Monday, December 1, 2008

We review Mastering the Nikon D300


By Joe Dolittle

In this all-new book review, we put Mastering the Nikon D300 by Darrell Young to the test.

Mastering the Nikon D300

Mastering the Nikon D300 by Nikonian Darrell Young provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful new camera. Each chapter explores the features and capabilities of the D300 in detail, surpassing basic user manuals by providing step-by-step menu setting adjustments coupled with illustrations and logical explanations for each option.

Darrell Young's writing style allows the reader to follow directions in a friendly and informative manner, as if a friend dropped in to share his experienced knowledge without "talking down" to you, explaining the how and the why. The learning experience for D300 beginners (and refresher information for professionals) goes beyond the camera itself.

When camera features and options expand to additional Nikon equipment (such as with the use of optional Speedlights) Darrell adds the necessary information. Young's frequent references to user manuals provided by Nikon (complete with specific page references) allow the reader to easily navigate past the "confusion factor" that often comes with new equipment.

Mastering the Nikon D300 is the inaugural title kicking off the Nikonians Press imprint "the exciting, new joint venture between Nikonians and Rocky Nook.

Connected Photographer's evaluation

The Nikon D300 is a little older than the newer D3 and uses the DX sensor instead of the FX sensor. The other benefit is that prosumers and pros can find this 12 megapixel camera out in the wild for considerably less than the Nikon D3.

As always, we're always impressed with the Rocky Nook's production values and this book won't disappoint. If you're trying to get the most out of your D300 (or you're debating between the D300 and the D3), this book is definitely worth it. We give it a well-deserved 4-out-of-5.

Mastering the Nikon D300 by Darrell Young, published by Rocky Nook, is 256 pages and has a retail price of $39.95. We give Mastering the Nikon D300 a rating of 4 out of 5.