When I started looking at the Nikon Df, it was with the intention of using it with prime lenses. I prefer the feel and simplicity of a prime lens and one of the lenses I use most is an 85mm focal length equivalent. Looking at the options Nikon offers I had two really, the f1.8 or the much larger, much more expensive f1.4.Read More
Only just over a week ago I had a quick look at the Nikon Df at the Photography Show in Birmingham. I wasn't particularly serious about it, simply curious to see how it felt in the hand and its performance. For some time now, I've toyed with the idea of trying out an alternative to my Fuji cameras and lenses. I've always been quite a fan of Fuji, but there are frustrations. I find the focussing a bit hit and miss even now having used them for almost 5 years, I also really don't like the RAW files. I'm not a fan of the Fuji film simulations for JPG and I just struggle to get the RAW file processed as I want.Read More
Saturday just gone, igersBirmingham organised a walk around the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham with a number of stop off points to photograph local businesses in the area. A couple of these were particularly interesting, with the ability to take photographs of staff going about their daily duties.Read More
Spring was definitely in the air yesterday with temperatures heading into the mid to late teens, and with it being the first full day I had with my new Nikon Df, together with the clocks going forward here in the UK, heralding brighter evenings. It was a great day to head off into our local wood to take a few photographs to see how the Df handled.Read More
It was all a bit left field really. One minute I was talking to someone, about to take my leave from this years Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham five days ago, the next I was looking back starry eyed at Nikon's Df having had a quick fumble with a demo one on their stand thinking how the hell can I get my hands on one!
Even I'm a bit taken aback at the speed by which I've moved. I'm terrible for moving camera kit on, I really do become emotionally attached to camera kit and my X100T is no different to some of the other kit I've really struggled to let go. I have a Fujifilm X-Pro1 which sees very little in use now that common sense tells me I really should move on, but I'm really struggling to let go... It could be getting good use somewhere else but somehow I feel comforted by it seeing it on my bookshelf most days.
However, the only way I can finance a Nikon Df, apart from losing the odd kidney is to sell the little X100T along with the bits and pieces I've accumulated for it so that's what I've done! The X100T has been a great little fellah and in truth until the X-Pro2 came along was always my go to camera.
It feels just right in the hand, works fantastically well and is simple to carry wherever you go. I thought the Fuji X70 may have been a great replacement as an every day carry camera, but I don't think it's close to being what the X100T is and I felt little loss for that when it left the building.
However, I do have a theory about all my Fuji cameras, which is why I'm really keen to try the Df and ultimately why I was comfortable letting my X100T go and haven't bought the latest X100F as yet.
I'm going to keep that theory under my hat for the present time to see where my thinking is once I've tried a few photographs with the Df and if it is (at least for me) what I think it is I'll share more here.
In the meantime, it's adieu to my lovely little X100T with a tear in my eye, I'm off to get the red carpet ready for something just a little different.
Yesterday saw me make my annual pilgrimage to the UK Photography show at the NEC in Birmingham where the plethora of photography business makers and shakers exhibit their wares and get us photographers all hot under the collar.
To be honest, I was a touch underwhelmed. Leica who I was hoping to see for instance weren't there and there were few other camera manufacturers products I was really interested in. It's great to see what's out and about though, the accessory side of the market threw up some interest for me, such as Billingham Bags who had some great products available.
I was almost on the point for leaving when I noticed the Nikon Df, a camera I've admired the look of since it first came out, but never really explored much. Heading over to the Nikon stand, I wasn't even sure they had one at the show, there were plenty of mahoosive lenses to look through, but the diminutive Df took a bit of finding.
However, I have to say when I did find it and had a brief fumble with it, I was well and truly smitten. It's a lovely bit of kit, the few test photos I took with it looked pretty good on the screen, the autofocus is snappy with the 50mm f/1.8g standard lens and the controls albeit quirky offer everything you want to get the job done. I have to say I arrived home in quite a state last night with GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) rumbling around inside me.
I've since read a few reviews on the Df and spoken to a couple of people I know who have them and it seems it's definitely Nikon's 'Marmite' camera - there's a lot of love for it and an equal proportion of dislike. It appears to be very good at what it does, only not so easy to do it at times and my interest has been well and truly piqued at the prospect of what it can do.
The only real stumbling block for me is the eye watering price the Df commands. It appears to be way overpriced for what it is and I'm yet to convince myself why that is. However, all I will say at this point is watch this space, this little Nikon cast a bit of a spell on me and I've rather quite fallen for it!