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Nikon Df with 50mm f/1.8 lens
Retro-styled full-frame DSLR camera with bright general-purpose prime lens (Black)
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Item #: 0541527
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Original Price: $2,999.95
The Nikon Df features substantial locking control dials that come to their detents with a reassuring "click."
When it comes to the design of a high-performance product you have in your hands every day — your car, your phone, or in this case, your camera — "classic" lives at the intersection of cool, control, and confidence. Let's explore exactly what that means for you as you consider this high-performance SLR camera from Nikon.
In the Df, you have the looks — right down to the non-italicized logo — of Nikon's beloved F-series film cameras from the seventies. They weren't beloved just because they looked good (although they did) — they were beloved because they made really good pictures. And they did that by making the camera easy to control and fast to respond.
Solid, machined control dials for almost every necessary parameter slide to their selected detents with a satisfying click. Every knob sports a lock button as well, to keep your settings from slipping. The body's build quality screams attention to detail. And the look — well, this is not your father's Nikon, but it took a cue from almost everything good about it. Like earlier generations of Nikons, the Df is made for one thing: exciting, top-quality still photography. You'll notice that there are no video capture options on this camera. Nikon makes no apologies for that. From the first moment this camera appeared on the drawing board, it was designed to be a still photographer's tool.
To that end, they've made this camera compatible with a great many legacy film Nikkor lenses from the past, so if you happen to own one of the film SLRs from which the Nikon Df draws its inspiration, you'll be happy to know that most of those lenses you bought for it — even the non-AI (aperture index) ones — can be used successfully on the Df with a simple flick of a lever.
The Nikon Df comes in black or silver.
As you can see above, we have "cool" covered. Nikon takes "control" to a new level, as well, by adopting much of the inner hardware of their flagship D4 model and pairing it with the responsive autofocus system of their well-received D600 and D610 series. The tested and true 16.2 megapixel full-frame sensor allows you to mount lenses that deliver subtleties in depth of field, exceptional sharpness and clarity, and superior performance in low light. And so you won't miss an important moment, the continuous shooting mode clocks in at a nimble 5.5 frames per second, a respectable figure for the challenging file sizes that full-frame sensors generate.
One of the exciting options available for this model is Wi-Fi® camera control and mobile sharing, made possible by the optional WU-1a wireless mobile adapter. Apps are available for your Android™ or Apple® smartphone or tablet. You can share your photos with any compatible Wi-Fi device. Essentially, this allows you to control your camera's shutter from a distance while you view what the camera is seeing, and share those files later. Not only is it awfully handy when you want to be in the picture, but it's a big time-saver when you need to get your files in a safe place for storage.
This version of the Nikon Df comes with a lens that's specifically designed to complement the looks and capabilities of the camera. Every photographer knows that one of the first lenses you should own is a bright, sharp prime lens with a natural angle of view that's similar to that of your eye. This AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens fits the bill to a "T," right down to the knurling and hatching of the manual focus ring. It's made to deliver everything you appreciate about your camera's full-frame format.
So add up all of the features listed above in your mind: a relentlessly cool camera body, inspired by one of the most desired SLR camera series of the 1970s. The flexibility to use some of that era's most compelling lenses. Acclaimed sensor and electronics technology. And a camera that feels like it was made to be an extension of your hands. All these things breed the confidence of knowing you're going to get the pictures you've always known you could capture. And that confidence, in turn, makes you even better at finding the angles and moments that make your vision unique. It's no wonder you're looking at the "Add to cart" button.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
|LCD Screen Size||3.2"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||50mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||16.2|
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||4928 x 3280|
|HD Video Recording||N/A|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||27|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Nikon Df is an advanced, full-frame FX-format D-SLR with the classic look of a Nikon film camera. Instead of using buttons and menu systems like modern DSLRs, the Df's controls are "old school" mechanical dials. This Df package includes the camera body, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G Special Edition lens, a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and battery charger. The camera has the Nikon F bayonet mount, and is compatible with Nikon AF NIKKOR lenses, including Type G, E, and D lenses, as well as DX lenses (when using the DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area).
Image Sensor: The Df is equipped with the Nikon FX-format, 36.0 x 23.9mm CMOS image sensor with 16.6 million total pixels (and 16.2 million effective pixels). The Nikon FX format enables photographers to take advantage of the familiar perspective characteristics of 35mm film photography. You can choose to shoot in the FX format, or switch to the DX format (24 x 16).
Dust Reduction System: The camera has an integrated ultrasonic Self-cleaning Sensor Unit, which employs four different resonance frequencies to vibrate the optical low-pass filter and shake dust away from the sensor. Image sensor cleaning can be set to operate automatically when the camera is turned off or on, or can be operated from the camera's menu. To remove the effects of dust particles on the image sensor in a recorded image, you can use the Image Dust Off reference data program, available on the optional Capture NX 2 software.
Magnesium Alloy Body: The Df features rugged, durable and lightweight magnesium alloy for the body, exterior, and mirror box, to achieve better durability and lighter weight.
EXPEED 3 Image Processing: Nikon's EXPEED 3 technology provides superb image fidelity and reduced noise, even at high ISOs. The EXPEED 3 image processor and 16.2MP FX-format image sensor combination are the same as found on the Nikon D4 flagship DSLR.
Still Image Size/Quality: The Df records still images in JPEG, TIFF (RGB), and NEF* (RAW) formats. It can also record in both NEF (RAW) + JPEG formats simultaneously. JPEG images can set to fine (1:4 compression), normal (1:8), or basic (1:16) image quality. Depending upon the selected format (image area), you can choose from the following image sizes:
|Format (Image Area)||Large||Medium||Small|
|FX (36 x 24)||4928 x 3280||3696 x 2456||2464 x 1640|
|DX (24 x 16)||3200 x 2128||2400 x 1592||1600 x 1064|
* RAW data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Once transferred to a computer, NEF (RAW) images can only be viewed using compatible software such as the supplied ViewNX2 software.
Recording Media: The Df records still images onto SD (2 GB), SDHC (up to 32 GB), and SDXC memory cards (up to 64 GB). The camera supports UHS-I SD cards and Eye-Fi cards as well. No memory card is supplied with the camera.
Memory Buffer: The camera is equipped with a memory buffer for temporary storage, allowing shooting to continue while photographs are being saved to the memory card. Up to 100 photographs can be taken in succession. The display will indicate the number of images you can take until the memory buffer is full.
LCD Monitor: The Nikon Df features 3.2-inch, 921,000-dot (VGA), color TFT LCD monitor with a 170° wide viewing angle and 100% frame coverage. The monitor has adjustable brightness control using an ambient brightness sensor. The Df features a Live View that lets you use the monitor in place of the camera's viewfinder to confirm your subject and composition while shooting.
Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the Df has an eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage in FX format and 97% in DX. It has a diopter adjustment knob so you can set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). The bright and sharp viewfinder makes focusing in low-light situations possible. The viewfinder offers approximately 0.7x magnification. The viewfinder comes with the DK-26 Eyepiece Cap which can be used to prevent light from entering the viewfinder when shooting self portraits on a tripod. The viewfinder uses a Type-B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with superimposed AF brackets and on-demand grid lines for clear and accurate focusing of your subject.
Optional Wi-Fi: With the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, the Df can support two-way communication between the camera and smart devices running the Wireless Mobile Utility app. The app allows you to take pictures remotely (up to 49 feet away) and download existing pictures to the smart device. The app is available on smartphones running Android 2.3 or later, tablets running Android 3.0 or later, and iPhone/iPad running iOS 6.0 or later.
Electronic Virtual Horizon: The innovative Virtual Horizon provides instant, accurate confirmation of the Df's position relative to horizontal level. When using Live View, you can choose to display the virtual horizon on the LCD, a feature ideal for landscape and architecture photography. You can also level the Df while looking through the viewfinder using the convenient analog scale.
51-Point Autofocus System: The Df is equipped with Nikon Multi-CAM 4800FX autofocus sensor module, which features up to 39 focus points. The system selects the focus point that best applies to the subject, demonstrating an outstanding level of precision, even when shooting in constantly changing conditions. You can choose to use all 39 focus points for focusing, or 11 points for quicker focus-point selection.
AF-Area Modes: The Df offers a choice of four focus area modes that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:
Focus Modes: You can choose from the following focus modes:
Predictive Focus Tracking: In continuous-servo AF, the camera will initiate predictive focus tracking if the subject moves toward or away from the camera while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is pressed. This allows the camera to track focus while attempting to predict where the subject will be when the shutter is released.
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in a focus area in the final composition.
Electronic Range Finder: If the connected lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster, the camera's Electronic Range Finder can be used to confirm whether or not your subject in the selected focus point is in focus.
Release Modes: The release mode determines how the camera takes photographs. You can choose from the following shooting modes:
Interval Timer Photography: The Df is equipped to take photographs automatically at preset intervals. Shooting will begin about 3 seconds after the interval is set or you can set a start time. You can also select the number of intervals, as well as the number of shots taken per interval.
Exposure Modes: The Exposure Modes determine how the camera sets shutter speed and aperture when adjusting exposure. You can choose from the following Exposure Modes.
Long Time-Exposures: When Bulb shooting is selected, the shutter will remain open while the shutter-release button is held down. Bulb shooting is used for long time-exposure photographs of moving lights, the stars, night scenery, or fireworks. With a Time exposure, the shutter remains open for thirty minutes, or until the button is pressed a second time. A tripod and remote release cable or wireless remote are recommended for all long time-exposures to prevent blur.
AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings: AE/AF Lock, AE Lock only, AF Lock only, AE Lock Hold, AE Lock Reset, and AF On.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -3.0 to +3.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV, using the top-mounted Exposure Compensation dial.
Metering: The Df utilizes through-the-lens (TTL) metering using the camera's 91,000-pixel RGB sensor. You can choose one of the following metering methods:
Multiple Exposure: This feature records a series of two to ten exposures in a single photograph. Multiple exposures can be recorded at any image quality setting, and produce results with colors noticeably better than photographs combined in an imaging application because they make use of RAW data from the camera image sensor.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. You can choose one of the following white balance options: Auto (2 options), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, or Shade. You can also choose a color temperature from a list of values (2500K-10000K), or manually set the white balance using the subject, light source, or existing photograph in the memory card as reference. The White Balance Fine Tuning feature allows you to compensate for variations in the color of the light source or to introduce a deliberate color cast into an image by adjusting the amber, blue, green and magenta color settings.
Bracketing: Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot, "bracketing" the current value. You can set the increment to 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, or 3 EV, and the number of shots to 2, 3, or 5. In exposure, flash level, and ADL bracketing, multiple shots are required to complete the "bracket" as the camera will vary the settings with each shot. With white balance bracketing, the camera creates multiple copies of each photograph, each with a different white balance. Bracketing can be combined with continuous shooting or the self timer modes.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. You can set the ISO Sensitivity to Auto or Manual. You can manually select settings of ISO 100 to ISO 12800 in steps of 1/3 EV. For special occasions, expanded settings of Lo-0.3 (equivalent to ISO 80) through Lo-1 (ISO 50), and Hi-0.3 (ISO 16,000) through Hi-4 (204,800) are available.
Noise Reduction: Photos taken at high ISO sensitivities or long exposures can be processed to reduce noise. The amount of noise reduction performed can be set to High, Normal, or Low.
Preset Picture Controls: The camera offers six preset Nikon Picture Controls. You can choose a Picture Control according to the subject or type of scene: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape.
Picture Control Settings: The Preset Picture Controls listed above can be modified to suit a particular scene or your creative content. The following manual adjustments can be made:
Color Space: The color space determines the gamut of colors available for color reproduction. You can select either sRGB for photos that will be printed or used "as is" with no further modification, or Adobe RGB for images that will be extensively processed or retouched after leaving the camera.
Active D-Lighting: Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast. Active D-Lighting offers the following application strength levels: Auto, Low, Normal, High, Extra High 1, Extra High 2, and Off.
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS): The Df does not have a built-in flash. Optional flash units can be attached to the camera's accessory shoe. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when used with CLS-compatible flash units, such as the SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, and SB-700 as master flash, and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-200 as commander. The SB-400 and SB-300 are also compatible with the camera. The following flash modes are supported:
Flash Control: The camera supports two flash control modes:
Flash Compensation: Flash compensation is used to alter flash output from -3 EV to +1EV in increments of 1/3 EV to change the brightness of the main subject relative to the background. Flash output can be increased to make the main subject appear brighter or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights or reflections.
FV Lock: This feature is used to lock the flash output, allowing photographs to be recomposed without changing the flash level and ensuring that the flash output is appropriate to the subject even when the subject is not positioned in the center of the frame. The Flash output is adjusted automatically for any changes in ISO sensitivity and aperture.
Special Edition 50mm Lens: Included with the Nikon Df is a special edition AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens. The lens has a classic styling, designed to match the retro look of the Df body. It has been optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs. When mounted on a DX-format camera, the angle of view is reduced and equivalent to the focal length of approximately 75mm in FX/35mm format (see Specifications below). The lens is suitable for everyday shooting of landscapes, night scenes, interiors, weddings, photojournalism, and astro-photography.
Super Integrated Coating: Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.
Aspherical Lens Element: The lens has one aspherical lens element, which virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide apertures.
Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.
Focus Mode Switch: The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. If you want to enable auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "M/A". With most Nikon D-SLRs, the lens gives you a manual override option, allowing you to rotate the separate focus ring while pressing the shutter release halfway.
Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 7-blade diaphragm.
Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-47 bayonet-type lens hood for preventing unwanted light from entering the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.
Lens Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.
MC-DC2 Remote Shutter Release: The MC-DC2 Remote Shutter Release cable can help prevent camera shake by triggering the shutter release without touching the camera. The MC-DC2 has a 41" cable, and plugs into the camera's Accessory Terminal.
ME-1 Stereo Microphone: The ME-1 can record stereo sound while shooting movies. Audio recorded with the ME-1 play back in stereo when the camera is connected to a TV via an HDMI cable.
GPS Unit: The Nikon GP-1A is an optional GPS unit designed for use with Nikon digital cameras, including the Df. When mounted to the Accessory Shoe (and plugged into the Accessory Terminal), the GP-1A allows the current latitude, longitude, altitude, and local time to be recorded with each photograph taken.
Additional Connectors: In addition to the 10-pin Remote Terminal and Microphone input, the Df also includes the following connectors:
Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while Auto Image Rotation is set to "On" contain information on camera orientation, and allow the images to be rotated automatically during playback, or when viewed using the supplied ViewNX 2 or optional CaptureNX 2 software. Recorded orientations include Landscape (wide), Camera Rotated 90° Clockwise, and Camera Rotated 90° Counter-Clockwise.
Playback Menu: The playback menu contains the following options:
Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view four (2x2), nine (3x3), or 72 (9 x 8) images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. For images shot in 36 x 24, 3:2 format, you can zoom in up to 30x for large images, up to 23x for medium images, and up to 15x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.
Retouch Menu: The Retouch Menu allows you to create trimmed, resized or retouched copies of the photographs you have taken on the memory card. The Retouch Menu gives you the following editing options: D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Resize, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color Outline, Color Sketch, Perspective control, Miniature Effect, Selective Color, and Side-by-side comparison.
Trimming/Aspect Ratio: When creating a cropped copy of a photo, you can change the aspect ratio of the native 3:2 photo to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9.
Image Comment: The camera allows you to input up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text and save it to a recorded image. The comment can be viewed in CaptureNX 2 (software available separately) or the supplied ViewNX 2 software.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.
Battery: The Df is powered by the supplied EN-EL14a Lithium-ion battery (7.4V/1230mAh/8.9Wh) or the optional EN-EL14 (7.4V/1030mAh/7.7Wh). A fully-charged EN-EL14a can provide enough power for approximately 1400 shots (CIPA standard). The battery charges the EN-EL14a in approximately 110 minutes (or the EN-EL14 in 90 minutes), using the supplied MH-24 battery charger.
Optional AC Adapter: You can power the camera for extended periods on ordinary household current with the optional EP-5A power connector and EH-5b AC adapter.
ViewNX 2: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains a Nikon Transfer 2 function for transferring pictures from the camera to the computer, where ViewNX 2 can be used to view and print selected images or to edit photographs and movies. ViewNX 2 is compatible with computers with the following Operating Systems:
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