I realise it is not on general release yet, but I have had a brief chance to use a production Df camera.

The Df was a nice camera to use from the interaction perspective, and it was good to use a largely traditional camera design again.

But there was no pressure on, and often that can be the deciding factor as far as good and bad design goes.

It was noticeable after a while, purely from a personal perspective, that a bigger hand grip would probably have suited me better.

In retrospect, producing an interchangeable large or small alternative would have been easy enough, and of course boasted accessory sales for Nikon and helped customers ‘customise’ to fit.

With only a few minuets shooting, it was not possible to gauge too much, so I want to be more general than specific here, particularly as this was not my normal subject matter.

©JohnClementsDSC_00606974_01However, the camera exposed as I would expect for a Nikon with a modern Matrix meter, and the colour rendition was pleasant.

That said, the light was flat so inside a cameras comfort zone, and the shots were taken at a moderately high ISO accordingly. That however is one of the potential benefits of course of the Df, using as its does at it’s heart a senor based on the D4 cameras sensor.

This shot was at an equivalent of ISO 3200 using an AF-S 200mm f/2 Nikkor G lens (one of my favorites).

No flash or exposure enhancement was used, so pretty much out of the tin features.

There is some noise in the image. More noticeable in the out of focus background, but certainly not displeasing and at that ISO far from disappointing.

I did switch on the feature in the menu that allows intermediate shutter speeds to be used when using the front command dial, even though the top shutter dial is set in full steps, and thought that a sensible and nice touch.

The shutter release biting point was good also, but I would have to say that whilst with smaller lenses the body size and shape handles well enough, the larger lenses made it seem smallish. But that of course could simply be down to the fact I use bigger cameras normally.

The viewfinder for an AF camera was also nice to use under those conditions for manual focus.

People have been asking me about this camera, although not as many as I had expected. My answer is that if you need the high ISO performance it is a bargain compared to the price of a D4. But as many of the other main specs such as shutter, AF and Metering are similar most to the 600 series, it then becomes a more expensive alternative if you have more general needs

But I like it. A few buttons could have been a bit bigger maybe, but as a small lighter full frame D SLR, it may be worth considering as a second body by those who already have say a D4/D800 series model who simply need to travel as light as possible.

So a fine choice it looks at the moment if its for the right reasons, an expensive one made on a whim.