- Series: Magic Lantern Guides®
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Lark Books (December 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600594980
- ISBN-13: 978-1600594984
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 181 customer reviews
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Magic Lantern Guides®: Nikon D700 Paperback – December 2, 2008
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Stafford is the top-selling Magic Lantern author and is the technical editor of Nikon User Magazine, so this guide is a must-have for anyone investing in this highly complex model.
Top customer reviews
Very detailed, excellent tips, clear explanation, and significant effort to add value beyond the information readily availalbe in the Manual; although not as important as the content, I always felt the presentation a bit trite/lack-luster - because all illustrations/pictures were in black and white - but not anymore! Wow, with nice relevant color picture, and great accompaning text this is a fantastic guide! I usually buy 2 to 3 books for every camera I buy; but I only could keep one, this would be it!
Although there is some useful information in this book, overall it is full of errors, poorly organized, and doesn't provide much more than the manual considering the number of pages and the price ($20 list).
Here are a few problems:
- Black and white photos - that alone should tell you how much faith the publishers have in the book. They didn't want to invest a lot in it knowing how bad it was.
- Following the White Balance topic is White Balance Bracketing. The latter includes the steps for setting White Balancing but NOT Bracketing.
- In the chapter Quick Start-up guide he gives a couple of paragraphs on each of the Vari-Program modes. But the next chapter on Detail he goes right into White Balancing without mentioning which mode you can use. This is common through out the book.
- He constantly refers to the menu options by name. Why didn't they include the icons for designating the menu options as they do refering to non-menu items?
- Speaking of icons and errors, the icon is wrong on page 119 for selecting the histogram.
- He tried to fill pages with information that was already in the manual such as several pages on how to install the battery and the memory card.
- There are plenty of typos like you instead of your, repeated words, missing spaces, much, much more.
- page 90 shows a list of how many pictures can be in the buffer. On the left under quality it shows JPEG Large which should be Fine.
With the number of errors in the book I question the accuracy of the information and suggestions by the author. The topics are not organized well enough to be used as a reference. It's almost as if he sat and rambled into a recorder and gave it off to someone to type up. Not much thought was put into how the information was presented.
What I was really hoping for and what is drastically missing is how the different features could be used to affect the photos. Examples (which would have to be in color) of the same scene with different settings. What settings to use in different situations, etc. There are a lot of features in this camera but putting them to use can be overwhelming.
I gave it 2 stars as I did get a little out of it but I had to wade through a lot to find it.
One instance is the authors discussion of the battery -- the writer says they got about 300 shots from the battery -- the exact same wording the writer used in his D300 Magic Lantern guide...in fact, a lot of this book is just template copy and paste from the D300 book. BUT....that is wrong. I am getting 1600-2000 shots from a single battery charge on my D700, and easily got almost 2400 per battery charge on my D300...
It's okay for what it is worth, but there are better guides out there at this point.