I think I'm going to trade my D800 and my A900 in on Nikon Df. I almost can't believe I'm thinking about this—"chasing rainbows," my friend Kent called it—but I can't stop thinking of that superb D4 sensor in a relatively small, relatively light body. Never mind the retro controls and the retro looks...if it looked like a D700 I'd still be just as interested. Maybe a little bit more.
In fact, if Nikon would drop that sensor in a stripped-down D700 body, call it the D700 II, and sell it for $1600, it would have another best-seller on its hands. You think?
I hope I can resist this urge. At least for six or eight months until the price of the Df drops down to something closer to reasonable.
Digital cameras are to photographers as catnip is to cats.
UPDATE: I'm glad I published this. As soon as I did, it made me realize this is not something I should do. Instead, maybe I'll get the new 35mm ƒ/1.8G FX lens for the D800. Or maybe I'll think about April 15th coming up, and get nothing.
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Patrick: "I really, really wanted to love the Df, as I'm a minimalist at heart and love the potential of the manual controls. Unfortunately, when you actually hold one in your hands it really feels closer akin to the build of the $1100 D7100 than a $2800 professional tool. Nothing wrong with the D7100—but I sure wouldn't pay $2800 for one. Granted the sensor is a huge deal, the best part of the camera. But for me the other aspects of the camera let it down so dramatically that I had to rule it out for the price. Bear in mind my entire experience with the Df is five minutes in a camera store tainted by years of professional shooting with Nikon's high end cameras. So take it all with a grain of salt."
Bob Sacamano: "So much this! The sensor has me drooling ever since Thom Hogan stated that it still did the D3s sensor one better while getting the pixel count up by a quarter. But the D4 is not attainable.... So what if the D800e is the best camera ever. Really, I dutifully put in five years on my D80 (remember that one?) before buying a D7000. I know restraint. I can exercise it, too. But SO MUCH WANT! Sigh...."
Mike replies: So you're Bob Sacamano.
Bob Moore: "I went for the Df...not so cheap as the other commenters would have you believe...I tend to not drive nails with my cameras....
"Having owned the Leica S2, Nikon D3 and D3s, and the Canon 1Dx, I can state that this camera can hold its own in their presence...no not 36MP but what a gorgeous sensor and rendering....small presence with a few quirks but I still have high regards for smaller cameras...like my Contax Aria and Nikon F3HP. I have posted a few captures in this thread. I do not keep them up for long but you may find a few you can use to evaluate the remarkable image quality of the sensor. How many pixels do you need to present a cogent image? I have realized that for me the Alpa H3D II 39 and the Leica S2 while state of MF art lacked the spontaneity of capture that I at present desire in my photography....
"D800 to Df is not a step down...rather a lateral to a sensor that everyone else prices at twice the entry...."