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Tactile precision mechanics to inspire photographers

Tactile precision mechanics: one-of-a-kind images, all under your direct control

The large mechanical dials that dominate the top of the Df are where photographers will rediscover the pleasure of camera operations and the photographic process. Instead of considering the exposure over the LCD monitor, the camera's top deck makes ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and exposure compensation value constantly visible and accessible, inspiring photographers to more physically direct the camera's settings. By transmitting one's photographic intentions through the Df's controls, the connection between photographer and camera is now more fulfilling than ever. In casual shooting situations, you can bypass the controls and let the Df's programmed auto mode do all the exposure calculations. However, with the Df in their grasp, passionate photographers will find their hands drawn to the mechanical dials and be inspired to craft their own pictures.

Attached lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G (Special Edition)

Intuitive simplicity: the key to distilling your creativity

Setting the Df to your intended exposure is intuitively simple. Each dial is dedicated to its single purpose: ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Aperture can be set via the sub-command dial, or by the aperture ring of NIKKOR lenses, with the exception of G- and E-type lenses*. At a quick glance, you can check all current settings, as well as see how far you can adjust them. Settings can be altered directly from the dials whenever you feel the need. With this sense of reassurance, you can better contemplate your composition and exposure. When you want to control shutter speed more finely than in one EV steps, the shutter speed dial can be set to 1/3 STEP and controlled using the main command dial.

  • *Aperture control is also possible with PC-E lenses, which have aperture rings.
When set to 1/3 STEP, shutter speed can be controlled via the main command dial without taking your eye from the viewfinder

Precision design: the feel of elite operation

Thorough attention to every detail: the Df feels right in your hands. Its sturdy build is designed to be with you wherever you go. A quality leather-tone finish envelops its reassuring metal body contours such as its handgrip. Every mechanical dial is carved from solid metal, each indicator engraved and painted across the top. The fine notches that encircle the dial offer controlled grip, each rotation providing a pleasing and reassuring click as it responds to the photographer's intention. With each operation, the camera delivers the tactile sensation Nikon craftsmanship is known for.

AR-11 Soft Shutter Release

By screwing the AR-11 into the release socket on the shutter-release button of the Df, you can enjoy soft and vibration-free shutter release operation. Ebonite resin* employed at the top ensures a comfortable finger touch.

  • *Ebonite resin:
    This material is used for high-quality fountain pens, etc., due to its gentle feel. Although it delivers individual characteristics with continued use, the surface may become frosted due to the effect of ultraviolet rays, etc. Please ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or fluorescent light when not in use.

Intimacy with your subject: glass pentaprism optical viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage

A quintessential element of SLR photography is looking through the clear optical viewfinder to feel intimacy with the subject. In order to truly optimize the large FX-format viewfinder image, the Df offers approx. 100% frame coverage, because how you position each element in the frame is crucial. The approx. 0.7x magnification* enhances the confirmation of every visual element in the frame, including the viewfinder information display. The large, bright viewfinder image and focusing screen are carefully designed to aid visual confirmation of precise focusing in both manual and autofocus modes. In addition, grid lines can optionally be placed across the viewfinder for accurate orientation.

  • *50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1

Cutting-edge innovation to further support intuitive camera operation

The Df's intuitive camera operation is not only limited to metallic mechanical dials for defining exposure. The operability is also intuitive at various stages that are critical to the picture-taking process. Thorough attention has been paid to the visibility of detailed camera setting information, the quality of playback images, the camera leveling information and the composition support, as well as menu access during viewfinder shooting, live view and playback. The seamless fusion of mechanical operations and digital innovation combines for a fluid, intuitive form of control.

Approx. 921k-dot, wide-viewing angle, 8-cm/3.2-in. LCD monitor with reinforced glass that reduces the surface reflection of each part to deliver clear visibility with its integrated structure of glass and panel

Whether in bright sunlight or dim interiors, it is critical for photographers to easily check images and camera information through the camera's LCD. The Df's large, high-definition LCD monitor has a wide viewing angle, delivering clear visibility with less surface reflection thanks to the integrated glass and panel structure. The extended color reproduction range ensures better image reviewing. During live view shooting, you can magnify images up to approx. 15x (by length comparison) to achieve the exact focus. The playback zoom can magnify large-size FX-format images up to approx. 30x (by length comparison) for quick and accurate focus confirmation. Scratch- and shock-resistant reinforced glass is employed for the monitor surface. The LCD's text and background colors switch as your location's ambient light changes, so that you can view camera information more clearly.

LCD monitor with an integrated structure of glass and panel
Df (equivalent to that of the D4, D800, and D600 series)
Surface reflection is reduced and light loss greatly decreased due to the integrated structure of glass and panel.
Information Display: Dark on light
Information Display: Light on dark
Information on the LCD monitor and the control panel is displayed in the Df's original monochrome scheme for matching design and better readability.

Varied information display options during live view and viewfinder shooting

In live view shooting, the Df has a new 9-cell framing grid display in addition to the 16-cell framing grid for better 3:2 aspect ratio composition, as well as 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios for post-shoot trimming. Virtual horizon displays the rolling and pitching directions on the LCD monitor, while the rolling direction can be seen in the viewfinder.

9-cell framing grid
16:9 aspect ratio
1:1 aspect ratio
Virtual horizon on the LCD monitor (rolling and pitching directions)

Exposure preview (exposure mode M only)

In exposure mode M, pressing the preview (Pv) button lets you preview how the current shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity settings affect exposure.

button for quick and direct access to various functions

The convenient button on the back of the camera body allows direct access to menu settings. Simply press the button to change settings and modes both during optical viewfinder shooting and live view shooting — all without digging deep into the menu. Pressing this button during playback prompts a variety of retouch menu options to appear on the monitor, allowing you to edit images using features like Trim and Perspective control right after shooting.

During optical viewfinder shooting
Quick change of settings is available on the information display, even when the LCD monitor is turned off.
During live view shooting
Settings can be changed on the LCD (superimposed over the monitor image).
During playback
Quick access to the retouch menu.

Compatible with non-AI NIKKOR lenses: exposure meter coupling also available by manual matching of the camera aperture setting to the lens [NEW]

In addition to the great satisfaction of taking pictures with the latest state-of-the-art NIKKOR lenses, the Df offers another profound pleasure: compatibility with vintage NIKKORs. Its lens mount was designed with a collapsible exposure-meter-coupling lever to accept variety of NIKKOR lenses, including non-AI lenses*. You can register up to nine non-AI lenses in advance, adding lens information such as focal length and open aperture values. When in use, simply attach the pre-registered non-AI lens, select the corresponding lens number from the menu and then choose "non-AI lens" from the exposure meter-coupling options. By matching the aperture value set with the lens aperture ring to the camera via the command dial, you can enjoy full-aperture metering with vintage NIKKORs and obtain more accurate results (compatible only with A or M exposure mode). Relish the creative potential that becomes possible when you combine vintage lenses with the latest digital technology.

  • *Certain non-AI lenses are not compatible.
Non-CPU lens data input screen
Meter coupling method setting screen