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NikonDf DSLR Camera (Body Only, Silver)
 
4.7

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (59)
  • High ISO performance (56)
  • Easy to use (50)
  • Large clear LCD (40)
  • Quiet (39)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Low light (46)
  • Travel (45)
  • Landscape/scenery (38)
  • Family photos (33)
  • Weddings (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (24), Semi-pro photographer (20), Photo enthusiast (19)
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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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professional soul but amateur body

I am an experienced amateur, using Nikon since more then 40 years.
The DF has a nice chip, electronics are first rate, but the body - especially the chassis where the lens...Read complete review

I am an experienced amateur, using Nikon since more then 40 years.
The DF has a nice chip, electronics are first rate, but the body - especially the chassis where the lens sits - is plastic. This has not the solidity of my D800 and surely not the D3.
the Df has a heart that is professional but the body of an amateur.
I used it for nearly 2 years, made me happy, until it had a small accident, nothing comparing what other cameras of Nikon could take and it totally broke at the lens attachment. It just slipped out of my hand on the table, but with a 500mm F4 attached. It did not survive, the lens didn't even have a scratch.
This is disappointing, the kind of people who buy a camera to use professional or their old metal lenses expect the same quality from the camera body. I would have preferred to pay a little more and have Nikon quality I was expecting. Use it as a "chic" camera with small lenses, but just do not hold any long or heavy lens by that camera.

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(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Camera with an Identity Crisis

By jay gatsby

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

The question to me about this camera: Is it or is it not a Nikon? I have owned most of Nikon's pro equipment for the past 40 years. I spent many years as a film shooter-and loved it-so I get the whole retro thing. The image quality is fine and as a smaller alternative camera with a D4 sensor it works. However, it just doesn't feel like a Nikon. Specifically, at this price point point I would like a more solid build and feel, especially if Nikon is trying to resurrect the feel of some of the earlier Nikons. The camera feels fragile compared to my other Nikons. In addition, the sub-command dial that has been moved around the corner needs to be smoother in operation; mine is jerky and I don't know if this is just my sample or indigenous to this camera. In summary, I would recommend this camera for what it is as a first effort. I think Nikon is on to something here but the idea needs refinement in its execution.

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5.0

Df (Digitally fun)

By Nikon Fan

from Bay Area, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

    I purchased this camera for its retro styling with a few dials/knobs on the top plate. Changing ISO, and shutter speed quickly without going into the menu and really fun. More importantly the image quality, camera IQ are as advertised. It is the smallest and lightest fx body compared to the d700 and d800 series in the Nikon family. The d600 series may be similar in size and weight but they don't excite me.If one is looking for value in this price range given the recent price drop of the d810, the d810 would be a value buy. I was debating between these two cameras and decided on the Df knowing the d810 has way more bells and whistles, with video, on camera flash, which the Df lacks, if anything the d810 may be too much camera for me, as I know I wouldn't be using a lot of the features in the d810.I had a blast with the Df on my Asia trip in early Feb, the color really pops in my photos, the weight and size were never an issue, even with the Nikkor 14-24mm zoom lens attached to it 75% of the time. For me it's one perfect camera for traveling. Certainly one can go lighter with mirrorless camera or the Sony a7 series.I enjoy every minute of it although I only had it since early/mid Dec of 2015. Looking forward to shoot more with the Df.

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    5.0

    Yup. Definitely. Happy.

    By Just Shoot Me Now

    from Long Island City, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Manual Mode Ergonomics
    • Quiet
    • Relatively lightweight

    Cons

    • No Split Image Viewfinder

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Silver):

    I still shoot and process B&W film and my favorite camera is the Nikon FE2, with Nikkor 24/2.8, 50/1.8, and 105/2.5 AI-S lenses. I haven't moved to digital because I always perceived it to be difficult to get as much quality out of it for a low/cheap price. I also own an N90s with 28-70/3.5-4.5 and 50/1.8 AF-D lenses (my N50 is in a discard pile and I have a few FM2/FE/FE2 cameras needing seals). The N90s works wonderfully but I always reach for the FE2.

    Well, the Df ain't cheap, but upcoming travel to a once-in-a-lifetime event in a sufficiently faraway place (airport X-rays in foreign countries anyone?) pushed me over the edge and I went for it. You know the specs: 16.2 megapixels over a full frame; this is about 10.9" x 16.4" at 300 dpi, and the largest I've ever printed was 11x14 anyway. Even larger images possible if nobody squints closely. All good. The full frame gets me use of all the glass that I already own, with the same kind of depth of field, and the smooth high quality that I hear comes with the bigger buckets.

    The only thing I added to the body (other than the lenses) was a screen protector for the LCD (I cut up a cellphone protector and applied that), and a Samsung Pro 16 GB SD card.

    It's been a couple of weeks now. I have NO idea where my AF-D lenses have gone so I've only used AI-S MF's on the Df (and played with an old 105/2.5 AI with a stuck wide-open aperture).

    Shocking moment: I unboxed the camera, stuck the battery in a charger to charge it, mounted a lens, and looked through the viewfinder. NOTHING WOULD FOCUS. This is OK. Apparently there's some kind of viewfinder focus servo thing that works only when the battery's inserted. No mention of this anywhere in the manual which I read twice while sweating. Nikon owes me one change of underwear.

    The good: High ISOs with high quality is INCREDIBLE. I've pushed film to 800/1600 but being able to get colorful textured skies well after dark, handheld at ISO 6400 with very good quality, is something I've never experienced before. It's weeeeird and quite awesome.

    I just learned what "chimping" is and I know I've missed shots because I'm a doofus. Though when shooting street photography, occasionally being able to check your exposure relatively quickly is really cool, and using the recorded image immediately in your feedback loop is awesome compared to film. I've been able to retake some shots that had blown out highlights, for instance: better than discovering this weeks later at home and adjusting things when printing (or just finding that some image is unusable).

    Things that I never did with film, I feel more freedom to mess around with digital: super long exposures of cars at night, photos of stars (the 50/1.8 pointed up in NYC even on a not-that-clear night gets a LOT more stars than I thought would be possible!), shooting just to see how something active (flowing water, plasma TV refresh, ...) would come out at different shutter speeds ... all these experiments are thoroughly chimp-tastic.

    I am seeing that I use the camera in two "modes" ... a full manual mode the way my FE2 does it (set full manual, center weighted metering, single shot, set the ISO, set the aperture, ballpark the shutter speed, then adjust focus + shutter + aperture as I shoot), and a slightly more automatic mode (set aperture priority, matrix metering, single or continuous, set ISO, set lens aperture, then just focus as I shoot). I make good use of the DoF preview and have played some with multiple shots on timer. There's a spot meter that's very nice but I haven't used it too much.

    Battery life is totally fine, I have full battery indications after many hours of shooting over two days. At three days of moderate use I do lose a bar.

    The image quality is superb and makes photography downright pleasurable. Using default settings, nighttime pictures in particular have a wonderful clear pop to them, while still showing some silky goodness. Colors during the daytime are great. I have a shot of a sunlit monotone fog over a gray skyline and you can see delicate tints here and there. This is fun stuff.

    The bad: The focusing screen is hard to use in some conditions; the worst is when I'm wearing dryish contact lenses and I want to quickly focus on some low-contrast thing in the evening. I rarely had issues in similar situations using the K2 split-image screen on my FE2. I'm seriously considering ordering a replacement K3 screen (though these are not made by Nikon!). The FE2's screen is noticeably larger in the viewfinder and immerses you much more in the photo. But as an eyeglass wearer, it's just fine to have a smaller image (on the FE2 I need to move my eyeball around to see the metering needle). The green dot indicator that some are truly fond of has enough play in it that I don't find it to be sufficient for critical focus using prime lenses wide open. Stopped down, of course, I don't care, ballpark's good enough for me (and you too). :)

    Other reviewers have had issues with the front command dial; I haven't really used it too much, as I adjust aperture with the lens dial. But when I did use it it seemed OK to me; I don't know, maybe I'd be sore after prolonged use, or, maybe it's really just fine. But for occasional use it spins easily enough.

    Regarding the body: it's noticeably fatter/heavier than the FE2, but the body+50mm is lighter than my N90s body alone. Some people complain about the grip. I do what I was taught, and so can you: support the camera+lens with the left hand, and shoot with the right. I don't see how this would not work for somebody.

    Regarding the ISO dial locking: I got used to it. Thumb on the button and spin the dial. I don't adjust ISO intensively as I shoot, I adjust it proactively as the light changes and it's just fine. IMHO it's weird to me that anyone would use the ISO dial as a primary exposure control method next to aperture + shutter.

    I don't make heavy use of exposure compensation in between shots either. Sometimes, dialing in -0.7 or -1 can help (adjusting for how digital sensors can lose info in highlights vs. film losing info in shadows) and again, if I'm set to aperture-priority matrix metering and notice a change in contrast around me, I proactively adjust this. But really, if I want to make significant per-shot adjustments to exposure between shots, I shoot in manual mode, or I turn on bracketing (also really great!). I don't set my camera to program auto and adjust per-shot exposure with EC. That feels icky to me; if you really want a certain exposure and the computer is constantly changing shutter+aperture on you while you're dialing in compensation as you shoot, just, wat??? Who does that? Are you photographing epileptic scenes?

    Whenever the light changes, my brain registers it and I act. I mentally go through a camera checklist and am always adjusting for the situation before the shot happens, and have done so for years. Personally, the most automatic I get is aperture-priority. Proactive adjustments work great, and make for smaller, easier per-shot manual adjustments. I've even had a friend (who knows nothing about SLRs) "carelessly" shoot in full-manual mode. I didn't expect her to hit the trigger but because my camera was already set up for the indoor night time bar scene we were at, she got a wonderfully composed+exposed portrait of our bartender by just focusing and shooting. A bit lucky, I know, but, what I'm trying to say is, it's not fair to complain about not having your modern plastic body workflow represented on a camera specifically designed for a different workflow.

    Overall: I see this as a digital version of my favorite FE2 camera. I don't know if it'll replace film for black & white prints, but for everything else (including black and white on a screen) it easily beats the FE2 and I've shot more in the last couple of weeks than I have in the last couple of years. For my style/workflow of shooting it is nearly perfect. Though I really do want a different focusing screen. I know this camera is not for everybody, but it seems like it was pretty much made for me.

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    2.0

    professional soul but amateur body

    By Misch

    from Luxemburg

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • A joy to use
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good power management
    • Handy
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

    • Not Nikon Build Quality
    • Plastic Chassis

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Street photo
    • Travel
    • Walking Around

    Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

    I am an experienced amateur, using Nikon since more then 40 years.
    The DF has a nice chip, electronics are first rate, but the body - especially the chassis where the lens sits - is plastic. This has not the solidity of my D800 and surely not the D3.
    the Df has a heart that is professional but the body of an amateur.
    I used it for nearly 2 years, made me happy, until it had a small accident, nothing comparing what other cameras of Nikon could take and it totally broke at the lens attachment. It just slipped out of my hand on the table, but with a 500mm F4 attached. It did not survive, the lens didn't even have a scratch.
    This is disappointing, the kind of people who buy a camera to use professional or their old metal lenses expect the same quality from the camera body. I would have preferred to pay a little more and have Nikon quality I was expecting. Use it as a "chic" camera with small lenses, but just do not hold any long or heavy lens by that camera.

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    5.0

    Old School Back in Session

    By Amudgarden

    from Phoenix, MD

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Silver):

        I've had the Df for about a year now, and in that time it has become, without equivocation, my favorite camera to use. I also own the D810 (which I use for work) and a D4 (which I use for sports and action). The Df is my walk-around travel companion. It's a relatively compact DSLR in that it's not small compared to most mirrorless cameras out there, but it is pretty diminutive for DSLR. It's weight and balance is also kept under control well by Nikon.

        Using this camera for the first time is similar to buying an old sports car from the 1970s, and having a talented mechanic completely restore it before you drive it. The camera looks, feels, and acts brand new...but its controls, dials, and performance remind you of a time when "video" had no place being anywhere near a DSLR, and things like ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed where always just a click away. No more fiddling though menus on the LCD screen to adjust ISO...its dial is right there on the top the camera.

        Right out of the box, this camera will beg and plead for you to purchase some older manual focus only lenses, which had aperture settings on the lens itself (as opposed to G lenses, where aperture must be controlled from the camera's digital dial).

        I obliged. I quickly collected the 20mm 2.8, 24mm 2.8, 28mm 2.8 35mm 1.4, 50 1.2, and Noct 58mm 1.2..all of which are manual focus only, made from metal composite and not plastic. Without the requirements of any auto focus parts, these lenses are significantly more compact and portable than any of the G series lenses.

        Using these older lenses on the Df makes one FEEL more like they are practicing the craft of photography so much more than when I am firing away shots on the D4s with a fully automatic 85 1.4G.

        I liken the experience to being somewhat similar to operating a modern Leica rangefinder. There are electronics and basic menu settings for various shooting conditions, but when it comes to physically taking pictures, you're basically out there all on your own. The camera is a tool that will help you what you want it to, but it basically stays out of your way. Juxtapose this with modern day pro DSLRs, which assume you need as much help as possible in the form of computer generated settings, and essentially have morphed into sophisticated point-and-shoots, where the photographer basically just needs to compose and fire. The rest is picked up by the small computer inside the body of the DSLR.

        The Df assumes that you, the photographer, know how to expose, compose, and focus better than a computer...or at the very least, you have enough experience and talent that, while a computer might be faster at adjusting settings, you have developed your own system for adjusting settings, so that when in action, the camera is designed to have every important setting a fingertip away, mechanically controlled. MECHANICALLY CONTROLLED! I had to shout that out because it's a pleasure using mechanical dials vs. computer operated dials...beause you will ALWAYS know exactly what the mechanical dial will do. It can't screw up because it only has one job, and it doesn't require a jolt of electricity to do it.

        Digital dials, on the other hand, require the LCD screen to be functioning properly, and they require the sensors inside the camera to be operating properly so they they sense the movement of the dial, which triggers an electric pulse to the computer to change aperture, or shutter speed, or what have you. Theres a lot more that can go wrong in there, especially if it gets wet, than in a fully mechanical setup.

        I also like not having to read a tiny LCD screen to figure out what setting I'm in. For whatever reason, I am more comfortable seeing what the mechanical dials are set on.

        I am an extremely visually oriented person, and knowing where everything is located on a camera helps my mind organize how to go about adjusting settings to properly set up exposure for a scene, without having to look down at it. With a typical DSLR, I need to look at the LCD screen when I change aperture, shutter speed, or ISO. With the Df, I already know what setting I am on, and therefore know how many "clicks" I need to change the setting to where I want it...and can do it thoughtlessly without having to study the back of the camera.

        The Df is not without its limitations, however. It is disappointing that the shutter speed maxes out at 1/4000. For a camera in this price range, 1/8000 should be the default shutter speed.

        The lens mount on the camera is a little bit sensitive and quirky. I have had problems mounting Zeiss F mount lenses on the Df...if you twist the camera just a little bit too hard when locking it on the mount, the electric sensors won't line up and you will get the dreaded "EE" sign on the digital readout. This is not the case with Nikon D lenses. They mount perfectly. It is only Zeiss lenses in which I've encountered this problem...which sorta sucks, because I LOVE shooting with Zeiss lenses, and I think the Df will perform magically with the manually focusing Zeiss lineup of Nikon mount lenses.

        My only other main gripe is that this DSLR is smaller than it looks. It's not much bigger than a full frame mirrorless camera. As such, sometimes gripping it is slightly award. I have average sized hands...certainly not big hands, but gripping this tiny DSLR sometimes is not as intuitive as, say, gripping the 810 or D4.

        I LOVE that this camera comes with a separate "AF-ON: button on the top right of the back of the camera. I prefer to back-button focus, and the AF-ON" button can be exclusively used as the button which only has one function: to autofocus the lens if pressed. half-pressing the shutter does nothing; you have to press the AF-ON button to trigger the autofocus. For me, this just makes things more organized.

        The buffer capacity in this camera isn't close to the D4s, but it is adequate. If you shoot in Jpeg format, the processor will burn through the shots with a breeze. If, however, you shoot in RAW, the buffer will eventually fill up, resulting in a stall of shooting while the camera catches up with processing the images. It's not as big of a problem, as it is on the D750, which has a pathetically small buffer. But, just keep this in mind, if you shoot in RAW, firing off shots in rapid succession will overload the buffer pretty quickly.

        The body of this camera is not built as tough or as strong as Nikon pro cameras of old. There is a significant amount of composite plastic, as opposed to composite metal/magnesium. That no doubt keep the weight of the camera down,but what you gain in portability, you lose in toughness.

        I would not be comfortable dropping this camera onto a hard surface. Don't kid yourself, this camera will not confuse anyone of a D700 anytime soon. The 700 could survive tripping a land mine. The Df, I'm afraid, will defy if you mistreat it's surprisingly delicate body.

        The fact that there is NO VIDEO on the Df is a wonderful characteristic. I despise the fact that DSLRs can shoot video. I know...it's just a sign of the times. But still, the camera can be made lighter, and the buttons and options more simplified if video isn't a part of the equation.

        Ilf you want to shoot video...oh I dunno, buy a video camera! Anyone, ANYONE who purchases a DSLR expecting to use it predominantly for video deserve the requisite poor video quality most DSLRs produce. It's like buying a Prius because you need a large capacity car to haul stuff to your construction sites, and you want to save on gas. You might be able to get a few things in the hatchback, but you will have to make so many trips back and forth, you end up burning more gas than you would have taking only one trip in a Ford F150. I don't know...sometimeis people who have too much money do very dumb things. Buying a DLR to shoot video is one of those very dumb things.

        Anyway, I digress. This Df paired with any one of my old, small, manual focus only lenses makes me feel right at home as a photographer. If that is how you prefer to shoot, don't hesitate...get this unique throw-back to days when a photographer had to do all of his own work to get good photographs.

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        5.0

        A Camera You'll Fall In Love With

        By KS Pete

        from Kansas City

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Silver):

          I bought this camera because it made me feel nostalgic, and it was a great backup camera to my D4s because they share the same sensor. What I got was a camera that I never put down. I shoot with it 90% of the time now and the D4s is my backup.

          I go to the manual dials more than you might believe - almost every single shot. I understand that the other cameras have manual capabilities, but this is so familiar, it just flows. I don't think about it. I don't wonder which digital wheel I should be turning or which direction I should turn it. Everything is right where it's always been since I picked up my first Nikon SLR in 1986.

          If you're a sports guy, this camera is not the camera for you. If you're almost anything else and you miss the days of film, of not having Photoshop to back you up, then you will love this camera.

          The results are the best I've had from any camera. The sensor is of course the same as D4s, and it really shows. Oh, and it has better color depth than the D4s, and slightly better high ISO performance. Figure THAT out?!

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          5.0

          Same chip as the D4S in a retro body

          By Nariophotos

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Nikon Case Wont Fit
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Silver):

          I bought this hoping no one else in the world would buy one.
          You see I don't want this to be further mass produced or bought.
          It feels and looks special, a throwback to the old SLRs.
          When I put it next to my older "F" cameras (non digital) it looks right at home.
          Yet it has all the internals of a digital.

          It has the familiar plethora of dials that original SLRs had (there were no menus then).
          Yet the familiar menus are only a click away.
          What a pleasure to be able to just look down and see at a glance all your settings.
          ISO, aperture, mode, etc at a glance, no buttons to check.

          When walking around folks assume it is an old camera.

          Read the specs of the DF, D810 and D4S. You'll go insane trying to explain to yourself why each got what they got.
          I just enjoy it.

          I also have a D810 and I often use my DF over my D810. And it is so much lighter than a D4S.

          And of course when doing a shoot I put a different lens on each and use both. I recently took it (along with the D810 and a D800E to Alaska). The DF was always at my neck.

          It does NOT have a built-in flash nor does it take movies.
          But it will operate a broader range of lenses than all other DSLRs do.
          You can reuse virtually all the old lenses.

          On the minus sides:
          - Only one card slot (SD)
          - the battery is very small - make sure to buy extras

          The expensive leather case that Nikon makes is every bit useless as it is pretty.
          I bought it in light brown hoping to complete the anachronistic look, only to find out IT DOESN NOT FIT IT PROPERLY!
          I had to return the case (thank you BH).
          Nikon, what went wrong here? No time to test the case with a camera?

          But don't buy this camera.
          And if you do, don't tell anyone.
          Let's keep it special.

          :)

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          5.0

          Every bit as good as my old D50

          By John

          from Melbourne Australia

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

              I bought this to replace my old D50 6.4MP and it is every bit as good as the old camera. Picture quality is great up to 1600 ISO, the old D50 was good to 400 ISO. Looking at the 16 Megapix versus the 6.4 Megapix of the D50 I can see no real difference but the full frame viewfinder is clearer and brighter and shooting medium size with fine jpeg is as good as the D50.

              If your looking to upgrade from a 10 year old DLSR to something that is simple to understand and shoot, this is a good option.

              J

              I changed the focus screen to a split-prism type to help with my manual focus lenses.

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              5.0

              Nikon DF DSLR

              By Pete

              from Denver Colorado

              About Me Semi-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
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                My Nikon Df is the FX body that I use with 4 Nikkor lenses (14-24mm F2.8, 50mm 1.4 AF-D, 85mm 1.8 AF-D, 135mm F2 DC). It works well with my lens kit. It's a great upgrade from my old and trusted D300. I was waiting on a D700 replacement/upgrade for my D300 DX for some time. When the DF came on the scene I thought it ticked all my boxes. There's lots of chat about ergonomics and other downers with the DF but really, if it feels good in the hand and several thousands cheaper than a D4 for the sensor, then I'm in. I have been using it now for over a year and l'm simply loving it! The photos are great and the resolution is more than I'll ever need. It also looks cool as there aren't too many around from what I can see. The best thing and contra anti-ergonomic critics is the ability to be on top of your settings when you're walking around without having to go into menus to change things all the time....you either get what I'm saying here or the whole purpose of the Df is a miss on you. I hardly use my D300 now as the image quality of the Df surpasses the D300 an especially in lower light settings (e.g. street photography where I do a lot of my work). Thumbs up for me and a camera I hope to enjoy for many years!

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                5.0

                Beautiful Sensor!

                By Tom

                from Melbourne

                Comments about Df DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

                Over the past two years I have been using and changing cameras, first the D800e, followed by 6D, A7r, A7ii, 5Dmk3, sold them all, except the pro glasses and bought the D750 two months ago with the Afs 24-70 f2.8g & 85 f1.4g. I wasn't happy with the D750. There are more to image quality than resolution, noise and dynamic range. Finally, I took the plunge to buy the Df, the color and tonal range, color accuracy even in low light situation is impressive. Now I understand why they use the same sensor on Nikon's flagship D4, D4s. There is a clarity in the image that I just cannot explain but it is beautiful overall, I am now more than happy!

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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 (Body Only, 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

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                  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 (Body Only, 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 (Body Only, 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 (Body Only, 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 (Body Only, 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 (Body Only, 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

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                      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 (Body Only, 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 (Body Only, 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 (Body Only, 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 (Body Only, 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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