Gorgeous full-frame Nikon Df brings classic design back from dead

Credit: Nikon

In our constant thirst for unparalleled simplicity, convenience and innovation, we sometimes forget that it's healthy to go back to the classics once in awhile. This is especially apparent in the DLSR world, where fast shooting at ultra-fine pixel grades have given rise to cameras that are absent of the mechanical characteristics which made cameras so robust.

Realizing that, Nikon decided to take a page from the past by releasing the Nikon Df, a homage to its 35mm F-series film cameras. The Df is so old school, it doesn't even record video, though it can take gorgeous, full-frame photos with 16.2 megapixel resolution. But you wouldn't know that by just looking at its exterior, which features a Leica-like magnesium body in black or silver iterations and compatibility with old pre-1978 non-AI Nikkor lenses with the flick of a lever.

Traditionalists and purists are likely to salivate not only over the Df's outer appearance, but also its large optical eyepiece that works excellently with manual focus. And for an even higher degree of control, the camera allows the shooter to remove its autofocus point display from the viewfinder if desired. The Df also has the ability to shoot at a standard ISO sensitivity of up to 12800.

Because the camera isn't mirrorless, it is considerably weightier at a little over 1.5 pounds. The camera also sacrifices a few features for its smaller size, like the aforementioned absent video recording, a slower 5.5 frames per second and less advanced 39-point autofocus compared to the company's top-of-the-line D4 DSLR. A camera of this caliber also doesn't come cheap: the body alone is $2,749.95. Needless to say, most of us won't be running out to buy a Df. Still, it's a pretty camera that will stand out in today's sea of black DSLRs.

Via Nikon

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