Mastering the Nikon D700 (Anglais) Broché – 2 juin 2009
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The authors start out with an overview of special new features like Live View and full frame, and then review some basics of photography, white balance and histograms and so forth, but very soon they are on their way into the menus where they have done their most excellent work.
The D700 menus are vast, involving at least 250 choices, too many to count. In many cases the authors have written little essays of advice in addition to their descriptions of the actual choices themselves. The reader gets a much clearer understanding of what the choices are and how and when to use them, and this is invaluable.
But better still are the 100s of little black and gold screenshots that follow along with each menu item, page after page in this book, on almost 200 pages in all. From these screenshots, the reader can navigate more readily through the myriad of menu choices and arrive at the exact spot. How very much this reduces the confusion of dealing with so many features that are available in this wonderful camera. Many readers will also find new capabilities in this camera that they might never have ferreted out for themselves.
The authors are quite determined that every reader learn (and use) the shooting and custom banks which store little collections of settings so that no one need to wade through pages of menu choices to find those exact bits needed that instant when a different shooting opportunity arises. A single click on the fly will change to these settings, and the photographer is ready to go.
The book concludes with a dandy 20- page review of Nikon's Creative Lighting System, again with the screen shots so that the reader can see exactly what to do and how to do it.
The owners manual for the D700 is actually well written, clear and concise. This book adds a practical adviser to the mix, explaining why using a certain choice in a certain situation will produce an outstanding photograph. It has appropriate photos of both camera menus and photographs explaining the results of the menu choices that one makes.
When you make the decision to purchase a camera body that will set you back north of 2 G's, you'll appreciate knowing all the tricks and methods that will reinforce the wisdom of that decision. This book does that, and should be part of your library.
This is a great manual, and you will find yourself leaving it on your coffee table and referring back to it from time to time as you make your D700 your own.
1. The reason I bought the book was so I could get a different perspective from the manual, not always written clearly, that comes with the Nikon D700. Instead what I received was a rudimentary book that told me repeatedly to refer to the manual. Thanks for making me read two books at once. Hint: No one wants to constantly be referred to the manual, which gave much more information that this book gave me, but not in a very readable manner. Having to refer to the manual while reading this book is clumsy for the reader, and it shows laziness on the author's part.
2. It seems to me the authors were trying to make Brownie points with Nikon. The book barely scratches the surface which the manual does very well. Not once did they criticize any of the many features on this wonderful camera. But there are certain improvements that Nikon could make to their menu. Only accolades for Nikon in this book, by the authors. There is no in-depth discussion of the benefits / disadvantages of certain settings and menu items. More importantly, there is no discussion on why you would want to use certain settings and in which situations.
3. I thought this was a book on mastering the Nikon D700, not on basic photography. For some reason the authors digress for pages on what depth of field is. They don't do a very good job and this is not what I bought the book for. I know what depth of field is. I want to know more about the camera.
4. I am saddened that Nikonians, a web based site for Nikon users, allowed this book to be published with their name on it. It is so incomplete.
5. A very thin overview of the D700 in a very thin book, with lots of nice pictures of the camera and settings. (In this aspect the book is better than the manual, as the manual's close-ups of the cameras menus and buttons, etc. are in black & white.)
6. ARGGGGHHHHH --- I feel ripped off by the authors who claim this book is more than it is.