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