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  1. January 18 winterscene with geese
  2. Nikon Df Nikkor 35-135/3.5-4.5 Pokeman Go for those who do not know what it is 1 2 3 4 5
  3. I've been absent for a long time from one of my favorite places in the USA, the desert southwest and specifically Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. On a whim, my wife and I picked up one day and just went for a few days. It could have been a few days longer because we forgot the toll the 7000 foot altitudes could take on those who spend most of their lives nearer sea level. However, we did get in some hiking and puffing and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. So for what it's worth. Here is a quick New Years visit to some very lovely naturally sculpted landforms. Happy Holidays and especially Happy New Year. Most images are taken using a Nikon Df and 24-120mm f/4 AFS VR lens. It's not my usual hiking kit, but on this visit I didn't want to sacrifice the photographic possibilities. The library of images can be found here: https://snappix.smugmug.com/Photography/Bryce-Zion/ Sunrise at Inspiration Point
  4. Fons Baerken

    spent to go

    1 2 Ranunculus fit to compost Df 50mm f/1.2ais
  5. Shot with a fixed focus Rodenstock Heligon 100/1.6 lens on a Df @f1.8, with a 20mm extension tube. This lens was used in x-ray machines. Just experimenting - hard to focus! Best viewed large.
  6. I'm looking for an economical way to copy slides. I'd like to use a bellows and slide copier with my Df body. I'll be using a 55mm f/3.5 AI Nikkor Micro lens. The Nikon PB-5 seems like the most economical choice, but I can't find out if the bellows mount and camera body are compatible. I know that some bodies and bellows can be tricky to mount without additional tubes or accessories. The PB-4 swing/tilt is more hardware than I need and what little I've been able to find about the PB-6 seems like additional expensive accessories are needed. What do you suggest for this application? I'll be using it of course for other macro situations, but I have an immediate need to archive some slides from family estates. I don't require extraordinary resolution of scanning for large prints, just web sized images for documenting past events.
  7. Guest

    Beauty with no name

    My #2 favourite subject for portraits. Her pose is a bit stiff though. She's a secondary character at the bottom of a bronze statue with general Faidherbe, a glorious loser. Severe crop from a shot with Df + Zeiss MP 50/2, here at 5.6. That lens is such clean and sharp that crops look very good. Only problem is sensitivity to flare, and a full aperture that is certainly not worth f/2 but rather f/2.5.
  8. Guest

    Vestiges of autumn - Japan Alps

    The last of the autumn leaves and fruits in the Japan Alps still provide a spectacle. My wife and I have just spent a few days hiking through some of the 400 year old post towns in the Kiso Valley, on the old Nakasendo Trail between Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo). Beautiful scenery and beautifully maintained, original wooden houses and inns. These images were captured with the Df and a Nikkor 105/2.5 AIS, all hand held, and processed using Irident Developer 2. Best viewed large. 1) Persimmons on the Magome-toge pass 2) in Narai post town 3) in Narai post town 4) near Kiso-Fukushima
  9. Two almost identical images shot handheld using a very simple lighting setup, natural light from right and one ordinary desk light from left. Df image shot using an Olympus E-M10 plus Olympus 45mm f1.8. 1/10sec f7.1 iso 400 E-M10 shot using a Nikon Df plus Nikkor 105mm f2.5 AIs. 1/125sec f4 iso 2.000
  10. Guest

    Late spring bloom

    A recent capture in the Sydney Botanic Gardens. Nikon Df with a Leica R 60/2.8 macro - f2.8 @ 1/100 sec., handheld. From the Rhododendron family, I think. Happy to be corrected on this. Best viewed large.
  11. Guest

    A pond in Shinjuku Goyen

    Captured a couple of days ago at a quiet pond in Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo, using a Nikon 105/2.5 Ais lens on a Df. Autumn colours are slowly emerging here in Tokyo. Best viewed large.
  12. what a wet and cool august it was Df 35mm f/1.4 ais Lovely. And the 35/1.4 AIS is a lovely lens; special. I sold mine when I bought the Sigma equivalent. It is sharper at every aperture than the AIS but doesn't have that magic. what a wet and cool august it was Df 35mm f/1.4 ais
  13. (This was cut and pasted from my blog, so I apologize if I did not catch all the formatting discrepancies) Hello all. We wanted to give you a quick look at the newly arrived Nikon Df. In the "body only" box: Nikon Df camera in black EN-EL14a battery battery charger viewfinder cap w/ tether camera strap manualsViewNX2 software body cap USB cable This camera has been quite an opinion piece for a lot of the forums and bloggers. Before anyone had this in their hands they were either praising it as the next coming or panning it as an overpriced piece of trash that is nothing more than a way for Nikon to bilk money from fanboys. The above 2 images were taken using the Df's in camera HDR mode setting (2EV). As with most things in life, going to either extreme is a very emotional, reactionary way of looking at this and generally just causes more trouble than its worth. What we do know is this as of this writing: The heart of the Nikon Df is, arguably by some, one of the best high end DSLR full frame sensors made to date - that of the Nikon D4 and the Expeed 3 processing engine. The price of the Nikon D4 is $6000USD, the Df $2747USD. The Df is weather sealed to the standard of the D800. The Df is about still images, so no video mode is present. The Df standard for digital fusion. What this means is that you have a conglomeration of manual controls from legacy cameras in the Nikon line up like the F and FM series SLRs. You also get the control system of the modern DSLR with front and rear control wheels. Its your choice how you want to work with this camera. Plus some of the control methods can be combined!! More on that further down in the post. It is the lightest full frame DSLR that Nikon makes right now(710g with no lens) Feel free to visit the Nikon site to get the full list of specs...but you get the idea. 1/13, f/4, ISO 1600, 36mm, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5VR Below, I'm going to share some things that I found interesting. Feel Of The Camera: It is lighter than you would expect, but feels very solid. The control wheels are stiff and I think would be fine even without the wheel locks for a lot of users. It would be nice if the locks were "on/off" and not "press and hold", but for me it was not that big of a deal. I've gotten used to running the exposure comp and ISO dials by feel - no need to move my eye from the finder. Focusing: Auto Focus - Because the weather here has not been the best, most of my tests have been indoors. Cannot say that I have seen this camera hunt for focus at all. The majority of my shooting has been with my old 50mm f/1.8D lens. It focus' fast and sure. I plan on eventually running every lens I have through the Df to see how they all perform. Manual Focusing - A lot has been bantered about regarding manual focusing. Some people think that it will be difficult if not impossible to manual focus lenses on the Df because they believe that the viewfinder is the same as a D800/D610 or because it does not have a split prism focusing screen. My findings showed me that I was able to manually focus without issue. Not 100% dead on rate, but better than when I tried on my D300 or D700. So far, I've tested manual focus on 50mm f/1.8D and the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6. The image really did "snap" into focus and I could tell even without verifying with the "little green dot" in the finder that the focus was there. This is one of those things that you really need to investigate for yourself if you are going to want the Df for those old MF/AI/AI-s lenses. Make sure it is going to get you where you want to be. 1/80, f/5, ISO 200, 68mm, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5VR Black and White processing in onOne Perfect B&W 8 Exposure Controls: Shutter Speed - I think that Nikon put a lot of thought into this and gave us a lot of options. You have the choice of going one stop steps with the shutter dial on top of the camera. Nikon also gives you the option of putting that dial in "1/3 step" mode and then using a command dial to adjust the shutter speed. Pretty standard stuff. Now this is the extra stuff and where the "fusion" style starts showing itself. There is a setup option that you can active that will allow you to do a kind of "program shift" with the rear command dial while using the top shutter speed dial as the main setting. With the "f11" menu setting "easy shutter-speed shift" it will allow you to increase or decrease the shutter speed by 1/3 or 2/3 of a stop using the top dial as the base. Pretty slick if you ask me. Aperture Control - The Df gives you the option of controlling the aperture value from the command dial, or if you are using a non-G type lens with an aperture ring on the lens(this does not include some older AI lenses) you can use the aperture ring on the lens. If this mode is on and you switch out the "D" type lens and put on a "G" type, it recognizes that and automatically activates the command dial for aperture value adjustments. Auto ISO implementation - I like how this works. You setup in the menu the minimum and maximum ISO you want to allow the camera to "bounce around" in. They also give you a menu setting to set minimum shutter speed as well. What I like is that if I override the min or max from the ISO dial, I get that overridden value. I think it is a very smart way of doing the ISO. Shutter Sound: Yes, it is very quite. We need to keep it in perspective, though. It is quite when compared to other DSLRs. My D700 and D300 can sound like someone is racking the charging handle on an M240 machine gun in comparison. But if we compare this shutter sound to say a Fuji X-E1/X-Pro1, then to my ear(not scientific) it is louder. 1/40, f/4, ISO 140, 35mm, Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR Black and White processing in onOne Perfect B&W 8 Customizable Buttons: There are a lot of buttons on the camera body that can be customized. The OK button in the middle of the multi selector, the multi-selector, command dials, AE-L/AF-L button, the preview button, the function button, the LCD illuminator button and the BKT button. Not all are programmable equally, but it is nice to have the flexibility to set these up how you want. For example, I really never use the DOF preview, so that button I set to "flash off". I do this at times when working with on camera flash or radio triggers and want an ambient only lit image. Instead of having to turn the flash/trigger on and off - I just press the "flash off" for that image. Holding The Camera: The grip on the Df is going to need to be adjusted slightly. Anyone coming from any retro styled digital camera or a vintage film camera will be familiar with this. I'll compare my grip on my D700 versus the Df. The D700 gives you a deeper grip, which allows you to keep your fingers parallel to the ground when holding the camera at eye level. Your index finger and thumb then naturally fall to the shutter release and the front and rear command dials. The grip on the Df is different however. You need to drop your palm downward and angle your fingers 45 degrees to the ground when the camera is held at eye level. This then puts your index finger at the shutter position and then your thumb and index finger are also in proper position to get to the control wheels. I've taken some images of me holding the D700 and the Df below to illustrate. Pardon the stubble...I'm growing in my winter coat!! lol Df D700 For those interested in a deep dive, the manual can be found here: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18767 Here is an interesting story for you. I went to my local photo store to pick up the Df. When I was checking out the salesman and I had this exchange: Salesman: "Yeah, when we first heard about this camera, we were not interested in it." Me: "Really?" Salesman: "That was until we took our demo out shooting last night. Now we finally understand it." At the end of the day - this is quite a unique design. You do not want to read the blogs of people that have never used the camera. You cannot appreciate this piece of kit from afar. To truly understand it, go in with an open mind and use it. Then if you still don't like it, at least you gave it the benefit of the doubt. The way I see it, you are getting a still image only version of the Nikon D4 with a price tag of less then half that. That is nothing to disregard lightly. Another item that I would like to share is the comments about the 1/4000th shutter speed "limit". I put in the shutter speed filter in Lightroom and out of the 35,000 image catalogue, I had under 100 images that exceeded the 1/4000th shutter speed mark. Most of them were images that I forgot to switch the ISO back down after shooting indoors. I understand some people's need for a shutter speed that fast, but I think for the target audience of this camera, the 1/4000th should do them just fine. Here are some street images captured on my first "day out". Went to the North Market and Short North area in Columbus, OH on a brisk December day(roughly 28F). Just took the Df and the 50mm f/1.8D out for a stroll. Still looking for the "just right" settings. All these images were taken with the "standard" picture control and then processed in Lightroom 5.2 and onOne Perfect B&W(which is my standard workflow for post). 1/250, f/4, ISO 800, 50mm 1/640, f/4, ISO 100, 50mm 1/60, f/5.6, ISO 400, 50mm My Personal Feelings About The Camera: After shooting with this camera for a week, I can honestly say that I love using it!! It draws very little attention, creates great files, and shoots like a dream. I love going out and shooting personal projects with this camera. I find that, for my shooting style, there are no compromises that need to be made. I get top rate performance. I could not ask for anything more.
  14. I'm not shooting for a living, hence the "modified" title. First impressions after one week and maybe 1500 shots: Likes : Size and weight. Finally a walkaround Nikon FF camera. Recommended set : 28/1.8G, 50/1.8G (or 55/2.8 AIS, or 50/1.8 AIS thatI could not find so far), 105/2.5 AI(S) or 70-300VR Handling. Nothing disturbed me so far, not even the exposure compensation lock. Discovered the 'easy shutter speed adjust' (using the rear wheel), quite useful in M Mode. Noise level. Especially in Quiet mode. Performance for low light photography (moving subjects); as a matter of fact I bought the Df also for the purpose of having a second camera for live performance shoots. See however comments in "fine with me" section. __________________________ Fine with me : The OVF. I is much easier to focus manually, especially using wide angles (for instance, the 20/2.8 was problematic on the D800). However I still prefer using the DK-17M magnifyer: on D800 you would not even notice it is there; on Df and D700, you have to press you eye against the ocular to see all corners, and pincushion distortion is apparent (annoying when using WA, especially shift lenses). Anecdotally, I had a spare DK-17M because I thought it could help MFing the D800. When I dismounted the eyepiece, I discovered that the camera had it already, probably from the buyer who returned it just before I bought it. One single card slot. So what, I can pack 64 GB, that's a lot of uninterrupted shoots. No video, but I got the D800. Aspect. I got the all black version. My beloved wife did not take notice of the new camera. Touch. A rubberized rear would have helped though. Resolution. A good compromize for general shooting. AF performance, also in AF-C auto mode. Ballet photography went well (see however caveat below about AF detection zone). Sensor. Remindful of D700, in that it tends to shift the color balance and saturation towards high ISOs (a bit grayish / yellowish at 12800, cf. D700 at 6400). On D800 the contrast and color balance do not vary significantly until 6400 (included), so when downsized you would be hard pressed to tell the ISO used. On paper (see DxO tests) the D800 and Df sensors perform similarly at high ISO, after downsampling. This is no wonder, since they are the same generation. In practice, cameras get shaken and subjects may move : with the Df I do not have to double speeds, unlike D800. In practice I seem to gain one stop value in terms of usable range. ______________________________ Dislikes : The price. Must be a marketing fad. I do not see why it should be sold for more money than the D800. The unimaginative implementation of Auto ISO. Given the ISO range, auto iso should become and autonomous mode, where F stop, exp comp and speed are set or limited manually. I'd suggest to offer the users (via updated firmware) a menu option to re-program the doubtful "P" mode in the following way: - aperture set the usual way, no shift is allowed - speed dial provides bottom speed - ISO dial provides ceiling ISO - exp comp is always taken into account Camera chooses lowest possible ISO; if ceiling ISO still would result in under-exposure, speed is lowered. The ridiculously small AF detection zone. Nikon should align on OM-Ds, offering AF sensors over nearly the whole surface, and with an effective face and eyes detection.
  15. Luc de Schepper


    Nikon Df, Tamron 28-75mm f2.8, on-camera SB700 flash
  16. Luc de Schepper


    Df + MF 28mm f2.8 AIs (image 1-5) MF 105mm f2.5 Ais (image 6) and MF 50mm f1.2 Ais (image 7) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
  17. Guest

    got a Nikon 1 V1 + FT1

    My Df is a fantastic upgrade from my aged D200 other than a lack of video capability. That has been solved with the purchase of a Nikon 1 V1 w/10-30mm, and an FT1 adaptor for a most reasonable price. Though I have to wait a week for delivery. Bjørn & Erik's adventures even had me looking for an Olympus winder to adapt. But for now I'll make do with one of Franiec's grips. It is small enough to take along with the Df on my upcoming motorcycle trip through California.
  18. I always have a camera with me. Captured this while enjoying breakfast at a cafe with my wife. Nikon Df, Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR Redone, this time with a bit more contrast and the foreground, blurred chair cloned out.
  19. Hi, Bjørn. The Df manual says the camera is incompatible with the AU-1 focusing unit. My AU-1 (without CPU) is happy on a D700 and on a D3200. Why would it be incompatible with the Df? Conrad
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