Nikon has just unveiled its latest FX format dSLR: the retro-styled Nikon DF, which combines old looks with the latest in modern technology. As for the name, the 'DF,' it stands for Digital Fusion, thus symbolizing the marriage between old and new.
So, what of the new old camera?
The headline feature of this new camera is, for once, not the guts, but the styling. The camera is based on the old manual focus 'F' bodies of the 1970s. Like the cameras of old, the DF features an abundance of mechanical controls as well as some electronic ones, too. For a truly retro feel, the DF even features a threaded shutter release port. Additionally, the camera inherits the size of those old dSLRs as it is the smallest FF dSLR in Nikon's lineup, especially in terms of depth.
In the ultimate marraige of old and new, the Nikon DF can use any Nikkor F-mount lens ever made (including non-AI models) thanks to a meter coupling lever located on the bayonet.
As for what's under the hood, the Nikon DF is equipped with all of the latest technology. For starters, there's the sensor: a 16Mp FX chip lifted from the flagship D4. Included with this is the staggering ISO range going all the way from 100 to 204,800. In order to convert all of that data into pictures. Nikon has equipped the DF with its Expeed 3 processor. In order to achieve focus, Nikon has lifted the 39-point AF grid out of the D600/D610 and dropped it into the DF, as well.
As for more features, they include: a pentaprism viewfinder, 2016-pixel RGB image sensor, SD memory, 5.5 fps continuous drive, a 3.2" LCD screen, and weather sealing., to name just a few. One thing the camera doesn't feature: video capability.
As a last piece of the puzzle, there's a retro-designed 50mm f1.8 lens. The lens is optically identical to the current 50 f1.8, save the looks.
Want one yet?
For anyone looking to buy a Nikon DF, it will sell for $2749 (body only) or $2999 (with 50mm lens) when it starts to ship at the end of this month. Tip: preorder yours ASAP before the 'line' gets too long!
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