I hardly ever miss focus. As I said, the coverage difference is actually quite negligible (google for some overlaid images) and I don’t see it affecting my photography in any measurable way. There is a far bigger problem with the d600. There is no dedicated AF-ON button. This would be OK, but the AE-L button to which you can assign this function is way too far from the back command wheel, where I naturally rest my thumb. This is the only significant issue I have with the d600. Everything else I love about the camera. I was (and still am) very fond of the d7000 style body, the U1 & U2 memory banks, good handling and ergonomics – except this single flaw :-/

    • MrSkelter

      D4′s aren’t expensive if you pay the bills with your cameras.

      Also the update you want – which isn’t a RAW file by definition – requires processing. That would slow the camera down further and it’s already stressed with the files as they are.

      I know some Canon shooters (and I have those bodies too) love S-RAW but why not just use a fatter card and make the choice in the computer. You can even set your software to decimate your files on import. Surely memory prices aren’t stopping a pro from shooting on big cards?

      • Ken Mann

        It seems that I should consider selling the 2 x D700′s while there is still some value for them and getting another D800. I have a D800E now and truly love the files I get. The camera handles nicely too. I just need 2 identical bodies to work with. Hmmmmm. 2xD4′s would be nice but are not in the budget for a long time. I don’t make my living at photography. I have the computer power (Dell Precision – 2×256 internal ssd drives, 24gb memory, 2gb graphics, etc in a notebook :) and card capacity (4-32, 4×16) but am spoiled by how fast my D700 images are rendered in Lightroom compared to the D800. I could also do a lot more image selecting/filtering before they get to Lightroom. Thanks for your comments! The Df and D610′s are non starters for me now.

  • cbla

    No one on this comment board actually shoots… This is the camera I’ve been waiting for. Dedicated controls I can’t accidentally screw up or set to some other random thing, for ISO, shutter speed, aperture, focus, and PASM. Good low light performance. Fantastic image quality to 11×14. The ability to properly use my 55 1.0 and my other old Nikon glass. Long battery life. Fast, bright pentaprism. Quiet shutter. Small and lightweight. 51 AF points? Don’t need more than 9. No one does. Full alloy body? Don’t care – plastic is just as tough for non-critical parts. 91k metering? Don’t be silly. My OM-4Ti had all the metering I needed. Viewfinder shutter curtain? just put a cap on the viewfinder for the 2 times a year you’re shooting long exposures on “auto” and not bulb. 1/2 stop shutter clicks? Why would I ever need that! This is a camera I will buy. I will use. I will stop looking for a replacement. It’s the first time I’ve ever said that last one about a digital camera – for 10 years I keep buying them knowing something is missing, but that it’s the best compromise available. This is NOT a camera for retro douchebags or for pixel peepers. This is a camera for people who learned to shoot on an F, an X700, an FM, an A1, or an OM-1, who are brand agnostic, and who want to continue shooting excellent pictures with no fuss, with the controls they remember. A couple of offerings through the years have come close (anyone remember the Epson/Leica? The new Sonys and Fujis are also close)

    • Aldo

      To 11×14? oh you can make much larger than that.

    • Adrian Gopal

      No one is ever happy even with the bestest specs that can ever be put into a package. Such is consumerism. Personally I am with you on this thought pattern. I still shot with the center focus point only (hyperfocal focusing is natural to me), I use spot metering (and sometime center weighted).. I still do the Nikon focus lock dance. I have my DSLR configured as dumb as can be.. just like if I was shooting with my FM2 or F4. I have almost never used a view finder curtain or cover during long exposures. Now I am only hoping that my current accessories like by DG-12 and DR5/6 can still be mounted with an adaptor, my TC-200/201 can now work, my Reflex Nikkor’s can now meter.. I am a happy clam. I have been waiting for this, and just like you, this is the camera I have been dreaming Nikon will produce.

      • geico

        12 I’s. Elitist camera.

        • Adrian Gopal

          You actually took the time to count the number of I’s.. lol.. I am impressed.

    • Pete Grady

      I make outstanding 18X27 prints from files shot on my D300s. 11X14? I would think you could make great looking 24 X 36 prints…at least.

    • umeshrw

      ” Dedicated controls I can’t accidentally screw up or set to some other random thing, for ISO, shutter speed, aperture, focus, and PASM., ” —- Yes I can see how you actually shoot.

      • MrSkelter

        McNally shoots full auto.

        He’s better than both of us.

        • umeshrw

          Does he actually. Always? Without using Exp compensation even ?

    • hexx

      if you really shoot as you say you do you’d find locks on both exposure compensation and shutter speed dial quite annoying, also position of exposure compensation on the left is all but great for shooting -> your left hand should hold the lens from the bottom and operating focus and aperture, your right hand should operate shutter speed, exposure compensation (if in aperture priority or shutter priority mode) and shutter release. No manual focusing aid there so not really great for manual focusing. Leica, Fuji -> the only digital cameras that got it right.

      • NoMeJodas

        Fully agree!

        In addition to the above the ISO dial is also in the wrong place. It should be on the right side so it can be changed with the right hand. The exposure compensation dial could be left out if necessary as reading the shutter speed value when checking the image and dialing the desired value on the shutter speed knob would do the same.

    • Zesty

      Meh. You are kidding yourself. You just admitted you have bought multiple cameras the last 10 years. You’ll probably sell this off soon enough after something even”better” comes out. Gear junkie in denial.

  • Sahaja

    Even if this were exactly the same as a D610 inside (no D4 sensor) many people would buy it because they like it. Car manufacturers use the same chassis and engine in a whole variety of bodies with different options.

  • http://www.davidkasman.com/ David Kasman

    I’d like to have a drink with this guy.

  • Bayou Bill

    Very interesting how, now that we know everything, the number of NR comments has dropped off very dramatically. Not a good sign for the success of this camera.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Actually it’s normal – people come here mainly for the rumors.

      • Spy Black

        Hope you finally catch up on some sleep. :-) Thanks for all your hard work.

      • MrSkelter

        You should rest. When will it get crazy again? Anything big before Photokina?

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          Actually sooner – early January before the CES show. I expect new Nikon 1 products and maybe new lenses. Then there is another show in Japan in February and Nikon loves to announce new products there.

    • Peter N

      Very cool camera but pricing killed the enthusiasm. But early adopters are buying. Black Df #9 and Silver Df #10 on Amazon Digital Cameras…

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/281052/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_e_1_3_last

  • Down Yours

    You couldn’t take a good photograph if it hit you in the face. But you fell for Nikon’s crap marketing campain, and hell, if you believe hard enough, maybe you’ll take a good photoraph one day. Good think you order at the first possible moment.

  • Spy Black

    Man, that chick on the left is just stunning….

  • Jeff Curtner

    Japanese report of the Df press event in which Mr. Goto explained the background story of Df development. http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20131105_622200.html

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Can somebody do a quick translation please?

      • http://www.gordonmoat.com/ Gordon Moat

        The Googel Chrome translation is very rough, but it seems part of the idea was to get away from the sameness of so many DSLRs. One other thing I found interesting was that there development lab appears to have considered a digital S3 model. Perhaps that was killed due to a lack of lenses for that system.

    • Jeff Curtner

      Nikon brand clock with alarm sound as the D4 shutter.

  • Hal in Cal

    This is a camera for people who are terrible at balancing features for the $.

  • Hal in Cal

    I hope to gain a lot of poser friends once I buy this poser camera.

  • Hal in Cal

    $3k for this? Might as well go the whole way and buy a real snob camera called Leica.

    • MrSkelter

      Have you shot a Noctilux? A Summicron 50? A Summilux 21? There’s a reason Leica’s still sell and it’s not just cache.

      Ferrari’s are loved by poseurs too. They’re also among the very best cars you can buy.

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