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Nikon D200 Digital Field Guide Paperback – July 19, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0470037485 ISBN-10: 0470037482 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470037482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470037485
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

You've been waiting for an affordable dSLR with the quality and versatility of the Nikon D200. Packed with great techniques and full-color examples, this book helps you take advantage of all the D200's features. From the Quick Tour on how to use your D200 to the intricacies of setting white balance, working with the flash, converting NEF, and shooting superb images in more than twenty common situations, it's all here — and it goes anywhere you and your Nikon can.

  • Get a clear understanding of your camera's challenges and advantages
  • Choose the right shooting, exposure, and focus modes for each type of shot
  • Use extended ISO and noise reduction
  • Explore how various lenses can enhance your work
  • Work with different flash options and available light

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About the Author

David D. Busch has operated a commercial photo studio, shot sports for a newspaper, spent more than twenty years as a roving photojournalist, and shared that wealth of experience in more than seventy books. They include the bestselling Nikon D70 Digital Field Guide, Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies, and Digital SLR Cameras For Dummies, also from Wiley.

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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 Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of 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

Customer Reviews

It's clear, concise and ultra easy to follow.
R. Hamblin
Most of the book is occupied by descriptions of the D200 camera and its features, with explanations of how to use the most important controls.
The Magic Lantern guide book to me was like a better version of the manual that comes with the camera.
Edgar H. Tan, MD

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By W. Nelson on July 19, 2006
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I normally don't write reviews, but this book is excellent! Being an avid film SLR enthusiast in my teens and early twenty's, I somehow ended up totally out of the SLR game for about 20 years. When my D200 came in, I was amazed at how bad the manual was and immediately went online to see if anyone had authored a book on the D200. The D200 Digital Field Guide was the first hit in Google and I preordered it immediately from Amazon.

Now I'm sure that for those who have been working with digital SLR cameras for a while, the manual was somewhat informative, but for me it was more of a pain. It explained how to set features, but not what they did or how they impacted the resulting photograph. For those who are just getting in (or back in) to photography and have the Nikon D200, this book is a must have. Look at it as a companion to, or better yet, an interpreter for the manual. Everything the manual left out is covered here in detail. And, for those few places the manual did cover things adequately, the author still touches on it for a bit of additional clarification. This book should have been shipped with the D200, as it provides clarity on how the camera handles things like metering, exposure, noise reduction and auto focus along with every other feature Nikon packed into the camera.

When book finally arrived from Amazon last week, I found that by the time I was a few pages in, the help I needed had arrived. By page 10, I was comparing the information presented in the book (which sat in the left hand) to the camera (which was in my right hand) as I was reading. Just a few chapters in and about an hour later, I was able to get much better results from the camera.

I really appreciate the author's comprehensive dedication to the subject.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Robbie IV on July 19, 2006
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What a great book! I was apprehensive about buying this book, sight unseen, because too many of the third-party "user" guides are just rehashes of the manual that comes with the camera, and padded with filler that doesn't really apply to the model under discussion.

Not so with this book, which is crammed full of D200-specific information that describes the features and use of this camera in a great deal more detail than you'll find in the user manual. Instead of a dry listing of controls and settings, you'll find this refreshing approach invaluable:

* An introduction that puts the Nikon D200 in perspective, dipping back into history to explain Nikon's involvement in digital SLRs beginning in the late 1980s. This helped me better understand where the camera came from, and how it fits into the current Nikon product line.

* A "Quick Start" chapter that provides a fast introduction to the main features and controls I needed to know to go out and begin using my D200 (which is the fastest way to learn, compared to sitting around reading the product manual.)

* Chapter 1 is a guided tour of the D200. Like the rest of the book, it's in full color. My main beef with the manual furnished with the camera is that it is in black-and-white and points you to various controls only through a few line drawings with dozens of directional arrows pointing to the control. This book has both overall color photos of the camera, and close-up pictures from various angles, with clear labels that show you each of the controls and text explanations of what they do and how you might want to use them.

* Chapter 2 explains how to set up the D200, including the mysterious Custom Settings menus, again with full color renditions of the menus themselves.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Fender on July 29, 2006
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The Nikon D200 is a wonderful digital SLR, but may be a little daunting to those who are upgrading from one of Nikon's entry-level cameras, or another brand. It has many options and settings, and is more similar to the "professional" D2X than to the cameras priced more closely to it.

That is why I was pleased to see this excellent introduction to the D200 available so soon after the camera itself came out. This book does not cover all the most technical mumbo jumbo pertaining to the D200, although it does go into considerable depth. That's a good thing. New owners don't want to start right out with obscure settings and capabilities that they don't really use. Considering this book's modest price, I think it strikes just the right balance.

The D200 Digital Field Guide is very thorough where it counts, in the introduction to the camera's layout and its features, and descriptions of how to use the settings. It also has deep coverage of the most important photography concepts as they relate to the D200, such as use of lenses and lighting effects. There are many books that have 250 pages of good information in them, but, unfortunately, they are often 600 page books! This one has 250 pages of exactly the right information, with no fluff and no extraneous material. If you own a D200, you need it.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By McGriffin on July 28, 2006
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I agree that this book is an amazing bargain at the price. My expectations weren't stratospheric when I ordered this, because how much can you fit into a 250 page book priced so modestly. I was certainly surprised! This is a full-color book, with hundreds of great illustrations, and information that is absolutely first-rate.

The approach really works for me. Most of the book is occupied by descriptions of the D200 camera and its features, with explanations of how to use the most important controls. There is a chapter on lenses and lighting, and others on setup and customizing your settings. Very little on software, which I like. This is all crammed into a book that fits inside larger camera bags so you can take it with you when you need it.

If you understand exactly what this book is intended to do, and what it is not intended to do, you'll agree that it does a very good job indeed. Nikon D200 owners who don't have the time to wade through the manual that is supplied with the camera will find this a great resource.
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