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Very good, but not perfect.,
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This review is from: Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S (Paperback)
This book is essentially a guided tour of all the menu items of the D300 and D300s. It deals with the physical controls (the knobs and buttons etc.) in passing, but does not go through them systematically in the same way as the menus. There are also lengthier discussions of important themes stemming from the menu options, such as white balance. It covers all this thoroughly and is generally well written. But don't expect anything by way of photographic technique - look elsewhere for that: this book is essentially a technical manual with explanations of what the menu choices mean.
Although the book is certainly better than many, there are still some points where it could have been improved. The main annoyance is including both the D300 and D300s in one volume: few people are going to own both, and having to plough through explanations of the other camera is both tedious and potentially confusing. They should have been kept apart in separate volumes. There is also a slightly annoying tendency to repeat points unnecessarily, which should have been edited out. Thirdly, the book could have been improved by providing some sort of summary: there are huge numbers of controls which the author concludes there is no point in changing, often of a purely mechanical nature (shifting a function from one combination of controls to another, for example), and it would have been helpful to have had a few summaries, as starting points for users, of the main suggested modifications for different types of photography (landscape, sport, fashion, etc.) - the information is there, but the reader has to wade through lots of explanations of abstruse controls with the conclusion 'no point in changing the default' to get at it. Personally, I'd favour a volume which saves me some time, rather than making me spend more in sorting the wood from the trees.
Nonetheless, over all I'd recommend this book.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2011 18:19:54 BDT
Wiglere, thanks for an informative critique. All too often people write in just a matter of either a positive or a negative. You have managed to cover all aspects of a proper review. As a result, I am more equipped to make a decision about my choice. I would have loved to have been able to look through the book to get an idea about layout and design.
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