It’s kind of a tradition for me to post my first DSC_0001 shots for each camera that I get, so I though I would take this opportunity to give my first impressions for the Nikon Dƒ.
Please note, it’s also my tradition to screw up the DSC_0001, so this one has the exposure adjusted.
The attention to detail and gloss and trim are really something to behold. It’s exceptional. Yea, I know that someone is going to object and say “plastic front bits.” Ok, sure. But you don’t see it, and you don’t feel it. When you have this in your hand, it has a very premium feel. It shames the X100s. In pure bling-factor, the D800 feels pedestrian.
Feel in the Hand
Not too heavy, not too light, in my opinion. My eye went automatically to the viewfinder (same as the D800 as far as I can tell) and my finger found the shutter button instantly. The locking exposure compensation dial is annoying, but the rest kind of make sense. The grip is just ok – made for primes (and very small zooms).
The Sigma 35mm f1.4 or 24-85 3.5-4.5G (yes, the cheap kit) zoom is about the maximum lens size and weight that felt comfortable to me. I’m a fan of 24-85 as well as the Sigma, so they’ll be on the camera a lot.
If you’ve ever shot the D7000, it sounds similar with just a bit more pronounced “tick”. The D800 is a smack in the face compared to this. Quiet is very nice.
What did you expect? D4 sensor. Pleasant noise and not nasty until well over H1. H4 is colored sandpaper – emergency use only!
If anyone knows the guy who decided to put the D7000 focusing system in this wonderful camera, kick him in the balls, really, really hard, right now.
An example: I took the 50 mm f1.8 that’s supplied with the camera (meh) and put the camera on H 0.3. Aperture priority mode, f1.8. Then I walked around the house to find something with strong contrast that would give me a shutter speed of about 1/50. Do you know what I was able to focus on? Nothing.
Square in the balls. Really, really hard.
Strong contrast started to work decently at f1.8, 1/50th, ISO 12800. With no adjustments, all my lenses focused more accurately than my D800, so kick that guy in the balls too.
Nothing from Adobe yet, and I’d rather have my eyes gouged out while being kicked in the balls before I would use any camera manufacturers’ software, I’ve only shot JPEG so far.
Stay tuned: SOOC, unedited sample shots with the Sigma 35 f1.4 and size comparison mounted to the Dƒ.