Thom's book arrived this AM. Just glanced at it. 760 pages of more than I probably ever wanted to know. Looks great, up to par with his previous work. For those newcomers, Thom Hogan's guides are the best and most complete references(in my opinion) for Nikon cameras.
To clarify a point. Thom's books always comes on a CD. Actually a PDF file that you open in Adobe reader. You can view it on your screen, print it yourself (760 pages), or bring it to Kinko or other like copy shops. Thom allows one copy to be printed even though it is copyrighted. The disclaimer is on the case. Unfortunately having it printed and bound can start to add up. My D200 Guide cost me about $70(USA) at Kinko's.
Thom's D300 Guide also comes with a 96 printed guide called the Nikon D300 To Go. He states this on his website.
This is the quote from the D300 page:
"The Nikon D300 To Go: this 96-page printed (yes, printed) pocket guide is excerpted from the Complete Guide text and contains only those things you need to know when out shooting. Basically, the reference information and step-by-step instructions that are in the Complete Guide have been all put into a portable reference you can carry with you. You asked for it; you got it!"
I placed my order earlier in the week & I don't have my D300 in my hands yet. This decision was easy based on my experience with Hogans version for the D70. Given the immense menu options with the D300, it was a necessary. More about the latter issue in another post. - - - - - ~ Rick Diffley ~ Come See My Gallery
I got mine today, but it's probably because I live in the same state as Thom. I took a prelim glance and the 760+ page book looks very detailed. Some of the stuff he gets into I was like "wow, he got into *that*?!" so it's a book not just for novices but geeks like me who want to know arcane stuff about their cameras. There are lots of cool "freebies" included on the CD including an intro to SLRs, how to use the Nikon software, and excel spreadsheets for photographer geeks. Plus, of course, the printed book. It's well worth the price.
I believe the other book by Dennis (Curtin?) is also good. Less pages but each page is bigger and has more info. I like Dennis' ebook for its easy to read color content. I like Thom's book for its geek content.
Wed 23-Apr-08 11:00 PM | edited Wed 23-Apr-08 11:02 PM by niko phil
>>Hope they get to Maine in the coming week. I'm headed >out on >>vacation the week after and would enjoy reading/studying >the >>D300 guide free of distractions. >> >>- - Phil > > >Hi. Where in Maine? Maybe we can get together sometime and >enjoy our D300's and some of the finest places on earth to >take pictures. > >I'm in the LA area. > >Skip
Sounds like a fun thing to do. Off to Bucksport or Moosehead or something.
As posted in an earlier message, my Thom Tome arrived just after lunch today and I've been "browsing" some of the areas I feel I least understand.
I am in Kansas and haven't received my copy either. Hopefully it will show up this coming week. I know Thom posted on DPReview that he will have an update on his website as soon as he finishes sending out the pre-orders.
it's good to hear the book is shipping already!. waiting here in vegas ready to soak up the knowledge. i am considering getting it printed out at kinko's just to always have a good read at dr.'s appt. - dmv -etc. best regards, waywest
Well, I can certainly appreciate the logistical nightmare he seems to be dealing with, but my zip is 19970, which theoretically would have been near the front end of the delivery cycle, and I haven't gotten mine yet. I'm not worried and certainly not complaining... it will get here when it gets here... but it seems to run contrary to how he described the current issues.
Thom's website said he didn't finish sending all shipments until today (April 21), so most people shouldn't expect to get theirs until later this week. From reading his website, I would expect that those who will get (or have gotten) theirs earlier had ordered early AND lived in a low-numbered zip code AND had some good luck to boot.
My copy was in my mail when I got home from work Monday evening (low zip code). I started reading the guide after dinner but didn't get too far (fell asleep on the couch). Seems like the usual Thom Hogan job (clear and detailed) - but the photography could be better (just kidding but I'm not).
Can anybody comment on how much new material this book contains, compared with the D200 guide ? I own the D200 guide, which I found to be excellent. But a large portion of it would apply to any DSLR, another chunk would apply to any Nikon DSLR, and yet more would apply to features that are common between D200 and D300. So I wonder how much different the D300 book can be, and if it will be worthwhile to buy.
A number of D300 improvements would not warrant to write much about (like faster fps, larger view finder etc), while for others, like 14 bit RAW or Active D Lighting, I would very much like to read more about.
Ok, I have read some of Thom's stuff and I think I want to order the book. The only thing I am wondering is if it is a hard copy or pdf? I have trouble reading on a screen so a pdf would be hard. If you can get a hard copy, where do you get it?
Tue 22-Apr-08 01:48 AM | edited Tue 22-Apr-08 01:49 AM by HeartSleeve
There's only one place to get it, and that's from Thom, unless you get it resale from someone else. And it comes on a CD that you have the right to print one personal copy from, at the printer of your choice. The D300 guide also includes a small printed primer that you can stash in your camera bag.
And unless he has changed his website, he has stopped taking orders until he gets his second inventory shipment in.
Tue 22-Apr-08 01:43 PM | edited Tue 22-Apr-08 01:55 PM by niko phil
>I ordered mine about 2 weeks ago, so I may be last in line.
Not true according to Hogan's explanation of his shipping procedure (read it at URL given in earlier post above). Hogan says, if you paid for your order by April 15th (one week ago), your order will be shipped in sequence of ZIP Code starting with 00001.
anybody take thoms guide to kinko's yet to get a price for printing it out in book style??? somebody said d200 cost about $70.00 for printing, but i don't know how many pages it had.....or how long ago that was. would be interested in current pricing......
i'l like to know that $$ part as well. it'll probably chew up a c-note or pretty close. i'd like to know what kinko's or the like would make? just a lot of 81/2" x 11"sheets of paper somehow bound together or what? i'll know for sure what to do after viewing the cd. this will be very tempting to print out as i'm very sure? this will be my last camera body. i've shifted my nas to 2.8 glass so no more body's. i hope! regards, waywest
Hmm, I ordered mine on the 16th, just after the cutoff for his first mailing. Hopefully, mine will be in the second batch (of two) from his first printing that goes out tomorrow. (I'm looking forward to see his advice on the AF options...)
I got my D200 guide just before Christmas and was quoted $70 and change to print and bind in spiral format at Staples. It was approx 750 pages. Since this is roughly the same size, I think that's a good ballpark figure.
The eBook arrived today in Switzerland. I had a quick sweep through the CD and am looking forward to read it in detail. We have lousy wheather here so this will shorten it. Thanks go to Tom who shares his huge experience and for his swift international service.
I just received mine today (Virginia, USA 23606). As always, Thom has done a great job, but he has really outdone himself with this edition. First, I think including the Nikon software as a separate, expanded (204 page) eBook was a significant bonus (for the D200, it was 97 pages embedded in the D200 eBook).
But most importantly was the 96-page PRINTED Nikon D300 To Go guide. This document contains a condensed version of the parts of his 769 page Nikon D300 eBook (menus, settings, exposure, lenses, etc.) that are most important while shooting in the field. One omission, however, is the lack of a table of contents. His website has the table of contents at http://www.bythom.com/ToGo%20TOC.pdf.
I have never been a fan of eBooks, but Thom's eBooks have always been better than any printed book I've seen. However, I certainly can understand why it's not practical to produce a quality, printed book for each and every Nikon DSLR that hits the streets, given the rapid pace of technology. His printed Nikon D300 To Go booklet is a great companion to the eBook for those of us who like the feel of real paper.
I think Thom is to be commended for these improvements to his already-great products. (I am not otherwise affiliated with Thom, although I was one of his reviewers.)
Got mine today. Zip Code: 90275 in So-Cal. I’m very impressed by the book. I’m in page 270 – How to read histograms. Went through the first 100 pages of CMOS VS CCD sensors like “hot knife through butter.” It is not that I understood everything he said; it is more like wanting to get to the camera part. However, I have to read this book again after finishing and really understand the first part. There is a reason he put at the beginning and not as an appendix.
I really have to agree with Rick here. This package was a tremendous undertaking (even if he can move some boilerplate among the various editions) and the cd is packed with goodies above and beyond the guide.
How he can do this for 40 bucks plus shipping is a testament to his "tactics" as he apologetically called them in his recent update, and his intellectual generosity.
This is well worth the price, so those of you who linger in the shadows, jump on this if you have a D300.
Thu 24-Apr-08 07:10 AM | edited Thu 24-Apr-08 07:29 AM by giljorak
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>Has anyone in Canada received their copy? I'm learning the >value of patience the hard way.... > RWW
I just got mine today (April 28th) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. It was postmarked April 16th. I preordered and it looks like the post office is slow. I live in Canada and it had to travel across the continent from PA, USA.
Since someone in Edmondton received theirs on the 24th, I figured that it would eventually show up on the 25th or the 28th. It arrived on the 28th.
I'm still trying to learn about patience and the wisdom of not filling Thom's mailbox with "Did you send it?" emails. It's a good thing I waited. RWW
I am wondering what happened to my order placed the day pre-orders opened on 17th March. My zip code is 07716 in New Jersey, so not far from PA. Even if this were a case of the First shall be Last, I am beginning to wonder if the order has been over looked or gone astray. Has anyone in New Jersey received their copy yet?
Sat 26-Apr-08 08:25 PM | edited Sat 26-Apr-08 08:28 PM by brianlr
Mystery solved, I got a reply from Thom Hogan as follows:
My apologies for the delay in your order.
PayPal did not forward to my database a handful of orders that were made during a short period that coincides with your order. Thus, your order was never shipped. I’ve manually entered the item into my database and it will ship when my assistant comes into the office on Wednesday. I’d do it sooner, but I’m traveling until late next week and can’t provide an immediate fix.
This is good to hear but at the same time makes me a bit angry. I pre-ordered on the 17th as well. I thought I was being nice by not filling Thom's e-mail with yet another question about an order that had surely shipped. I just sent him an e-mail with a copy of my PayPal receipt attached.
he will quickly take good care of any problems you might have as he's one of the best out there. i just received an order yesterday that i placed & paid for from hong kong some 80 days ago! these people are jerks that won't respond to emails at all. you have no worries as you'll quickly find out. i think thom could write another book on the proper way to conduct online business. good luck & have fun! regards, waywest
I guess it all depends on your point of view. It irks me that by ordering on the first day, I seem to have fallen into his "handful" of orders that didn't make it into his database. I still haven't gotten a response from him, so I'm not so sure how quickly he'll take care of me. I just hope that he still has enough of the printed guides to fulfill my order before he runs out and I have to wait for the next batch.
I saw your posts about your problems with getting a Cleon. When I ordered one of those, it actually came faster than I expected. So from my point of view, the Hong Kong dealer is doing a better job of fulfilling online orders. I guess the point is that even the most reputable merchants mess up occasionally, it's just annoying when it happens to your order.
yeah, you're sure right about that point of view thing danny. considering it's sunday today and also the fact that these d-300's are selling at 70 thousand a month -who knows how many orders this one man operation is shipping. being a vegas man - i'm betting you'll hear from thom tomorrow. i hope so anyhow as i sure know the feeling! good luck on this order pal. regards, waywest
I got a response last night that was wordier than what brianlr posted but said basically the same thing. As suspected, I had fallen into his database transfer black hole. I guess I won't see my copy until next week since he can't have somebody ship it until Wednesday.
Me too, sigh....I just got back from vacay and it wasn't in my mail, so I sent off a note to Thom this AM...after seeing his explanation (black hole) so I suspect I'll get it shortly, Thom seems to be excellent WRT customer service.
Chris ===== D300/D3s & more glass than I dare tell the wife
I thought mine had gone into the "PayPal black hole", but after checking with Thom it had been shipped. The post office had held on to the package and sent me a card stating that the package cannot be delivered until the £8 Royal Mail international handling Fee + £3.52 Vat had been paid. So I had to shell out about another $23 dollars approx. Also I collected it which I think is a cheek. Has anyone else heard of this? Not a happy bunney.
What!! Has the 'Royal Mail' been privatized since I left old blighty in 2000 - this sounds like the worst mail scam ever. Who ever heard of an international handling fee, surely it's all covered by the price paid to the US mail?
Yes it is a scam and like the other people in this link below I will not be ordering from the US anything over £18 or the equivalent in dollers in the future. The more people become aware that this will happen then maybe we will be able to do something, but it is no good for trade. See what some angry people have to say.
Just wanted to report that the D300 guide arrived yesterday here in Sweden, May 6 and it was posstamped April 30 just as promised by Thom. I was one of the few who dropped into the "paypal black hole syndrome"... GREAT GUIDE! I read 80 pages straight on last night!
As Thom Hogan withdrew his endorsement for the Cleon from his D300 Review http://www.bythom.com/nikond300review.htm and there have been several mixed reviews on Nikonians recently, I would be interested to hear your opinion of the product, how long it took to arrive and who was the supplier.
yeah, lots of people are happy with the cleon product it is good bang for the buck. but the people behind the product made it the worst online experience i've ever had. so i wish you luck with that part.most people had no problems i think. regards, waywest
Thu 01-May-08 06:10 AM | edited Thu 01-May-08 06:16 AM by rhino128
>I ordered the D300 guide on the 18th March and received it in >Sydney Australia on the 28th of April postmarked the 16th of >April (12 days in the post). > >I ordered a Cleon Remote from Hong Kong on eBay on the 23rd of >April and received an email from the merchant that same day >advising it had shipped. > >I will let you know when it arrives.
Arrived 1st May. Works perfectly great service from; eBay - Hong Kong Supplies - etefore( 47638) A TITANIUM PowerSeller for over 8 years.
At last!. I received it today, Friday May 2nd. Now all I have to do is read it along with the four other publications and files on the disc. What a mine of information. At least Acrobat is keyword searchable, which makes it easy to find just what I'm looking for.
If I can resist the urge to PRINT I will try to save a few trees and only print those pages that I really need to.
I've made a copy of the files that Thom included on the CD and saved them to my zip drive, which I find much easier to transport back and forth to the office or plug into whatever computer I'm using. It's also much faster navigating around the guide on flash drive vs CD.
It could have just been my particular copy of the CD, but I was getting a lot of vibration/hum from it spinning in two of the three computers that I frequently use.
The guide itself is over 31MB, but GB+ zip drives are incredibly affordable.
To be clear, I'm following the copyright provisions of Thom's book - just using my zip drive to carry my eBook around, rather than the CD.
I finally took my cd to Staples to have it printed this past weekend, and it cost me $73 and change. (US)
I was expecting it to be about $20 cheaper, given the estimate they gave me beforehand, but at 769 pages, they had to break it into three parts to get a spiral-binding to fit. So it ended up being 3 books.
I asked for clear plastic covers, double-side, 8.5x11 inch plain white paper, and asked them to enlarge it to fit the paper size (so my 58 year old eyes could more easily read it.) I'm satisfied.
I just ordered his guide for the D3 2 days ago, and I am hoping it arrives as fast as yours did. I expect he is shipping it today, so maybe it will arrive by the end of the week. I am also hoping Busch comes out with his D3/D3x book soon. His D300 guide was also a godsend!
What do I get out of Hogan's guides or Busch's? I love Busch's guides because (a) it is printed beautifully large, with large images of many of the various screens, (b) easy to read (don't need to be an engineer like so many pro photogs seem to be) and (c) he covers every aspect.
Hogan's is a bit more technical, but he amplifies everything that is done somewhat cryptically in the Nikon manual. I've always relied on both, but I ultimately find Busch easier to understand.
>What do I get out of Hogan's guides or Busch's? I love >Busch's guides because (a) it is printed beautifully large, >with large images of many of the various screens, (b) easy to >read (don't need to be an engineer like so many pro photogs >seem to be) and (c) he covers every aspect. > >Hogan's is a bit more technical, but he amplifies everything >that is done somewhat cryptically in the Nikon manual. I've >always relied on both, but I ultimately find Busch easier to >understand. > >Diff strokes. >Mary >... making waves > >my galleries: http://www.pbase.com/heartsleeve > >D3 >D300 >14-24 f/2.8 >70-200 f/2.8 >18-200 >18-70 >50 f/1.4
Thanks Hadn't had my caffeine before that last posting so grey matter was fuzzy.
They are both great resources, but for those of us who have more of a liberal arts background than an engineering bent, there is a fine line with Thom where he elaborates past the point where I can grasp. Busch fills in those gaps in my understanding. So both have their uses.
I just received in the mail yesterday a book of a different sort, which I also hope will serve the purpose of "filling in the gaps." It isn't relative to the D300 or the D3 -- it is in fact an Ansel Adams guide - "revised and updated" by John Schaefer - that goes more to the heart and soul of photography. PLUS it was a complete steal off Amazon.com's "you can get it used" for under $6.50 plus 4 bucks for shipping. It retails for $38.95US.
It arrived yesterday, brand new except for the resellers mark across the pages. It is basic and yet inspiring... just the kind of book that resonates with a liberal arts major who loves photography! And it is flush with adams images and his insights throughout.