the shutter button on top and that position is just not ergonomical.
i prefer the usual DSLR design. retro is so...old.
and there seems to be not much demand for the nikon DF:
But the bad news doesn’t stop there, it continues to roll with rumors of lackluster Df pre-sales published by Nikon Rumors. NR claims that unofficial info from several retailers has Df demand “not even close” to what D800 demand was when it came out.
To substantiate that claim, NR points out that the Df isn’t even in the top 20 best-selling DSLRs on Amazon, while the D610 (not exactly the most popular release Nikon has ever had, given all of the pissed off D600 users) is up at number 14.
much talk about how great this camera looks and blahblah.. but it seems it is just that.. "talk".
only a few are willing to pay 2750$ just for looks and bad ergonomics.
The comparison with the D610 is a bit pointless, since the price gap is very big. If you compare the sales of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and the 50mm L, then one should also infer that the latter is a flop.
The comparison with the D800 is much more interesting, since the price is pretty much the same. There are, however, 3 things to be considered:
- the Df is arriving only 1.5 years after the D800, 1 year after the D600, and a few months after the D610, meaning that at this point people are not likely to be still looking for a new camera.
- the Df, most honestly, is not bringing any significant improvement in IQ or functionality on the table.
- the Df's (very much) retro design will be loved by some, but frowned upon by the most.
Nikon here has done a very big design mistake. This sort of camera (for its concept and price) can be only aimed at enthusiasts and pros looking for a leisure-time second camera, but the spec sheet doesn't make the target customers salivate. In many ways it is inferior to the D700.