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  1. #71
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    Re: Nikon DF first impressions

    Used the Df a good bit today. the first shot of my daughter opening presents is with the 55/1.2 Ai, at F2. Focus on her eyes, done using the corner of the screen. "Forced myself" to take the 55/1.2 off and use the 50/1.8 Kit lens. AF is fast and quiet, works well in low-light. Portraits are at ISO 200, the shot of the Christmas ornament is at ISO 12,800, F1.8, and 1/40th second. I used AF for this shot- it works.


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    Re: Nikon DF first impressions

    Funny enough I just learned about this camera today. I read the reviews. In principle I like this camera and thinks it looks great because I'm into the whole retro thing. At this point buying a camera like this would be an emotional decision, not necessarily a practical one since there isn't any void it would be filling in my very modest photographic arsenal. It would probably be a joy to own and use. But it would just be another nice camera. I don't see it as being worth it with a 16 mp sensor. I could see the price if it was a 24 mp sensor. I don't see why the shutter has such a low rating of 150k when you consider how robust this camera is built.

    All that aside, when I see sample photos from this camera posted here and on google searches I find myself really enjoying their quality. It isn't about the sharpness as I expect from a D800, there's something nostalgic about the quality, a certain depth or dimension coupled with realistic color rendition that I really like. Photos also look great in black and white. They almost look like photographs taken on film.
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    "There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are."
    - Ernst Haas

    Nikon D850
    w. MB-D18 grip
    Nikon D800
    w. MB-D12 grip
    Nikon F4s
    Sigma 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm
    f1.4 DG HSM Art
    Nikon 50 mm, 85mm f/1.4 G
    , 24mm Ai-S f/2.8, 55mm Ai-S f/2.8 Micro Nikkor,
    Helios 85mm f1.5 40-2-N, 50mm f1.8 77M-4, 58mm f/2.0 44M-4
    etc

  3. #73
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    Re: Nikon DF first impressions

    There is much more to a sensor than just the number of megapixels; the 16MPixel sensor used has a big native dynamic range. The sensor has a very high "Well-Capacity", ~120,000electron per pixel- about 3x that of the D600. The Df has lower noise than the D4, probably due to lower frame rate. That appealed to me.
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  4. #74
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    Okay- this post is a bit of an IE11 test, which I just found the "hidden series of buttons to click at random to fix the thing" and a comparison,This is with the M Monochrom set at ISO 5000, with a 1943 Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 5cm F1.5- wide-open,







    And the Df with a 55/1.2 Ai wide-open, also ISO 5000.



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  5. #75
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    Re: Nikon DF first impressions

    Just switched over to Chrome... Camera, Lens, and Browser.

    50mm F1.9 Schneider Xenon 50/1.9, using a Retina to F-Mount adapter. The focus stops slightly short of infinity, but not bad.


    df_Xenon_50_f19 by putahexanonyou, on Flickr


    DSC_0745 by putahexanonyou, on Flickr


    DSC_0701 by putahexanonyou, on Flickr
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  6. #76
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    DSC_0694 by putahexanonyou, on Flickr

    Rotating ornament, all of the rings move separately.

    Classic 1950 German glass, lower contrast and "swirly" bokeh. This lens is comparable to a Leica Summicron, but costs about 1/50th the price. This one was $10.

  7. #77
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    Re: Nikon DF first impressions

    Some more with the 50/1.9 Xenon.

    Wide-Open.


    DSC_0822


    DSC_0837

    This lens is the equal of the Leica Summicron, renders much like it. I bought the Df to use with my older lenses: F Mount and Retina mount.
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  8. #78
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    Re: Nikon DF first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by crycocyon View Post
    Funny enough I just learned about this camera today. I read the reviews. In principle I like this camera and thinks it looks great because I'm into the whole retro thing. At this point buying a camera like this would be an emotional decision, not necessarily a practical one since there isn't any void it would be filling in my very modest photographic arsenal. It would probably be a joy to own and use. But it would just be another nice camera. I don't see it as being worth it with a 16 mp sensor. I could see the price if it was a 24 mp sensor. I don't see why the shutter has such a low rating of 150k when you consider how robust this camera is built.

    All that aside, when I see sample photos from this camera posted here and on google searches I find myself really enjoying their quality. It isn't about the sharpness as I expect from a D800, there's something nostalgic about the quality, a certain depth or dimension coupled with realistic color rendition that I really like. Photos also look great in black and white. They almost look like photographs taken on film.
    If I had the extra money I would definitely add it to my collection just for the retro-design alone. It would definitely turn a few heads.
    Nikon D7200
    Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8
    Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.8G
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro
    Nikon 70-300mm AF-S f/4.5-5.6G
    Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD
    Nikon SB-700 Speedlight

  9. #79
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    Re: Nikon DF first impressions

    My first impression after shooting it is that it feel like it is half the weight of my d700. It's so light.


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