...The DF is aimed at people who think removing video and adding dials makes a camera somehow more suited for photography, even though in the end it still takes photos, just like every other DSLR (even those that cost less and give you more)...
The day that a still camera is considered "crippled" because it doesn't have video is the day that photography should commit suicide.
Anyway, I prefer aperture rings, shutter speed dials, and manual focusing. Probably why I use a rangefinder. There's no rule that what technology brings is going to please everyone...some people still like to use paintbrushes and pianos; imagine that.
And never underestimate the pleasure that simplicity can bring to some people, even if you can't comprehend why.
As for "retro," the basic form factor of the current DSLR is now more than a quarter century old.
To be sure, the Df is flawed---the lack of a split screen/microprism viewfinder a notable omission---but anything that reduces the use of little buttons and LCD screens is a step in the right direction for some people. Revolutionary, no, but expanding options, yes.
Choice, it's a good thing.
I'm out, but PM's always welcome.