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From the Author

I received my copies of my Nikon D7100 book and have been sending them out. I hope you'll find this book was well worth the wait. I'm pleased that I've been able to fill it with the kind of information you won't find other guides for this sophisticated camera.  Whether you're a veteran dSLR owner, a pro, an advanced amateur who is switching to the Nikon D7100, a budding enthusiast who wants to learn all of the camera's great features, or an ambitious beginner who wants to learn the basics of photography while mastering the camera, sit down with me and we'll explore this camera together.  You're in for a great ride!

At nearly 500 pages, this book is the most comprehensive guidebook available for the D7100, and the first of two books I'm writing about Nikon's pioneering enthusiast camera.  I've organized my tips into sections, so that, no matter what your level of expertise, you can quickly access the information you need to master the camera.

I know many books on the D7100 are being rushed to the shelves, but I've been stuffing mine full of things you won't find elsewhere, such as thumbnail descriptions of virtually every lens Nikon offers, including two lenses that I purchased while I was writing this book.  They are the new, inexpensive 24-85mm mid-range zoom with VR, and -- surprisingly -- the new 18-300mm DX zoom that just might be your best bet as a walk-around lens for the D7100. 

Confused by wireless flash?  Nikon's Creative Lighting System really deserves a full book of its own, but I pack all the basics you need to get started in my lighting chapter.

Part I:  Getting Started. These three chapters are devoted to letting you hit the ground running, with a quickie guide to exposure, autofocus, and other controls, a Streetsmart Roadmap that shows you what every component is, and how/when to use it, and a section listing my recommended settings. Nikon's default settings for your D7100 are nice, but mine are better.

Part II: Mastering Your Tools. The four thick chapters in this Part tell you everything you need to know about exposure (including my dismantling of the myth of the 18 percent gray card), autofocus, HDR, and other tools.  Indeed, the D7100's focusing capabilities are so sophisticated -- and potentially so confusing -- that I devote an entire chapter to mastering the mysteries of autofocus so you can achieve tack-sharp focus every time.  I'll give you step-by-step instructions on correcting lenses with front- and back-focus problems, with an included focus chart.

With the Nikon D7100's full HD video mode, I needed a chapter to explain just what you need to know to get started.  If you're serious about movie-making, this section will ready you for more in-depth study.   Another chapter explores advanced techniques, including GPS.
 
Part III: Configuring Your Nikon D7100. Most guidebooks have a chapter near the front of the book that list all the menu options available, and what they do -- exactly like Nikon's own manual, only with more words. Others sprinkle this information throughout the book, forcing you to go on a scavenger hunt.  I explain these important options in three chapters -- more than 100 pages -- that not only tell you when and why to use each of the dozens of shooting, custom, and setup options of your Nikon D7100 - but when not to use them.

Part IV:  Advanced Tools.  Finally,  I give you chapters explaining the nature of light, and how to use it, with detailed coverage of electronic flash (even the basics), and using the Nikon Creative Lighting System's wireless/multiple flash modes. As a bonus, you'll find one chapter where I evaluate most of the current Nikon lens line-up (and a few old favorites.)

Can you tell that I am really  excited about the Nikon D7100? If you're fed up with dry, boring camera guides that simply rehash all the confusing information in the manual that came in the box with your Nikon D7100, you'll enjoy exploring this great camera with me at your side. In addition to this book, I'm also offering David Busch's Nikon D7100 Compact Field Guide, a spiral-bound digest for using the most important features of the D7100.

About the Author

With more than a 1.5 million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author.  His friendly advice and expert instruction go beyond the menus and buttons,  helping an entire generation of Nikon camera owners explore photography as they master their cameras.  Busch is the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Compact Field Guides, and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written dozens of hugely successful guidebooks, including the all-time #1 best-sellers for many Nikon models, as well as many popular books devoted to digital cameras and techniques, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Third Edition and Digital SLR Pro Secrets.

As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His articles and photographs have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured on NPR's All Tech Considered.

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Product Details

  • Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (June 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1285763092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285763095
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With more than 2 million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Compact Field Guides, David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography, and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides.

Most of his hugely successful books for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. His advice has been featured on NPR's "All Tech Considered."

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he has illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photographs and articles have been published in magazines as diverse as PhotoGraphic, Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed digital cameras for CNet Networks and Computer Shopper.

As a writer, photographer, and contributing editor for ten magazines, he has more than 130 books and 2500 articles to his credit. A PR consultant for Eastman Kodak Company's photography divisions for nearly 20 years, Busch has published photography articles under his by-line in Popular Photography & Imaging, PhotoGraphic, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer and other photo magazines. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

The graduate of Kent State University operated his own photo studio and was a principal in CCS/PR, Inc., one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles. In addition to Kodak, CCS photography clients included Hewlett-Packard. He sold his interest in CCS in 1992 to become a full-time author, photographer, and reporter.

Since then, Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors in the United States. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Amazon.com Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of About.com named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. Several of his digital imaging books have sold in excess of 50,000 copies.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show in 2005, was the keynote speaker at the Dayton Computerfest, and has been a call-in guest for 22 different radio shows nationally and in major markets, including WTOP-AM (Washington), KYW-AM (Philadelphia), USA Network (Daybreak USA), WPHM-AM (Detroit), KMJE-FM (Sacramento), CJAD-AM (Montreal), WBIX-AM (Boston), ABC Radio Network (Jonathan & Mary Show).

His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. his web site is http://www.dbusch.com.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jim Cady on June 30, 2013
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Having purchased David Busch's excellent guidebook and Field Guide for my Nikon D7000, I used them both for the D7000 and at first for my D7100, which replaced my D7000. Much of the D7000 information was applicable to the D7100, but some was not. So, I pre-ordered his D7100 guidebook and Field Guide. The larger book arrived first, so these comments apply to that guidebook: Right away, I noticed the D7100 guidebook is nearly identical to the D7000 book, as though Find & Replace was used to change from D7000 to D7100 as well as some other changes, like Auto Focus points etc. To me, there was enough different about the D7100 to warrant purchasing the camera-specific books, but now I am not sure. For example, on P. 23, Fig. 2.1 of the D7100 guide book, the photo shows the Release Dial for the D7000, which is different on the D7100, to include not having the wireless remote shutter release option on the D7100. Then, on P. 227, Remote Control Mode (ML-L3)is listed as one of the menu selections, but is skipped entirely in the following detailed text (should be on P.263). Selecting one of the IR Wireless Remote Control (ML-L3) options is more complex with the D7100, which is why I looked for that information.

UPDATE: The author has been very receptive to my comments and we are now corresponding directly about my suggestions. He said he will look at what I found and will get back to me. His positive responsiveness is encouraging to me. To his credit, he covered the new (with the new (D7100)HDR feature very well in his books.

The Field Guide arrived and I found it is made from the larger book, so now that I have it, the same comments apply.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Howard Emery on June 29, 2013
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Amazon got it here as soon as possible. I ordered this before the publication date, which was not met. Amazon expedited my shipping when it arrive to them. No extra charge tome. Thanks Amazon. The book is great. I have just read the first chapter and browsed the rest of the book. I have another book from this author for my Nikon D5100 camera ... I expected this book to be at least as good. I was NOT disappointed.

UPDATED.. I noticed the same problem as Jim Cady today. Only issue so far. The correct information is in the factory manual. I am still very pleased with this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gene Horwitz on October 2, 2013
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Obviously the author has a wealth of knowledge on the functions and operations of this wonderful camera. But, I would have appreciated a more step by step, press this button, click on this, turn this dial (and where to find that dial)--incremental basic step by step by step. This could be a great book for someone with just a little more advanced knowledge than me. It provided good explanations of the functions, but I sometimes had difficulty actually putting those functions to use. For example, some functions would work only when in a certain program setting--but I did not know that program setting. The book should be read in conjunction with the Nikon operating manual that comes with the camera. All of this evaluation, of course, is based on my status as a novice who was generally unfamiliar with aperture, bracketing, raw etc. On the other hand, I found some hands-on videos on U-Tube that were incredibly helpful because I could watch the person actually pressing buttons and turning dials. Read the book--then when you're stuck, go to the U-Tube videos.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Merlyn on October 14, 2013
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Well I've been ripped off. This book is has far too many of errors and omissions. The first two things I tried to look up - either wrong or not there - the Nikon Manual is easier to use, better cross referenced and accurate. Two examples:

Example 1: I have some early 1980's Nikon AI lens. And i know my new D7100 can use these. So I go to chapter 11, Working with Lenses - it tells me I can use AI lenses but does not tell how. The reason I buy a book and don't use the supplied manual is that books provide all the info you need to achieve something in one place. So for an old AI lens what should have been there is (all in the one place) - something like this:
1. Define lens to camera - up to 9 lens can be used (Setup Menu/Non CPU lens data)
2. Assign a button to tell which lens you are using (Custom setting F2, other options also)
3. Mount the lens
4. Using the assigned button tell the camera which lens you have mounted
5. you can only use A or M shooting modes
6. (do you need to do anything with the AF/M lever - I suspect not)
7. use the focus indicator in the viewfinder to focus (if lens max aperture is f5.6 or wider)
In the end it was easier to use the Nikon Manual than the book to achieve the above.

By the way Chapter 11 has the feel of someone who is doing a cut and paste of generic stuff to get their word/page count up.
Page 367 - he says that a normal lens for a D7100 is 35mm (thats correct) and then describes a number of options to consider - Opps - All the lenses described are 50mm lenses.!!!! Cut and paste from a FX text to this DX text. Well at least the book is a bit thicker.

Somewhere else in the book he states the D7100 is a full frame camera!!! Another typo.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dunner on August 1, 2013
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I appreciated the book as an adjunct to the Nikon manual but
there are some scattered errors. In the section about saving a frame from a movie as a still, he forgets to go to the second step of pushing the up arrow and then accepting. This is clearer in the manual. The chapters I appreciated were the "extras" dealing with techniques not found in the manual. Clear explanations about confusing topics such as metering modes and focus modes. In spite of some rare minor glitches it provides a good tool for learning a very sophisticated camera short of having an engineering degree!
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