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Magic Lantern Guides®: Nikon D90 Paperback – February 3, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Magic Lantern Guides®
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595240
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Magic Lantern series is an old faithful - thorough and understandable. This guide is likely best suited for those new to Nikon DSLR's. It would also be useful to intermediate users. The awesome D90 performs so well out of the box that a guide like this is not necessary, but it is well worth the money.
Strong points include explanations of: focus, metering, flash, custom settings.
If you are relatively new to digital photography, a competing guide - Nikon D90 Digital Field Guide - contains much of the depth in this Magic Lantern Guide plus a good deal of solid advice on general digital photography technique. For those in this situation, if you were to buy one D90 book only, I'd go with the Field Guide.
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I also have the Dummies book and the Wiley Field Guide, both of which are good, but when I really need to look up something this is the book I turn to, and the answers are always there. Of all of the guides out there, this is the most useful, most detailed, most informative.
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The book provides some additional insight into the operation of the D90 camera but it suffers from a very poor index. For me, a good index is critical to a technical book. This book leaves out so many topics that I found myself referring to the Nikon manual most of the time because it has a thorough index. Consequently, I would not recommend this book.
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The book doesn't provide much more explanation than the manual that already comes with the D90. In fact the manual seemed easier to read and didn't assume the knowledge that the Magic Lantern manual assumes.
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Love these books (I also have bought the D60s) not only is it written in a clear straight forward style but it has little tidbits that help find your way around the camera even if you have never owned a Nikon before. It also has cool geeky stuff like photos of the D90 being built at the factory and an in depth explanation of layers in and around the sensor! And there are photos to inspire your creativity scattered through out. This book has also helped me in working with the speedlight and the Multi Power Battery Pack. A book well worth more then the cover price!
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A worthwhile purchase. The manual included with the D90 is not very good. It has some errors and some misleading statements. The Magic Lantern guide does spend some time explaining various features and how they relate to actual picture taking - not just the mechanics of how the feature works.

It is a good value for the money.
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First of all the manual that comes with the D90 is quite extensive. Still it great to have the view point of a third party and Magic Lantern manuals are great. The only drawback is there are no color pictures to help with what they are trying to explain. That said this manual is still worth having for any D90 owner.
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If you have a D90 and are using only the Nikon instruction manual, I would strongly recommend this book. You may not find a new one these days, but the one I bought used seemed new. The volume goes deeper into the functions of the camera than the Nikon Manual, clarifying as it goes. It also provides some good photographic lessons and insights for new to SLR's. The D90 is a pro-summer camera for folks that may be new to digital photography. I skipped much of the lessons to get to the functional detail, having had a D80 prior. Stafford is no slouch in the industry, and doesn't pull any punches on this camera's good and not so good functionality. We need that to help us get the most out of the tools we buy. This book is recommended for users of all levels.
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