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Tuesday, 05 November 2013


Mmmmmm..... dials. Non-multipurpose dials, even. FF-sized viewfinder. Lenses. What more do ya want, eh?

When Volkswagen brought out the new Beetle or BMW brought out the Mini One, I'm sure many people slated the designs. Then they went on sale, and both companies continue to sell them. This is a modern camera which nods to the past and looks to the future as a potential sales line up. They have yet to put a D600 or D800 chip in this camera and I'm sure they will. I'm guessing I'm part of the target market as a 40 something photographer. I had my F801s out for a walk yesterday and the size of the prism looks similar to the Nikon Df.

As a working photographer, I'm looking forward to looking through a glass prism instead of the pentaprism. Thanks Nikon. One if my colleagues has already booked his. We've both decided in our jobs to get dedicated video cameras which do what they say on the tin. I'm looking forward to this camera. It's taken quite some time for the Nikon V series to take off but I'm glad Nikon are prepared to take risks. It's a very cool camera, maybe not as 'manual' as the Leica M digital series, but I'll take it over the Leixa X Vario any day.

I remember when the D200 was discontinued at a closeout price of US$600. If that happens to the DF I'll buy one then

Well I'm almost completely a film user but I would like one. However, I will probably have to wait a bit longer as I would only be able to afford one secondhand in a few years time.

The aperture dial is the only dial from the old camera days that I miss and is the only one Nikon doesn't provide with the Df and the new 50mm.

I hated the old shutter speed dials as they were hard to turn, especially with the camera at your eye. They also get pretty ridiculous with the shutter speed ranges of modern cameras (not to mention the lack of 1/3 stop settings). Aperture priority was great when it came out as I no longer needed to fiddle with the shutter speed dial very often any more. I always thought the Olympus shutter speed dials around the lens seemed like a good design, but I never used one. Modern shutter speed controls just work much better for me.

ISO dials were intentionally hard to adjust so that they didn't move by accident. The Nikon dial seems like it would be fiddly, but I might like it. I wish modern camera made ISO easier to change, I actually change this more often than shutter speed.

I never remember using a film camera with a exposure compensation dial so I don't care about this. It might be OK, but it's on the wrong side of the camera.

The mode dial seems silly (I rarely change modes intentionally and would prefer it in a menu so it doesn't change by accident). In any event, I'd rather see it swapped with the exposure compensation dial.

Even though it is a very modern camera, after using one for a while, I think the Sony RX-1 gets the retro controls pretty much right (except for lack of a built in viewfinder). Fuji seems to get it right too (I've never actually seen a Fuji camera, much less played with one, however). This Nikon seems very wrong to me.

I was revolted at first. But now I'm coming around.

I was revolted by its full figured self. But I now see this camera is smaller than the Nikon F6 film camera, smaller than the F5, smaller than the F4 with regular battery pack.

I want to take a good hard look at this, the main obstacle is the price.

And I completely disagree that Nikon does not understand apple-like design minimalism. Nikon delivered the most apple-like camera ever, the V1.

Leave the V1 in full automatic and it will amaze you with. It's when you try to outsmart it that you get in trouble. The only camera I know I can trust to go fully auto almost all the time and get outstanding results.

The interwebbers panned the V1 because it was too simple. But results are what count. Camera makers have been taught customers do not want apple like simplicity.

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