Retro delight or old-fashioned relic? Opinion has always been divided over the Df’s looks, less so on its capabilities
£1900, $2750 (body only)
-SLRs seem mostly to have escaped the retro rush that’s swept through the compact system camera market. The Df is an exception. It takes its design cues from the Nikon FM2, a film SLR that was the photographer’s darling in the 1980s.
There’s plenty to engage twiddling fingers, with no fewer than five rotary dials on the top panel. The shutter button comes with (almost laughably) a screw-in socket for a mechanical cable release. Around the front, even the Nikon logo reverts to its yesteryear appearance. One particularly backward ‘development’ is that the ability to shoot video has been stripped out of the Df.
The control layout is likely to confuse many modern
Dphotographers. For example, the setting of the shutter speed dial has no effect when you’re shooting in program or aperture-priority modes; likewise the setting of the ISO dial has no effect when Auto ISO is engaged via the onscreen shooting menu. Others will welcome the mechanical dials with their clear physical indication of shooting settings.