- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470171480
- ISBN-13: 978-0470171486
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nikon D40 / D40x Digital Field Guide 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Picture yourself capturing the perfect shot
A new world of photographic experiences awaits you as you move up to a digital SLR with your Nikon D40 or D40x. Get started with your new D40 or D40x right away with this guide's Quick Tour. Ready to customize your camera's settings? Chapter 3 tells you how. Want advice on getting perfect shots of sunsets, landscapes, people, or your son's soccer game? Check Chapter 7. But whatever you do, get out there and take pictures. And take this book along.
- Identify and use all your camera's controls and features
Discover how lenses work and select the ones you need
Learn to fix minor problems, including red-eye, by using the Retouch menu
Get complete recipes for shooting events, fireworks, night scenes, landscapes, people, pets, water, action, and more
Find out how to download your pictures and troubleshoot common camera problems
About the Author
David D. Busch has operated a commercial photo studio, shot sports for a newspaper, and spent more than twenty years as a roving photojournalist. He has shared his experience in more than 90 books, including the bestselling Nikon D80 Digital Field Guide, Digital Travel Photography Digital Field Guide, and Digital SLR Cameras and Photography For Dummies, all from Wiley.
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My current compact digicam is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3K 7.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) - which I took to Peru, and with which I took some wonderful photos. As good as they were, I wanted to try for even better pictures, and happily bought my Nikon D40x SLR.
But after I opened the boxes and got my pristine new D40x ready to use, I suddenly felt lost and overwhelmed. Yes, there's an "auto" setting, but if that's all I use, I figure I might as well not have spent all the money to get into the digital SLR world. The owner's manual is, I'm sure, complete and accurate, but I found it difficult. It tells me the name of a button and something of how to use it, but I don't have the background to know what most of that means in terms of taking a photo.
Fortunately, I ordered this book from amazon - and it's saved the day. I'm still working my way through it, but I know it's a keeper - and it's going along whenever possible, for reference on the spot when I'm taking photos.
I'm no dummy, nor a total novice at digital photography. But I'm not a professional photog, nor a "camera geek" familiar with a lot of the technical terms and concepts.
The author strikes just the right note for me with the explanations in this book. At last - I'm starting to understand histograms, and feel more assured when changing ISO settings. I'm also learning the uses of all those dials and buttons on my new D40x.
Reading this book has conquered a vague sense of dread I felt about this new gadget ("what was I thinking buying this complicated expensive camera?"). Instead, I'm looking forward to using my D40x and learning more as I go.
I don't know if it exactly replaces the owner's manual supplied by Nikon, but I encourage anyone who's feeling baffled by that manual to get their hands on this book. It's made all the difference to me between puzzlement and comprehension.
Oddly enough, it's easier to find lenses than it has been finding this guide. It's never in stock or at the library. I have learned a little about my camera somewhat just by the web and some low level classes.
NOW that I FINALLY have it, YEAH!!! Even the first portion..quick start explains items I didn't know. I'm so happy that I can now actually use the camera to it's true extent. I have always known the camera was smarter than me.
I never feel 'like a poor stepchild' using this camera b/c EVERYONE -especially photo people- love this camera. AND they are very impressed that I have one and it's still in perfect condition. It has been out of production for so long, but I love mine and love that I can still add lenses.
Now, thanks to you, I will not be choosing a lens or shoot mode in my normal trial by error. I have missed shots trying to find the perfect lens, thinking I can always do better.
Busch explains basic aspects of photography too. You learn something in the process.
You get a "two fer" with this book. Ten stars **********!
Go to Ken Rockwell for more info on this neat camera and get this book!
The D40 is better than the D40x in several respects. I prefer the D40. 1/500 sec flash sync for starters. Six megapixel sensor [bigger is NOT better here!]
Don't even think of getting ANY other digital camera than the NIKON D40!