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NikonDf DSLR Camera (Black)
 
4.7

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (51)
  • High ISO performance (49)
  • Easy to use (42)
  • Large clear LCD (37)
  • Quiet (37)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (40)
    • Travel (39)
    • Landscape/scenery (33)
    • Family photos (28)
    • Weddings (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (17)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent execution

    The Nikon Df will most likely be embraced by those who learned with film cameras that had similar (manual) control dials. What I appreciate is the light weight for travel, build quality,...Read complete review

    The Nikon Df will most likely be embraced by those who learned with film cameras that had similar (manual) control dials. What I appreciate is the light weight for travel, build quality, and the low light performance. I find the absence of video acceptable because it is not a feature that I have ever used, or desired to use, on a DSLR.

    I do not miss have dual card slots because I can record RAW and JPG at the same time, on the same card. Like the Nikon's I grew up with, this camera just works. I had it out in sub-zero temps, and it performed flawlessly. The menus are straight forward...if you are used to Nikon digital SLRs; however, if you are not...please take the time to read the manual before your write a negative review.

    I thought that I might miss the built in flash, but with the superior low light performance, and Nikon D-Lighting control, I really do not miss it. The ergonomics are fine, but it may take a few uses to get comfortable with the vertical command dial on the front. Personally, I would welcome the ability to add an accessory battery pack, with a vertical shutter release. However, not having an accessory battery pack was by no means a deal breaker.

    The 16MP size, is IMO close to perfect. I have had cameras with greater pixel count, and the only thing the extra pixels provide is larger files; which take up more space and require greater processing power. Using excellent optics and good technique, the camera will produce outstanding results.

    Some may complain about the price point as it relates to the amount of features. But, as I reflected, I recall paying nearly the same price (about $2400), for an F4s when it was first released more than 20 years ago! Needless to say, the Df outperforms the F4s in every respect except one - that is: the ability to be used as a heavy blunt tool.

    The camera is not for everyone, nor is it for every situation. However, it fits my needs perfectly.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great chip, cheap body.

    The chip and processor are the same as the Nikon D4, beautiful. The body feels cheap and the focus is a little slower than my D3, ut the shutter is a little quieter...Read complete review

    The chip and processor are the same as the Nikon D4, beautiful. The body feels cheap and the focus is a little slower than my D3, ut the shutter is a little quieter than the D3. The view finder is not as sharp at the edges. It is priced accordingly. It is a 2nd camera which I will carry with me when not working.

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    5.0

    Digital Camera for 35mm Film Diehards!

    By Hornet Driver

    from California

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 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 Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

      This digital camera has made photography enjoyable again for me! it doesn't have all of the "bells and whistles" of some modern digital cameras but it forces me to think again about picture composition, lighting and all of the other elements that drew me to photography as an art form in the beginning. While other Nikon DSLRs also support my existing non-AF Nikkor lenses, this Df truly makes using them as enjoyable as with my Nikon F3.

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      5.0

      11 month update

      By Silverhalide

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Still life
        • Travel

        Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

        I have found that I am totally satisfied with this camera. The body is very well made as all Nikon products are. I use it along with my F3, functions are almost identical. I have made 11x14 color prints and the quality is on a par with my B&W prints. Of course I am using the same lenses for digital and film. I have read that some find the price too high. In my case I find it a savings because I can use this body with all my Nikkors even my 35mm f2.8 from 1974. In conclusion this is the camera that finally got me to use digital.

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        4.0

        A dream camera.

        By JEStanek

        from Philaburbia, PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fewer Af Points
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

        I don't find many of the criticisms I've read about the camera to hold up. The front control wheel works fine, the price is high but I feel it was worth it. This is my first full frame camera and the images I get are stunning. I have the 50mm 1.8 and a 35mm 2.0 lens on it (mostly use the latter). The camera performs extremely well (metering, AF, etc). I have zero interest in shooting video.My only desire is I wish it had a bigger field of AF points across the viewfinder instead of the more centered cluster. It is heavier and I would likely use my Fuji X-E1 for travel more likely if weight and space were a concern but the DF outperforms the Fuji for AF speed.If you want to blast away and get tons of frames fast and make super fast adjustments (ISO, shutter speed, apeture while in manual) on the fly this may not be the camera for you. If you prefer to take your time and enjoy the solid feel, I heartily recommend the DF.

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        5.0

        No video, no problem!

        By Jmo

        from Westmont, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Compact
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance
        • Light
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • 39 Point Autofocus
        • Too Many Buttons
        • Uncomfortable To Hold

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

        The Nikon DF is made for the photographer who doesn't care one bit about video and it's awfully close to being my ideal digital camera. I'll start with some of the pros: beautiful 16 MP sensor (i REALLY didn't want more resolution than that), it's compact and light, it looks like my Nikon fm3a film camera, I am able to use my non-AI lens without worrying I'll damage the camera, doesn't have a pop-up flash to accidentally open all the time, the shutter is super quiet, and I can shoot ISO 6400 at wedding receptions without regret. Here's a few drawbacks: there are too many buttons (I am constantly activating live view, changing the meter switch, and locking the pad without meaning to), there's only one SD slot, and after a while at weddings the camera gets uncomfortable to hold. Probably the thing that annoys me the most is that it has the 39 point autofocus system. It's not so much that there's only 39 points it's just that the points are centralized closer to the center. On the D700 the points covered more of the viewfinder which helped when photographing moving subjects. Many people say that it has a short battery life but I think the battery life is pretty much equal to the D700. Battery life with the DF has not been an issue for me even at weddings. However, I did have a battery charger malfuntion which Nikon replaced. All in all the pros outweigh the cons and I am super happy that Nikon made this camera. Though this camera looks totally different I would have to say it's probably the closest thing to an upgrade from the D700 that Nikon currently offers.

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        5.0

        Great camera especially for high ISO

        By Chris_at_B&H

        from NJ, USA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

          Took this camera out birding with a Nikon 300mm f4 lens w/ 2x Teleconverter. Focus speed was good and accurate even at the f8 combination with ISO's in the 6400 range.
          Camera itself has good ergonomics with the possible exception of the front command dial. It's not unusable but one my of first things I did was to switch, via the menu, to using the lenses aperture ring so I have limited experience with the sub dial on the camera.
          I like the ISO/exposure composition dial and the shutter speed dials on top and I really like the look of the all mechanical top with a nice small LCD just for quick reference.
          Viewfinder is good for manual focusing IMHO. I have used this with the Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 and I can nail the focus manually.
          Only real drawback that I can really not understand is the availability of only one SD card slot. Would be nice to have a second backup card even if it were microSD.
          I have also used it with the Nikon 105mm Macro D and I like the combination for flowers and the like.
          Battery life, although this camera uses a smaller battery than my d800, I have not had to charge it yet from the initial charge.
          Weight of the camera is great too. Much smaller and lighter than, again, my D800.
          In short I love working with this camera :-)

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          4.0

          Nikon df

          By Jim

          from Calhoun City , Ms

          Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

          LOTS of choices in the menus. But all in all a great camera.

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          5.0

          Outstanding!!

          By Donovan

          from Winston-Salem, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

            To help the reader assess whether the following opinions are of any value to them personally, I will begin with a little personal background, shooting style, equipment preferences, etc. First off, I am a passionate photography hobbyist, not a professional. Furthermore, I would only rate my skill level and talent as average at best. Of the thousands of photos I shoot over the course of a year, I can sincerely say that I am pleased with only a small percentage. For that small percentage that somehow magically transcend the reality of the moment, however, I find the pursuit of beauty and emotion through the lens of a camera to be immensely gratifying.My first camera as a teenager was a totally manual Pentax K1000 with two prime lenses: a 50mm f/2 and a 135mm f/2.8. As a kid who had to mow lawns and do other yard work to pay for film and processing for every exposed frame, I quickly learned to make every shot count. To this day, I still prefer to shoot manual (with the exception of auto ISO when not using off-camera flash/strobes) unless I am in rapidly changing lighting conditions. In this case, I shoot in aperture priority mode to prevent missing shots that would otherwise require too much time to manually adjust both shutter speed and aperture to remain within ISO limits. Also, I still shoot to make every shot count by carefully planning composition and lighting before releasing the shutter. Moreover, I still prefer to only shoot with primes. At this point in my journey, I am disciplining myself to get by with only two primes: a Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 and a Nikkor 105mm f/2. In a pinch, I may allow myself to grab my 50mm f/1.8 for lower light or a shallower DOF. Lastly, I thoroughly enjoy the creativity and challenge of working with manual off-camera flash.As for my shooting preferences, my favorite subjects includes nature, landscape, architecture, events, quirky details like an array of bolts on a bridge trellis, street scenes, and portraits. I am very active and mobile on foot, bicycle, and motorcycle and strongly prefer that my equipment not get in my way and restrict my mobility and thus restrict my photography. I want the flexibility of throwing my camera bag in my motorcycle top case, strapping a tripod to the seat and heading across town to catch some nighttime city skyline shots one day and the next day hiking a few miles to the top of a local mountain with a light stand, shoot-through umbrella and speedlight to shoot some portraits of family and friends.Of all the above personal preferences and style, I can unequivocally say that the Nikon Df has far exceeded my expectations and fulfilled my every desire in a camera. In fact, given my preference for mobility, I feel that the Df has liberated me to expand my photography even further. As an example, I just recently returned from a week in NYC during which my only transportation was subway and foot. Over the week, I traversed Manhattan and Brooklyn several times with my shoulder strap across my chest and my Df on my hip, oftentimes literally crushed by a mass of humanity on a packed subway. I would have never conceived of carrying my other camera, a D700, in such conditions. Comparatively, the D700 feels like a ponderous brick that I would have grown weary of toting within a day. Not so with the Df.If you can relate to any of the above preferences and styles, you may find the following impressions of the Df helpful:Image Quality: What can I say? It has the same sensor as the D4. The colors are deep and rich and the images have crazy detail. With these amateur eyes, I can't really discern a difference in image quality between my D700 until ISO exceeds 4,000. Above that, however, the Df smokes the D700. Actually, in my opinion, shots from the Df are quite usable even at ISO 12,800. To paraphrase another reviewer, taking a shot in a dimly lit room with the Df and then reviewing the shot in the LCD monitor makes it look like someone just turned the lights on. It is really that impressive. All I can say is that image quality and especially the low-light capabilities of the Df rocks. It is quite amazing. As for megapixels/resolution? I don't need more. I have no plans to print a billboard size photo. Actually, I prefer the lower file sizes due to lower storage requirements and lower processing demands on my Mac or Linux machines.Auto Focus: I don't typically shoot sporting events with erratically moving athletes or shoot rapidly moving wildlife, so I haven't pushed the Df to its continuous focus limits. For continuously focusing on a person walking across a room or a car approaching on a city street, I have found that the camera keeps up perfectly well, even with a 'D' type lens with a screw-drive type focusing mechanism. As for missing an auto-focus assist lamp, for any photo that I would consider taking with ambient-light only, I have had no focusing issues. The only time I have had an issue auto-focusing is when using off-camera flash in very dim conditions. In this case, I simply increase the ambient light until I can focus. No big deal in my opinion.Ergonomics: I'm a male with a small skeletal frame standing 5' 9.5" with a BMI of 20. The Df fits my frame and hands perfectly. If you have ham-sized hands, you may struggle. The camera is compact with a lot of controls crammed into very little real estate. Coming from a D700, I went through an adjustment period to become accustomed to operating the camera due to the drastically different layout. Most challenging for me was learning how to most effectively work the sub-comand dial with my right index finger while staying clear of the camera strap. The more I use the camera, though, the more comfortable I have become with it. Even with larger heavier lenses, a 105mm f/2 in this case, the camera feels perfectly balanced in my opinion, unlike the opinions of some other reviewers. Ergonomically, I can't say that I would recommend that anything be changed. Otherwise, it would compromise the size, weight and aesthetics that I find so appealing about the Df.Controls: I'll openly admit that all the dials and buttons on the Df delight me. When I interact with the physical world, I like to feel in control, or at least have the illusion that I am in more control. Yes, this is more psychological than practical. But it is the psychological motivation, after all, not the practical motivation, that inspires me to pick up this camera and want to carry it everywhere every day. I have not been this inspired and motivated since my K1000. The ISO and Exposure Compensation dials on the top left? Spot on. The Shutter Speed, Release Mode and Exposure Mode dials on the top right? Spot on. I have found all the dials easy and pleasing to use. They feel solid, have great tactile feedback and reassuring clicks. I'll stress, though, that I enjoy interacting with the physical world and especially enjoy operating machines. Besides photography, my next passion is operating sport motorcycles. Mastering the motor skills, dexterity, and lightning fast mental spacial computations required to operate a motorcycle smoothly, quickly, proficiently and safely are extremely rewarding for me. For some of the same reasons, I find operating the Df (just another machine) very rewarding. If on the other hand, you are the type of person who does not enjoy operating machines and are only motivated by the ends and not necessarily the means by which to reach the ends, perhaps the Df is not for you. Another analogy: if you think the journey is of lesser importance than the destination when traveling, then perhaps the Df is not for you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Different strokes for different folks.Sundry Impressions: - I find the single batter and SD card slot compartment quite clever unlike some reviewers. The SD card feels less substantial than the Compact Flash card with the D700, but I'm getting used to it. At least my Mac has an SD slot rather than requiring a separate USB CF card reader on my Mac as with the D700. - There is no LCD protector as with the D700, or my prior D90. Instead, you'll need to purchase some polycarbonate film LCD screen protectors to stick on your LCD screen. I found a 2-pack online for cheap. Well worth the money since I already have some scratches on the polycarbonate protective film that would have otherwise been on my LCD.- My preferred carrying method is a shoulder strap across my chest with my camera near my right hip at the ready. When carrying like this, I find that I inadvertently rotate the metering selector dial. I never noticed this with my D700, but I was not nearly as mobile with my D700.- Live view: I hardly use it, but I am impressed with the artificial horizon feature for leveling the camera on a tripod.- Auto ISO: I like the additional option of allowing minimum ISO to be determined by lens focal length. I also like the additional option of decreasing or increasing minimum shutter speed by a stop or two to account for your hand steadiness on a given day. This is a bonus over the D700.- Battery life: As other reviewers have noted, it is phenomenal. A few days of relatively heavy shooting between charges. Of course my limited use of Live View extends battery life.- Aesthetics: The camera is beautiful. I can sit and marvel at its beauty just as I can marvel at the beauty of an MV Augusta or Ducati motorcycle. I'll not hesitate to admit that its beauty, along with its image quality, size and weight was a major factor in my purchase decision.If you have not deduced this by now, I am very pleased with my Nikon Df. Having dropped nearly three grand on a camera body, you may not think that I am frugal. In reality, though, I am very frugal. My wife would even present a strong argument that I am downright cheap. My frugality notwithstanding, I have not experienced one second of post-purchase regret after purchasing the Df. The more I use it, the more I enjoy it.

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            4.0

            Almost The Best Of Everything

            By EffStop3

            from Kingston, WA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

            I've owned the Df for almost six months. Coming from a film shooting background, I really like the ISO dial, EV dials, etc. instead of always having to go the Menus to make adjustments. This camera has so many positives. The IQ is great, it is easy and intuitive to use, and in low light, it is the bomb.

            Here's where the Df fails (at least me): (1) battery life is miserly (particularly if you use Live View for any length of time); the buffer gives out (and I use 64 gb cards) when shooting action shots; (3) autofocus could and should be better with a camera in this price range. The placement of the card and battery make it impossible to use a grip (even if Nikon made one). There are some design issues that leave you scratching your head. It could have been the perfect camera for still photographers. But it isn't.

            Still, it's many positives make it a great camera. I like using it enough that I wouldn't trade up to a D4s at this point, but will at some point in the future.

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            5.0

            Mechanical + digital camera

            By IronBowl88

            from Fremont, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Inconvenient Sub Dial
            • No built-in flash light

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

            It is a great camera. It is lighter than other full frame digital camera body but has all the digital functions. I use it with a 24-70 zoom lens, I don't feel much weight difference than my D90 with 18-200 zoom lens. It has very good picture quality. Even it looks like a traditional mechanical camera but it has all the controls as a digital camera such as main dial, sub dial... However, it works with traditional non auto focus lens. By setting aperture to "ring aperture", you can adjust aperture on the lens. The shutter speed, aperture, and focus are all in manual control just like a mechanical camera. There are indicators in the view finder to show in focus, out of focus, under exposure, correct exposure, and over exposure. Almost identical to a mechanical FM2. I can use it with the auto focus 24-70 zoom lens and old non auto focus 35mm prime lens. What I like most is that some settings such as ISO and shutter speed are shown on control dials. It is easily to see those settings, no need to turn on the camera and see those settings through the view finder or the back display panel. You can use it just like a regular digital full frame camera, or use it like a traditional FM2 mechanical camera, depends on which way you prefer.

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            4.0

            It is what I expected..

            By JLee

            from Houston Tx

            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

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

              I wanted a camera for still photography and I like the idea of emulating the film camera. The only issue I have is that the grip is a little small for the size of the camera. But I solved the problem with a half case that is made specifically for this camera.

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              5.0

              Great Camera

              By CS333

              from Temecula

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                I am a professional wedding photographer. I have been shooting exclusively with the D700 for about 5 years now. I have loved it and found minimal issues with it. When it came time to purchase a new camera body, I was having a hard time finding one that met the same needs as the D700. It is a work horse and very dependable. I felt like my options were the D600, D800 and this Df... after doing a lot of research and talking to a handful of photographer friends, I settled on the Df. I am extremely happy with it.

                The number one reason I didn't go with the D800 was b/c of its enormous files sizes. As a wedding photographer, the D800 file sizes were just not necessary. Nor did I want to sore that much data on my backup drives.

                The body is a bit smaller than the D700 and not as "ergonomic" as the professional bodies, but I really enjoy the throwback style. (I purchased the all black, so as not to deal with answering questions from guests while shooting. Even though the silver body looks awesome as well.)

                If you've read any reviews, you know the "cons." Max shutter speed of 4000 and no video. Again, for wedding photography, its not a huge deal. Especially no video. Don't need it. The 4000 max shutter speed is limiting if you shoot wide open at 1.8... but other than that, its perfectly fine for me.

                It took me a bit to get used to the sound of the shutter. Its definitely quieter and softer sounding. I prefer the shutter sound of my D700, but its probably just because that's all I've known for the last few years. The D800 does sound similar to the D700.

                I also felt the auto white balance was right on queue and really enjoyed the output of the images I received.

                All in all, I love this camera. A lot.

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                4.0

                My Df

                By Jeff

                from Springfield, Il

                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

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

                  good camera. I like the controls. Should have a grip avilable

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Addition To Nikon Lineup

                  By LNB Photo

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Retro Look
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Lightweight
                  • Low light performance
                  • Quiet
                  • Sharp

                  Cons

                  • Improve Some Ergonomics

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portrature
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

                  The very, very cool retro look is just the icing on the cake. This camera is crazy sharp and a low light demon. Never had more intuitive shot control, not even in film days because you can change your "speed" equivalent with every shot. Forces you to slow down and really decide what you want to do with every picture you compose. The controls are different to be sure, but you learn to use them quickly and easily. I bought the 50mm 1.8 kit lens with the camera even though I own the 50mm 1.4 lens. Kit lens is excellent and very good all the way open. This should be nobody's first or possibly even second digital camera, but if you're serious about your photography, this absolutely belongs in your inventory.

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                  4.0

                  Best Nikon DSL so far!

                  By MF

                  from Woodmere, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Ergonomics
                  • Single card slot

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                  I could write a loooong list of the things I love about this model. It is by far, the best Nikon DSLR made to date.
                  As far as I'm concerned, there are ONLY two negatives;
                  1. Only one card slot. This one IS a biggie though.
                  2. Very uncomfortable to hold with your right hand. All other Nikons have a neck-strap loop on their side. Df has one on the front of the camera, which does not allow you to use a wrist strap, which a must with a camera this small, especially if you have to use it for 7-9 hours non-stop.
                  If not for the two points above, I would've given this camera 5 stars.

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                  5.0

                  Thank you Nikon

                  By LynxFV

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Silver):

                      I have owned the Df for six months now and have to tell you it has reinvigorated my interest in photography. Fantastic camera. I grew up the son of a professional photographer and owner of a large photo processing plant. I have been immersed in photography and the industry my entire life. Now at the age of 52 it is so refreshing to see Nikon build this camera. I am by no means a professional photographer, to me this is a part of my life and has been since I can remember. Almost immediately upon powering this Df up it was a natural in my hands feeling like the old F, I used all through high school shooting for the school newspaper and year book. Or shooting sporting events for some extra cash as teenager in the 1970's. One of the best reviews of this camera was done by the guys at FStoppers web site and when I saw the review knew I had to have this camera. They did not entirely understand this camera; however, I did. The pleasure this camera has brought me is only understandable by someone like myself? This camera has been the best purchase ever an older guy who grew up with an F in his hand thanks you!

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                      5.0

                      Misunderstood Gem of a Camera

                      By Speedgraphic

                      from Brooklyn

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • A Photographer's Camera
                      • Beautiful image quality
                      • Fun to use
                      • Great for weddings
                      • Low light
                      • Perfect For Af-d Primes
                      • Perfect For Zeiss Lenses

                      Cons

                      • Expensive
                      • Fixed Focusing Screen
                      • Should Have D4 Af System
                      • Silver Copy Looks Ugly
                      • Single Card Slot

                      Best Uses

                      • Fine Art
                      • Reportage
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                      I love my Df. Great battery life on a cheaper cell (See how that works! You pay less for batteries and get nearly the same performance), at a glance control over exposure, beautiful view finder for manual and AF, and image quality that makes it a reportage king. I throw this guy in Auto ISO up to 12800, and set it to manual. Then the camera compensates for the combination that I want from it. Perfect for people shooting wide open a lot, or who occasionally want to intentionally add blur to the scene.

                      I picked up a black Df and the 58mm 1.4, along with the 35mm F2D, and it's all I need. I have a killer portrait lens, and a killer light weight take everywhere lens.

                      No it's not a D800, but I don't want a 36mp beast for landscapes. I want to shoot a lot of frames fast in a light weight package that doesn't make me look like I'm chasing a celebrity down the street. The Df is that camera.

                      I think a Df2 will be even better!

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                      5.0

                      Nikon DF DSLR

                      By David 'Stills'

                      from New York, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great sensor
                      • Quiet Shutter

                      Cons

                      • Center Weighted Af Spots
                      • Low FPS

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                        I am thrilled with the Nikon Df! The sensor is as good as the Nikon D4s and I like the retro styling. Picked it up as a back-up camera but am now using it regularly along side my D4s. The smaller body and quieter shutter make it a great camera in close quarters with my subjects.
                        If you have never used a camera made before 2000 it may take a bit to get used to where all the controls are, but if you have it will remind you of your first camera.

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                        5.0

                        The camera I always wanted.

                        By Larry L

                        from NE Ohio

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great image quality
                        • Light Weight
                        • One Glance Controls
                        • Quite
                        • Solid Built Well Fitted
                        • Useful In Many Conditions

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • All Lighting Conditions
                          • Landscapes
                          • Portrites
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                          I had read about all the reviews on this camera for 6 months only to find out that most of the concerns were not a real concerns for me.

                          The IQ is fantastic, indoor photos look like an outdoor lighted shot yet with a nice dynamic range, very natural, no fill needed. No noise in the shadows like my D300s has. A very clean pixel to pixel 3D looking image. The knobs and controls are about perfect in placement and easy and fast to use.

                          Using all my Dseries lenses with f stop rings, at one glance I have about all the info I need for shooting, I no longer bump my front dial so my shutter speed stays put. I do not have to press and hold buttons down to see and change things. I have tested the 51 point focus system in my D300s, with this, "not so good", 39 point system. It seemed to focus just as well in dim light, with no lamp. I did some very dark, blue lighting shots of a rock band and the images were better than what I could see, like having night vision. Very amazing.

                          I had a hunch that all the pet peeve problems people were giving about this camera were just silly subjective points, and I was right. It is sad to see so many thinking they are doing people a service with their countless dislikes on this fantastic camera.
                          The battery door can pop off if you, like I did, placed the camera down with it open...not a bad thing, there is a tiny design boss in the metal base for it to pry off so you do not break the hinge. A "genius" design. I have worked in product design for many years. That's just one example of the ignorant criticism.

                          I have been shooting for 44 years using 35mm & 2 1/4 format film and with my 48" wide printer, and sending out for billboards prints, this camera will do the job just fine.

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                          5.0

                          Great Camera

                          By Buster

                          from South Oregon coast

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 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
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                            I'm an old guy 77 Years. I started in film many years ago & got into digital with the Nikon d100.I loved it & took some very good photos. Blew them up to 13x19"used the D70-D70s D80- D200-D300- D300s-D3-D5100-D7000-D7100 & the Df.Loved them all. The Df. is my favorite. I also collect Old cameras.

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                            5.0

                            Impressed

                            By JennyMaine

                            from Maine

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Image Quality
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Fiddly Battery Door
                            • Hunts Af In Low-light

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Black):

                            I did not come from the era of the Nikon F3...I've always used the 'modern' DSLR's like the Canon 40D and the Nikon D300s and I've always thought the elements I wanted control over were just a little to difficult to manage because they were buried in the menu. I LOVE being able to see my ISO. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I typically shoot in aperture mode, and I am liking the ability to turn on my ISO sensitivity so the camera takes care of the ISO if I don't have it quite right.

                            I have rather small hands and I don't mind the grip at all. Is it more shallow than beefier DSLR's like the D610? Yes. Honestly, comparing the DF to anything else is comparing apples to oranges when talking about handling. It's lighter and smaller than the, say, D610 which I love. And the shutter sound? Heaven.

                            I am super pleased with the images, especially in low-light. Shooting with a 50mm f/1.4 is a DREAM. The D4 sensor is awesome. My only complaint would be that it tends to hunt for AF in low-light situations....for a camera that is SO incredible in low-light, that is a super bummer. But not so unreasonable that I'm looking to send it back. That and the battery/SD card door is a little fiddly...Nikon could have DEFINITELY done a better job with the quality in that department. The great aspects of the camera overshadow these complaints so I can't even dock a whole star for it.
                            Overall, I am very pleased and am looking forward to shooting with it when we are out in Acadia National Park.

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