I bought my Nikon Df in a kit with a 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Special Edition lens. I don’t know what makes this lens a special edition as I believe its optics match the non-special-edition 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor.
I’ve favored zoom lenses on the Df — the brilliant 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D AF Nikkor and the frustrating 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor. I wanted to get back to basics, so I mounted the kit 50 to the Df and waited for the next photo outing to use it.
That outing was to the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, a festival near West Lafayette, Indiana, that has been happening annually since 1967. How had I never heard of it before? Margaret learned of it and we made a Saturday of it.
Immediately, I wished I had mounted the 28-200 lens. So many subjects were so far away! I compensated by just making a lot of images, knowing I could crop the best of them to a good composition.
The Df is a 16-megapixel camera, yielding images of 4,928×3,280 pixels. Even when the Df was new, you could get more megapixels in DSLRs. 16 MP gives great quality in prints up to 11×17 inches, and acceptable quality at several larger sizes. But a serious crop obviously shrinks the good-quality print size dramatically. Fortunately, I seldom print.
These crops are all fine at the Web sizes where I normally share them.
I made good use of burst mode as these riflemen moved downfield and crouched to fire. It helped me get just the right moment.
I swear, I haven’t seen this much cosplay anywhere but Gen Con, the big gamer convention that comes to Indianapolis every summer. I’m sure these people would bristle at me calling it cosplay, however.
On this chilly but full-sun day, it was easy for the Df to freeze motion.
The Df continues to nail color. It’s almost as if it had an old-school CCD sensor in it.
The two cameras I’ve had the hardest time learning and making do what I want are the two DSLRs I’ve owned: the Pentax K10D and this Nikon Df. I thought surely because the Df was laid out like a film camera, it and I would soon be fast friends. Nope. But every time the Df and I have had the best time together and got the best results, it’s been with this kit 50.
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