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Magic Lantern Guides: Nikon D700 Paperback – 7 May 2009


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594984
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stafford is the top-selling Magic Lantern author and is the technical editor of Nikon User Magazine, so this guide is a must-have for anyone investing in this highly complex model.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on 28 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
If you've read the Nikon D700 Digitial Field Guide you'll understandably be reluctant to fork out on another user guide. Especially as the aforementioned field guide treats the reader as if he has never touched an SLR before in his life.

This guide however, is a much more mature read with some genuine tips throughout the book which give the writer's view on the best way to set up the camera. This is what I was looking for and I've made changes to the camera based on this book.

The book is very comprehensive and has a great section on flash and using external speedlights. It's not pretty on the eye (no colour pictures) but it's very well written and treats the reader like the advanced amateur/pro he/she should be.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By busb on 10 April 2010
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As has been mentioned, all the photographic examples are B+W are not brilliantly reproduced but apart from that, this book gives insights how the technologies used work together to make the sum of the D700 greater than the parts.
Nikon's Creative Lighting System gets a chapter but this subject alone needs a book to itself to cover comprehensively. I found the chapter "Exposure and the AF System" particularly useful, it covers Nikon's Scene Recognition System which one easily forgets about because it doesn't have such a catchy name such as Face Recognition. This chapter has many tips on how to use the varying autofocus options.
Although I can't compare this book to other D700 ones, it has proved to be most insightful with much information & tips not found in the instruction manual & is certainly more digestible! My imprssion that the D700 is an amazing camera & one I'm likely to be using for many years to come has been reinforced my Simon's excellent guide.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Mc Gowan on 24 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have a Nikon D700 since February 2009. I have read the owners manual many times and still needed to know a little more about the controls etc. on the D700. When I received the Magic Lantern Guide to D700 I was amazed at how much more information that was contained therein about my favorite camera. I read through a few pages everyday and I am still learning new features of my D700.
It is a very comprehensive guide and well written. Easy to understand and it is a book that I would highly recommend. John 24th. November 2009
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Groom TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Are you fed up with wading through camera reference guides aimed at beginners looking for the hidden nuggets of useful information? Do you want a technical manual which neatly dovetailes with and supplements the supplied Nikon user manual? This is the book for you. How many D700 owners are new to DSLR photography? My guess would be very few indeed. You want a no-frills, un-padded technical read which tells you what you need to know about the D700, and doesn't patronise with half baked explanations of non-specific basic photography techniques. Simon Stafford has taken the trouble to work closely with Nikon support experts to glean valuable additional information which will take you one step closer to really understanding exactly how this superb camera functions. If there is any criticism, it's that the black & white sample photos are almost pointless in most instances. They should have been rendered in colour. That aside, if you are already au fait with DSLR photography, and have scoured the user guide but have unanswered questions, this is the one book you should definitely buy. An excellent read, and permanent reference.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Durman on 6 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
A thoroughly comprehensive manual that builds nicely on the official manual that comes with the D700. Contains a useful shortcut guide to carry around with if no room in your bag for the full book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marc C. Henry on 5 July 2009
Format: Paperback
The Nikon D700 manual is much more useable then most - however it is unlikely an instruction manual will inspire you to be a more creative photographer.
This magic lantern guide helps you tell your camera how you see the world. It is easy to find information and you digest much more photographic theory and general good practice than you realise.
If you have invested in a D700 then you should spend just a little more and invest in the book that shows you how to use all of it.

In my opinion Nikon should bulk buy copies of this and include it with every camera !
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