In 1982 I bought my first Nikon, an FE. The SLR everyone wanted in those days was the Nikon F3 but that was too expensive for me so I bought an FE. An aperture priority 35mm SLR with a large bright viewfinder. I carried it everywhere, the controls became second nature and I loved that camera. I still have it tucked away in a cupboard having been replaced, first by a pretty miserable Nikon D70 and then by a full frame D700 just prior to the release of the magnificent 36 Megapixel D800 – Bollocks!
The D700 is a good camera but I still miss the manual controls and positive feel of my old 35mm SLR and last year I added a new compact camera, a Fujifilm X20. A little retro rangefinder camera with a neat manual zoom and some physical controls with a very nice feel to them.
But what I really want is a digital back for my old FE. Well I haven’t seen that yet but Nikon have just released what they deem a digital replacement for the F series!
Bollocks! Having already lost a chunk of money on the perfectly usable D700 can I really justify over £2000 for a Nikon DF?