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Not so Dumb now!
on 20 August 2011
I tend to be a bit of a fan of the 'Dummies' guides as I generally find them accessible and informative. So, when purchasing my new, impressive bit of photo technology in my Nikon D5100, I opted to get this guide as well.
The Nikon is an impressive bit of kit. Like many modern technological marvels, it has more bells and whistles that I suspect I will ever need or cope with. Even for a technophile like me it seemed potentially daunting as I worked my way through the obvious in the menus.
I then had a quick look at the book. Before I'd finished the first couple of chapters I was already back at the camera menus making adjustments to the setup that I'd missed on my unaided run through. The book has lots of useful tips: not only on what to do but what not to do. There are really helpful suggestions about which options not to get carried away with as well as those that will really enhance your experience.
I have used a film SLR for many years and owned a number of compact digital cameras, so I don't consider myself a complete novice. Nonetheless I found much to learn in the book and, if you are a beginner, even the basics like depth of field and shutter speed are well covered.
An easy read and a manual I will undoubtedly return to many times as I get even more adventurous in my use of this great camera.