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Mastering the Nikon D700 Paperback – 7 Jun 2009
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About the Author
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade. He's been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.
Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrom (NAS) and delights in working with Nikon's newest digital cameras.
Living near Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography.
He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the Nikonians.org community. He joined the community in 2000 and his literary contributions led to an invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.
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As a supplement to the manual it might help you to 'master' changing different camera settings but in terms of why, when and how you might use the myriad options and combinations on this camera to good effect, allowing you to master it, there's is very little if anything of use. Being an owner of the D90 book I also found large tracts of information on aspects such as WB and histograms identical. Inevitable to a degree but once you take out author history, duplicate information (if you own other books) and information that merely tells you HOW to change a setting (rather than why) there's not a lot left.
If new to DSLRs and not an owner of any of the other 'Mastering' books it MIGHT be a good supplement to the manual. In that regard I'd give it 2*. As a book to help you master using the D700 I'd say you need to look elsewhere and would rate it 1*.
The Co-Authors have put together a book that covers in detail virtually every action, process and technique that the D700 is capable of. The bonus being that it is written by people who not only have a love of photgraphy and the knowledge to explore all facets of the equipment, but more importantly have the skill to write in a style that is so easy to read.
No matter how deep you believe that your own knowledge is, I guarantee that you will be amazed on how much extra you will learn.
Thom Hogans D700 guide is by far the most comprehensive at over 800 pages, but its only available on pdf, and I hate scrolling through pdf manuals,so a book is best!! David Busch's D700 manual is also large at 400 odd pages.
Both of these other titles go into every aspect of the camera in detail including how to charge and insert batteries, how to open the door and insert a card the right way round (includes half page photos for clarity), but I imagine most of you know these things already. Sure there is some nice stuff about the D700 history, choosing lenses, maintenance etc, and a bit on using the Nikon software. But when you strip all this extra stuff away the actual chapters on the camera functions and menus are the same in all three titles.
In 'Mastering the D700' Darrel Young has written a pretty clear and consise book, in an easy to read style, which includes lots of his own working experience. It starts with a bit of the technical background to the D700 then each of the major controls such as exposure mode, autofocus, white balance etc are explained. Each get a chapter of their own. Then we get into the menu system controls. At all times throughout the book a reference to the relevant page number in the Nikon manual is given so you can look this up at the same time, I found that pretty useful.
Note that if your eyesight's not so good the print size is smaller than in Busch's D700 book, screen shots and illustrations are quite small too in some places. But the quality of the paper in this book is far superior, it has a nice glossy look and feel to it. I think also this book is a more practical size to take with you when you go out, Busch's lump of a book will just remain sitting on your table to read after you come home, and if you ever print Hogan's pdf you'll need about three ring binders to put it in !
Bottom line - the're all good, but if you already have some experience with Nikons or DSLR's in general, this book has all you need. You won't be disappointed.
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