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    This Retro Nikon DF They're Talking About

    So, Nikon Rumors and Photography Life have been buzzing on and off for the last couple weeks about the "Retro" bodied DF that's supposedly being announced next week. Seems like it will be part D4 and part D600/610, with no video capability and an FM2 styled body in black or the classic silver & black. For giggles I pulled out my old FM today and held it in my hand and immediately thought, "Nope. This just doesn't feel right any more." I'm trying to think who this might appeal to. The specs appeal to me for sure, but not in that kind of body.

    Wasn't a total loss, though. The 20 year old battery in the FM still works, and there's an unused roll of Fujicolor film in the bag, so I may just go old school and shoot those 24 frames with my old 50mm f2.0 like each one means something.


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    Re: This Retro Nikon DF They're Talking About

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    So, Nikon Rumors and Photography Life have been buzzing on and off for the last couple weeks about the "Retro" bodied DF that's supposedly being announced next week. Seems like it will be part D4 and part D600/610, with no video capability and an FM2 styled body in black or the classic silver & black. For giggles I pulled out my old FM today and held it in my hand and immediately thought, "Nope. This just doesn't feel right any more." I'm trying to think who this might appeal to. The specs appeal to me for sure, but not in that kind of body.
    I suppose it's a matter of individual taste and preference.

    Inspired by your posting, I got out my F2, and handled it as if I were going to take pictures with it. It now feels big and heavy, compared to my D3200, but in a good way. Though it's been many years since I've actually taken any pictures with it, I find that my hands instinctively know how to use it, how to find and use the controls.

    I have to say that if I were in the market for a new camera, any size, weight or shape anywhere between my F2 and my D3200 would be fine with me, and no significant disadvantage compared to whatever technical specifications and capabilities the camera had to offer.

    About the only obvious way I see for the DF to go wrong is if they decide that the “retro” aspect is worth enough of a luxury premium that the camera ends up being priced very much above that of a “non-retro” camera of similar capability. If I were in the market for a camera in whatever price point the DF ends up taking, and Nikon had another model with similar capabilities but at a lower price, or one at the same price, with greater capabilities, I would buy one of those other models rather than the DF.

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    Re: This Retro Nikon DF They're Talking About

    That's the thing, an F2 has some substance while the FM feels small in my hands compared to even the D7000 - and it still has its leather case on the body. My understanding is that the price will be comparable to the D610, but that remains to be seen.
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    Re: This Retro Nikon DF They're Talking About

    Hmm. I just started a thread and wonder if it might be the same camera?
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    Re: This Retro Nikon DF They're Talking About

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    Wasn't a total loss, though. The 20 year old battery in the FM still works, and there's an unused roll of Fujicolor film in the bag, so I may just go old school and shoot those 24 frames with my old 50mm f2.0 like each one means something.
    I hope your film isn't fogged. Have fun with it.

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    When I first saw the mock up of the new "retro" I thought it looked uncomfortable compared to my D600. It will be interesting to see how the controls work. I don't think it will be as easy as the current models. With my front dial set to aperture and the back dial set to ISO, I can't imagine a better setup or going retro control wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Hmm. I just started a thread and wonder if it might be the same camera?
    That's the one.
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    Re: This Retro Nikon DF They're Talking About

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyman View Post
    I hope your film isn't fogged. Have fun with it.

    ​WM
    It's been in the plastic tube in the bottom of the bag, in a dark and dry corner of my office for at least 15 years, so I'm hoping it's OK. If not, and I don't get great photos, I still get the exercise of 24 frames of full dedication to subject and focal length that the exercise is meant to inspire.
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    Re: This Retro Nikon DF They're Talking About

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick M View Post
    When I first saw the mock up of the new "retro" I thought it looked uncomfortable compared to my D600. It will be interesting to see how the controls work. I don't think it will be as easy as the current models. With my front dial set to aperture and the back dial set to ISO, I can't imagine a better setup or going retro control wise.
    I'm not going to judge it until I get enough feedback from the early adapters. I'm hoping to get a taste of lower noise at higher ISO. A taste of D4 is what I am hoping for.


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    Re: This Retro Nikon DF They're Talking About

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    It's been in the plastic tube in the bottom of the bag, in a dark and dry corner of my office for at least 15 years, so I'm hoping it's OK. If not, and I don't get great photos, I still get the exercise of 24 frames of full dedication to subject and focal length that the exercise is meant to inspire.
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