My professional photographic career began in the early 90’s shooting medium format and 35mm film. I owned a Nikon FM2, which was one of my first 35mm cameras. Now with the release of the Nikon Df, I feel like I’ve come full circle.
The Df instantly reminded me of a bygone era in photography, when image making relied on a decisive moment. A time when photography was a contemplative and often slow process, demanding masterful camera knowledge, detailed planning and real artistry. But I won’t bore you with too much of the nostalgic and sentimental stuff – instead I’ll get down to what is it really like to shoot with the Nikon Df.
The excellent build quality is obvious from the first time you pick up the Df. The chassis is a magnesium alloy and the camera showcases the same water drop-resistance and anti-dust weatherproofing featured on the Nikon D800/D800E. It is incredibly robust and feels fantastic to hold. It is an amazing camera aesthetically too, with a retro styling that throws back to a golden age of photography that so clearly inspired its creation.
Once I felt comfortable with all the features, buttons and dials, the Df became a real joy to shoot with. It has now become my primary camera and has provoked a newfound passion in making pictures. It is a fast and professional camera with precise controls that takes high-quality images.