Nikon DF Hands-on Review – DigiDIRECT TV Ep 052

This week on DDTV, Blunty checks out the Nikon DF hands-on review style… and a special presentation from Award winning Australian photographer, Delly Carr.

The Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera offers a retro manual and mechanical design that includes a simple and perceptive method of operation, while still retaining the maximum imaging quality and functionality available –http://www.digidirect.com.au/slr_cameras/nikon/nikon_df_digital_slr_camera_body_-_silver

And for the time-poor, here’s a shorter version with just the hands-on review portion and sample images;

Featuring a full-frame, FX-format 16.3MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor, the Df is capable of producing high-resolution, well-detailed still imagery with exceptional color rendition, tonal gradation, and highlight and shadow detail. A notable low-light sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800 can be further expanded to ISO 50-204800 for challenging lighting conditions and a top continuous shooting rate of 5.5 fps aids in working with fast-moving subject matter.

 

The manually-configurable design of the Df blends a timeless control layout with contemporary precision to enable simple and direct handling of all exposure features of the camera. Utilizing dedicated shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, and release mode dials, efficient control is possible without needing to delve into a complex menu structure. For viewing, both an optical glass pentaprism viewfinder and 3.2 Inch 921k-dot LCD monitor are housed within the magnesium alloy body design. When using the LCD for live view shooting, the image can be magnified up to 19x for critical focus and a fast contrast-detection focusing method is used. Both a hot shoe and flash sync terminal are integrated into the body’s design, too, as well as a unique mount system that employs a metering coupling lever to enable the use of both AI and non-AI lenses for extensive support of NIKKOR lenses from the past and present.

 

When working with the optical viewfinder, the Multi-CAM 4800 AF system is used and employs 39 points about the frame, with nine cross-type points for added accuracy when photographing in more difficult light. Seven centrally-located sensors are also compatible with f/8 or faster lenses, which greatly enhances the autofocus performance when working with longer, telephoto lenses used in combination with teleconverters.

 

Accurate exposure metering is done using a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor and Nikon’s Scene Recognition System, which automatically analyzes all aspects within a scene, including brightness, contrast, and color, and compares these values to an on-board database in order to determine an appropriate exposure value that is consistent from image to image. White balance, autofocus, and i-TTL flash metering also use this system and, additionally, the Spot White Balance feature can be used in live view for pin-point selection of a white area within the scene to deliver true color balance. Built-in HDR and Active D-Lighting can be used to extend the apparent dynamic range of a scene and Picture Control settings can be applied to refine the overall look and feel of colors and contrast in-camera.

 

Key Features

 

– 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor

– EXPEED 3 Image Processor

– 3.2 Inch 921k-Dot LCD Monitor

– Optical Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder

– Dedicated Still Image Only Camera

– Mechanical Exposure Control Dials

– Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor with 39 Points

– Expandable Sensitivity: ISO 50-204800

– Continuous Shooting up to 5.5 fps

 

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