Camera manuals... Please recommend something better

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  1. Ben-71

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    We all know how it is with those Manuals...

    I presume that I could learn about more options,
    built into the D300, from a good book.

    But, which one?
    Would you please recommend a book?

    (There aren't any here, in book/camera shops,
    so I can't compare)
     
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    That entirely depends on what you actually mean by that cryptic sentence, Ben. Care to illuminate?

    "More"? So you have already worked through, and mastered..., everything in the 15MB D300 manual? That's amazing.
     
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    Alfred the manual is good, but as someone pointed out to me it is rather dry reading.

    It should always be in the camera bag as a reference but if you wish to learn your camera through reading you may wish to look at the Magic Lantern series or one which I have not read but have heard is rather good The D300 Digital Field Guide http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-D300-Digital-Field-Guide/dp/0470260920
     
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    [Alfred D.]
    That entirely depends on what you actually mean by
    that cryptic sentence, Ben. Care to illuminate?

    "More"? So you have already worked through, and mastered...,
    everything in the 15MB D300 manual? That's amazing.

    Thanks themaze76, JIP, and Garbz.
    No problem, JIP, changing to black.

    I wouldn't jump into a sarcastic conclusion just after I say that the question
    is unclear to me.

    I don't mind that a technical manual is dry reading.
    The editing is not what it should have been. It sends you to other pages,
    instead of concentrating all the relevant information under the right titles.

    Sometimes there isn't a straight forward way to find a subject.

    e.g.:
    I wanted to check something regarding long exposure.

    The 'Exposure' contents page has no contents sub-divisions (why?),
    so it's not there.

    I checked the index.
    There's nothing under 'exposure'. Under 'long exposure', there was
    only the noise reduction issue.
    I found it in the index, under 'bulb' (many people, who don't know this term,
    won't look for it). It says Pg.112, but it's not there yet... in the middle of a
    text that you don't need right now, it tells you that it's actually on another
    page.
    Or, after going over the exposure section, item by item, you'll find 'long
    exposure' somewhere between page 101 and 126.

    That's not how a manual should be like.
    This example shows (in a non-cryptic way, I think) why - "We all know how
    it is with those Manuals... Please recommend something better".
    "More"? So you have already worked through, and mastered...,

    everything in the 15MB D300 manual? That's amazing.

    It seems that we aren't amazed by the same things... and I am amazed
    by very few things...

    People find functions or shortcuts that manuals don't mention.
    It happens with programs, it happens even with cell-phones.
    Therefore, I wouldn't be amazed if there was a book which contains some
    things that aren't mentioned in the manual of a sophisticated digital camera.

    I don't need the manual for the basics. I had been using the D300 for about
    two months before I looked at the manual.

    I'm looking for a user-friendly book, where it's quick & easy to find what one
    looks for, where the information is edited better than in the manual, preferably
    a book that goes well beyond the basics.
    It would be a nice bonus if it adds new options.
     

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