miss the endearing and sometimes intimidating numbers of buttons and dials of the film-based SLR? no worries. the new Nikon Df Digital SLR will have your buttons-dials obsession covered and as Nikon puts it, lets you “fall in love again” (with the camera, of course). the styling cues are obvious: the sharp lines and the unmistakable classic pentaprism and top cover that adorned many Nikon “F” series analog cameras are present, but for this modern, digital iteration, the Df is constructed of durable, lightweight magnesium alloy, as opposed to the classic metal and plastic combo. however, nothing feels more thrown back then the bank of mechanical controls for settings, such as click stop for shutter speed adjustment, ISO, exposure compensation and more. retro styling and tactile feel aside, this full-frame digital SLR is all about photography prowess.
under the hood, it has a 16.2MP FX-format CMOS sensor as found in the D4, paired to an EXPEED 3 image processing engine for natural color and depth images, while enhancing subtle and nuanced tones. other features include an ISO range from 100 to 12,800 (expandable to a mind-numbing 204,800), a 39-point AF system for absolute precise focus, continuous burst shooting rate of up to 5.5 fps, built-in HDR, a large 3.2″ LCD display, and wrapping up with a Glass Pentaprism optical viewfinder for that extra old-school feel. the Nikon Df Digital SLR will be available later this month (November 2013) in a choice of classic Nikon silver or black with a body-only sticker of $2,749.95, or $2,999.95 with the 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition lens kit.