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on 10 April 2010
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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on 4 May 2010
I bought another Magic Lantern Guide for the this camera(Nikon D300s Multimedia Workshop)before this one and was most unimpressed, as all the information specific to the camera was on a DVD, which was tucked into the back pocket of a book and was merely a general purpose photography guide and nothing whatsoever to do with the D300s.

So this was a second chance and I was not disappointed this time. Simon Stafford has a reputation for comprehensive and different views on photographic equipment, so instead of a crib of the Nikon manual, it introduces many facets of the camera and its use which one would be unlikely to discover independently. The book can be read as a whole (it is interestingly written) or dipped into for specific information. It is printed on heavy paper and thus weighs a little too much for a light photo pack on a longish walk. My only other criticism is that there are numerous references in the text to a page on which further details may found. However, someone has forgotten to substitute the author's pre-layout page reference (e.g. xxx) with the actual post-design page number. Fortunately there is an adequate index and a pencil will soon rectify this omission, but it should not have happened.
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on 5 September 2010
As a new purchaser of the Nikon D300S I was keen to buy a guide of this sort to help me understand how best to use my new camera. I was an experienced DSLR user but the D300S was a significant step up and I felt I needed some additional help.

On that basis alone the book has succeeded. Read in conjunction with the camera manual I now feel I am getting to grips with the camera and my photographic results are improving. One of the aspects of the book that I have particularly enjoyed is the personal hints and notes from the author. These provide invaluable information that is not covered in the camera manual and have helped enormously.

The book is also small enough to be carried round. Weight of kit is often a problem for photographers but I have made room for the book in my bag (for the moment at least). A handy quick reference wallet card is also provided.

The book is well laid out. The colour illustrations are well placed to allow you to read the text and see the menu screen shots. This makes it easy to sit with the book and experiment with the settings on your camera without having constantly to put one done whilst picking up the other.

One irritating negative is the sloppy editing which has resulted in numerous examples of "(see page XXX)". There really is no excuse for this and it does take the shine off what is an otherwise excellent publication.

Overall I can recommend this book. It provided exactly what I wanted and has helped me get to grips with a fairly complicated bit of kit.
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on 17 July 2016
As anyone who has read a Nikon DSLR owner’s manual will tell you, they make about as enthralling a read as the Patient Information Leaflet in a box of paracetamol. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not expecting a sex scene in the middle chapter, but sentences like ‘JPEG photographs taken in the Adobe RGB color space are EXIF 2.3 and DCF 2.0 compliant’ don’t really mean a lot to me.

The Magic Lantern guides go way beyond simply telling how to turn functions on and off within your camera, but actually what consequences these functions have on the quality of the photographs you’re taking. Simon Stafford explains in simple to understand terms what each function is, what each function does and (crucially) whether you need to alter it depending on the situation you are in and what sort of photographs you are taking.

This is my second Magic Lantern guide (having already bought one for my Nikon D80) and would no doubt purchase another if and when I get a new camera in the future. My only gripe with this one is, as other reviewers have mentioned, that the binding seems to be a little loose and some pages have separated if you put too much pressure on the spine. Probably just the luck of the draw, but definitely worth watching out for.
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on 20 March 2013
I am not a newcomer to Nikon DSLR cameras and have been using a Nikon D200 for a number of years, and have always been very pleased with the results and flexibility that the camera has to offer. When I purchased the D200 I also bought the Magic Lantern book for it and found it very comprehensive and informative. So having decided to go for a full frame Nikon and after reading hundreds of reviews etc decided to purchase a Nikon D3, and I am very pleased with the camera. However, being a professional piece of equipment and with so many variables that can be programmed in via the extensive menu system the next step was to buy the Magic Lantern book so as to get the best out of the camera. I find it an excellent book, and I know I will refer to it often just to refresh my memory regarding the cameras capabilities.
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on 11 April 2010
My previous experiences with Simon Stafford's guides have been very positive on the whole & now that they are appearing in full colour is a further bonus. This guide contains just the right amount of info on each topic & for beginners, Simon gives his recommendations & tips which will be of great value to beginners or those perhaps not familiar with the Nikon menu system. There are quite a few photos & screenshots to help illustrate points. So why not 5 stars? Well, whoever was responsible for proof-reading needs a slapped wrist because on a number of occasions,when the author gives a cross-reference, no page number is stated merely "see p xxx". So far I've noted about 8 of these which is rather annoying. If these had been amended prior to general release, I would have happily given out 5 stars but if you can live with these oversights, I would still recommend this book
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on 24 December 2013
If you bought a second hand D700 and it didn't come with a manual, I'd recommend you don't buy one, buy this instead.

If your D700 came with a manual this book won't tell you much more than the manual did, read the manual and save your money.

Now, if you want to know EVERY detail of HOW your D700 performs the magic it does then this is the book for you. Detailed, in depth descriptions but, in general, you won't need them to use the camera and to get the best from it.

In short, it's a GREAT book if you don't have a manual and you'll read it.
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on 1 February 2013
This book goes a very long way to demystifying the jargon that photo magazines expect us wrinklies (47) to know. There's a very handy credit card sized folding quick reference guide to slip into your wallet. Another good section on just what older lenses can be used.. Standard paperback size, with a good sprinkling of illustrations throughout, I would thoroughly recommend this book as a very welcome supplement to the quite comprehensive, but ultimately rather heavy going user manual which comes with the camera.
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on 28 January 2013
A little almost pocket sized book which it is possible to keep in a large camera bag. If not there is a very useful pull out/fold up credit card size info sheet in the back with good details of how to access all the key settings of this camera which can be very useful in the field. The camera itself has a somewhat daunting menu system which this guide helps to make much more understandable. I think this will be a helpful book to anyone fortunate enough to own a D300s.
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on 16 December 2012
Simomn Stafford is a Nikon expert but also a real photographer. His books tell you how best to yse your camera and what fewatures to look out for and those also to avoid. Whilst that Nikon manual explains all the functions, it does not tell you what best to do with them. These bookd do! I have had them for all my Nikons over the years and are mandatory bedside reading!
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