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| p.2 #11 · Who is happy that Canon is not repackaging an existing camera into a retro case? |
Bruce, you raise a good set of points, except the notion that your preferences are everyone else's too.
I have a D3 and kept an old D200 for, mostly now, shooting photos of my cats. But in most cases I find all the canon and Nikon modern era controls as mild step backwards ...and the modern lenses, while very good (when you pay the top dollars that good glass demands) are one sided. The AF lenses are huge beasts compared to the older MF versions.
Now I like AF, just like the next guy, but on some days (many in fact) I will take my tradeoffs in a different direction, if I can. Up to now it has meant shooting film. Now I like film very much, but after today, I have fewer limitations. I can lug around my monster sized stuff just like yesterday, but what I could not do yesterday is lug around a smaller camera that is at home more with the smaller lighter less intrusive MF glass. Now I can.
And the cost? 2,800? Compare that to the cost of glass. That is where the losses are. How come people line up to be lightened by Lens dollars and chalk it up to the cost of doing business, and them moan and groan over the difference in the expected 2,500 versus 2,750 dollars. I don't get it.
I have, btw, a large collection of MF Nikon glass. Nine lenses bought for less than the price of one modern lens, like the new Noct 1.4 slow focus wonder.
This announcement if for folks like me. But yeah, not for everyone. But it is not retro for retro's sake that is the lure. I have found that every Mirrorless body so far (and I have had many) is not responsive enough for my wishes. They are decent, but not comparable to SLR's ... yet. I like that and expect the Df to be closer to a D3 in that way than some little mirrorless pocket imposter.
The question I have, and that is one that makes all the difference is if the manual focus details have been paid proper attention to, or is it just enough to have a nice blurb in a glossy brochure. That, as far as I'm concerned, hinges around whether Nikon has gone all the way and either put in a coarse screen which with we can see focus snap in, or best yet, do they give choices of a split screen. I hope it is the choice of screens. That will make this body the most sought after digital since digital - to me.
Otherwise, I will likely still buy it, but will consider it a "contenda" that coulda been, but hit the floor in the ninth.
Keeping my fingers crossed.