First thing I want to say is, I love this camera… with that being said -here are my initial findings on the brand new , Nikon DF.
A little background: With the traveling that I do, I was looking for an alternative to lugging my professional cameras to certain places. Size/bulkiness and weight are all factors when traveling, as well as sometimes, you just want something small and simple. Something that doesn’t scream ” look at this big expensive thing in my hands ” Sometimes the less conspicuous you are while photographing, the better. I had recently had the Fuji Xpro-1, but when Nikon made their version of something in a smaller size, yet could be used with interchangeable lenses, it was a no brainer to stick with a system where I had all I needed lens wise. Hence me purchasing this one. It also holds some intrinsic value as it brings me back to the days of college, when I learned to shoot on cameras like this. A throwback if you will…
Today was the first day I got to take it through it’s paces. I
was so excited I forgot to set it on Raw shot it on Jpg to see how the files would come out if just editing them straight from the camera. And I noticed some things…
Focus – I absolutely love the focusing. I got more keepers when shooting wide open then I do with my D3S or my D4… for my style of shooting, I like to be between 2.5 and 3.8. The focusing handled this like it was meant to be. For me that is a huge plus. The only thing that was a lil jarring was the speed to move the focusing point. I am so used to the speed of the bigger cameras when trying to change focusing points. That is not to say that this is a bad thing, just something I need to get used to.
Ergonomics – I like it. I have small hands, so for me… it’s perfect. fit right in my lens changer 3 with a 50 1.4 D lens mounted on it… The dials are definitely something to get used to. If you need to change ISO’s or exposure compensation ( as I tend to do frequently )and are used to the bigger cameras way of doing things, it will take a lil gettin used to.
ISO performance – I still need to do more testing in this area, but the files I shot at 800-1600 looked good to me… I shall revisit this subject with more testing.
Menu system – pretty much the same thing as the other Nikons.
Colors – In my opinion, the colors are truer to the subject
I think this camera is perfect for a day traveler, or someone shooting primes not over 85mm… Once I put the 85 on it, it started to get a lil heavy. I am used to carrying heavy cameras with a 70-200 on it for hours at a time, but 85 mm is most I would put on it. It has the feel of more of a daytrip camera. I will probably only shoot my smaller primes on it ranging from 24 mm – 50 mm… with an occasional 85. Mainly for what I would use it for, those lenses would more than suit me. It will also serve as a 3rd back up for weddings. There has been some chatter about not having a second card slot. Would it be nice? yea, of course it would… is it a deal breaker? Not in my opinion. This camera will be a fun new addition to my collection, for when I just want to shoot and not lug everything. In summary, here is my review
- improved autofocus
- able to use all my existing lenses/flashes
- dials on top to change iso/exposure compensation
- speed to change focus points
I would like to thank The Photo Center in Brick, Nj, where I purchased the camera and Brendan was very helpful with all of my questions!
I would also like to thank my friend Macey, for allowing me to try out my new camera and modeling for me!
Below are some of the images I shot today using the 35 mm , 50 mm, 85 mm