Nikon Df revealed

Must admit I'm very disappointed. Its incredibly 'cluttered'. There's just too many dials and buttons. I was hoping for clean lines and simplicity. There are some things that should be left as menu items. The ISO dial underneath the exposure compensation dial is just silly.  Its also very narrow, there is hardly anything on the left side. It looks like it would be an absolute pig to use. The grip is half hearted, the black trim on the pentaprism (I know the FM2 had it - but) ruins the look of the silver model for me and from the size of the standard lens it looks like a finger challenger. Its going to look terrible with current Nikon lenses on it and be seriously unbalanced by the look of it.  I was hoping to get a useful work tool that would look good, feel comfortable to hold and have a pretty simple layout. Remember its just under 800g body only apparently, so its not light. Small and heavy. Mmmmm....... hardly my ideal camera. I was imaging that I would see a picture of it and have to have one. Fortunately for my finances, I pretty much hate it. Nikon seemed to have taken all the bad bits of retro and mashed them up into a dogs dinner. It reminds me of all those Eastern European and Russian attempts at Leicas back in the middle of the last century. I just can't see how it can be intuitive to use. Leica don't feel the need for an ISO dial and what's all that stuff on the front. Lens release, DOF preview and a sync socket. What's the rest.  There is as well the whole thing about mechanical versus electronic. Do we really lots of bits of metal that will wear and rust in 2013? For me retro styling is just that, styling. I wanted a camera from the 1980's I guess but it seems this is from a somewhat earlier era. I'm also not sure I want something that works like a film camera. if I did I'd still be shooting film.
http://petapixel.com/2013/11/04/first-leaked-photos-nikon-df-show-online/

I would have linked to Nikon Rumors who broke all of this, but the site is unobtainable at the moment. Its either the weight of hits, or Nikon have launched a cyber attack!! 

UPDATE

Back on line now - Here is the link - http://nikonrumors.com/






Must admit I'm very disappointed. Its incredibly 'cluttered'. There's just too many dials and buttons. I was hoping for clean lines and simplicity. There are some things that should be left as menu items, as far as I'm concerned. The ISO dial underneath the exposure compensation dial is just silly. The original FM2 wasn't like this, which is supposed to be its inspiration.

Its also very narrow, there is hardly anything on the left side. It looks like it would be an absolute pig to use. The grip is half hearted, the black trim on the pentaprism (I know the FM2 had it - but) ruins the look of the silver model for me and from the size of the standard lens it looks like a finger challenger. Its going to look terrible with current Nikon lenses on it and be seriously unbalanced as well.

I was hoping to get a useful work tool that would look good, feel comfortable to hold and have a pretty simple layout. Remember its just under 800g body only apparently, so its not light. Small and heavy. Mmmmm....... hardly my ideal camera. I was imaging that I would see a picture of it and have to have one. Fortunately for my finances, I pretty much hate it. Nikon seemed to have taken all the bad bits of retro and mashed them up into a dogs dinner. It reminds me of all those Eastern European and Russian attempts at Leicas back in the middle of the last century. I just can't see how it can be intuitive to use. Leica for example don't feel the need for an ISO dial and what's all that stuff on the front? Lens release, DOF preview and a sync socket I understand. What's the rest?

There is as well the whole thing about mechanical versus electronic. Do we really want lots of bits of metal that will wear and rust in a 2013 camera? For me retro styling is just that, styling. I wanted a camera from the 1980's I guess but it seems this is from a somewhat earlier era. I'm also not sure I want something that handles like a film camera. if I did I'd still be shooting film. 

I also suspect that this is going to be expensive. Which kind of misses the point. I obviously don't know the price yet, but figures of $2500-3000 have been mentioned for the body only. Knowing how these amounts translate to £'s, that's just too much. It could end up being almost as heavy as a D800E and more expensive. So what exactly is the point of that? We'll know more about what's inside it tomorrow and exactly what price its going to be. But with all that knobbery and the manufacturing costs, don't expect cheap.

In a way, from a personal perspective I'm actually quite glad that I don't like it. Maybe it will finally rid me of this notion that I want a camera from my early photographic days to somehow recapture the zeal and passion I discovered I had for creating pictures. As if somehow the right camera would recreate that. Its a somewhat silly romantic notion that I think Nikon have cured me of. I really don't want a knob or a dial for absolutely everything I want to change. I thought maybe I did, but just looking at that array of knurled metal makes me realise that I don't want that at all. Just thinking about trying to move those fiddly dials on a day with the temperature close to zero and a biting wind makes me wince. 

So thank you Nikon, you've made me realise that I'm less of a retro head that I thought I was and I can now take this off my 'Must have' list and go and buy some Fuji lenses instead!!!

UPDATE

Amazon US have it on their site.


So pretty much as rumoured. I'm really glad I don't like it!!


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