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Folks shooting with the Df seem to be enjoying the experience. I know there has been much criticism of the fact you can't change the focusing screen to facilitate shooting with MF lenses they've so promoted with this camera. I guess we'll know more when someone active on this thread gets the camera and reports how well it handles our much loved lenses.
Curtis - a quick reply on the Df (getting ready to head out for the weekend) and will provide more in-depth feedback next week, but I have been shooting with the Df since the week it came out last fall (I got the body only). Almost all of my shooting has been with MF lenses. As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time I used an AF lens on the Df. I have no technical explanation on why the focus screen/manual focus capability is better on the Df but it truly is when using most MF lenses when compared to my D800 and from what I remember on my D700 (no longer own, but had a Katzeye screen in that). In my experience, the only challenges my soon to be 52yr old eyes have had are with my 50 f1.2 AIS and ultrawides. But then again focus is generally not an issue for me on the ultras because I am using zone focusing most of the time anyway.
My 28mm's, 35, 45P, 105, 200, etc all just "snap" in and out of focus. Of course this is assuming decent light. Even the best can be challenged in very low light situations. In that case, I use live view for critical focus. Another topic for discussion, but the response/refresh rate of live view on the Df is head and shoulders above my D800. Of all the MF lenses I have (in my profile), believe it or not, the one I enjoy the most due to size and focus ability is my 50mm f1.8 Series E. It is a joy to shoot with.
I am one of our church photographers, and I really avoid using flash except when absolutely necessary and the combination of the Df with its low light capability and classic MF glass has been my go to rig all year. My D800 has been relegated to my 80 - 200 AF/80-400 AF zoom for wildlife and being used for video (of course using classic MF glass). Favorite for video on my D800 is the 50-300 f4.5 ED AIS.
I have a 55 f1.2 S Non AI being delivered tomorrow and will just miss it for my weekend trip. That purchase was a direct result of the influence of this thread I am interested to find out if the 55 f1.2 is any easier to focus vs. the 50 f1.2
Have a good weekend everyone.