Nikon Books - Are They Worth It or Not?

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  1. blueeyedsuzie

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    Hi All!

    Later on today I plan on going and purchasing the David Busch's Guide To Digital Photography for Nikon 3100.

    Is it worth purchasing the books that are written for your camera?

    Or I guess what I'm asking, would it be worth purchasing this book, or any other DSLR book?


     
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    YES, camera-specific manuals can be very much worth the money. I like the Magic Lantern series of small guidebooks. Thom Hogan's website has links to the many "Complete Guide to The Nikon _______" that he has authored. Camera-specific books deal with YOUR camera--and knowing the many intricacies of a modern d-slr is worth its weight in CF cards. Or SD cards. Or Starbucks gift cards! Whatever!

    YES, I think buying and reading one of the several camera-specific guidebooks is a very good idea, and well worth the money.
     
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    I was going to suggest Thom Hogan as well, but it looks as though the D3100 Guide is not on his website.

    I bought a Busch Guide for a D80 and was thoroughly UNimpressed. I think the Magic Lantern may be a good source.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm always leery about books/magazines that target specific cameras, or even specifically digital photography. The basics of photography (shutter speed, aperture and ISO) haven't changed much in 100+ years. So buying the 'latest, greatest' book may be more fluff than actual useful content.

    But that's not to say that you wouldn't get great info from a camera specific book....
     
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    But if one does know know the 'basic stuff', it being in a camera-specific book can't be all that bad.
     
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    A book like "David Busch's Guide To Digital Photography for Nikon 3100" is essentially a rehash of the user's manual that Nikon provided with the camera.

    However, Nikon doesn't provide a hard copy of the user's manual. Instead it's a PDF file on the software disc that comes with the D3100, or it and other Nikon user's manuals can be downloaded at Nikon Product Manuals available for download

    Scott Kelby has a 3 book series that covers a lot of what a new photographer would want to know about doing digital photography. You can get them 1 at a time or all 3 in a set: Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3
     
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    +1 for Magic Lantern.
     
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    I bought it, thought it was very informative!
     
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    youtube search - your model cam
     
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    Honestly in the internet age, almost any book is worthless. You can practically get info almost on everything for free. It would only be worth it if it can contribute something for you. I fairness, said book has good reviews. But you might want a more comprehensive book on photography in general. After all the manual already discusses the features of the camera. Just my two cents... :)
     
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    just dont buy the ken rockwell one...
     
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    I bought one of the camera specific books and I thought it was great and I found it very helpful. It went into more detail than the manual did.
     

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