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


"A fusion of D4 image quality and lightweight mobility"

Nikon Df system:


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


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.”


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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  • Mew

    Seems like a miss to me.

  • Mr. Mamiya

    Does it work with the TC-16A?

  • Narretz

    Thanks everyone for making my first Nikon camera launch a real treat. What a shame that it ended up to be such a strange camera. Capable it might be, but price level and overall execution are lacking. And I can’t shake the feeling that Nikon did themselves a disservice with this camera.Lauding this half-baked retro cam as a return to pure photography, while leaving out defining features like the option for interchangable focus screens etc. is one thing, but the absence of any kind of innovation makes Nikon look really desperate, or greedy. Pair that with the usual marketing garbage and it becomes almost ridiculous. Looks like they lost a lot of street cred with this one. Maybe their next tries will be more on mark.


    I’ll just buy some retro accessories for my heavy D800 to make feel better about this

    • Micky Finn

      Just feel better that you have a D800, rather than the Df at boutique prices.

    • Sahaja

      For the times when you feel nostalgic for the past, you can buy a real FM2 body on KEH in EX condition for only $215 and a 50mm f/1.8 AIS for under $90. That might make you feel better.

      If you wear it round your neck, you’ll look every bit as hip as if you were wearing a Dƒ

  • Micky Finn

    It will not sell well in the UK because we have been stiffed on price. Nikon have announced that it will be £2749, a full £1000 more than the D610, and £800 than the D800. In exchange rates that equates to $4300 USD. Going by the USD price and all list prices of every other single product Nikon makes, they should have priced this at £1800, yet £2749 it is in the UK, which is far too much. I like the idea of the camera, I would have bought one, but not at £2749.

    Looking at a post in a UK forum of the actual event Nikon announced the Df at, it is clear to me that Nikon sees this as a boutique camera for people who will buy it on looks alone, and it can be sold at a premium as such. Nikon, you have lost the plot on the UK pricing, so the Df will not sell well here. Someone on this forum suggested that Nikon would be using Westerndorp’s price sensitivity meter to gauge price, it is clear from this that they don’t, they think of a number, any number and then use it, preferably a high one. The D4, D800 and D610 are all better value than the Df and I can see why they are priced how they are, but I cannot see why the Df would be priced at £2749 because it doesn’t replace what the D800 can do and is nowhere near the abilities of a D4.

    • desmo

      That’s because they know your lot
      have a lot of tweed jackets
      and they can sell as many as they can make

      • Micky Finn

        1) If you took a look at what a lot of people in the UK are actually wearing, you’d know it isn’t “a lot of tweed jackets”.

        2) I think that Nikon only want to sell the Df in the US and Japan, hence the lower, but not low enough US price point for what isn’t the camera that most wanted or thought it would be anyway.

        3) The only photog in the UK I know that still wants one of these Df cameras, is my brother, but then he has taken leave of his senses, already has all the gear he needs but just wants to buy some more for the sake of it and to look at the Df, his words not mine! And he doesn’t even own a tweed jacket either!

        4) Which brings me full circle, owning and wearing tweed jackets will not make anyone want to purchase a Nikon Df. For example, my brother wants a DF and doesn’t have a tweed jacket, I have a tweed jacket and I DON’T want a Df.

  • jesup

    F…ING HELL. no SPLITSCREEN or focuspeaking for manual focus lenses????? NONO NIKON NONO!!!!

  • Pippo

    As predicted, it costs 3K$. Little too much. I have time half a year, to get one or choose another.
    Camera looks great, specs maybe ok for me too.

  • Arthur Nazarian

    No battery grip? Is it known it it has contacts for a (future) grip?

    • Sahaja

      Doesn’t appear to have.

      • TheInconvenientRuth

        Brochure doesn’t list one as accessory…

  • toby

    Will be interesting to see hoe Canon respond (if they do). Hopefully they do, and actually put something innovative in it and then price it sensibly..

    • Max

      Agree, Canon needs a camera for the purist, but please not retro. The Zeiss 55mm Otus and a lot of other MF-lenses beg for enhanced focusing aids in a OVF. Thanks!

  • chk

    So this is a stylish d610 with the d4 sensor (only positive aspect of the whole package) with obsolete and absurd manual control (who the hell would like that time selection dial??? Like you always keep the same shoot time.. ) and at the price of a d800.
    I expect this to be a success amongst hipsters who prefer to show themselves with a nice “classic” camera than to show the pictures taken with it.

  • ronin

    Very nice.

    So when do they release the digital FM2?

  • hexx

    a no go for me, there are no focusing aids for manual focus. don’t really get all this retro if it doesn’t help you with manual focus glass and so on. poor execution of a good idea. UK price is insane. Nikon, you’ve lost the plot.

    also i’m not buying that they’ve been developing this for 4 years, really? nobody noticed that PASM is a bit out of place, that the right strap lug would be a bit of nightmare when it comes to position of fingers? nobody noticed that exposure compensation dial would make more sense on the right side of the camera?

    right…. let’s feed us with more marketing BS – this is a mashup of old inventory with £1000 markup on top, nothing more…

  • Ric

    My goodness, a lot of you are acting like Nikon released this AND discontinued the D800/610. If the 800/610 suites your needs/wants/wallet better, then simply choose that.

    Be glad Nikon has pretty much everyone covered whatever their level may be.

    It is like cars, they all will get you from A to B, the ride is what’s different. Some will get you there quicker, some will get you there more comfortably and so on. There is a HUGE range of Nikon cameras to choose from and the addition of another that is not suitable for your own personal wants/needs is not the end of the world.

    • fjfjjj

      Nikon does not have me covered. It has basically abandoned the D700 and D300 owner, to give us fashion instead.

      • MrSkelter

        Not true.

        The D700 – however much you love it – was a mistake. It was a top-of-the-range body sold cheap. Nikon die if they don’t have any profit in the high-end.

        The D300 is a niche device with serious fans. That doesn’t mean Nikon’s obligated to serve it.

        Fully pro bodies with crop sensors are dying. Nikon isn’t nearly as large as Canon. To thrive they need to limit their focus and re-use as much across lines as possible.

        With increasing sensor density the argument for a D400 is basically – it’s bit smaller than full-frame and could be cheaper. It’s not compelling.

        Nikon may well have a plan for the future which moves everything to full-frame beyond mirrorless. If you want fast and high-density body the D4 successor should have that. It’ll cost double what a D400 would. Good for Nikon, not good for some of you.

        I’m not saying there’s no place for a D400 but there may well not be a business case for it right now.

      • KnightPhoto

        Fair to expect there will be no more D4-sensor bodies other than D4 and Df; so your next hope is D610-sensor in a D800 body with 51pt. AF and EXPEED4.

        Personally I think a D400 is still coming. HEY EVERYBODY, notice the Df didn’t fill that D400 price-point slot 😉

  • Saffron Blaze

    I should get the D800 for that price. UK pricing suggests it’s a D800 with the D4 sensor, not some stripped down D600.

  • Saffron Blaze

    Come to think of it I won’t pay 2800 plus tax for a retro styled D600 with a D4 sensor.

    • waterengineer

      Silly comment.

  • Alex

    I don’t mind half the resolution compared to my D800E, but I do mind the use of AA filter and less dynamic range (more noise when lifting shadows). I had also hoped that the viewfinder would be as big and bright as old FM cameras with split screen, but it seems to be as small as my current full frame (source dpreview). I almost get the feeling they used an old sensor for a brand new camera. Even the new cheap consumer D5300 has no AA filter. And then the (swedish) price… I’m sorry, I so much wanted to buy this camera but I simply can’t down grade to such lower level just because of the looks… Maybe next time.

  • Martin Beddall

    After all that……… 🙁

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    It’s SO pretty in black… I’ve read the brochure, it IS small, barely bigger than an F3. If only it had a proper matte screen for MF (It doesn’t mention anywhere it has a new type or MF optimized one…). I really really wanted this, but I’m not sure anymore, I’ll wait for reviews. Maybe they have somehow made it more MF friendly anyway? …

    • Sahaja

      “small, barely bigger than an F3”

      The F3 was a largish camera in its day

      • TheInconvenientRuth

        Yeah, I’m biased, F3 without MD4 is the smallest camera I’ve ever used professionally….

  • Leonardo Baraldi


    I am a wedding photographer and now I have a D700 and D800.
    Professional Photographer invest in expensive equipment.
    Professional Photographer need professional equipment.

    Only very rich people and fans will buy the Nikon Df.

    After so many faults in Nikon cameras, it’s getting hard to find new fans …

    I’m a fan of Nikon. If it were cheaper, I would buy one for sure.
    Nikon should have made this camera thinking of sales volume, ie a camera for many fans and not only for a small fraction of rich people.

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  • thecouchguy

    Well I did say if they put in the d600 focus system I would not buy,(won’t have the money for a year) then last night I thought screw it, it’s everything I want. Why? Well the look of it might not make people so scared to have their photo taken by a high tech d800 NSA spy cam.

    They left out fricken video though, to make it “pure”. All they had to do is put in a touch screen, isolate the video mode and make all applicable function dials such as aperture or shutter speed work in video mode.You would have a great multi use camera that would not put people off quite so much.

    Then the price might make sense. If I already had a full frame body I know this would be a sweet little walk around camera for sure. Hell, 16 mpx on this great sensor is still great for landscape. I think if I owned one I would love it. Maybe I will still buy, I was thinking of getting a 5d3 or d800 then a gh3 down the road anyway. But I guess the more I look at this a Fuji camera looks more appealing simply due to the price.

  • nostatic

    What an utterly useless waste of Nikon’s resources. What marketing genius decided what all us D700 owners wanted as a long overdue replacement was a retro version of the D600 with less functionality and costing almost $1000 more? Nikon isn’t in the greatest financial shape right now, and badly needs a few home runs. This is an expensive strike out in my opinion.

  • nostatic

    What an utterly useless waste of Nikon’s resources. What marketing genius decided what all us D700 owners wanted as a long overdue replacement was a retro version of the D600 with less functionality and costing almost $1000 more? Nikon isn’t in the greatest financial shape right now, and badly needs a few home runs. This is an expensive strike out in my opinion.

  • Zord

    According to the first image If you buy this camera, they give you a compass, fob watch and a fancy pen.

    Maybe also some pocket change.

  • fjfjjj

    The new 50mm 1.8G is supposed to honor the style of the original Nikkor AI lenses, and match the classical design of the Dƒ… therefore it has no aperture ring. ::FACEPALM::

    • hexx

      and that DoF scale is pathetic too

      • desmo

        I don’t see a DOF scale on the 50
        you must be confusing it with the 43-86 which is a legacy nikkor

        that being said the scale made a lot of sense but wouldn’t work with a “G” lens as the fstops were color coded to key the scale

        it was not as simple as higher f#(smaller aperature) equaled greater DOF
        but what was true was Fstops that had greater DOF also had greater resolution.
        so the scale showed you where the sweetspot on the lens was

        • hexx

          look harder, it’s right there, unfortunately it’s got marking for f/16 only – hence the term ‘pathetic’ i used

          • some.guy from.texas

            Looks pretty shallow as well, am assuming the focus throw is not too far on this thing.

    • Neopulse

      Well you can buy the body alone and the 50mm 1.8D if you want an aperture ring and save a pretty penny.

      • fjfjjj

        Yes, though I’m only commenting on Nikon’s pitch.

  • Rafa R

    LOVE the strap! you can see it in this new video.

  • John

    It’s a beautiful camera – harkens back to the day…However, style only gets you so far. I’ll stick to my current desire for the D610.

  • mstr

    lets we all hope nikon guys checked out sensor and the rest real good.. or you better start waiting about leaving this model to Df-S or some other name.. 🙂

  • MEC

    Anyone know what the two lenses are in the first picture above?

    • tseo

      50/1.4 & 43-86/3.5

      • MEC

        Thank you sir! I was wondering because I couldn’t figure out what the lens is on the camera itself. It appears to have some sort of corrugated ring in the front of the lens that I’ve never seen before. Either on a Nikkor or Zeiss. Thought maybe it was a filter. Still cant find it, but thanks for your help.

        • tseo

          sorry its a 55/1.2 on the df – the version from 1965-1972 i think. the look is typical of primes from this era. the 43-86 should be correct.

          • MEC

            AH!! No wonder I couldnt find it! I wasn’t even born yet!! LOL… Thanks again!!

  • Pavan

    Jeez. While I was excited with the controls and build, The specs and price point
    just snatched it away from my hands.. I see D-flaw written all over it
    now and I feel this was released to entice a
    specificgroup of people. I’d be happy to own 2 cameras instead of one. Thats my opinion. I’ll let this pass and I feel awesome being a part of this experience on Nikonrumors. GJ admin


    well – for me, in general, it looks brilliant / would have expected them to put 51 AF points in … but it is not a huge problem for me as I use the single focus point like 85% of my shooting time / would have expected them to come with 1/8000 shutter speed (both mentioned are on my 300s which is quite an oldie … nowadays´ counting …).
    BUT – what I do regret … & what might even hold me few steps back & let me wait for some months to see what it really IS all about is the BODY construction – WHY (with the very metal-look) there isn´t the same amount of magnesium cover as is – even – on my 300s (@ nearly 1/2 the price!!)??
    DO YOU ON HERE FIND THE BUILT QUALITY ´enough´??? – do you THINK it will be somewhere near to d300s OR more of a d600 with its plastic parts?
    I am not going to construct a new house with it, NO, but still – would love to have smtg durable.
    Would like to hear from you … but as said in the very beginning – looks nice (even most parts of specs!), the d4 sensor makes it nearly a ´must have´ … but for the body construction …

  • WhatWereTheyThinking

    I really root for Canon and Nikon, I’ve shot film camera longer than digital. However, Sony and Panasonic are going to cleanup in the next few years. Face it, the mirror box will be gone. As a result lenses will be smaller, cheaper and much sharper. In the meantime, all Nikon can do is remember back to its glory days 40+ years ago. I guess they were shooting for for the 70+ demographic (and hipsters with deep pockets) with this camera. If Nikon wants to get my grandparents to switch from slide film to digital, even this camera can’t pull that off. History will look back at this moment and the start of the decline of the film dinosaur.

  • Ryan McBride

    Anyone notice on the “File Format Still Images” that is apparently does not shoot a true NEF(raw) image? It will only do an NEF(raw) + JPEG. Otherwise it’s all jpeg. If this is true, then I guess I am out. I cannot fathom how you can sell a full-frame 3K camera and not allow a completely RAW file.. Admin?

  • smac

    I still don’t get it.
    It’s not so much as where this competes in the current FF market. It doesn’t even compete in Nikon’s current FF range. Nikon’s going to have to contend ( possibly early next year ) with new FF competition from Pentax/Ricoh and Fuji (+ Sony’s A7) so what niche will the Df fill then?If it had been a real budget FF I could get the point but it definitely isn’t that.

  • disqus_yIRLlk9peB

    The (n)ever ready case makes a comeback!

  • FlightlessKakapo

    This special edition 50/1.8G is just lame. Why not make a special edition 50/1.4D, or even a 50/1.8D, at least you’d get an aperture ring with them.

    When Nikon launched the $800 FM3a in 2001, they designed the unique AI-P 45/2.8 pancake to go with it. OK, many says the 45/2.8 is a bad lens, but at least they made an effort. Slapping a new paint job on a nifty fifty and calling it ‘Special Edition’ is lazy, especially when the Df cost three times more than a FM3a.

  • sperdynamite

    I just demo’d a pre-production silver model. Hate to say it, but it looks like painted plastic. The black one will hopefully feel much better. The camera seems nice, but yeah after looking at it I’m not as excited about the whole thing. I think they could have done more to stick to the concept. In fact, if using old AI, and Pre-AI lenses is important, I’m now thinking that the EVF of an A7/r might do a lot more for you than what the DF is capable of.

  • Cinetone Decorbouw

    No vertical grip/batterypack ? That’s what made the F2 F3 and even the FE/FM such great looking camera’s

  • A. FEMALE enthusiast

    I was ready to fall in love, I was excited, I was hoping this was a blind date that would turn out to be the real thing. After the fiasco I had with the D600, I’d gone to the Fuji X-E1, but still lusted after Nikon, waiting for them to come out with a lightweight full frame. And there it was, tantalizing, on the horizon, advertised w/ a ruggedly good looking man straight from an ED commercial. And then today – sure, I can have it, but I’d have to go back to the heaviness dragging me down around my neck (more than 2x the weight of my Fuji body), no more fill flash available at the touch of a button, no more auto ISO for quickly changing lighting conditions. Love the idea of a 16 MP FX sensor, was happy to get rid of video, thought this would be “the one.” But such simple things are missing! And such heaviness!
    This woman is waiting for the next generation, when Nikon figures out that retro styling is not enough.

    • KnightPhoto

      I believe the Df does have Auto-ISO in which case the ISO you set on the dial acts as the base ISO.

  • Jim

    I could make that top photo look more authentic with my Leica M2.

  • FML

    As someone who does’t buy into the more is better approach to megapixels the D4 would have to be my favourite full frame camera. 2 years ago when it was announced i was very excited. I never bought one though, because it soon became apparent that Nikon had botched the video implementation. To this day Nikons flagship 6 thousand dollar professional camera remains a stinker on the video front. Which it really shouldn’t be because the less pixels a sensor has the better it should scale down to 1080p.

    Anyway, sadly i could not bring myself to investing in a D4. Professional camera’s should offer professional image’s. If there is a video feature then every effort should be made, in my opinion, in extracting the maximum potential from the hardware. It was a missed opportunity from Nikon to compete with Canon, who 2 months later destroyed the D4 on video with the 1Dx and even more so with the 1Dc.

    Since that day i have been waiting for that D4 sensor to make another appearance, the way the D700 later borrowed from the D3, but with fantastic video. 2 years later here we are. And Nikon have answered. NO VIDEO FOR YOU! You’ve got to laugh, really.

    So is this a sign of the times? 5 years after the D90 and 5Dmk2 bought video to stills camera’s, making the DSLR a creative tool that could serve 2 masters, are these manufacturers looking for a way out? Is it a headache they would just rather not deal with? It seems so. And that is a great shame.

    The DSLR is dying, more often than not the camera you have with you is a smartphone. I’d prefer to cary something more substantial, but when my smartphone is now doing better video than my DSLR… am i going to carry both? I shoot both. Nikon has made a camera that i can’t even seriously sit down and ask myself the question “Do i want it” because for some reason its the first camera they’ve made in 5 years i just can’t use, it doesn’t even do half of what i expect a camera to do. FML

    • KnightPhoto

      I normally film in CX crop mode on the D4 for the reason you mention. But I do also film in full FX mode and it’s better than your phone 😉 The CX mode is of course great.

      Thom’s D4 review implies it ain’t so bad. But I do agree that if there is one thing Nikon should go back and do in the firmware, is come up with a better FX video algorithm for the D4.

      • FML

        Yeah, i know it’s better than my phone in many ways. But the full frame and dx is noticeably soft relative to other camera’s on the market. And thats not really good enough in my opinion. There are multiple phones coming onto the market now that shoot 4k. I bet there would in fact be better once down sampled to 1080p compared to the D4.

        I did try and convince myself if i got one i’d forgo the full frame aesthetic and shoot CX, which being pixel for pixel off the sensor is beautiful. But then really i’d need to use CX lenses for anything other than telephoto, and that ain’t going to work.

        Nikon should of got it right first time. Failing that, and especially after the 1Dx/c came shortly after with vastly superior video, it should of been addressed in firmware. But 2 years to tinker with the sensor and not only could they not improve on what they did with in in the D4, to instead drop it altogether with the Df and try to justify it with this pure photography marketing BS.. pretty lame.

  • RichMonster

    I’m sure someone else must have already flagged this up, but how come UK price for the Df is almost £1,000 more than the US price? Is the UK £1,000 further away in shipping costs? It would be cheaper to fly to the US and pick one up!

    • tseo

      possible reasons: there is customs on goods from japan to the eu (10%?) but not to the us; the uk price is incl 20% vat while the us price excludes state tax that varies by state? on top on that things simply just tend to be cheaper in the us compared to most of europe …

    • Zord

      That’s a pretty big difference. How long is the standard warranty in the uk? That might affect price.

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