Nikon Df Review

February 17, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Xpanded

Nikon please make the DM3a on top of this. Thank you.

7:57 pm - Monday, February 17, 2014

#2 hans benndorf

Apart from the very good sensor this camera is an overpriced, half arsed ugly piece of bin parts junk aimed at image concious coffee shop wannabe pros.

8:29 pm - Monday, February 17, 2014

#3 Jay


You’ve seen it and used if of course?

Image quality is kind of important.

Sure is quieter than the D4.

9:38 pm - Monday, February 17, 2014

#4 Jay

Video: That would mean a bigger battery and more cooling, so a bigger heavier body.

9:40 pm - Monday, February 17, 2014

#5 Hans Benndorf

@ Jay. Don’t get me started on ergonomics, awkward wheel clutter, fake manual rings on the kit lens and that weird mix up of manual and digital operability. They claimed to have worked 4 years on this garbage.
But yes, image quality is good if You can handle all the rest of it. Most other cameras in this class have equally good image quality but for a much better price and without all that pretentious design bullish!t. A lot of people like that stuff, fine by me.

9:51 am - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#6 Marcus

I think we are getting fed up with these hugely overpriced retro styled cameras.
I would never buy one.
Personally, I think Nikon need to bring a new D300s to the market. I would buy one of them.

11:57 am - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#7 Jay


I find the Df easy enough to handle+set+adjust, but that wasn’t my question. Have you used it? Even for ten minutes in a store?

Not at high ISOs do other cameras have the image quality of the Df, except of course the D4. The only thing even close is the Canon 6D.

Also didn’t ask about the kit lens.

2:14 pm - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#8 Jay


All right, what sensor do you propose for this hypothetical D400s?

2:18 pm - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#9 Hans Benndorf

I don’t make comments about ergonomics without having handled a camera. The grip is flimsy and although I like dials the ones on the Df don’t work for me. The build quality is not up to the asking price either. Take my remark about the kit lens as a bonus even if You hav’nt asked for it.

10:18 pm - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#10 Shamael

What amazes me is the all around comment of the 6000$ camera sensor. The sensor does not makes the price, it is Nikon. Now, analyze DF and agree to this. It has a low resolution sensor, something half way between D70 and D200, that give good shots, but nothing overwhelming. Even old D200 shots look better. Then, it has the amazing ability to shoot 12500 ISO clean, what is not a wonder since when we look the pixel pitch and actual “cheating” technology, there is no magic. For that, you need, with superfast lenses, speeds of at least 1/16000th. But, it limits to 1/4000th what is ridiculous with such a sensor. Then, it has ability to accept all kind of Nikon glass, including MF lenses, but has no assistance for manual focusing except the usual green dot. It has an AF engine that has been criticized by many users in previous models, like D600 and D610. It has external controls that are on places that one can say, not in the right ones, it has no video what is not a big investment, the sensor can do it and the electronics is a 50$ investment for Nikon. Now, what does it really has? Well it has a good look and a horrible high price. So, to resume it in 3 words, “simply forget it”. Nikon definitely walks beside it’s shoes, and that is not recent, it started with the 1 series and the D3 pricing. Sic transit gloria mundi.

12:10 am - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#11 Shamael

Just forgot to say that Fuji follows this movement with the X-T1 series, old looking camera with a junk sensor, at horrible prices. To me, Sony is the one company that seems to go the right way, despite that fact they do their things and no what the customers ask for. A6000 is claimed to be a replacement for NEX-7 what is the best joke I ever heard. But, pass over, we are here talking about Nikon’s digital flop, a museum ripe junk camera.

12:15 am - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#12 Jay


So the grip on the Df is solid, why not complain about the battery door that’s a known problem? Or wait instead of making things up?

Then, there’s no fake manual ring on the kit lens.

So I’d have to guess you haven’t handled the Df or kit lens.

8:19 pm - Thursday, February 20, 2014

#13 Barbour

hi …I now own two Df’s….I use AIS lenses, small camera, small lenses…you can focus on ground glass with fast lens….very quiet camera….I never use Autofocus…I can focus on the ground glass, it is more accurate and faster…..I never hardly look at the menu, just to change colour temperature…did I mention I can focus on the ground glass….remarkable camera in low light….body feels like a camera should, totally solid…very happy with this camera….thank you Nikon

8:00 pm - Friday, February 21, 2014

#14 Peter

I debated for some time if I should get a Df. As per the spin, my heart wanted it, but the reviews stalled me. I have just been to Hong Kong and bought a body only (for£1400) THE CAMERA IS GORGEOUS TO USE. If I had known how well it performs I would have bought it even in the UK for £2750. I have heard that anyone who has bought the camera love it - you might argue that is because they have bought it - but untill you use it you cannot understand the pleasure it brings with usage. I have read that it is difficult to adjust the ISO and Exp comp when at eye level - rubbish, it’s very easy unless you are arthritic or one handed! It’s a pleasure to use in low light and it is light to carry around and so more of a pleasure to use! If you are debating to get one, you must have the finances or it wouldn’t even be a consideration, so get one!! I might have run the risk of warranty problems but IF anything went wrong I am sure it could be sorted out eventually BUT I have NEVER had any warranty issues with NIKON products wherever made and I am sure a Japanese built Nikon product will be bullet proof!!!!

3:51 pm - Sunday, March 2, 2014

#15 Steve Turner

Looks like some people make comments after picking one up in the store without actually using one , i won’t mention the name !!iam certainly not a wanna be coffee shop pro, the DF is a great camera and for those who actually work as a pro not pretend to be, the advantages of this camera for a Nikon user WORKING it is a great back up camera , it is light so as a secondary cabin baggage piece to match up with a D4 it makes sense the lenses all interchange with all other Nikon ones
it has a very quite shutter and for those who know this is great asset on some jobs, the dials are simple except for anyone use to a happy snap camera, the images are outstanding and equal to the D4, in fact in low light it out performs the D4, on commercial projects i found it less of a strain carrying around all day so i left the D4 in the bag as the back up, all in all a camera is as good as the operator using it , so a Phase One IQ 180 in the hands of a wanna be won’t make you a photographer, the DF looks great easy to use if you understand what the dials are for
and can produce some great images equal to anything on the market, no it does not have video SO WHAT !!
expensive REALLY ???? under 3k for a pro camera i think not, the D800 is the same price and certainly not a great second camera .
ALL IN ALL ….. its light , simple to use , looks great , produces great images , and if you have really road tested it funny not one of the so called testers bagging it have mentioned the trick when changing lens on this i will let the real testers talk about that one /

7:47 pm - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

#16 David Barbour

I now own two DF’s….lighter, far quieter, smaller than D700…sold my zooms…use fast AIS lenses, I can focus on the ground glass…colour quality is superb, high ISO quality fantastic…hardly look at my menu…just to set colour balance…use this camera and you will love it….been shooting for 42 years….4 generations of digital Nikons…this is the camera I was waiting for…

10:22 pm - Saturday, March 22, 2014

#17 Anthony Papagallo

my ageing D2Xs is still paying for my daughters education, my wife’s SUV and my Mortgage.. but recently discovering it has more than half a million shutter actuation’s since I purchased it new gave me a bit of a shock especially as its never even to a service centre in its life.
  So by god, I did some research before upgrading, hired a D3x, a D800, even a D3s, I must have read ken rockwell and bythom sites a hundred times to help me decide and had dismissed the Df as being a gimmick, until quite by chance I was within a hairs breadth of buying a D800E at a very well known Nikon shop in London and the proprietor asked me if I had tried the Df, to which I replied that for the daily grind of my shooting it really wouldn’t be up to the job and anyway it all looked a bit to retro for me to be taken seriously by my clients.

He gave a knowing smile and said ’ just handle it a few moments and see what you think’

as soon as its tactile embrace oozed across my fingers I was transported back to the day I bought a Nikon F, I had saved from a grass cutting job with the local council in the summer of ‘76, memorable for being a particularly hot one, that Nikon F founded my career and set me on the path to a professional photographer.

I suddenly realised all I had forgotten about why I did what I do, why I love cameras and photography in the first place, it had become a ‘day job’ but this damn camera has inspired me like no other.

I bought it on the spot.

Now my clients say stuff like wow thats a cool camera, is it Film or Digital, they tell their suppliers who suddenly all want to book me, models coo when they see it and say stupid things like oohh you must be a really good photographer with a camera like that.

yeah, right.

but if you work professionally and use Nikon gear this camera will inspire you like nothing you ever knew.


8:29 am - Friday, April 4, 2014

#18 James

I can only smile at the aggression some people put in their comments, they must really hate the Df, I have not met one person who bought it that does not like it, I have not seen one used one in any of the stores, I have a new D810, that replaced my D3s, now need to upgrade my D700, Nikon provided me with a demo model for a week, I even shot birds in flight, used it on a wildlife trip on my 300 f2.8, used it for landscapes, family and corporate client portfolio, yes there are things that is not perfect, like the focus that is really not suited for BIF, would have likes 2 memory cards, but this is a great camera, yes and I am not an aspiring Coffey shop pro, I bought my first Minolta in 1978.  So why the hatred and anger, it is only a camera and some people can use it and produce fantastic images with it..

8:36 pm - Saturday, August 30, 2014

#19 Andrew

I’ve now had my Df for about a month and use it for event and travel photography.  Handling is fantastic with light/medium weight primes, not so great with medium/heavy weight zooms.  If you plan to use handheld with such lenses as the Nikon Trinity, the Df is probably not for you, but if are a prime lens fan there is nothing better.

Manual focus is easy on the ground glass, and with the lenses I use (35/2 O Nikkor and 105/2.5 P Nikkor) is fast and accurate.  With modern AF primes it does a great job as well.

8:18 am - Sunday, September 28, 2014

#20 Pankaj

Surprising how later comments are much more appreciative of the camera. I have had it for a year now,I don’t miss the video, the low light capabilities are amazing- a candle or a little light will do.
I have used this extensively for amateur bird photography with Nikon 300mmF4+1.7 TC and it not bad there either.

I agree with four star verdict but I would bump it up if you can get the camera cheaper now. I bought it on Amazon India when it was down for USD1690(body only).Then it is value for money as well.

2:52 am - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#21 Mark Wynn

This is a great camera review site ... that I just found. As for the Df, which I purchased the month it became available ... it’s my favorite, all time SLR, and that goes back many decades, many fine cameras. It’s the camera for a photographer who understands and used lens perspectives, shutter speeds and aperatures to get the image they want. The low light quality is amazing. Besides current auto-focus lenses, I’m still using some old lenses that have “magic” for me. Those include the odd couple—28mm F.2 and a 135mm F.2 Nikkors.  If Nikon were to discontinue the Df I’d have to sell some stock and immediately purchase a spare.

5:07 am - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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