While the explanations in this book are more complete in that they provide more context than the manual does, I mostly just found them extremely verbose. I also found the tone a bit off-putting. I did learn some new photographic techniques, like trap focus. But there are other books for that stuff too. If you want to get better at taking pictures, pick up a book about less camera-specific topics, like Digital Exposure Handbook by Ross Hoddinot which covers much more than just basic exposure.

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For authors, this is probably a good thing, as it has created a niche for them to write guide books. I have found the Magic Lantern Guide Series to be well-written and informative even though they really are simple the manual the camera company probably should have included. I have recommended them on my own LightCentric Bookstore page.

Sometimes, I buy them before purchasing the camera, to assist in the decision-making process. While browsing in the bookstore yes, a physical bookstore! What does that mean? I suppose Mr. Busch would argue it is both. But to me, this book appears to be marketed as a D guide. If the book was intended to be a D guide, I would argue that is exactly what he should do with this book. I have no doubt that he is a knowledgeable user, reviewer and writer about the equipment.

Rather, the purpose of my review here is to try to point other readers in the most useful for them direction. The cover, and the Amazon description markets this book as a Dspecific guide and I was looking for it to be like the more concise guides out there; something that would tell me about the functions and features of the D and any little insights about its use and settings.

In my view, this book incorporates too much of the latter. There is plenty of useful information in the book. Indeed, it arguably contains all the information any of the competing books contain about the camera. Likewise, I did not buy the book to read about how to get proper exposure, depth of field, crop factors, what focal length lens I should buy, lighting, post-processing software, etc.

This book is physically huge. What originally interested me was that it looked to be well laid out and had a chapter on how the newer Nikon Auto Focus works. I thought the explanation on how the AF works and why in this particular camera would be useful. And I will say that this was a definite positive part of the book. But again, it appears to have been marketed as a Dspecific guide and as such, I would prefer, overall, the smaller footprint and more concise Magic Lantern Guide.

It seems to me there are 2 different possible audiences for a book like this. The first is seasoned, experienced DSLR users. We have been shooting digitally now for more than 10 years. The other audience would be the above-described, brand new to the DSLR, shooter. Not Recommended.


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