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Nikon Df Wins 1978 NCN Camera of the Year


[Editor’s Note: We’re still recovering from our technology hangover…we feel like someone slipped us a mickey…but the news goes on and so does NCN.]

It’s that time of the year again…time to put away the new Fleetwood Mac LP, turn off the quadraphonic hi-fi, hop into the Datsun 510, and head on down to the NCN World Headquarters to pick the 1978 NCN Camera of the Year.

It’s been a banner year for cameras, with over eight new cameras introduced! Highlights for NCN were the Canon A-1, Minolta Hi-Matic SD, and the updated Pentax MX. But much like Luke Skywalker in that new space movie “Star Wars”, the Nikon Df has emerged victorious and is the 1978 NCN New Camera of the Year! Here are some quotes from the judges:

  • “We’re amazed at the bulky yet lightweight construction, the clever use of space-age materials, and the most buttons ever seen on a camera.”
  • “The design is fresh and contemporary, clearly pointing the way towards what cameras will look like in the 1980s…and beyond!”
  • “The metering system is the most advanced the test team has ever encountered. It was so advanced, as a matter of fact, that it was not simple.”
  • “Where do you load the film?”
  • “The lens supplied with the test sample was sharp and always in focus—as if it were focusing itself! The lack of a split prism screen—critical for sharp focus—was oddly missing and one of the few faults we could find.”

At press time, testers were still unable to locate where the film was loaded, but thanks to the ‘magic teleputer screen’ located on the back of the camera (where the end of the film box is usually inserted), testers were somehow able to view the picture they had just taken. Testers are still figuring out how to make prints.

Despite these various issues, it’s clear that the Df is in many ways light years ahead of the competition and thus is without a doubt the 1978 NCN Camera of the Year. The bar has been set. It will take Canon, Pentax, Minolta, Konica, Olympus, and the rest decades to catch up!

Postscript: The camera shut off after a couple of days of testing. We assumed that the LR44 button batteries had died and tried to replace them. We could not, however, find the battery door—there is no place on the bottom of the camera to insert the edge of a quarter. We did, however, find another door, behind which was located a small, dense, rectangular black box. We’re not sure what it is, but we are trying to insert a roll of film in the matching cavity in the camera.

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  1. I am sure that people at the Nikon HQ are still driving Datsuns 510, listening to Fleetwood Mac and most importanly drinking lots of “mickies” every day!

  2. Wow! That camera and it’s magic teleputer screen will surely help me pick up the chicks at the disco! Boogie down with Nikon! Now if I could just find where my groove thing is, I’d shake it!

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