Nikon Df successor wishlist

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I have to say I have very little hope that Nikon will even make a second Df. And if they make it, that they make it right.

What I think they should do:

- The core idea is to have many direct controls that do exactly one thing, and to have a single concept for the interface, not old and new concepts in chaos and conflict.
- Take a good look at these Fuji X cameras, as they do retro right. Of course old Nikon film cameras could also offer inspiration. For example:
- Get rid of that atrocious mode dial of the Df. Instead, let Shutter Speed and ISO have an "Auto" setting on the dial. Shutter Speed of course also gets T and B.
- The Shutter Speed and ISO dials might be combined like on the new Fuji X-Pro2.
- There is of course an auto aperture switch as well, and an aperture ring around the lens mount to specify the aperture with G lenses
- Add a dedicated exposure compensation dial -5..0..+5 EV at the place everyone intuitively expects it (on top, to the photographers right, towards the backside)
- Also have explicit dedicated switches for Autofocus (M/AF-S/AF-C/AF-C with shutter Priority), and Metering (Matrix, Spot, Center-weight, Average)
- Make the on/off switch into a Leica-like mode dial: Off, Single, Continous, Self-Timer, Video. Mirror Lockup is done via a lifeview switch (that really is a switch and will keep the camera in lifeview mode even during powerdowns).

- Offer alternative focusing screens for better manual focus
- Use a Sony A7s style 12 Megapixel sensor with ISO 100-100,000 (native); native ISO settings below 100 would be awesome to have, too. Obviously backlit would be awesome as well.
- Have the last and best AF and Metering modules. This is a camera especially also for old people, right ? They often have less well eyesight. A good AF is not exactly something they would despise, right ? Also, it makes little sense to have an excellent lowlight camera that sucks with lowlight autofocus.
- With a 12 Megapixel sensor, allow easy full frame 4K Video. Also allow high quality readout, 10, 12 or even full 14 bit. But dont support video in any other respect in the camera - if somebody wants to record any video with the Df2, they should get an external recorder for that. And starting video shouldnt be an specialized button either, make them choose this mode on the drive dial.
- A fully articulated flipscreen, which by default is turned around so it doesnt interfere and is well protected
- Touch especially for setting autofocus in lifeview mode. Alternatively make selecting autofocus location in lifeview mode FAST
- Rather silent shutter, if possible. Electronic first curtain shutter. Pure Electronic shutter in Mirror lockup mode.
- Allow focus peaking in lifeview mode

- Traditional full metal body, some lightweight magnesium alloy, good build quality
- Dual SD card slot with backup mode pretty please.
- No builtin flash. Just in case that one wasnt obvious.
- No builtin voice recording. Just in case that one wasnt obvious.
- No high fps. 5 fps for C is sufficient. Just in case that one wasnt obvious.
- No WiFi. Because its a metal body.
- Getting an EVF in lifeview mode would rock, but might be impossible due to size constraints
- Offer a separate battery grip if people want to have more reserves. Also allow to use the big batteries with it (EN-EL18a). The battery grip might also allow to record video with the camera through offering separate video compression hardware.
- Premium price is OK, just make the package work as a whole. No weirdo this time around.
 
Ditch the thoroughly inelegant design. Cut the bloat and make it look more like an FM/FE variant or F3. Fuji pulled this off with the X-T1 but blew it with the Hobbit paw ergonomics. Forget video. This could be Nikon's first MILC platform with a dazzling EVF and flippy LCD. Put a killer sensor/processor in place with a roomy buffer and dazzling low light capability. Make it a street machine at an affordable price point just north of the D7200--possible with a mirrorless design. Nikon needs a product like this far more than the stale, over-cooked D500.
 
Trash can.

using tapatalk.
 
I was going to say the same exact thing. Come on nikon. Where ya at in the MILC game?

Ditch the thoroughly inelegant design. Cut the bloat and make it look more like an FM/FE variant or F3. Fuji pulled this off with the X-T1 but blew it with the Hobbit paw ergonomics. Forget video. This could be Nikon's first MILC platform with a dazzling EVF and flippy LCD. Put a killer sensor/processor in place with a roomy buffer and dazzling low light capability. Make it a street machine at an affordable price point just north of the D7200--possible with a mirrorless design. Nikon needs a product like this far more than the stale, over-cooked D500.
 
I dunno, if the new one meant the old one went for 500 dollars or so, I'd out up with the inconveniences to have a good low light fullframe camera
 

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