Nikon Df – a Hipster’s Review from Fstoppers

Our friends over at posted this funny review of the Nikon Df yesterday. Regardless of which side of the Df debate you’re on, you will find this video entertaining. While we don’t typically re-post other people’s work here at PL, we enjoyed this one so much that we thought we’d share it with our readers:

Let us know what you think!


  1. 1) Randall
    January 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    My current wardrobe doesn’t go we’ll with the df. Where can one acquire “skinny jeans”?

    • 1.1) Global
      January 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Don’t worry, the Df isn’t really skinny either — its chunky as heck.

      Just get some normal fat legged “straight jeans” to go with your 90’s retro flannel and you can have a franken-outfit to go with the world’s best franken-camera, which itself is exactly the same as a D600 on the back.

      • 1.1.1) Motti
        January 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        90’s are retro :-). I feel old…But smart! Because I aint buying this stupid gizmo. Yup, you heard me right, I think it’s a stupid gizmo.

        Kind like the Hybrid cars they are trying to sell. All they are is a cash cow for car companies selling them %60-%70 more expensive than standard engine cars.

  2. 2) Rachel
    January 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Is it even more retro to actually use a film camera? I still have my Nikon FM. It’s a hoot to shoot kids with it and have them ask to see the picture.

    • Profile photo of Tom Redd 2.1) Tom Redd
      January 23, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Haha! What do you mean, you have to develop it?

    • 2.2) Global
      January 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Hipster: “Oh, I LOVE film cameras!! Ehh.. shoot with it? Ehh.. that’s okay. I have an iPhone.”

    • 2.3) Donz
      January 24, 2014 at 12:17 am


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  4. 4) James
    January 23, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Freaking GREAT! lol

  5. 5) Alis Dobler
    January 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I had a good laugh! I LOVE Charleston :-)

  6. 6) Don B
    January 24, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Now I know why I need a Nikon Df. To pick up chicks! Of course, I’ll need a new wardrobe, and a pipe and a moped.

    That was a really fun video to watch. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. 7) Tom
    January 24, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Really good review. It made me smile :-)

  8. January 24, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Alright, so he is perhaps ignorant regarding a couple of things (that silver ring is just a design cue, a sort of a nod to the old Nikkors and in that way is no different than, say, the gold ring on pro lenses, and is in no way a “fake aperture ring”), but damn that was funny and bang on. :) The point that he made very clearly though is that a lot of people really will buy the thing just because it looks good, which makes the camera appear worse than it is for someone who is not into looks alone. It is a good tool for the right person for the right reasons, as long as they are legit and not a fashion statement.

  9. Profile photo of Luis 9) Luis
    January 24, 2014 at 6:39 am

    “The D800 is for hiding in the bushes”! LOL!!!!

  10. January 24, 2014 at 9:44 am

    What is wrong in someone buying a camera just for the looks of it ? !!!
    What is wrong in an amateur or pro wanting to look ‘different’ with his/her camera ? !!!
    What is wrong in Nikon making a top of the line camera and make it look different ?!!

    Why do lot of people think that “If you are serious about photography, you should not bother about how your camera looks.” ?
    If you dont like the look of DF, buy the 610/800. If you think ‘looks’ has a value to you, pay the price to get that.

    • 10.1) Ben C.K.
      January 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      I think the point is that a camera shouldn’t be a fashion accessory. A camera is a tool. It’s ‘looks’ shouldn’t really be the deciding factor in purchasing or not. Buy a Df because it has a great sensor in a smallish body. Don’t buy it because of how it looks.

      • Profile photo of Sandipan 10.1.1) Sandipan
        January 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

        “A camera is a tool. It’s ‘looks’ shouldn’t really be the deciding factor in purchasing or not.”

        By this logic Versace, Gucci s….. of this world should close shop, because looks should not be deciding factor while purchasing a dress. All the cars in the world should look the same. All the smart phones in the world should look the same. And I can go on….

        Why can you not accept the fact that for some people looks are as important, if not the most important, for a ‘tool’ that they use on a regular basis! A photographer can be crazy about the looks of his camera equipment and that does not make him/her any less of a serious photographer.

        • Ben C. K.
          January 25, 2014 at 11:35 am

          Read my second post below that I wrote previously, I address several of your comments there. Your example of a dress is certainly interesting though since the look of a dress is precisely what fashion is. Cameras aren’t part of fashion, and if they are, that’s what people have been saying is wrong with the Df. It’s like celebrities carrying a Leica on the red carpet because they are using it as a fashion accessory. That’s not photography, that’s fashion. Buy a camera first and foremost because of how it will perform for you, not how it looks. Looks should be secondary to function when you’re talking about a tool, which cameras are, especially at the professional price level of $3000. If the Df cost less than $1000, I don’t think anyone would be complaining that its looks are a distraction. Again, nobody is saying a camera shouldn’t be able to look good or “that they all have to look the same”, but at a professional price point that should be secondary to function.

    • 10.2) Ben C.K.
      January 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      More to the point, at the professional camera price of $3000+ the camera needs to function well. Some of the things that give the Df its good looks actually make it slightly less functional compared to other $3000 cameras (smaller top LCD screen, dials that are redundant in certain modes, no video, etc.). There is nothing wrong with making a great looking camera, but at $3000 it better function as well as other $3000 cameras.

      That being said, I don’t fault anyone for buying a Df for whatever reason was justifiable to themselves. It certainly is an intriguing camera, but I understand why some people are annoyed that its looks get more attention than its ability to produce great photos.

      • 10.2.1) Motti
        January 24, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        I am absolutely with with you on that Ben!!

        However, as humans are, many don’t think like us. Companies like Gucci, Cartier, Hemes, Hensel (strobe company) and many more would not have been in existence if everyone thought logically and used their head instead of their heart.

        Many people buy very expensive things not for the functionality but for pure image. Stupid? I think so but that is only my opinion.

        Look how much money people pay for brand name strobes that cost almost $2,000 a pop when you can buy great quality Einsteins for a quarter of this price.

        And the list is long…

  11. 11) Jim H.
    January 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I just read an article last night after a Google search on Canon vs Nikon. I think it was from 2011 or 2012. One of the things the article mentioned was that a lot of people “liked” the Nikon but it didn’t seem to be translating into sales. Canon was leading world wide in total sales in that year. As a Nikon shooter I am wondering if Nikon hasn’t made some missteps lately. To me (so this is opinion) the Canon 5D Mk III is the camera I would own if I could spend the money right now. I think it makes better compromises than the D800. Nikon seems conflicted to me (panicked maybe?). They seem to be throwing things at the marketing wall to see what will stick. Also, shame on them for the D600 fiasco. I’m sure at least a few of those people have been turned off to Nikon for good. As Motti stated people buy things for different reasons and I agree. A lot of guys like to tinker with old cars, hot rod them and customize/individualize them. Others look for value, still others elegance and exclusivity. Some people like to build their own PC, others like Mac. Seems to me artsy types go for the Mac and gear head-logic guys go for the PC. When I go to a concert/performance the first thing I look for is the talent of the artist/s. Next, because I play guitar, I check out their gear but in the end it’s the music – do I like it, does it touch/inspire me? Photography is very similar. In the end it’s about the artist and the quality of his/her work. Their equipment, EXIF data, filters are of secondary importance. The video was a hoot! I am so glad you posted it. I also guess I liked it as I tend to agree with what was being said. The Df is a nice camera. I would be thrilled to get one. Who wouldn’t want that wonderful sensor? But it’s not a camera I’m saving for – at least not as it is currently manufactured/priced.

  12. 12) gregorylent
    January 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

    is that the person behind fstoppers? which is a great website …

  13. 13) Jake
    February 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I have a good laugh. One of the funniest videos I watched recently. Thanks Tom for sharing.

  14. 14) Dave
    April 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Loved the review even though I have a Df (and a D600 & D700). I agree with pretty much all the points you raise and especially that it’s really a hi-end amateur rather than a pro camera. I also think the cosmetically tweaked 50mm 1.8 lens is a pretty cynical move on Nikons behalf. Anyone buying at this level is likely to already own the superior 50 1.4 and yet you can only buy the lens/camera kit in the UK. It’s also a non-starter with heavier longer zooms like the 75-200 since the balance is wrong, but I didn’t buy it for that. I love it with the 50 1.4 and lenses such as the 24mm 2.8, the 135mm DC, the 28mm AIs and the Voigtlander 40mm f2.
    Each to their own.

  15. 15) Barry
    January 26, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I still photograph with old manual-focus Canon FD gear. When Canon developed autofocus lenses, they abandoned the FD mount. It was a gutsy move but left people like me ‘orphaned’, especially when film began giving way to digital. With the increasing difficulty and cost of procuring and processing film, I’ve been mulling over the jump to DSLR — and this camera is interests me because I think its controls would be more familiar/intuitive to someone like me. (But I have to take a closer look at the reality of it – i.e., how ‘real’ are the manual controls, is it worth the cost vs. other comparably-priced cameras, etc.?)

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