To me, it's like an iPhone. You either love it, or you hate it, but either way, you are aware it is seen as overpriced. If you hate it, it's overpriced. If you love it, that premium is more worth it. Not the most advanced phone/camera, not the most customizable, but it just works well. No fuss, no frills.
I really like this camera.
I've been shooting Nikon since I had a Nikon EM.
I've owned several of their APS-C models, most recently the 7000.
I've used the 3200 and 5300 recently.
I currently own a D800 and a Fujix100.
1. Wish it had a wider spread of AF points. Not necessarily 51pt, just a wider spread. The 31 pt system was first used on a dx camera.
2. Wish it had the option for a battery grip
3. Wish that right sided strap lug was not in the way!
4. Wish the on and off switch had a notch instead of just being a dial.
5. Wish it had focus peaking in live view.
6. It can't trigger CLS without sb800 or SB700/910 or third party trigger.
7. Ergonomics-see below.
8. Doesn't focus down to light as low as -2 EV, and no AF assist light!!! Sucks for such a great low-light sensor!!!
For me, 6- 8 are the biggest issues. But none of this is a deal breaker. #8 is the worst though...It is solved with a flash though, but then see #6
So how does it compare to the d800?
D800 wins big time. I like how the d800 feels in my hand. I like the grip. I like the position of the shutter release button. I have no problem with the menus what so ever. I really don't need all those analog dials. I like how the d800 feels with a fast prime. I can hold the entire camera and shoot it comfortably with one hand.
Holding the Df with a large prime and trying to shoot it with one hand feels off balance and awkward. YOu really have to use two hands. You need to grip the camera with the right hand a specific way to avoid that lug and you have to support a heavy prime with the left hand.
I imagine the Df won't balance well with a big zoom.
I hope Nikon introduces new F2 primes. I'd love to have a 35mm f2 AF-S!
Auto-Focus- D800 wins again...
don't have an issue with the 39 AF points vs 51 of the d800, i just wish they were spread out over the image a bit more. Not a new complaint. I do think it doesn't focus as fast in low light compared to the d800. But that's not a surprise as I think the d800 focuses down to -2EV (night) and the Df is -1. It feels a bit more hesitant in the dark, which sort of sucks because the sensor is so great for low light. Reminds of how my D7000 used to hesitate.
I will say that I do not have to use AFFT on any of my lenses with Df. All my lenses have needed adjustment on my d800.
Build- Tie. both are magnesium and weather sealed.
Sensor- Tie. each one has their strength.
Battery life- Df, but i really wish it took the D800 batteries as i have 3 already.
WB- Does not lean towards green like the d800. looks better to me.
ANYWAY. blah blah blah. I'm sure you can read online, i think you'll find my opinion is no different than others who have compared the two.
How does it compare to my x100?
apples and oranges. you can't compare an aps-c mirrorless vs a full frame...I think both cameras have their purpose. I will keep my x100 as it is so discreet. What i love about the x100 is the quiet shutter and the focus peaking. I think if i'm casually going out with friends during the day, the fuji will be my first choice. If i'm going out with a group of people or to a function and the lighting will be decent and focusing not challenging, I'll take the fuji. It's small, not pretentious, and takes very nice images.
Why am i keeping it? It's really a great camera despite the negatives I've stated. after 1000 shots, it really is trouble free. As mentioned, it does what it is supposed to without any fuss or frills. Sure it's expensive, but based on absolute dollar number, it's cheaper than a leica, a d4, and some other FX cameras.
I think if you are looking for a first Nikon FX camera, get the 610 and save your money for glass. You can buy Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
, Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
, and Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR lens
for a smidge more than Nikon 1528 Df 16.2 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera with AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition Lens SLR Camera with 3.2-Inch LCD (Silver)
. Or even better, buy a Nikon d600 , send it in to nikon claiming "oil spots" and hopefully they'll switch out the shutter for the 610 shutter. Only get the Df if you have Fx glass. If you don't have Fx glass, again by the d610/600.
This is my family cam. This is the camera i will take with me when i go out with family and close friends. I really want nikon to make a new 35f2 G
Part of me thinks that "Df" means "DSLR Finale". as this should be nikon's last DSLR as they currently make them. They need to move towards a real "fusion" camera with an OVF/EVF with focus peaking and an AF system similar to Nikon 1.
Just wanted to address some of the common complaints I've heard.
"It doesn't have SS of 1/8000"
-Honestly? who needs 1/8000? I understand if you want to shoot your 1.4 glass wide open during broad daylight, but chances are broad daylight is harsh light and the picture would look horrible because harsh shadows. the BETTER (for a non-pro without big strobes) way to shoot wide open during daylight is with an ND filter that allows you to shoot 1.4 with a SS of 1/250, or whatever your flash works at best and use a flash. Sure you can do auto-FP sync at 1/8000 for fill, but the flash is so weak at that shutter speed.
"AF struggles a bit compared to 51 point of the D800/e and D4."
Yes it does on the outer focus points. Best results for me have been back button focusing and using the center point and recomposing.
Not ideal, but gives me the best results.
"no autofocus assist lamp"
-I always turned mine off because it's annoying for my shooting needs. If its that dark and you need the bright white AF lamp, your subjects will squint and react negatively to bright "in your face" light. When it's that dark, i use the AF assist lamp on my flash.
I will say though, as much as i like the Df, using it has shown me how much camera the D800 is for the money. I'm starting to think that the Df is not expensive for what it is. I think the D800 is a bargain for what it is.
Have not used my Fujix100 or D800 in over a month.
I've even thought about selling them.
The Df really works for me. So far no issues at all. No lock up. no hanging, no focus issues with any of my lenses. Battery last 500+ (I've never tried to see how much i can shoot)