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Luxury Review - Nikon Df D-SLR

Jan 13, 2014 10:11AM ● By Anonymous

With its well-known knack for nostalgia, Nikon tips its hat to the past in classic form with its latest product, the Nikon Df D-SLR.

Although it may look like the film SLRs of yesteryear, this state-of-the-art camera is retro in appearance only. It comes equipped with the latest digital features pro photographers swoon over. A 16.2-megapixel full-frame format — housed in a sleek, lightweight body — stops the show. Built with the pro in mind, the Df includes a wonderland of features, including an ISO range up to 204,800 and an impressive 5.5 frame-per-second shutter speed.

The camera blends these high-tech offerings with the straightforward design of Nikon film cameras, like those found in the F, F3 and FM/FE series. No detail is too small to be overlooked — mechanical dials and a leather exterior only add to the camera’s high-grade retro feel of this inspired throwback.

Taken all together, the Df is a perfect shooter for the photographer who likes to manually control all the variables but doesn’t want to skimp on tech features. Mechanical dials control shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation and release mode — ensuring the photographer’s inner vision can come to life. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition kit lens is the perfect spouse for the Df body, providing pristine optic support via its lens technology. The manual focusing ring features the hatching as well as knurling of classic lenses for clear-cut focus adjustments.

With various features — including the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine in the flagship model — the camera offers superior image quality under a wide range of lighting conditions while supporting a broad variety of standard sensitivities. Couple that with portability and stable image quality, and photographers are released from the all-too-familiar restrictions of time, place and lighting conditions. The Df contains the same impressive sensor found on similar Nikon models, along with the same level of weatherproofing one gets with the D800.

At $2,999, the Nikon Df D-SLR obviously isn’t for the lighthearted amateur. But for those who take their snaps seriously and demand quality, integrity and a large amount of creative control, this device comes in above the bar. That it’s all housed in a retro shell only adds to the photographic experience full of quality innovation. 



5.6” x 4.3” x 2.6”

5.5 frames per second