Nikon has released a pretty awesome new camera body called the Nikon Df. Our friends over at The Art of Photography have done an amazing review of the Nikon Df and think pretty highly of it. Its a pretty revolutionary camera design in that its a little bit of a throwback to the awesome 35mm SLR cameras such as the Nikon FE2 and the Nikon F3. Nikon have approached the design in two ways. First the look is pretty retro which isn’t bad. I wish it looked more right out of the 80’s personally, but its still pretty cool. It comes in chrome or black just like cameras did back in those days.
Secondly, the camera has been redesigned with knobs and dials! YES! As the review indicates, the most commonly used functions are now within a fingers reach on either the top, front or back of the camera. This means you don’t have to scroll through a complicated menu system for things like bracketing or ISO settings. I really can’t wait to get my hands on one of these cameras because if it does what they say its going to do – this will revolutionize digital cameras for me personally.
I’ve never been a big fan of complicated menu systems – I just haven’t. It slows me down as I really like to do a lot of informal people shots and even some street photography. To be able to work quickly and “in the moment” would be a dream come true. That being said, this is definitely a camera to check out. The price is a little steep, but when you consider you’re getting a camera that handles like an F3 but with the sensor of a D4 – I think it seems fairly reasonable. Check it out!