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Book Review: Mastering the Nikon D700 by Darrell Young & James Johnson

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Just looking at Digital single-lens reflex cameras confuses me. They have enough buttons to control an F-16 fighter jet. The Nikon D700 is an astounding camera that is Nikon’s first ‘compact’ professional digital SLR. Published and available now on Rocky Nook and Nikonians Press, Mastering the Nikon D700 is an outstanding book that provides a wealth of knowledge to both the experienced and beginner digital SLR users.

Mastering the Nikon D700 by Darrell Young and James Johnson is one of the most user-friendly and easy to read guidebooks I’ve ever read. Throughout the many chapters on literally every feature of this camera featured beautifully colored pictures. Many books of this type have a great description of every feature of the camera, but fail to provide clear and accurate pictures that walk you through the meaningful content. Mastering The Nikon D700 clearly puts the reader first. After reading this book, I felt that if I had never touched a camera before, I would’ve been confident with the D700. It was clear, descriptive, and to the point. Each chapter explores each feature and capability of the camera in extreme detail, surpassing any guidebook I’ve seen to date.

One part of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed was the simple yet powerful conclusions at the end of each chapter. If you get lost in words throughout any of the nine chapters, you can take a step backward with these conclusions. They provide a recap of the previous readings using extremely accessible dictation. Although I found the bodies of the chapters extremely easy to understand, the conclusions were an icing on the cake.

I rarely enjoy reading guidebooks on technology. I’m the person who likes to pick up the device, bring it home, unbox it and lock myself in the room all day with it. I usually work myself through the learning curves on the various gadgets. It’s something I enjoy. In fact, Mastering the Nikon D700 is the only guidebook I have in my house right now. However, this book completely changed my outlook. Though I enjoy figuring out the problems, Mastering the Nikon D700 added much insight. There are some features on this camera I would’ve never known or even thought about that this book went into massive detail on. This book is a fantastic testimonial demonstrating why reading is so important.

Extending beyond the camera, Mastering the Nikon D700 covers accessories, and other equipment that will enhance your photo experience. Usually when this happens in books, it is merely a marketing ploy to sell accessories that make the company money. This was not the case in this book. Young and Johnson truly made suggestions that are of beneficial use.

Although Mastering the Nikon D700 is an absolutely stellar book for owners of the camera, I also found it to be of great use for anyone seeking useful knowledge on DSLR cameras in general. This is one of the books that prove that one truly does not know everything. There is always something to learn. Mastering the Nikon D700 makes learning the ins and outs of the Nikon D700 camera a simple and an enjoyable process.

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    Thank you for all the books you have authored about the Nikon Cameras. I have most of them in my library and find them all very useful… Now for the rest of the story: I am displeased and shocked that you are not going to undertake the project Mastering The Nikon DF. I purchased the Black Df and love it, great camera and I plan to also purchase the silver model soon. Wow, I read your comment that the sales are not that “HOT” etc and that it is a “NITCH” camera and if a Pro camera user, that we would not purchase your book. May I say, “YOU ARE DEAD WRONG:!! I am asking you to please reconsider the “Mastering The Nikon DF” project. I own the D700. D800. V1, F6 and every Nikon F from the Nikon FTN, FE, FE2 etc. etc.! You are missing the boat man!! Maybe it is time for you to retire and join the ranks of us old timers that shoot Nikons for fun and not profit 😉


    The PhotogDog

  • Zach,

    As one of the authors of Mastering the Nikon D700, I want to thank you for your kind review. Jim Johnson and I worked hard to make the book useful, easy to read, and yet very thorough. Your review was insightful and well written.

    Warm regards,
    Darrell Young
    Mastering the Nikon D700

  • Thank you very much for your kind words about our Nikonians Press efforts.
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