Originally Posted by Huss
Pick up your DF. Put it to your eye. Focus on something close to you. Set the aperture at 2.8. Push the depth of field preview lever. Now set the aperture to f 1.4. Push the depth of field preview lever.
Guess what? No change.
Yeah, it works real well with manual lenses....
The thing is, Nikon knows how to make good AF work with fantastic mf. They did it with the F6 which has the best mf vf out of any SLR I have used.
They chose to cut corners with the DF. Which is reflective now in its dearth of sales.
Sweeney has a good review of the Df where he gives a paragraph or two about the Df viewfinder and differences between a sensor plane and film plane. Personally my fastest glass is 1.8 at 50 and 85 and with the magnifier and dot I have no problem. Im not opposed to going live view in low light. I do not do AF. Ill try what you talk about just to see but with the way I shoot it doesnt matter I think. I shot the Df with and without magnifier this morning. It sucks without the eyepiece.
My only complaint about the Df is the shutter mode selector lever. I am going to file that thing off someday.
As for a Df2 imo I think it is dependent on the F mount and Nikons roadmap for said mount. I think I have read that the F mount presents some difficulties for no mirror. If they do go for another Df I would want to stay at 16mp and F mount. So the Df seems to be as good as one can get as it is or at the least good enough. Something nice for a Df2 would be cinema quality video.
Df and F2. Set of primes 20-300. Its a fairly compact powerful hybrid system.