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Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Optical Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Dedicated Still Image Only Camera
  • Mechanical Exposure Control Dials
  • Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor with 39 Points
  • Expandable Sensitivity: ISO 50-204800
  • Continuous Shooting up to 5.5 fps
  • Rugged Magnesium Alloy Body

The black Nikon Df DSLR Camera revolves around a unique manual and mechanical design that champions a simple and intuitive method of working, while still retaining the highest imaging quality and functionality available. Featuring a full-frame, FX-format 16.3MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor, the Df is capable of producing high-resolution, well-detailed still imagery with exceptional color rendition, tonal gradation, and highlight and shadow detail. A notable low-light sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800 can be further expanded to ISO 50-204800 for challenging lighting conditions and a top continuous shooting rate of 5.5 fps aids in working with fast-moving subject matter.

The manually-configurable design of the Df blends a timeless control scheme with contemporary precision to enable simple and direct handling of all exposure features of the camera. Utilizing dedicated shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, and release mode dials, efficient control is possible without needing to delve into a complex menu structure. For viewing, both an optical glass pentaprism viewfinder and 3.2" 921k-dot LCD monitor are housed within the magnesium alloy body design. When using the LCD for live view shooting, the image can be magnified up to 19x for critical focus and a fast contrast-detection focusing method is used. Both a hot shoe and flash sync terminal are integrated into the body's design, too, as well as a unique mount system that employs a metering coupling lever to enable the use of both AI and non-AI lenses for extensive support of NIKKOR lenses from the past and present.

When working with the optical viewfinder, the Multi-CAM 4800 AF system is used and employs 39 points about the frame, with nine cross-type points for added accuracy when photographing in more difficult light. Seven centrally-located sensors are also compatible with f/8 or faster lenses, which greatly enhances the autofocus performance when working with longer, telephoto lenses used in combination with teleconverters.

Accurate exposure metering is done using a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor and Nikon's Scene Recognition System, which automatically analyzes all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, and color, and compares these values to an on-board database in order to determine an appropriate exposure value that is consistent from image to image. White balance, autofocus, and i-TTL flash metering also use this system and, additionally, the Spot White Balance feature can be used in live view for pin-point selection of a white area within the scene to deliver true color balance. Built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting can be used to extend the apparent dynamic range of a scene and Picture Control settings can be applied to refine the overall look and feel of colors and contrast in-camera.

Timeless Design with Contemporary Performance
Separating itself from other DSLRs, the Df revolves around a classically-inspired design that employs a manual control scheme and a pared-down interface to inspire a more intuitive and efficient method of working. As a still image-only camera, key design elements cater to the needs of a photographer, including dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, exposure mode, and release mode control as well as the incorporation of a bright pentaprism viewfinder, cable release socket, hot shoe, and flash sync terminal. The magnesium alloy body also houses a large 3.2" 921k-dot LCD monitor, which can be used for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation.

A unique lens mount system has also been developed and integrates a metering coupling lever to enable the use of both AI (Aperture Index) and non-AI lenses. This means that in addition to supporting current AF-S, AF-D, and AF NIKKOR lenses, past manual focus, non-AI lenses can also be used without any modification necessary.
16.2MP FX-Format Sensor and EXPEED 3 Image Processor
The 16.2 megapixel full-frame (FX) CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor work in tandem to produce overall high image quality with notable detail, dynamic range, color accuracy, and low-light sensitivity to a native ISO 12800, which is further expandable to ISO 204800. This still image-only camera is also well-suited to working with moving subject matter with a top 5.5 fps continuous shooting rate using either the viewfinder or when working in live view.
39-Point Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor
Benefitting the exceptional image quality is an apt AF system that employs 39 distinct AF points, including nine cross-type sensors, to quickly acquire focus in a range of lighting conditions, from -1 to +19 EV. An intelligent Scene Recognition System, typically reserved for exposure metering, benefits the focusing performance by analyzing and identifying subjects to suit panning and tracking-based shooting styles. Depending on the situation, 9, 21, or 39 point arrays can be selected from and seven centrally-located points are compatible with f/8 or faster lenses, extending the auto focusing abilities of the longest lenses used in conjunction with teleconverters. When using this phase-detection focusing method, selectable AF-area modes include: Single-point AF mode, Dynamic-area AF mode, 3D-tracking mode, and Auto-area AF mode.

When working in live view, a contrast-based AF system is employed to acquire focus precisely and can function in continuous, full-time servo mode to better-suit working with moving subjects. Four distinct AF-area modes are available when using the contrast-detection focusing method: Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, and Subject-tracking AF. Additionally, benefitting working with manual focus when in live view, the image can be magnified up to 19x for critical examination and easier focus confirmation.
Scene Recognition System
The intelligent Scene Recognition System with 3D Color Matrix Metering II utilizes a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor to evaluate and analyze all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, subject distance, and the scene colors, to quickly determine an accurate exposure and white balance setting to best render the scene at hand. The information gathered is also checked against onboard reference images to ensure consistency from image to image in regard to exposure, white balance, i-TTL flash settings, and subject-tracking AF performance.
Other Camera Features
  • Picture Control modes can be directly accessed via a dedicated button and allow you to set predefined looks to imagery in-camera, and include Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Standard, Vivid, and user-customizable settings.
  • Active D-Lighting helps to preserve both highlight and shadow details when working in contrast-rich scenarios, such as backlit lighting. Utilizing the EXPEED 3's processing power, a more controlled image will be produced with brightness values closer to how they are naturally seen. This mode is suitable for working with moving subjects.
  • Built-in HDR works to extend the tonal and exposure range of a single image by recording two separate exposures and blending them together in order to gain greater highlight and shadow details with an extended range of mid-tones. The smoothness of the edge where the two separate exposures meet can be adjusted for more apparent softness to benefit images with a greater range of encompassed exposure values. This mode is best suited for working with stationary subjects.
  • The accessory terminal supports the use of the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to enable remote, instant transferring of photos to Android and iOS mobile devices for sharing online. The GP-1A GPS Unit is also supported, which automatically adds locational information to images' metadata for geotagging applications.
  • Spot White Balance enables precise, selective control of the white balance setting by simply pointing and metering a pure white portion of the scene in order to set the proper color balance when working in live view.
  • One memory card slot is available and accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC type memory cards, including UHS-I SDHC and SDXC cards.
  • An in-camera virtual horizon can detect both rolling (horizontal inclination) and pitching (forward or rear inclination) directions and display an electronic level on the LCD when working in live view. The rolling direction of tilt can also be displayed within the viewfinder.
  • Supported languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
  • Imaging
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Camera Format Full-Frame (1.0x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 16.6 Megapixel
    Effective: 16.2 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 4928 x 3280
    Aspect Ratio 3:2
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 23.9 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW, TIFF
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual
    Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Full-time Servo (F), Manual Focus (M), Focus Lock AF Area Mode
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 39
    Viewfinder/Display
    Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.7x
    Diopter Adjustment - 3 to +1 m
    Display Screen 3.2" Rear Screen   LCD (921,000)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Diagonal Angle of View 170.0°
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 50-204800)
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Metering Method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Matrix, Spot metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
    Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
    Flash
    Flash Modes 1st Curtain Sync
    Auto
    Hi-Speed Sync
    Rear Curtain/Slow Sync
    Rear Sync
    Red-eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 sec
    Flash Compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System iTTL
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal
    Performance
    Continuous Shooting Up to 5.5 fps
    Self Timer 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec
    Number of Shots: 1-9
    Connectivity HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0, X-Sync Socket
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes (with Optional Transmitter)
    Power
    Battery 1x EN-EL14a  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    AC Power Adapter EH-5b (Optional)
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 0 - 85%
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.6 x 4.3 x 2.6" / 143.5 x 110.0 x 66.5 mm
    Weight 1.56 lb / 710 g camera body only

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    NikonDf DSLR Camera (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 22 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • High ISO performance (18)
    • Good image quality (17)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Fast shutter speed (14)
    • Large clear LCD (14)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Low light (14)
      • Travel (14)
      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Family photos (9)
      • Weddings (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
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      5.0

      Meeting An Old Friend

      By Beezlebub

      from Sacramento, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

          Using the Df is like meeting an old friend. As a long time user of film based cameras, the Df has placed most everything where I expect it to be placed. While I am sure there are many things I can learn from the instruction manual, I doubt that I will be reading it anytime soon. After charging the battery and inserting an SD card, it was like I was working with an old and dear friend. Getting the same focal plane array and processing as the D4 (sans film capability makes this camera a true bargain. The camera is designed so using older lenses is simple and fun. The construction and operation of the camera are first rate, with my only picky point being a very vulnerable and unsubstantial door to the battery and SD card.

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          4.0

          Close to perfection for a still photog

          By Wm Gardner

          from Central Wisconsin, USA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Lower Grade Focusing
          • No Eyepiece Curtain

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

          I have been using Nikon gear since the early '80s so there is a LOT of familiarity with this model. The looks remind me of the FA, the model from that era that offered the first matrix metering system and had all 4 exposure modes (P, M, A, S). It even had a little hand grip (unlike the FM or FE) somewhat similar to this one. Enough reminiscing though.......Really good image quality although at a lower resolution than the D800 series which is in a similar price range. I love the "manual" controls in the dials, something I have been missing since retiring my F4 series bodies. Viewfinder is good, visual info is just what you need, no more. Nice feel in the hand, well balanced with a heavier 50mm lens (tried the Nikkor 1.2 AIS and the Zeiss 1.4) or with a quality 85mm. Due to the shorter body height, it felt disproportionate with any of my f2.8 zooms but it still balanced OK. Really, it is about all I could ask for in a still (only) body with just a couple of exceptions......-At this price point, the plastic cap for the eyepiece is an insult. This camera should have a proper curtain. -For all the backwards compatibility that Nikon advertises with this model, a focusing screen which makes it easier to manual focus would be in order.-With regards to focusing, 39 tightly grouped AF points? And this is a $[$]camera? What gives? At the very least, it should have the focusing system of the D800 series (even though I would like to see those cover more of the viewfinder too). That means between this and the focusing screen, for critical focusing, expect to be using Live View.... a lot-How about a cover for the screen? It is exposed, vulnerable, and very important!In short, it is a great camera but probably a bit overpriced for what you get. As I read somewhere else, it is a bit like a relationship...... there is some give and take with this particular model. I love it and will use it as a backup body for on-location work. I will also use this as my primary body when I travel or am doing work for myself as I appreciate the simple functionality and it forces me to slow down my process a bit.

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          5.0

          I love this camera

          By David

          from Ottawa, Ontario

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

            I now own 2 Nikon Df's, a camera that you will love, if you try it….quieter, lighter, smaller than a D700…you can focus on the ground glass with fast AIS lenses. I sold my zooms and now use a 28/50/105mm AIS lenses…fast, light and sharp. The sensor is incredible in low light with little noise at 3200. I have used Nikon for 42 years, along with other cameras and all I can say is thank you Nikon…you delivered a great camera.

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            5.0

            BEST FULL FRAME ON THE MARKET

            By THUNDER

            from NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer
            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • EVERYTHING
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

            D4 SENSOR AT HALF PRICE? IN AN ELEGANT BODY AND VERY LIGHT WEIGHT, I'LL TAKE IT! BOUGHT MINE IN BLACK AND IT LOOKS AMAZING, VERY LITTLE TO NO NOISE IN HIGH ISO. NO VIDEO? SO WHAT, WANT A CAMERA WITH VIDEO GET A D800, 39 FOCUS POINTS? ENOUGH FOR MY TYPE OF WORK. BASICLY AN ALL AROUND PROFFESIONAL CAMERA, PERIOD!

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            5.0

            Love it!

            By PhotoAbe

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

              First, let me say my other camera is a Nikon D3X. It doesn't do video either. The new Nikon Df has gotten mixed reviews. I really don't understand why. It is not too expensive. It's half the price of the D4 with equal to better image quality. Autofocus speed is on par with the D610. Is that too slow? Not at all. It is darn fast. It may take a quarter second more time than a D4, but that's still fast enough for 99% of the images most of us shoot. And the camera is small, light and great fun to work with. You can treat it as a full DSLR and have it do all the thinking for you, or go full manual with all the dials and knobs you could possibly want. And unlike my D3X, no one thinks I work for National Geographic or NY Times when the camera moves in their direction. I love this camera.

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              5.0

              Great Little Camera

              By Jan the Runner

              from Bronx, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                Small, light, performs just as well as the larger, heavier cameras.

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                5.0

                Exceeds My Already High Expectations

                By Joe S

                from Brandon, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                  I did not switch to an AF camera many years because I loved my Nikon FE. When I did make the switch, I hated it and went back to the FE. I reluctantly started in digital with a D70 and progressed from there. Now it is like having the FE again, only better. The manual controls are intuitive and easy to use, and I changed the menu settings to get the command dials to work to my specifications. The image quality is amazing. I have gone up to ISO 3200 with virtually no noise. I have not had an issue with slow focus in low light yet.

                  This camera is also much lighter than my D700 and for me, ergonomics is not a problem. It is easier to hold and shoot with than the D700. The battery life is also very good. Batteries are also smaller and this helps with weight reduction. Overall I am glad i purchased it.

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                  5.0

                  good things come in small packages

                  By cocojo

                  from athens, ga

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Light weight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                    I read every review I could find before purchasing this camera, and I couldn't be happier! I shoot a lot of low light producations and this camera is light weight making it perfect to shoot with and wear for hours. On top of doing free lance I am a professional photograper for the University of Georgia where I shoot with a Cannon Mark 2, and I prefer my Df over it. I also use several older Nikon lenses that use reguarly and love! I really wish they had put a split screen in though.

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                    5.0

                    Love it!

                    By JFer

                    from Bogotá

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                      I absolutely love this camera. the controls are easy to use, the size of the camera is perfect. not too big, not too small. The black version is beautiful. it works brilliant with primes so is perfect for me cause i have a lot of them. don't listen to people who criticize this camera without even using it. i've been using the Df for three weeks already and is fantastic. is true that almost all autofocus points are in the middle of the frame, but for me is not a problem. i always use the middle point to focus, and then recompose the image. even with 51 focus points cameras. the focus is fast. and accurate. the shutter is so fast. there's no shutter lag. you press the shutter and the camera shoot immediately. and the sound of it is beautiful. this camera have he best shutter sound that i've ever heard. the image quality is superb! and is good looking!!! even if i try i can't find any problems with my Df so far. I just hope not so many people like this camera so only a few of us, fortunate photographers owns one.

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                      5.0

                      A GREAT camera

                      By Talon

                      from New Mexico

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                          I have been making pictures for a lot of years now. Long time Nikon and Leica photographer. I wonder if the individuals who are writing about the Df on various web sites are actually photographers? All I can say is Nikon hit a real home run with me when they designed this camera. Great fit, finish, size, handling, and image quality. Using all my old and beautiful Nikon glass with it!! Absolutely love it! So my review says this: If you want a great piece of equipment to make photographs with...look no further!

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                          5.0

                          Simply fantastic!

                          By Eduardo

                          from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                              Simply fantastic!
                              The retro mood with current technology. Congratulations to Nikon

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                              5.0

                              excelent

                              By Eduardo

                              from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

                              Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                              Retro style com hi tech.

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                              5.0

                              Beauty To Behold

                              By D. Photo art

                              from Santa Maria,Ca

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                                I use this mostly for scenic and landscape. The size and shape at first felt a little awkward but It took less than a week for me to feel very comfortable handling it with any lens. I think the retro design is artistic and functional.Like anything new or different it may take a little getting used to. The hardest one for me to get used to was the ISO dial but it has become easy to change while looking through the viewfinder.
                                The shutter has a more pleasing and quieter sound than the D300 or D700.
                                This is a fantastic camera and I'm very happy with it. The cons I here about are mostly subjective, I size doesn't fit all. If it fits buy it!

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                                5.0

                                Beautiful. End of story.

                                By Pepgooner

                                from UK

                                Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                                This camera has divided opinion. But I put a Sigma 35mm 1.4 on it and the results are totally stellar. It's. Not meant for all you run and gun shooters. It's designed for a more considered approach. And it's a Cadillac.

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                                4.0

                                A Love Hate Relationship

                                By Maxer

                                from Oakland, California

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                                  Wow. Size is great. I appreciate the lighter weight. Also very shutter. I like the shutter speed dial and the "retro" controls. I shoot on manual all the time, setting the most appropriate shutter speed and aperture, then letting the ISO go automatic to give me the best exposure. Works well when on the fly and much more control that P or other auto mode. I always get very clean, low noise images, wonderful. Prefer it to my D800 in many ways. Have been using it with single focal length lenses, like the 85 and 24mm. Really sweet.

                                  Images are great in very low light, but major flaw is there is no focusing light. Frequently auto-focus fails to work because the light is too low. And in very low light manual focus is difficult, even with a f1.4 lens. Also, the battery/memory chip door is flimsy plastic affair. Nikon can do better on this for such an expensive camera.

                                  Can't wait for the next model that will correct some of the obvious design errors. It's good, but it could be great.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works very well with Ai lenses

                                  By Silverhalide

                                  from Baltimore, MD

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                  • Compatibility Of Ai Lens
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • High ISO Performance
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                                    I got this camera body specifically to use my collection of Ai Nikkors. After a few days of study and set up I find the camera body is perfect for this use. As an added bonus it' low light capabilities is astounding. Size and weight are somewhere between my F3HP & my FM2n. Focusing is very simple the ground glass is bright and there is an electronic rangefinder that works with the MF lenses. Initially I had some problems with focusing but a quick call to B&H tech services solved the problem. I was not focusing the built in diopter. Before you can focus the camera for the first time you need to focus the viewfinder eyepiece just the same way you focus a MicroSight enlarging focuser. I will use this body for color and my F3 for B&W. I have programmed into the body the following Ai lenses 50/1.4, 24/2.8, 105/2.5 & 200/f4. I find the build quality excellent and the controls tight and positive.

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                                    5.0

                                    Sublime travel camera

                                    By Cookie monster

                                    from madison ms

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • High ISO Performance
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife photos

                                      Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                                      The camera was tested with top Nikon prime lenses and produced very high quality raw files that required minimal post processing.

                                      The compactness and camera weight makes for a super travel rig, that is both remarkable in picture quality and does NOT intimidate.

                                      In addition of the easy to use and understand adjustment knobs, there is a vast array of programming available in the menu settings.

                                      Exceptional performance in the low light spectrum makes the Nikon DF a dream to carry around or travel photography.( no flash needed )

                                      The only negative point I can see ( if this is negative ) is the incredible vast and complex program possibilities. ( you will have to study for a while to get the knowledge onder your belt).

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Lightweight SLR Camera

                                      By ARI

                                      from San Francisco, CA

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                                      • Good Image Quality
                                      • High ISO Performance

                                      Cons

                                      • No Outter Format Buttons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                                      So far so good. Coming from shooting with a D3 and a D600, this camera feels different and takes a little getting use to. The dials look cool and can be practical. The sensor is a dream. It's butter.

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                                      4.0

                                      For the purist in me

                                      By Studio X

                                      from Republic of Vermont

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Controls Fall To Hand
                                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                                      • Good Image Quality
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • High ISO Performance
                                      • Large Clear LCD

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                                          This is the digital camera I have been waiting for Nikon to make FOREVER. I have a bag of Nikkor lenses that I've let gather dust since: 1. Kodachrome went away and 2. Nikon didn't make a full frame DSLR what wasn't insanely expensive. Yes I have a particular view of what I want from a camera and I will say, this is pretty darn close to it.

                                          The only real flaw I've found so far is it will not accept my Nikkor 28mm f3.5 PC. This is not a deal breaker but a disappointment (and why I gave it only 4 stars). I suppose this is why I'll keep the F3 (and film) around.

                                          I shoot video and I have real video cameras for that purpose. I am deeply grateful that Nikon did NOT include video in this camera.

                                          If you just want to take great pictures with as an uncluttered camera as is possible in this multitasking world, this is the one.

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                                          5.0

                                          GREAT camera !

                                          By BobSgt

                                          from NJ

                                          Comments about Nikon Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                                          This will be a camera that I will carry with me constantly. Excellent for travel. Very unobtrusive for candid shots. Excellent low light capability great color rendition. Focusing is excellent only challenged in the lowest light conditions.

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