Top-end 'plaything' will have camera nerds salivating
Published 01/02/2014 | 02:30
Price: €3,100 with 50mm F1.8 lens Rating: HHHH
IS Nikon's Df a serious camera or a very expensive toy? Having played around with it for two weeks, I'm still unsure. On one hand, the 16-megapixel machine takes genuinely top-end photos with proper full-frame technology and a superb 50mm F1.8 lens. On the other hand, its phalanx of knobs, nozzles and dials – designed to give it the ultimate retro hobbyist feel – sometimes seem like style over substance. Admittedly, any camera-nerd who lusts after Leicas or retro-styled shooters like Fuji's X100S will salivate at the attractive array of manual-adjustment ISO, shutter speed and aperture dials. I certainly did. It's just that, over time, I couldn't decide whether it was a practical set-up, especially when I needed to shoot outdoors in winter weather. There was definitely one minor disappointment: its size. It's much bigger than I thought, easily matching the bulkiness of a normal semi-pro DSLR such as Nikon's D800 or Canon's 5D Mark III. This is a gorgeous camera that smacks of a plaything.