There is clearly a demand a retro designed camera. Some people like there photography gear to look like stylish old school cameras. But they want many of the modern conveniences of a modern camera. I admittedly am one of them. I enjoy the act of taking photos. The feel of the camera as I manual focus and compose the image. As I see it the modern Canon cameras feel and look like soulless tools. They work with clinical precision. To me modern cameras like the D600 have all the ergonomics of a brick rapped in tin foil. And a button layout of a schizophrenic.
I like buttons, nobs, control dials and levers. I freakin hate touch screens on my camera. I am all for manual control. It sounds like I am in the DF target audience.
The problem with the DF is not one of concept. It is definitely one of execution. For the DF Nikon did not have constraint in mind. It is in you face with the rotary dials. Over the top with price. It also looks like you would spend more times playing with the dial then taking pictures. It looks like a complete mix of all the worst parts of digital and manual cameras combined.
In the most part what would work best is a new digital take on a classic design. Not a old school take on modern camera. By replace every modern feature with a manual control dial they created a fashion accessory instead of a camera. There is something to be said for ease of use and access to controls. But this thing like all of the newer Nikon's I have looked at is a fidgety camera. I am one to spend too much time fidgeting so I try to stay away form fidgety cameras.
I find more appeal in the OMD,Sony A7 Fuji cameras. I think Sony A7 would look sweet if they made a silver and black version.
I would likely buy a modern version of the Canon AE1 style camera. (It would need to have a updated shutter) But if Canon made a camera in this segment I wish they would make the effort to keep some of their modern elements and integrate them into a classic design.
But I think what I really do not like about the DF is that:
- It is a Nikon
- It has insane nob layout
- It lacks clean sensible layout of manual controls
- It has a insane price
- it is a Nikon I am allergic to Nikon