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Nikon Df: first impressions
What is the Nikon Df?A week of high-speculation and teaser videos this week culminated in the launch of Nikon’s latest DSLR – the new Nikon Df.
Taking design cues from Nikon’s iconic F2 and F3 film cameras, the Nikon Df features a range of mechanical dials, a textured grip and a flat top-panel.
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It’s not a case of style before substance, however, as the Nikon Df is a very much a serious shooter. The new model incorporates the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS senor that’s currently found on the flagship Nikon D4.
This sensor not only promises excellent image quality thanks to a wide dynamic range, but also promises excellent noise control through the native ISO 100-12,800 range, extendable to ISO 204,800 equivalent.
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The Nikon Df also promises some impressive operational speeds thanks to the inclusion of Nikon’s EXPEED 3 processor, with continuous shooting of up to 5.5fps supported.
The Nikon Df is the lightest of any of Nikon’s current ‘FX’ format DSLRs, yet despite this light body magnesium alloy top, bottom and rear covers provide a weather-sealed body akin to the Nikon D800.
Nikon Df: First ImpressionsThe Nikon Df is easily one of the most eagerly anticipated cameras of the year, and that showed at a press launch that was filled to bursting point with eager photo journalists. Despite the crowds, we managed to get our hands on one of the first Nikon Df bodies to take a closer look.
The Nikon Df certainly feels like a robust camera in the hand, in keeping with the claims of the Nikon press department. The Df manages this solid feel even with a body that, despite it being not exactly small, is noticeably lightweight.
Photographers hoping for a pocketable body akin to the Nikon FM1 will be disappointed however, as the Df is more in line with Nikon’s current Fx DSLR range in terms of size.
The body of the Nikon Df is veritably littered with controls, including a command dial on the front of the camera’s body. Although this dial is located in an unfamiliar position, after a brief time of using the camera it felt like an intelligent choice.
The rest of the controls are unlike any Nikon DSLR previously, and as such they took a lot more getting used to. We suspect it will take even a seasoned Nikon users a while to get to grips with the new arrangement, although film veterans would be quicker to adjust no doubt.
The Nikon Df will ship in either a chrome or black finish. Although the chrome finish pays homage to a traditional Nikon film camera we’d opt for the black finish as it had a more polished and premium feel to it – to key aspects of a camera costing nearly £3,000.
The Nikon Df is due on sale on 28th November this year. It will ship as part of a kit with the newly-designed 50mm f/1.8 lens with an RRP of £2,749.99.
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