With its retro, steam punk-like styling and multiple manual controls, the Nikon Df is one of those cameras that polarizes photographers. Not everyone is going to like or even feel comfortable with the camera’s design and the need to depend on sometimes difficult-to-use dials and buttons to adjust settings. Some photographers–by preference or necessity–are used to that run-and-gun type of shooting referenced earlier and don’t want (or don’t know how) to slow down and enjoy the experience of creating an image.
Although I can’t confess unwavering adoration for the Df, I fall on the positive side of the love-it-or-hate-it divide. I like the Df a lot. I like the amount of physical control over shooting those sometimes-annoying dials provide. Image quality is outstanding and is the camera’s strong suit–as it should be with any camera. Add good dynamic range and excellent high ISO performance and I find it’s easier than I anticipated to overlook some of this camera’s quirks.
- Excellent image quality, especially in good light
- Impressive high ISO performance
- Extensive external controls
- Above average dynamic range
- Solid feature set
- Expensive, expensive, expensive
- Some external controls are difficult to use
- 5.5 fps continuous shooting
- No video capture (which may or may not be a drawback)