Old cam, new tricks

what do you get if you mix vin­tage cam­era looks with mod­ern dig­i­tal slr tech? the su­per-ex­pen­sive nikon df…

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The “f” in Df stands for fu­sion. In this case, the fu­sion be­tween the Nikon Df’s retro 35mm cam-style de­sign and its cut­ting-edge tech: there’s a 16.2-meg full-frame CMO S sen­sor and EXPEE D 3 im­age pro­ces­sor tucked be­neath that mag­ne­sium al­loy fa­cade.

The top-notch specs don’t stop there, ei­ther. There’s also a 39-point aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem and a 5.5fps burst rate that deliver un­de­ni­ably great still pic­tures; sharp as a tack and packed with de­tail, they re­main clear even as you edge up the ISO range. The Df fea­tures an adap­tor that lets you at­tach vin­tage Nikon lenses as well as its lat­est range of dig­i­tal ones (see left), mak­ing it ideal for those that like to ex­per­i­ment with­out re­ly­ing on fil­ters.

Want to do some­thing other than take qual­ity stills and you hit some prob­lems, though. The Nikon Df doesn’t shoot video – at all. It’s an odd omis­sion for a mod­ern cam­era, es­pe­cially one cost­ing over three grand. It also shys away from adding Wi-Fi or GPS.

In keep­ing with the retro de­sign, most of the con­trols are metal­lic with tra­di­tional lock but­tons and re­as­sur­ing me­chan­i­cal clicks. Plus, there’s an op­ti­cal viewfinder with 100% cov­er­age as well as the 3.2-inch LCD.

Long-time Nikon fans will snap at the chance to put old lenses to work on a brand new dig­i­tal cam, es­pe­cially one that looks this good, but few will stomach that price tag. $3,200, myNikon­life.com.au

Love Vin­tage de­sign matched with fan­tas­tic dig­i­tal pic­ture qual­ity. Weath­er­proof Hate No video. No Wi-Fi or GPS. Ex­pen­sive T3 Says A DSLR in a 35mm cam­era’s cloth­ing. It’s beau­ti­ful, but for stills pho­tog­ra­phers only

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