Nikon Officially Unleashes the Df: F-Series SLR Styling with D4 Power Inside


The time has finally arrived to do away with terms like “rumored,” “soon-to-be-announced” and “expected” and replace them with the term “official” where the Nikon Df is concerned. After leaks so severe earlier today that they left nothing to the imagination, Nikon has finally unveiled its retro-styled full-frame ‘Pure Photography’ machine.

For those looking for a one sentence description of the Df, one is actually pretty easy to come by: a lightweight F-Series-inspired DSLR that packs the power of the D4’s sensor and processor inside a body with the same level of weather sealing as the D800.

That means that we’re looking at the D4’s 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and Expeed 3 image processor (and, therefore, low light capabilities) when we crack open the smaller Df.

Other specifications include ISO range between 100 and 12,800 (expandable to 50-204,800), a 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type points, a 3.2-inch 921K-dot LCD, a 2,016-pixel 3D matrix metering system, 5.5fps continuous shooting and a weight of only 710-gram, which makes it the lightest full-frame in Nikon’s lineup.

Here’s a look at the “timeless design” of the Df from all angles:









It’s worth noting that the Nikon Df’s “timeless design” has more to recommend it than just aesthetics. In addition to looking like the beautiful F-Series 35mm cameras of old — with dedicated ISO, exposure compensation, shutter speed and mode dials — it is also compatible with Nikkor lenses made as far back as 1959, the year Nikon introduced the first F-Series SLR.

That means you’re not limited to AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D glass, you can also make enhanced use of classic Ai and non-Ai lenses with help from a new metering coupling lever located on the bayonet.


The new Df will arrive on store shelves later this month with the brand new special edition AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens pictured above in tow — a creation that combines “classic styling” with “today’s optics” to “create the ideal focal length companion lens for the Df.”

The camera is available for $2,750 for the body only (preorder in silver or black) or $3,000 in a kit with the aforementioned lens (preorder in silver or black) — a bit more expensive than many were hoping. Alternatively, if you just want the glass and not the camera, you’ll be able to pick up the new special edition lens by itself for $280.

For more info and pictures of the camera in all of its beautifully designed glory, head over to the Nikon press room and peruse the specs and photos to your heart’s content.

  • Brian Fulda

    Yes, but keep in mind that the D610 is about $4000 dollars cheaper than the D4, and part of that has to do with the sensor. So yes, it would be a win win – the price would drop significantly and you’d have an arguably better sensor, but minus a few high ISO settings. That’s a tradeoff I’d be willing to make.

  • Rabi Abonour

    I actually think this looks like a cool camera. I wouldn’t put the money down for one, but I would certainly love to have one.

    I am a little on the fence about video, though. A lot of cameras throw in video as an afterthought, and it might as well not be there. I’ve never seriously used the video on my X100s. But since this camera is packing essentially D4 internals, it should be capable of putting out respectable visuals. To not enable video capture seems like a really strange gimmick.

  • Willi Kampmann

    This is the most boring and over-hyped camera in years, easily surpassing the Leica X Vario in meh-ness.

    I like the retro designs of popular cameras like the Olympus OM-D or Fuji X, because they combine the old with the new in an intelligent way. The OM-D features classic dual dials that are easily accessible, yet are quick to turn and can be mapped via software. At the same time, it offers a tiltable touchscreen. The design is both classic and modern.

    The Nikon DF doesn’t just have a classic design, it appears from the photos that its handling is classic, too. The placement of the dials is great (I hate the design of modern DSLRs), but they are “hard coded” with specific functions and values rather than mapped via software, making them less usable (IMO). And I assume the resistance is as high as it is on classic SLRs, making them more difficult to turn. I love the low resistance of the dials on my OMD! I also don’t understand why the display is so small and fixed. It seems Nikon never learns that!

    And that’s the other thing: Essentially, it’s still old DSLR technology. In many ways the DF is competing against Sony’s A7 – albeit at a higher price, larger size, bigger weight, and with less features. It might be compatible with old Nikon lenses, but the A7 is compatible with pretty much *any* FF lens. Sure only with manual focussing, but that’s in line with Nikon’s claims about “pure photography”, isn’t it?

  • t k

    no optical split-image focusing screen!? Makes using old manual focus lenses much harder!

  • Alan Klughammer

    no viewfinder, fewer lenses, Sony tradition of incompatibility, fewer accessories, Many reasons. Buy the right tool for the job at hand.

  • Dave

    In my opinion Nikon crammed too many things into the Df.
    I’d have loved to see a real “pure photography camera”
    Get rid of two different cable release options
    Get rid of the top lcd
    Get rid of live view
    Get rid of shutter priority and program or have a user defined option to choose one
    Design it as a single frame advance with the options of continuous offered as a grip
    Put a traditional style depth of field lever
    Design an aperture control ring behind the lens mount

  • Jack the Bro

    I am Jack and Bro. Don’t know about Louie.

  • James

    aside from… except for

  • Lago Baikal

    thanks man! you learn something new everyday

  • Mosley Hardy

    All I’ll say is that having started with a Nikon F back in the 70’s, the look of this just gets me where I live. Nostalgia and gear acquisition syndrome can be a really dangerous combination.

  • KZG

    I like it. The more cameras the merrier in my eyes. Even if I can’t afford it

  • Arian Rassoul

    i care about my images a lot and i can take my time taking them, on my 5D3 (which is way more of a camera, for me) i’d rather be careful with all the metal switches in bad weather conditions.i shoot a lot in the rain and never felt i had to be limited by it. no need for nostalgic design in my books, its not even well designed. what is ‘timeless’ design anyways? this design tells me that it looks old, which some may find appealing. thats just me

  • Andrew Kandel

    I don’t see how they have to be mutually exclusive.

  • markz

    facepalm at facepalm….

    obscure coins? seriously?

    I’m not a Brit resident, or even european, and yet I can recognise those coins, something I’d have a difficult, probably impossible, task of doing with those “obscure” US coins.

  • vernsviews

    Please continue the snark. By tax return time next year, the price will go down.

  • kassim

    True. So much for a retro camera.

  • kassim

    Not a true Canon fanboy. Hahaha.

  • Calvin Ku

    You can sure talk about anything in the comment section from what you wanna eat for dinner to where to take your dog out for walk. But basically a comment is only worth reading if it gives other people some insights into this topic. I wouldn’t say you into retro fads or not has done anything close to that.

  • KoriKori

    The memory card goes into the battery compartment? Really?

  • Adam Cross

    I gave my opinion on the camera, that’s the whole point of the comments section – for people to give their opinion on the subject at hand. I’m sorry you didn’t like what I wrote or don’t like my opinion, like I said to the other guy – no one forces you to scroll down this far and read comments. :)

  • Andrew

    Yeah, but what I really want is a new Nikon film SLR with D4 metering and focussing capabilities.

  • Hiktaka

    Thumb-lever shutter advance in single frame mode.
    even better (sillier).
    It will save battery life.

  • Mark S.

    I have dabbled in photography since my 13th birthday. I am now 57. After a decade long hiatus from photography the bug returned with the advent of the digital camera. The learning curve to fully use and understand all the options available continues to increase with each new release. Most of which are never used, or understood by the average person. Three large photography clubs later I am sure of my previous conclusion. That having been said the most annoying traits of the new cameras are as follows. Small size, light weight, cheap plastic feel, and a rear screen that cannot be seen in bright daylight. And at the top of the list to me no knobs! The new Nikon Df is a game changer, I will rent one and see if it works, and feels as I hope it does. Oh i’ve had a number of cameras with video, never used it, and never will. Fredrick I would love a well built camera with analog controls, a rear screen that was only for review.

  • stuck_788

    i hoped this camera had 24 mpx sensor, 51 focus points and video shooting. as it is now is a waste of money. only hipsters and old photographers with very old lenses would buy it