Its rain time this time of the year and my TT Bike is finally taking a backstage on a hanger.
But that also means I have more time to pick up my camera to shoot again!
Yes, a few new shoot trips have been booked too, including Haikou (Hawaii of the East), Germany and Switzerland for the first quarter of 2014.
Let me start by saying that the Nikon Df is a camera that has not earned her recognition as a qualified gear in our Nikon’s NPS membership criteria. That truth alone is enough to justify today’s article title.
But there’s more to it than a mere regulation if you are willing to read on. To begin, Nikon Df does not have a battery grip for use with the camera. This simply mean its rationale of being a lightweight camera should efficiently allow users to change their shoot orientation in fluid motions. In other words, Nikon is not designing the Nikon Df with ergonomics as a top priority.
The petite camera grip again reinforces the fact that the Nikon Df is not designed primarily to be used with the current lineup of pro telephoto lenses. Handholding a telephoto lens is extremely common but will require a bigger, stronger, comfortable grip for extended time - again something that’s not found on the Df.
The single memory card slot of the Nikon Df puts her totally unsuitable for any real commercial work of mine. A single corrupted card is all I need to kill my entire work for the client on the field, with moments that may not be available for a reshoot.
The low 16-megapixel FX sensor of the Nikon Df also makes the removal of her OLPF impossible, with disastrously more pronounced moire artefacts as opposed to the higher 36-megapixel Nikon D800E (due to diffraction) without one.
Outdoor Portrait work has all along been heavily dependent on a fast 1/8000s shutter, giving us the possible use of extremely wide aperture with fast FP sync strobes in bright day condition. A 1/4000s shutter just doesn’t fly in my professional opinion.
I could go on but I think I have made my point.