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  1. #1
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    Nikon Df vs. Fuji x-pro1

    I saw the Nikon Df today at my trusted camera shop. Herewith a quick comparison between the x-pro and the Df (also posted at SC). I was able to hold it and try it a few minutes. My apologies for the comparison shots. They were taken with my iphone and I could not get a good angle and lighting. But you'll get the idea.

    First impressions:
    1. surprisingly lightweight, also with the new 58mm 1.4 lens. There is a lot of rubber, so the x-pro1 feels more sturdy. The camera looks much bigger than the x-pro1 but it does not feel bigger.
    2. shutter sound: very acceptable. Not like the D800. You hear it but it's not disturbing.
    3. handling: it feels very comfortable in the hand (better than the x-pro with grip). The grip is tiny though. Controls are intuitive. Changing shutter speed and PASM settings can be done without taking your eye of the viewfinder. Changing ISO and exposure compensation cannot.
    4. The big button on the right front side of the camera (next to the Df sign) is actually a wheel to choose aperture. I prefer aperture on the lens
    5. AF muuuuuuuuch faster than the x-pro and less noisy. Very snappy. But I would not expect anything less for a D4 in a smaller body.
    6. Viewfinder: mmmah.
    7. Looks: a matter of personal taste. I'm not sure yet.

    Is it a "serious compact"? Don't know but it definitely is a lot smaller and lighter than the Nikon D800. To me this camera is a serious alternative for the x-pro1. But then again, the A7/A7R is an alternative as well.

    BTW: the 58mm looks like a fantastic lens with a surprisingly low weight.







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    If I had any Nikkor lenses I'd be taking a serious look at this puppy. Looks like my ol' FM.

    Gary
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    The Nikon does look a bit larger than I would have thought. But still, it is FF, so that size is justifiable. Maybe we will be seeing the next X-Pro from Fuji as a FF rangefinder.

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    Thanks for the quick review Pniev! That was very informative. And thanks to you, my initial repulsion is starting to turn into morbid curiosity. And maybe GASeous soon enough ...

    Oh boy ...

    Is the DF already for sale?
    Armanius
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    IMHO,
    It's an apples/oranges comparison.

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    As far as I know it will be(come) available as of November 28. But I guess it may take longer to get one. Personally I am not in a hurry. I'm not sure if I want to switch as well. It will be quite an investment, even if I trade the entire Fuji set.

    Quote Originally Posted by Armanius View Post
    Thanks for the quick review Pniev! That was very informative. And thanks to you, my initial repulsion is starting to turn into morbid curiosity. And maybe GASeous soon enough ...

    Oh boy ...

    Is the DF already for sale?

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    Every comparison is apples vs. oranges, depending on the perspective. But apples and oranges are both fruit. Nikon Df, Sony A7, Fuji x-pro are cameras. Yes, I see the differences and the potential application of each camera. Unfortunately I can't justify owning all of them. Also just a personal opinion, of course.

    Quote Originally Posted by RT_Panther View Post
    IMHO,
    It's an apples/oranges comparison.

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    Apples and oranges comparisons are not necessarily invalid. I prefer apples

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    Oranges give me heartburn...

    I like it, but I need to know more before I buy. I love the direct control via dials, and the lack of video. I love MASP, although I could definitely live without the P. It still looks bulky compared to my beloved FM3a. I have over the years had EM, FE, FM, FE2 and FA, and the proportions of this remind me of a fat version of the latter; a little bit top heavy... I have some nice Nikon glass, but 90% AIS so this is of interest...

    Sent from another Galaxy

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    LOL. Now the question is. Who is the apple? Nikon or Fuji (or sony or..)

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke View Post
    Apples and oranges comparisons are not necessarily invalid. I prefer apples
    Quote Originally Posted by Lightmancer View Post
    Oranges give me heartburn...

    I like it, but I need to know more before I buy. I love the direct control via dials, and the lack of video. I love MASP, although I could definitely live without the P. It still looks bulky compared to my beloved FM3a. I have over the years had EM, FE, FM, FE2 and FA, and the proportions of this remind me of a fat version of the latter; a little bit top heavy... I have some nice Nikon glass, but 90% AIS so this is of interest...

    Sent from another Galaxy

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