I got my hands on the new Nikon DF and let’s be honest, it’s an adorably attractive camera body. My love of all things retro sparked some interest in this new DSLR with FX sensor. I watched a few videos and reviews mocking the design and calling it a “marketing scheme” or desperate attempt on Nikon’s part. Thus, to spite the critics, I decided to give it a try myself.

When I picked up the DF, my first instinct was to instantly have more fun holding this little “toy” because of its classic frame, but don’t be fooled by it’s total cuteness. This classic piece has some powerful potential.

Let’s take a look at some positive specs:

  • 16.2MP FX-Format Sensor: This is the same 16.2MP full-frame sensor and image processor from the flagship Nikon D4. This means the same image quality and low-light performance can be had in a smaller body.
  • 39-Point Multi-CAM 4800 AF Sensor: This processor and AF system is borrowed from the comparatively affordable D610.

And now of course, let’s get rid of the elephant in the room and consider the obvious facts:

  • No video: It might have the same guts as the D4 but it’s missing video capabilities.
  • Only one SD card slot: Those who shoot high volume might have a problem with the one card inconvenience.

But here’s the truth. I loved it. It felt great in my hands and regardless of what any negative review says, I was able to create images that I was proud of with a piece of gear that I will most definitely use again. And then again.

(All images shot with Nikon DF and 50mm 1. 4)

I enjoyed it immensely and was very happy with the images captured that day with the DF. Which brought me to what I believe to be an important conclusion. Reviews are helpful, but at the end of the day the most important opinion is your own.

If you’d like to give the DF a try, check it out at LensRentals.com here. I highly recommend it.