Thom Hogan's complete guide to the D800/E

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Astrophotographer 10 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,871
Thom Hogan's complete guide to the D800/E
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I bought this book and I just wanted to say how good it is. It is super comprehensive and I am conquering aspects of the camera I did not fully understand how to use.

Its great when he evaluates the various functions but then gives a professional recommendation on which one is best.

For the first time I got the AF working properly on video! I have taken a few videos and the autofocus was a real issue and a lot of my videos were out of focus as a result!

Great value and unless you are very well seasoned with Nikon cameras its a great accessory and leaves the supplied manual for dead.

Greg.

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UncleLJ Contributing Member • Posts: 893
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I have purchased this ebook as well, have read a bit, very hard for me, but well worth it.

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Octane Senior Member • Posts: 2,993
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Thanks for letting us know. I'll look into it.

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Unfortunately only available as a download.  There is no bound and printed version.  If there was I would buy it.  I just cannot stand reading books/magazines on a computer screen.

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mrpevets Regular Member • Posts: 167
Re: Unfortunately

GodSpeaks wrote:

Unfortunately only available as a download.  There is no bound and printed version.  If there was I would buy it.  I just cannot stand reading books/magazines on a computer screen.

So, I purchased the download & went today to my local print shop to have it printed & bound.

It cost me $43.00 but I am starting to read through it. I am looking for a few tips on how to use the camera better & I am sure to find them as I have purchased other Thom manual before.

He has never let me down!

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Agree - Thoms' e-book are very useful.

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Anthony123 Regular Member • Posts: 101
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GodSpeaks wrote:

Unfortunately only available as a download.  There is no bound and printed version.  If there was I would buy it.  I just cannot stand reading books/magazines on a computer screen.

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There has now been a book released, Amazon carry it here in UK but I think the US has had it on offer before us.

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GeneZh Junior Member • Posts: 33
Bought the book after reading this post, to find AF in video, but disappointed.
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Why didn't he post the book's table of contents?

Talarspeed Regular Member • Posts: 111
Re: Thom Hogan's complete guide to the D800/E

I too bought Hogan's ebook.  It is very good and very technical.  Aspects of it I skip for later reading because of the detail he goes into.

I also just bought David Busch's guide to the D800 from Amazon.  I'm liking this book more than Hogan's.  There is a chapter dedicated to customizing the shooting banks. These are only recommendations, but they seem very logical as a starting point. The customized scenarios include Landscape, Portrait, Indoor sports, Outdoor sports, Concert, Night photography amongst others.

And this book is thick!

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u007 Senior Member • Posts: 1,681
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Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

I bought this book and I just wanted to say how good it is. It is super comprehensive and I am conquering aspects of the camera I did not fully understand how to use.

Its great when he evaluates the various functions but then gives a professional recommendation on which one is best.

For the first time I got the AF working properly on video! I have taken a few videos and the autofocus was a real issue and a lot of my videos were out of focus as a result!

Great value and unless you are very well seasoned with Nikon cameras its a great accessory and leaves the supplied manual for dead.

Greg.

Specifically, what have you learned about the camera that you didn't already know and couldn't have learned from the internet or the instruction manual?

I just don't get the point in paying for a book about a camera when you have a chunky instruction manual, the internet AND help functions built into the camera itself (the ? button which you can press on almost any menu option)

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RicAllan Contributing Member • Posts: 795
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u007 wrote:

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

I bought this book and I just wanted to say how good it is. It is super comprehensive and I am conquering aspects of the camera I did not fully understand how to use.

Its great when he evaluates the various functions but then gives a professional recommendation on which one is best.

For the first time I got the AF working properly on video! I have taken a few videos and the autofocus was a real issue and a lot of my videos were out of focus as a result!

Great value and unless you are very well seasoned with Nikon cameras its a great accessory and leaves the supplied manual for dead.

Greg.

Specifically, what have you learned about the camera that you didn't already know and couldn't have learned from the internet or the instruction manual?

I just don't get the point in paying for a book about a camera when you have a chunky instruction manual, the internet AND help functions built into the camera itself (the ? button which you can press on almost any menu option)

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The power of the book is that it supplies background and context for each aspect then the particulars...

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Alejandro Daz del Ro Fery Veteran Member • Posts: 3,735
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Talarspeed wrote:

I too bought Hogan's ebook.  It is very good and very technical.  Aspects of it I skip for later reading because of the detail he goes into.

Not me, since the "?" button, all my manuals have the plastic cover ... why to buy more?

I also just bought David Busch's guide to the D800 from Amazon.  I'm liking this book more than Hogan's.  There is a chapter dedicated to customizing the shooting banks. These are only recommendations, but they seem very logical as a starting point. The customized scenarios include Landscape, Portrait, Indoor sports, Outdoor sports, Concert, Night photography amongst others.

And this book is thick!

There's nothing like a NCSETUP8.bin file for customized it, but you have to like what they like. by example ... & do not forget to save yours before.

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GeneZh Junior Member • Posts: 33
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u007 wrote:

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

I bought this book and I just wanted to say how good it is. It is super comprehensive and I am conquering aspects of the camera I did not fully understand how to use.

Its great when he evaluates the various functions but then gives a professional recommendation on which one is best.

For the first time I got the AF working properly on video! I have taken a few videos and the autofocus was a real issue and a lot of my videos were out of focus as a result!

Great value and unless you are very well seasoned with Nikon cameras its a great accessory and leaves the supplied manual for dead.

Greg.

Specifically, what have you learned about the camera that you didn't already know and couldn't have learned from the internet or the instruction manual?

I just don't get the point in paying for a book about a camera when you have a chunky instruction manual, the internet AND help functions built into the camera itself (the ? button which you can press on almost any menu option)

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Agree.  I bought it because OP mentioned AF in video.  I thought he had some trick.  But I'm totally disapointed.  The pdf has 851 pages, but noting new.  And, is the concise well-organized and well-indexed printed manual prepared by the reputable manufacturer more readable or this thick pdf?   I must say he's a very good business man.  He didn't post his table of contents, otherwise I guess a lot of people won't buy it.

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Anthony123 wrote:

GodSpeaks wrote:

Unfortunately only available as a download.  There is no bound and printed version.  If there was I would buy it.  I just cannot stand reading books/magazines on a computer screen.

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There has now been a book released, Amazon carry it here in UK but I think the US has had it on offer before us.

Really?  I will have to check that out.  If it is available in bound print I would buy it in a heatbeat.

I check Thom's site daily as I think he has a lot of very useful information/insights into Nikon.

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OP Astrophotographer 10 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,871
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I found it useful for setting up ideal AF for different scenarios.

I found it useful for the best settings for AF in video.

I agree its probably all in the manual but its quite abbreviated in the manual without any description about how something works so you can understand more easily.

I also found it valuable for maximising quality in images and best settings.

Its a AUD$3700 camera, the manual is so so, $29 or whatever it cost is chicken feed compared to the cost.

YMMV.

Greg.

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herbymel Veteran Member • Posts: 6,083
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u007 wrote:

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

I bought this book and I just wanted to say how good it is. It is super comprehensive and I am conquering aspects of the camera I did not fully understand how to use.

Its great when he evaluates the various functions but then gives a professional recommendation on which one is best.

For the first time I got the AF working properly on video! I have taken a few videos and the autofocus was a real issue and a lot of my videos were out of focus as a result!

Great value and unless you are very well seasoned with Nikon cameras its a great accessory and leaves the supplied manual for dead.

Greg.

Specifically, what have you learned about the camera that you didn't already know and couldn't have learned from the internet or the instruction manual?

I just don't get the point in paying for a book about a camera when you have a chunky instruction manual, the internet AND help functions built into the camera itself (the ? button which you can press on almost any menu option)

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For the price it's always good to have more information...the manual is fine and should be gone through, but it is a bit cut and dried and with the internet you always get a variety of information that can be great, but is generally conflicting depending on who you listen to.

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PaulBearer Senior Member • Posts: 1,719
Much Easier to Read, and Easier to Find Info....

This is my third Hogan manual, and although the factory manuals have gone from unintelligible to readable, his have always been easy to read and understand, explain the why of certain controls, and tell us what choices Nikon made that may have been based on certain assumptions that may not be accurate in the real world.

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rgolub Senior Member • Posts: 2,061
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The Nikon manuals tend to be minimally helpful, impressively simplistic.  A brief example:

Nikon manual:

- 21-point dynamic-area AF: Choose when photographing subjects that are moving unpredictably (e.g., players at a football game)

Hogan's description:

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tonganqn Regular Member • Posts: 160
Re: Unfortunately

Anthony123 wrote:

GodSpeaks wrote:

Unfortunately only available as a download.  There is no bound and printed version.  If there was I would buy it.  I just cannot stand reading books/magazines on a computer screen.

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There has now been a book released, Amazon carry it here in UK but I think the US has had it on offer before us.

can you give us the link to the Amazon's book page? I've just check and Amazon.co.uk doesn't have it. I think you got confused with this other [1]

G.

[1] http://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Buschs-Nikon-Digital-Photography/dp/1285084519/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349714746&sr=8-1

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Download it to your smart phone or Ipad. I have my D4 manual on my Iphone just in case I ever have a question, works like a charm.

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