Nikon Df

Is it a mod­ern master­piece or res­ur­rected relic? The Df takes its de­sign cues from a by­gone era, di­vid­ing opin­ions…

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INikon Df

£2300, $2750 (body only)

t may have been a bad hair decade, but the 1980s had its fair share of de­sign clas­sics, like the Nikon FM2 35mm SLR. The Df is much like its fore­bear, rein­vented for the dig­i­tal age. The top plate de­sign, in par­tic­u­lar, looks very sim­i­lar, with its shut­ter dial and even a sil­ver-topped shut­ter re­lease but­ton, com­plete with screw thread for at­tach­ing a cable re­lease. Nat­u­rally, the film ad­vance lever and rewind­ing knob are gone, but th­ese have been re­placed with ad­di­tional di­als for shoot­ing modes, ISO and ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion.

Some pho­tog­ra­phers will love the hands-on ap­proach of the Df, with so many di­als to twid­dle. There’s a lot to be said for such di­rect ac­cess, com­plete with an in­stant dis­play of

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shoot­ing pa­ram­e­ters. How­ever, you need to bear in mind that the po­si­tion of the shut­ter speed dial is mean­ing­less when you’re shoot­ing in pro­gram or aper­ture-pri­or­ity modes, and that the sen­si­tiv­ity dial is over­rid­den in Auto ISO mode.

Per­for­mance

The great news is that there’s a lot of D4 DNA in this cam­era.

Colour ren­di­tion for land­scapes is beau­ti­ful with­out be­ing overly vivid

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