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Nikon Df 16-Megapixel Full-Frame Retro-Style DSLR

The camera makers seem to be filling in the cracks with interesting alternatives!

Nikon has announced the retro Nikon Df, a 16-megapixel full-frame camera with classic styling and utilizing the high-grade sensor from the Nikon D4. How does it hold, shoot and carry? My main interest since it lacks an EVF.

NOTE: these links will go live at 3:00 AM EST Tuesday October 5. The Nikon press announcement went out 4 hours before the B&H links go live. Thanks for clicking through these links to order.

Pre-order the Nikon Df at B&H Photo.

Nikon Df DSLR CAMERA with 50mm F1.8 LENS (BLACK)
Nikon Df DSLR CAMERA with 50mm F1.8 LENS (Silver)
Nikon Df DSLR CAMERA BODY (Silver)

The camera has some style, so if it shoots well, it’s going to have a lot of appeal as an all around camera, albeit one with modest resolution, but also with excellent low-light performance. Sure looks like a perfect pairing with the new 58mm f/1.4G.

Only a few years ago, megapixel count used to be a key factor distinguishing digital cameras. One might now ponder two very different 16-megapixel cameras:

  • Nikon Df + 50mm f/1.8 lens for about $2999, or
  • Olympus E-M1 with Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 for about $2028.

Both 16 megapixels and with a significant price difference (perhaps less once street prices drop on the Nikon Df), but one camera has a relatively small Micro Four Thirds sensor and an EVF and image stabilization and so on—all the modern goodies. The other offers a huge full frame sensor (by comparison) with optical viewfinder. Surely the image quality of a full-frame sensor has a gravitational appeal, but one trades off several niceties.

Nikon Df
Nikon Df

The New Nikon Df pairs legendary performance with an iconic design to help you rediscover the joy of photography. Announced alongside the similarly styled AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens, the Df pays homage to Nikon’s distinguished “F” series of film cameras while sporting today’s most advanced imaging technologies to present a versatile full-frame option for passionate photographers.

Nikon Df:

  • Classic Nikon design cues, with solid build and mechanical controls
  • Sophisticated physical/mechanical controls for settings and adjustments
  • Imaging and low-light performance inherited from Nikon’s flagship D4 D-SLR
  • Large 36 x 23.9mm, 16.2 MP FX-Format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 image processing engine propels image quality to the next level
  • Exceptionally wide ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable to 204,800 for superb low-light performance
  • Nikon’s thinnest and lightest FX-format D-SLR
  • 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors and continuous burst shooting up to 5.5 fps ensures precision and clarity when capturing moving subjects
  • 2016-Pixel Matrix Metering and Scene Recognition System ensure proper camera settings for every shooting scenario
  • Easy to create with a 3.2-inch LCD display and glass optical viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi connectivity available with use of optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, allowing for instant download and sharing to smart devices or remote firing of the camera
  • Reaching back into the NIKKOR lens legacy, the Df is compatible with current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D lenses, but also works with classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass
  • Full compatibility with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and WR remote systems
  • Available in late November 2013, in classic silver and black color schemes at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,749.95 (body only).
  • A kit will also be available with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition Lens for $2,999.95 (SRP)

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition Lens:

  • Classically styled to honor original NIKKOR Ai lenses
  • Sports aluminum mounting ring for manual focusing
  • Classic 50mm prime focal length ideal for everyday shooting
  • Features modern NIKKOR technologies
  • Nano Crystal Coat, seven-blade diaphragm
  • Available in November 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $279.95, or alongside the Nikon Df for $2,999.95 (SRP)
Nikon Df

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