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Nikon D800 & D800E Digital Field Guide Paperback – Jun 26 2012

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'The book is helpfully arranged to allow you to find the correct guidance just when you need it.' (Digital Photography Enthusiast, September 2012)

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Explore your Nikon D800 and learn to get fantastic photos

Your Nikon D800 is built for the multimedia photographer. Featuring extremely low noise, incredible dynamic range, and the most faithful colors, it enables you to capture and create every image you can imagine. This colorful, portable guide shows you how to set it up, fine-tune and use every control, choose the right lens for every purpose, work with live view and video, master HDR, and much more. It helps you get everything your camera has to offer.

  • Master the menus, metering and autofocus modes, white balance settings, and picture controls

  • Compare lenses and select what you need for your type of photography

  • Explore various lighting options, including the built-in flash exposure modes and flash sync modes

  • Venture into video and explore assorted techniques

  • Check out specific techniques for photographing events, nature, landscapes, products, and people

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Must have --- trust me! June 23 2012
By cameraf4 - Published on
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When I moved from film photography into digital, I bought Dennis' Field Guide for that camera to help me "figure-it-out." With each successive DSLR I have bought, my first action was to buy the Digital Field Guide on that camera. Best move a person could ever make. Very thorough. Very detailed. Great easy-to-understand color photos. The D800 costs a good chunk-of-change and can do a ton of "stuff." The very best way to learn what you can do and how to do it is to buy this book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The When and How Manual Aug. 13 2012
By PhotoBuff58 - Published on
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The field guides provide the information your manual left out. This explains the various menus and options available on your Nikon D800 in a methodical manner. Your manual explains what each selection does but leaves it to you determine when and how to use it. This provides the when and how. If you want to get the most out of this fantastic camera you must have this field guide. I was fortunate to spend 10 days in China with three pros who teach the Nikon School of Photography and learn how to use this camera to its fullest. This guide still provides additional information to help me get the most out of it.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A D800 Field Guide...and so much more. June 29 2012
By Jeff R. Clow - Published on
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Having recently acquired the Nikon D800, I was overwhelmed with the manual that they provided with the camera. It was too dense, and in my opinion - not written in an easy to understand style.

That's where this fine guide comes in from J. Dennis Thomas. He has written the manual that Nikon should have written - easy to understand, and full of great user tips that any photographer can utilize effortlessly. And on top of that, he's added great chapters on how to set up your new camera, how to work with video (which is new to many shooters), and even which lenses one should consider if they are going to be adding to their lens collection.

And there's more! Chapters with some good advice on how to shoot landscapes, portraits and even product shots. Once I read the chapters on the D800, I realized that many of the functions that weren't apparent when I purchased the camera about a month ago are now very clear to me because of this fine field guide.

Most people read these reviews because they wonder if the book is worth purchasing. If you'd like to learn how to get the most out of your new full frame D800, then you should pick this fine field guide up without hesitation.

Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I used to find the features of the film cameras easy to learn Jan. 8 2015
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As a long term Nikon camera user, starting in 1968, I used to find the features of the film cameras easy to learn. With digital, the cameras are difficult to learn, at times confusing, and I say this as one who is gadget oriented and mechanically inclined (I fix my automobiles and build my own gadgets). So each time I get a new digital Nikon I read the Owner's Manual with a bit of fear as I find it hard going: the subject I want to learn is scattered throughout the Manual and insufficiently explained. Then I buy a book only to find it to be poorly written, unclear, repetitious and padded with baloney. And I had just experienced this learning frustration yet again with books on my D7000 and D7100, as both books I bought were next to useless, a waste of time, one even illustrated with awful photos of the author an his wife and children.
I feared a repeat with my D800. But this time around I have been pleasantly surprised by the D800 Owners Manual, which is close to good, and more so by J Dennis Thomas' excellent Digital Field Guide. It is short, clear, well written and complete; anything more would be padding.
Mr. Thomas does us learners the courtesy and favor of writing clearnly and succintly, and most importantly, he has obviously explained to himself what each bell and whistle on the D800 does, and has written the explanation in lucid prose. For example, this is the first time I have read a clear and immediately understandable explanation of what the Focus Selector Lock and the AE-L/AF-L controls do; I immediately felt my confusion lift.
I them looked at the title page and saw the publisher is J. Wiley & Co. one of the very top scientific and technical book publishers. Should I need another camera guide, I shall look for a Digital Field Guide by Mr. Thomas, and/or a similar short book published by a highly reputable firm such as Wiley.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pass on this book - mediocre and confusing Nov. 4 2013
By Dwight - Published on
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The book is alright, not great but ok. The author makes many references to the d700 as if the book is written primarily for those migrating from that camera to a d800. Since I am new to Nikon that was distracting and at times confusing. This author also seems to jump around without always a good flow. Many times the same paragraph is repeated word for word a page or two later deja vu, and annoying. Also, several places the author makes a settings recommendation and in same area mentions his personal settings for that setting - different then the setting recommendation - confusing. And often I am unsure what the default settings are. My advise is to pass on this book - there are other books for the d800 camera that are much better, such as "Mastering the D800" by Darrell Young.