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David Busch's Nikon D300 Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Great Resource

    Very easy to read, good for researching issues & well laid out.
    Very helpful on customizing different photo environments

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Thorough, good buy, long, better than others

    For someone like me who hates instruction manuals the thought of this 450-page book was daunting. But after looking through "David Busch's NikonD300 Digital SLR Photography" I was convinced a third-party book was easier to comprehend. It soon became apparent that the book is loaded with comparisons to the Nikon D200 camera, but since I switched from Canon to Nikon just to get the D300 they were of little use to me. I was frustrated as well by explanations of features and choices this camera offers without a recommendation. I found myself asking, "So what do you want me to do?" Having said that, there ARE suggestions for choosing menu settings (that's what makes the D300 a learning chore) based on shooting situations, such as family photos, sports, or scenic shots. Ok, they are in chart form and a little hard to follow, but they're there. He tells you which focus choice he uses 90 percent of the time as well. But here comes a big reason to purchase the book. The lens recommendations in the back third of the book are extremely valuable. It would have been nice to have prices but I added those myself, writing them into the book, and of course they change too often to remain accurate for long--yet the author did list prices on a few lenses. Why not all? I just want a rough estimate so I know if we are talking forget-it prices, or your-credit-card-still-has-room prices. The author tells you which three lenses were once the way to go, and which are considered the best now (and they cost $1,700, $1,800, and $1,900 respectively, I discovered). But he tells you which starter lens to get if your budget is in need of a bailout, which is what I bought, and which starter lens is best. Surprisingly it isn't the 18-200mm, but the 16-85mm (which I have) and some other choices he offers. He even tells you which true bargain lenses, or older lens models, will give you professional results while you, like some major corporations, wait for your cash liquidity position to improve. There is a wealth of extra information as well on flash photography and how to clean the sensor. And if you are standing in the bookstore trying to choose between the "Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide" by J. Dennis Thomas or this one, this David Busch book is far superior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    A good learning and reference manual

    I almost didn't look at this book because of the review that described it as arcane, too long and poorly illustrated. Glad I did, as I found it to be very different. As every proud owner of a D300 knows, this is a camera with extraordinary capabilities whose full potential can only be realized by coming to grips with its complexity. The basic user manual that comes with it is over 400 pages in length! David Busch's book of equal length is very well illustrated, his writing style is to the point, and the depth he reaches sufficient to give serious readers a pretty good understanding of how to make the most effective use of the camera's capabilities.

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