Conclusion & Recommendation
Now looking at this a few years down the line I can honestly say I do not have any regrets about taking the plunge with the Df. For my specific purposes, I really can’t fault it. At the time of purchasing it there really was nothing similar and even now it still fits a specific niche. Yes, Nikon have brought out the likes of the d750 whose spec sheet is far more comprehensive than the Df – but the look of it just doesn’t do it for me. All i can say is if I had the same decision to make now as I did a couple of years ago, I would still go with the Df. Which to me, says a lot when you think about how fast technology advances and the last gen becomes obsolete. Even areas where reviews were fairly harsh on it, like the AF module. I didn’t find any issue with it shooting jets and prop aircraft moving at 400mph+. So if you like the look of it and want some of the best image quality around, I would say go for it.
- Lightweight (for FX) – particularly when coupled with Nikon 1.8G primes
- Beautiful image quality
- Great high ISO performance
- Looks great and has a bit of “magic” to it (this one is particularly subjective)
- Manual controls have a pleasant nostalgic feel
- Price – particularly if you compare to something like the D750 specs
- Build – the paint has worn thin quicker than i would have liked and the leather grip has lost its shape
- Dirty sensor
- No video capability
- No AF assist lamp
The Df is best in my opinion, when coupled with Nikon’s smaller primes like the 35mm, 50mm and the 85mm 1.8’s. The 85mm in particular is absolutely incredible value considering the level of sharpness for the money.
In any case, I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few pics out of the Df and any comments or queries, please ask and share as you like!
Interested in some of my other reviews – please follow these links:
- Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Contemporary
- Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO
- Panasonic Leica 15mm f1.7
- Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8
- Olympus 75mm f1.8