Author Topic: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?  (Read 1864 times)

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Re: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?
« Reply #60 on: February 27, 2021, 03:11:57 »
Sure - well I fully agree with Birna that downsizing wasn't helpful. Otherwise - how would we figure out the sensor uniqueness if we didn't process both images the same way? Too many parameters to correctly interpret any difference IMHO.
Alright, the Df is on top, the Z6 below!
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Re: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?
« Reply #61 on: February 27, 2021, 06:16:44 »
...Acordding to Photons to Photos the dynamic range of the Df is almost as great as the D850 and similarly that of the Z7 II...

https://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Nikon%20D850,Nikon%20Df
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Not quite, while there is overlap at higher ISO, at ISO100 (that was used in the image comparison), the photographic dynamic range of the Df is nearly one stop short of D850 and worse than D500:
https://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Nikon%20D500,Nikon%20D850,Nikon%20Df
(The Df was optimized for high ISO performance at the time, with a tradeoff in low ISO performance.)
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Re: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?
« Reply #62 on: February 27, 2021, 16:43:10 »
On April Fools' Day, Jack. A Df made all the images.  ;)

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Re: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?
« Reply #63 on: February 27, 2021, 23:31:19 »
I think the Df has had its day in the sun and to be honest I found the control layout kind of odd. I always thought it would have been nice if Nikon had put a control dial around the throat of the lens mount instead of that small thing on the upper front right of the camera, plus they got a bit carried away with dial locks.

For me I'd go D850 though I'm still waiting to see what Nikon does this year (pretty please, a D850 update with the D6 AF sensor and the Z7II imaging and PDAF sensor, and I wouldn't say no to simply plopping in the Z7II chipset while they're at it though I don't expect IBIS). I'd rather not start over again with mirrorless.

To interest me a new DF would want probably one of the Z-body imaging sensors and the EN-EL15 battery, and a cleaner overall design, looks and ergonomics wise a bit more F3HP or F4 base and a bit less "designed by committee". And of course the lens throat control dial for dealing with aperture control on those G and E products and exposure comp on everything else.

But while we're at it, have Nikon ever thought of trying to do a new film camera that supports the E lenses? Or is this film revival a temporary fad that's going to winnow down to a handful of medium format diehards?

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Re: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?
« Reply #64 on: February 28, 2021, 00:22:08 »
But while we're at it, have Nikon ever thought of trying to do a new film camera that supports the E lenses? Or is this film revival a temporary fad that's going to winnow down to a handful of medium format diehards?

I'd like to shoot a little 400 ISO B&W and make a few prints each month. I get a peaceful feeling just sitting in my Darkroom under amber safe light. Fun how one forgets the 16 hour days getting customers to press.

It's extremely unlikely that I will ever shoot color film again and although I could do color printing I didn't like it.

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Re: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?
« Reply #65 on: February 28, 2021, 03:02:37 »

To interest me a new DF would want probably one of the Z-body imaging sensors and the EN-EL15 battery, and a cleaner overall design, looks and ergonomics wise a bit more F3HP or F4 base and a bit less "designed by committee". And of course the lens throat control dial for dealing with aperture control on those G and E products and exposure comp on everything else.

No need for another DF, but would be interesting to have a Ds. Mirrorless rangefinder. Z mount lenses and a STZ adapter.

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Re: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?
« Reply #66 on: March 01, 2021, 17:09:18 »
YES, "No need for another DF,". . . provided Nikon continued to produce the old one.

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Re: Would You Buy A Nikon Df Camera Today?
« Reply #67 on: March 01, 2021, 18:45:25 »
Second hand DF still sells at higher price than a D4, go figure.