"Nikon Df, Olympus Stylus 1, Expensive Filters" - Digital Photography Podcast 400

This week on The Digital Story photography podcast: Nikon Df mechanical/digital DSLR; on The Nimbleosity Report - Olympus Stylus 1; From the Photo Help Desk - Do I need expensive filters? All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story.

Story #1 - Nikon Df DSLR - What started in the Scottish Highlands with an excellent teaser video has now become a reality. And it has a lot of photographers excited.

Nikon Df

Basic features include:

  • Full frame 16MP sensor
  • Dedicated mechanical dials for shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, exposure mode, and release mode
  • Mechanical cable release compatible
  • 39-point AF with 9 cross sensors
  • Compatible with AF-S, AF-D, and AD Nikkor lenses

The Df will be available in silver and black, probably around the end of this month. It looks awesome. The Df has that throwback styling that made the original OM-D so alluring. It even has the "slide over" eyecup shade for long exposures. If you want one for yourself, it will cost you $2,996.95 with 50mm lens. I talk about the possible impact of this camera in today's top story.

Story #2 - In today's Nimbleosity Report, I take a closer look at the Olympus Stylus 1 . It looks like a baby OM-D E-M5, but with a powerful and bright zoom lens. Here are the highlight features:

  • 12MP 1/1.7" sensor (similar in size to the XZ-2)
  • 1.44M dot electronic viewfinder
  • 1 million dot 3" tilting touchscreen LCD
  • 28-300mm equivalent (10.7x) optically-stabilized f/2.8 lens (constant aperture through entire zooming range)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with smartphone control
  • RAW capture as well as Jpeg
  • Magnesium alloy body structure
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Same battery as the Olympus OM-D
  • Should sell for around $699

This looks like a heck of an all-in-one camera to me. Love the constant aperture and zooming range. Lots of enthusiast features in a very nimble package (14 ounces). This little gem will set you back $699 US. Is it worth it? I'll talk about that.

Story #3 - From the Photo Help Desk - Should you pay the extra dollars for high-end multi-coated filters when others are available at a fraction of the price?

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