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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2010
Having struggled to wrap my head around Nikon's instruction manual (with little success), this book was quite a relief. Well written and illustrated, Busch presents the D3 series with clarity and in a sequence that is logical and easy to understand.
I purchased the Kindle edition for the iPad- it looks beautiful in full color and is easy to navigate.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
True, David Busch is deservedly among the best authors of how-to books for cameras. His reputation is sterling and he deserves his success.

The book in this matter takes on two cameras at the same time, the Nikon D3s and Nikon D3x. I hope that is seen as too much work in the writing and far too much in confusing reading.

The two subject cameras have much in common but the problem is there are enormous differences that get in the way of an easy understanding of advice needed, in my case, solely for the D3x.

My camera, an $8,000 expense that is viewed by many as over-priced. In my case, price is secondary because it precisely fills the specifications that I need for a highly specific assignment, shooting some 25 formal Japanese gardens throughout the United States. My Master Gardener wife will be the director of a venture that will put us on three Amtrac rail lines. We will de-train at 15 stops where we will visit from one to five gardens and then re-board after however many days were required. The garden subject deserves the finest grain resolution possible. These gardens are subtle and the viewer of our efforts deserves very clear representations to display the differences. That requires Nikon's D3x with its 24.5 megapixel sensor and the many valuable functions such as automated in-camera HDR processing of three or more bracketed images. There is more. Unlike the D3s, there is no D3x video -- a problem solved with a new Fujifilm HS20 EXR with 1080P video and an automatic HDR in-camera capability.

If you can sense in these sketchy examples that the Busch book is dealing with a very sophisticated D3x and, after all is said and done, a less demanding D3s in the same book. Imagine while you're at it that all the various "tips" in the David Busch book are not the same for these two cameras. The D3x is, to put it plainly, much more like the D3 than the D3s and it would have been helpful had Mr. Busch used D3 and D3x as examples where needed. It seems most settings and most results between the D3s and D3x are needlessly confusing. Well I am an old man, after all, and flipping between two sophisticated cameras is never going to be easy to remember.

There are four full suites of more than 100 pre-settings readily available for four readily called specific types of assignment for the D3 family of cameras. These extensive settings for assignment types such as landscape, portrait, studio, sports or whatever, are listed in detail by Mr. Busch for the D3s but are omitted for the D3x with the rather gratuitous note that the reader can figure out where those settings are. I'm still trying.

It's okay and a worthy experiment to put two differing cameras in the same how-to book. But I'll never buy another one regardless of the overall success of the author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2010
The book is comprehensive, language is simple and to the point: excellent tool to understand a very sophisticated state of the art camera: NIkon D3x. Would recommend to photographers wanting to upgrade their understanding of new features.
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on June 20, 2012
David is a great author and Nikon authority! Everything is clearly explained and when/why/how would you use certain features. He goes over setting recommendations which you (like myself) don't agree with but then again these are "his" suggestions. I wish there was a KINDLE version as this book is LARGE/HEAVY to lug around with you!

I have owned several Nikon bodies and have read many of David's books. Though this book is written for both the D3s and D3x he clarifies the differences in each body when applicable to one or the other.

There aren't too many books for the D3s (one other I believe) but this book will definitely help you in setting up your camera for your particular shooting style.
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on January 9, 2014
I bought this book used from Amazon because I had very good luck with a previous used book purchase. I don't know if I'm just lucky or what, but again, the book I received is what I would call 'new'! It's firm, no bent pages and extremely clean. I have seen new books at Barnes and Noble that looked worse. And, I was expecting a longer wait because of free shipping. Not so, had it with 5 days. My only stupid mistake was I thought I bought the Nikon D3 edition, which is what I needed, but the Nikon D3s is mostly the same camera. The critical parts I need to refer to are the same for both camera's. Very pleased, will buy from Amazon again.
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on October 3, 2013
This guide is perfect for the D3s user. In fact, Busch discusses capabilities that are common to many Nikon models but I never realized it! But, then Busch goes on to specifically discuss the D3s are how to more fully utilize its capabilities. Very thorough. I read through the entire book, and now keep it as a reference tool. I don't have any other books on the D3s to compare this to, but I have compared Dave Busch's book on the D700 to others, which is a big reason I bought it for the D3s. His writings are clear and easy to comprehend. I am an amateur photographer and this has been perfect for me.
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on December 29, 2010
This has turned out to be a very helpful guide for me. I've been using DSLRs for about 18 months and recently upgraded from a D90 to the D3x as I'm making my attempt at professional photography. David's book has been very helpful in this regards. However, I purchased the Kindle version, and therefore find the illustrations limited by the technology. I'm sure the color book version would be even more beneficial to me. However, the advantage of the Kindle is that it is much easier for me to take this into the field to be used as a reference manual even after I have read through it.
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on May 11, 2011
David Busch's "Nikon D3s/D3X Guide to Digital SLR Photography" is spot on! He explains in easy to understand language, (compared to the manual), each and every aspect on the camera. I own the D3S and I had it set up by the time I finished the book. Reading the manual, which I did, would of taken many more days to complete. David gives you his opinion on settings, but leaves the options open for you to make decisions on. He also includes chapterts on exposure and lighting which are very valuable. I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling to set up their camera.
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on February 22, 2013
I recently upgraded to the D3S and a friend recommended David Busch's guide. I thought I would just read the manual and started to but am so very glad that I purchased this. I haven't read it in its entirety yet but what I have read has been great and has either taught me something new or reinforced what I already knew. I plan on reading other books by him in the future (they're already saved on my wishlist!)
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on January 22, 2013
I purchased this book to go with my new (used) D3S. Having shot the D2XS previously, I knew I was in for a considerable upgrade. This book answered all my questions and more. I planned to skip around and just answer my pressing questions, but I ended up reading it from cover to cover. The author's style made it an easy read.

Well done sir!
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