Nikon release the Df – Bastards

In 1982 I bought my first Nikon, an FE. The SLR everyone wanted in those days was the Nikon F3 but that was too expensive for me so I bought an FE. An aperture priority 35mm SLR with a large bright viewfinder. I carried it everywhere, the controls became second nature and I loved that camera. I still have it tucked away in a cupboard having been replaced, first by a pretty miserable Nikon D70 and then by a full frame D700 just prior to the release of the magnificent 36 Megapixel D800 – Bollocks!

The D700 is a good camera but I still miss the manual controls and positive feel of my old 35mm SLR and last year I added a new compact camera, a Fujifilm X20. A little retro rangefinder camera with a neat manual zoom and some physical controls with a very nice feel to them.

But what I really want is a digital back for my old FE. Well I haven’t seen that yet but Nikon have just released what they deem a digital replacement for the F series!

Bollocks! Having already lost a chunk of money on the perfectly usable D700 can I really justify over £2000 for a Nikon DF?

Nikon Df

Nikon Df

Nikon FE

Nikon FE

Fantastic Art Photography

Fantastic Art Photography

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3 thoughts on “Nikon release the Df – Bastards

  1. Digital Rev’s review of the Df really stresses the weaknesses. All of Kai’s critiques are relevant points. HOWEVER, it’s a wonderful camera despite its shortcomings. I bought one and love it. The image quality, tactile feel and beautiful looks trump all the bad IMHO. It’s an absolute joy to shoot! Plus, if you’ve got the vintage glass, it’s even more fun.

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