With the launch of new Df DSLR, Nikon has become the latest camera maker to accept a retro-styled model to try and push the declining camera sales. The Nikon Df, harkening back to Nikon’s flagship “F”-Series” pro SLRs is now available for pre-order.
The all new Nikon Df, features the top-of-the-line 16.2MP full-frame sensor from the much more expensive Nikon D4, and cranks along at a very respectable 5.5fps. Whereas, the total lack of video will remind you that this beauty isn’t for everyone.
The camera looks very similar to the Nikon F-series camera, from the severely-angled pent prism to the retro-styled controls everything is same. The rear control of the camera are typical of Nikon’s smaller DSLRs, which doesn’t have the video recording buttons.
The camera includes the mechanical linkage needed to take advantage of Nikon’s pre-AI (older than 1977) lenses. It also features dedicated dials for ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Aperture can either be controlled in the now-standard way using the sub-command dial, or with the ring on lenses equipped with one.
The buyers can buy the new Nikon 50mm f/1.8G “Special Edition” lens to complete their street photography kit. The lens, like the camera, combines some of the retro features such as a knurled focus ring and full-time manual focus override with an AF-S focusing motor and modern coatings. The lens kit of the camera is priced at $3000, which is $250 more than the body only.
The Nikon Df is available for pre-order now with a price tag of $2750, which is a lot for a 16MP camera, the Df will be available in either a classic silver and black or all black, with shipments expected in time for the holidays.