The Nikon DF or Nikkormat

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With the release of the rumoured retro looking Nikon DF full frame DSLR (16mp) comes some big decisions for people who love the look and feel of the old school film SLR’s of the 60’s & 70’s. For most people, I believe the main decision will be, “Do I feel like spending the $2,750. ย price tag for this thing of beauty?”

The rumours about this camera have been floating around for a little while now. When I first heard of it, I basically rejoiced and started thinking if I would switch to Nikon from Canon. That idea soon passed and I thought I might just buy the Nikon DF and shoot both formats. However, when I saw the price tag of the Nikon DF this morning that dream died right there and then! Although I would love to shoot with old SLR style digital camera like this, I can’t justify spending that kind of money on it. So for now when I feel that argue to take it back to the old school, I’ll just grab my trusty old Nikkormat and go have me some fun like it was before I was born! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nikkormat Nikon FT Old School Vintage Hipster Film Camera 50mm LED - Rob Moses Photography - Calgary Vancouver Seattle NYCCamera: Canon 5D mark ii & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings: 1/30th – f/8 – ISO 2000

Thank you for stopping by, Rob

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16 Comments

  1. Hi, Rob,

    Yes, my eyes bugged out at the price.

    I think that you and I get to have a reasonably old-school experience shooting our Samsung NX bodies with Canon FD lenses. I usually shoot in aperture priority, which makes handling very simple. The focus magnification and focus peaking mean that I can usually get a sharp shot–unless, of course, I’m at f/1.4, very close to my subject, and focusing on something away from the center of the screen. I compensate then by taking several shots.

    If the NX bodies had dedicated dials for shutter speed, the retro experience would be almost complete, except for the framing and focusing. But I just imagine that I’m shooting with an waist-level finder . . .

    Now, I do love the experience of shooting through my Mamiya 645 1000s, which handles much like my old Canon TLb (with some obvious differences). I really appreciate the viewfinders on the old cameras, and I also like the solid feel of the focus rings. I find the focus rings on my Samsung and Nikon digital lenses to be very fidgety. And, depending on the subject, I sometimes have trouble getting my Nikon D5000 sharply focused. The viewfinder just does not have the snap of the Mamiya or my old Canon.

    From another review (also not hands on), I understand that the Nikon Df will not have a truly old-school viewfinder. I therefore have deep doubts about it.

    And, why kid myself: before I save up three grand for a new camera, I’ll spend it in dribs and drabs on old stuff. I could use some more lenses for both my Mamiya 645 and my Cambo 4×5 . . .

    Finally, here’s the non-hands-on review that I mentioned above:

    http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/11/05/retro-for-the-sake-of-retro-thoughts-on-the-nikon-df/

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with Ming Thein. He’s an excellent photographer, and he’s quite the gear guy. If you’re not familiar with his blog, I’d suggest checking it out.

    Cheers,

    Dan

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    1. I completely agree Dan! I often get that old feel with my Samsun/Canon set up ๐Ÿ™‚ Those lenses are such a joy to use! I’ll check out that blog. Thanks for sharing it and for your thoughts on this subject.

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  2. I totally agree. I feel like the Nikon DF is for those people with lots of money to blow, who like the look of vintage cameras, but aren’t up for the challenge of shooting true retro (read: film) photography. Basically, this is for the hipster. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Haha for sure! That camera has hipster written all over it! I still want one though! haha. Maybe when the next 2 like this come out the price of this one will be come a little more reasonable on the used market.

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  3. It is a gorgeous cameraโ€ฆ I have been seeing a lot of mixed reviews however… But as someone who still longs for their original Pentax 1000 I appreciate what Nikon (and other camera makers) are trying to do.

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    1. Wow, no idea how I missed your comment! I am just seeing it now :(. Sorry about that. Anyhow, I haven’t heard to much good stuff about the DF either to be honest. However, I think I would still like one haha. I just love how the old cameras work but love the convince of digital.

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  4. Me, Camp Nikon-LOL! You know though, as retro hipster cool as they are, I’m not into it. I cut my teeth in the day on ACTUAL 60’s -70’s SLRs and I’m not willing to go back…I did keep a couple around until recently ( A Pentax Asahi and of course the Yashica MAT 124-G), but I guess I’ve fully flipped my leaf! One day though, you’re gonna turn from the dark side….LOL
    Have a great one!

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