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SLR 16.2MP CMOS Nov 2013
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32 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This SLR digital camera received a "Recommended" from Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Hi-tech.mail.ru/ all of whom wrote that this digital camera was good.

The reviewer at one other expert review site concluded that this camera was good. This Nikon camera received a "Dave's Pick" award from Imaging Resource.com.

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Average Expert Reviews

Fourty-four experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews have rated this camera on average 78 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 128 user reviews this digital camera has a marvellous overall user rating.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of people reckoned that the product was able to produce good images. Two years ago expert review site Digitaltrends.com mentioned “A very small group of photographers who are happy” in their review of the Nikon Df. Stuff.tv mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It takes amazing photos” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars. Stuff.tv also mentioned “It's taken a very clear aim at purist photo enthusiasts”.

Some people concluded that this digital camera was good in low light. Miss. Joanna Knowles mentioned in November this year “It's better suited to slow moving or stationary subjects and is excellent for low light photography, i use it for Landscape”. Dp Review wrote “Amazing lowlight capability” in their review. Dp Review also mentioned “Very cool, classic look, excellent prolevel image quality, fabulous lowlight performer at high ISOs, fast performance, compatible with over 400 Nikon lenses from past”.

Some Nikon Df reviewers reckoned that it had a good image sensor. What Digital Camera mentioned “Superb sensor”. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “The sensor is full frame” in their Nikon Df review. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote “The full-frame, FX-format Nikon Df takes the same great sensor and processor pairing of the professional Nikon D4” in their review of the Nikon Df.

Some people who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good ISO range. Phil Court mentioned “Traditional controls, easily selectable ISO, exposure compensation” in his review of this digital camera. Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Impressive high ISO performance” .

Two people who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Dp Review mentioned “5.5fps continuous shooting” in their review of the Nikon Df.

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Good Product Quality

A number of people thought the Nikon Df was good quality. Two years ago expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Nikon Df boasts an excellent build and finish, first-rate image quality”. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Excellent image quality, especially in low light”. Dp Review also said “Great high ISO image quality”.

Nice Design

Nine Nikon Df owners said in their reviews that the Nikon Df was retro. Expert review site T3.com wrote “The Nikon Df DSLR sports a distinctive retro design that's based on the maker's old 35mm film cameras, such as the Nikon FM” in their Nikon Df review. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on expert website Expert Reviews “With the Df, Nikon has certainly got the retro part of that equation right” but even so they gave it a rating of 3 stars. Dp Review wrote in their Nikon Df review on DP Review “Handsome, retro styling”.

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Digitalversus.com said on expert website Digital Versus “Nearly ten years after forsaking its small, yet powerful analogue 'FM' SLRs, Nikon has resuscitated its oh, so stylish design, adding the D4's 16.2 Mpx full-frame” and scored it 4 stars. Expert website Digitalcameraworld.com said “The results were pretty interesting, with a few cameras falling into bo” . Todayonline.com mentioned “For those who love to blend personal style with photography, or just have a hipster's inclinations”.

Several Nikon Df owners who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was a good design. Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned two years ago “Not everyone is going to like or even feel comfortable with the camera's design and the need to depend on sometimes d”. Expert review site Howtospendit.ft.com mentioned “The design of this wonderfully tough-looking camera is still inspiring, though”. Digit.in mentioned two years ago “Great image quality (of 4 standards), fast autofocus system works a treat, great design concept, manual control dials have their benefits, nonAI lens compatibility” .

One Nikon Df reviewer concluded that the Nikon Df was ergonomic. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “Ergonomics could be better and autofocus performance really should be” in their review of this digital camera although they rated the product 3 stars.

One Nikon Df owner wrote that the Nikon Df was ugly. Expert review site Pdnonline.com mentioned in their Nikon Df review “Not an unattractive one”.

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Robust

A number of people who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Miss. Joanna Knowles said “Believe me the build quality is very good, its mainly of metal construction, unlike most modern Digital SLR's which are mainly made of plastic” in her review of the Nikon Df. What Digital Camera said in their review of the Nikon Df “Solid specification”. Expert website Wired.com scored it 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Solid build quality and classic aesthetics”.

A few people thought this digital camera was strong and durable. Expert review site Wired.com rated it 4 stars and wrote “Sturdy metal throwback controls for everything”. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera “Autofocus has a tough time locking in on some shots”.

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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

SLR digital cameras built by Nikon have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just SLR digital cameras) and found that Nikon also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Quality Lens

Several Nikon Df owners said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Dp Review mentioned “Modern focus screen not ideal for manual focus lenses” in their review of the Nikon Df. Two years ago Digit.in wrote “Fast autofocus, excellent general responsiveness” in their review of this digital camera.

Several Nikon Df owners reckoned that the product had a good lens. In November this year Miss. Joanna Knowles scored it 5 stars and she mentioned “It can also be used with Af len's as well if you prefer” in her review of the Nikon Df. Digit.in mentioned “The kit lens is great and it's an enjoyable camera to use” in their review of the Nikon Df.

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Acceptable Noise Level

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was noisy. Three years ago What Digital Camera said “Great noise control”. In the same month Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “The Nikon Df delivers excellent noise performance, thanks to the 16.2 megapixel sensor from the Nikon D4, albeit without the same exp”. Camerastuffreviewcom scored it 4 stars and wrote two years ago “You also have noise and dynamic range”.

Easy to Use

A number of Nikon Df reviewers who reviewed the product said that it was easy to use. This year Miss. Joanna Knowles she wrote in her Nikon Df review “It's for the serious photographer who likes a manual control camera”. Phil Court said on Amazon in November last year “A pleasure to use”. Phil Court also mentioned “Lost a star due to use of plastic, where metal could have been used!”.

One Nikon Df owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Digit.in gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and mentioned “High quality JPEG images with pleasant color at default settings”.

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Good Battery Life

A number of customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good battery life. Dp Review said “Excellent battery life”.

Good Support

Several Nikon Df owners agreed that it had good technical guidance. Dp Review wrote “Full compatibility with older manual focus Nikkor lenses”. Digit.in wrote “Awesome manual control” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed the product wrote that it had good features. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Solid feature set” in their review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of customers said in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Expert website Digitalversus.com wrote “A pleasant optical viewfinder and good levels of responsiveness—all the essentials for a DSLR” in their review and rated it 80 out of 100. Dp Review said in their Nikon Df review “Big, clear fullframe viewfinder”.

Good Exposure Control

One customer who reviewed the Nikon Df concluded that it had good exposure controls.

Fairly Large Screen Size

The Nikon Df has a fairly large screen size (3.2 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Df. The screen sizes of SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Df range from 2" to 3.2", and the average screen size is 2.9".

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3.2" screen digital cameras currently available including the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Nikon Df has a GPS, unlike most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Df which do not have a GPS.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with a GPS currently available including the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Df has a built-in flash. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Df also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to consider include the Nikon D3S[plb_986_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] (CF|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Nikon Df has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Df. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Nikon camera.

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1400 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Nikon Df is a digital camera that takes 1,400 shot shot per battery charge. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Df take between 220 and 4,699 shots per battery charge.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Mini HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Nikon Df is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a Mini HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on SLR digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon Df has a greater number of light exposure modes than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Nikon camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on cameras of a similar type and age to the Df. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports Two ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon Df is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Nikon digital camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Df. The ISO speed "12800" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Very Short

The heights of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Df range from 34mm to 160mm, and the average height is 99mm. At only 66.5 millimeters, the Nikon Df is quite short compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Df.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The Nikon Df has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Face detection" and "Servo Auto Focus" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon Df is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. The most frequently supported camera file system is DCF 2, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.3 are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

Across all the SLR digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Df the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0031s to 4s. With a flash sync-speed of only 0.005 seconds, the Nikon Df has a quite short flash sync-speed compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Df.

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13 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Several Nikon Df owners concluded that it was not cheap. Techradar.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Techradar three years ago “It's far too expensive to be an impulse purchase for most” nonetheless they scored it 4 stars. Dp Review wrote in their review “Too darn expensive”. Dp Review also said “Expensive, expensive, expensive”.

A number of customers agreed that the product was not good value for money. What Digital Camera mentioned “Very pricey” . Expert review site Pcauthority.com.au wrote “Feel that the Nikon DF's relatively high cost is, in part at least, covering the styling” . Two years ago expert website Digitalspy.co.uk mentioned “The camera's high price feels frustrating”.

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Not Good in Terms of Size

A few people reckoned that this digital camera was not heavy and bulky. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “It's a little bulkier and heavier than I'd like” in their Nikon Df review but in spite of that they gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Dp Review said “Retro design and chunky body clash”. Dp Review also mentioned “Bulky, yet handgrip is quite modest”.

A few customers who purchased it concluded that it was not a good body shape. Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review on Imaging Resource.com “Places them in a retro-styled body that, while occasionally clumsy, is undeniably handsome”. Expert review site T3me.com wrote “Yet, at 11,499 dirhams for the body alone,  it's a pricey beast” in their review.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon Df does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Df.

Other cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Nikon Df does not support video recording, unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Df.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support video recording including the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Nikon Df is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most cameras that are a similar age to the Df do not support WiFi connectivity. The Nikon Df is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Df are not waterproof. The Nikon Df is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon Df does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not Cheap

We think this Nikon digital camera looks expensive compared to other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. We checked 42 SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years and they range in price from £40 to £5,581.

Quite Small Eye Relief

Across all the cameras of this type and age the eye relief range from 15mm to 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm. At only 15 millimeters, the Nikon Df has a very small eye relief compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Df.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The Nikon Df has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Nikon camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of this age and type. The flash modes "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only One Aspheric Element

The Nikon Df is a one aspheric element digital camera.

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Very Thick

Across all the cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Df the depths range from 29mm to 130mm. When compared to other cameras of this type and age that we have checked, the Nikon Df's depth of 110 millimeters is one of the thickest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Df

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this SLR digital camera was released.

Average Weight

The Nikon Df has a pretty average weight (710 grams) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] (900g) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.2 megapixels, the Nikon Df has a fairly typical megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Df.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Nikon D800[plb_1347009_price] which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
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Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Calendar
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Battery Included
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

4 Awards

Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended

Expert Reviews

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We recently asked our readers on Facebook to tell us which camera they'd love to buy if money were no object and which camera they would realistically buy within their current budget. The results... Read more…

8 December 2014

This roundup contains the majority of current full-frame camera offerings available. Full-frame cameras have image sensors as large as a frame of 35mm film...

Excellent image quality, especially in low light
Sturdy metal throwback controls for everything
Accepts preapertureindexing (Ai) Nikkor lenses from the days of yore
Solid build quality and classic aesthetics
Just a hell of a lot of fun to shoot with
Autofocus has a tough time locking in on some shots
No builtin flash
Doesn't shoot video
Storage is handled by a single SD card slot
Expensive
11 September 2014

Like the Leica T on this page, we can't help but feel that the Nikon DF's relatively high cost is, in part at least, covering the styling and premium feel. The retro design is unique and a bold... Read more…

18 June 2014

WIREDExcellent image quality, especially in low light. Sturdy metal throwback controls for everything. Accepts pre-aperture-indexing (Ai) Nikkor lenses from the days of yore. Solid build quality... Read more…

Nikon's Df is a pro camera with creative users in mind. The dials, numbers, and overall design of the body hark back to different era, but they provide tactile control that is welcomed in this age...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 26 December 2013 by Ronindog
Ronindog would recommend the Nikon Df

The Nikon Df will most likely be embraced by those who learned with film cameras that had similar (manual) control dials. What I appreciate is the light weight for travel, build quality, and the... Read more…

Reviewed 10 December 2013 by Stano
Stano would recommend the Nikon Df

I purchased this camera and it was a lot of fun to use. Unfortunately, I am a dance photographer and I need the vertical shutter on top of the camera when I shoot verticals(which I mostly... Read more…

Reviewed 18 August 2014 by Donovan
Donovan would recommend the Nikon Df (Verified Purchase)

To help the reader assess whether the following opinions are of any value to them personally, I will begin with a little personal background, shooting style, equipment preferences, etc. First off,... Read more…

Reviewed 21 July 2014 by CS333
CS333 would recommend the Nikon Df (Verified Purchase)

I am a professional wedding photographer. I have been shooting exclusively with the D700 for about 5 years now. I have loved it and found minimal issues with it. When it came time to purchase a... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2014 by Joe
Joe would recommend the Nikon Df

This review is based solely on my opinions, needs and shooting style. I received this camera as a gift, an unexpected gift. I've been in photo/video industry since mid 90s. The only film cameras... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vba380, vba380a, vba380ae, nikon f18, canon f18, nikon f18g, canon f18g, vba380k001, canon vba381, canon vba381a, canon vba381ae, nikon 3010506e, nikon 3010506v, nikon promotion, nikon vba381k001, nikon vba380k001
Barcodes 00018208015252, 00018208015269, 00018208015276, 00018208015283, 00018208936298, 00018208936304, 00018208936335, 00018208936373, 00018208936410, 00182089363730, 00635131600173

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