Hi there fellow D700 users, I received my new D700 ebook and package by Thom Hogan today. Wow. It is awesome, there is a fabulous spiral bound "Thom Hogan's Nikon D700 to Go" guide book, hard copy, included to take with you as you shoot as a reference of 128 pages of good paper quality. And he has included a NX2 software use ebook in this package, along with settings spreadsheets, actions(I think these are for Photoshop, I have used one of my own for copyright, and haven't yet looked into Thom's actions on the cd yet).
I've looked over the table of contents and it looks to be complete and helpful and just awesome. The ebook for the D700 has 3 parts and seems to be extremely well organized and well written and useful. The middle part, the shooting guide, is what the hard copy is taken from(but the hard copy is not all inclusive of the middle part).
I'm glad I ordered my copy and will start my studying immediately. I think it is $47 well spent for my camera investment in the D700. Debra in SE Virginia
I will be keeping my D200 as well as my D2x and D70 along with the D700. Each is useful in its own way. The amount I could get for any of the older cameras is far less than what they are worth to me. I had not originally intended to use my new D700 for birding but after trying it out with my 200-400 VR and my 500 f/4 I am not so sure. The autofocus and color rendition are just amazing. Not to mention the high ISO low-light capability. Bright sunny days I use my D2x for the extra "reach". Cloudy or overcast days or very early and very late, I use the D700.
If I take the add-on grip off my D200 I have a light and more portable DX camera for backpacking and such. I like the D2x when I don't care about weight but want DX. My D70 I can keep in the car so I always have a camera and I wouldn't tear my hair out if I lost it. This also gives me something to do with my 18-200 VR lens that I am so underwhelmed by.
Lots of times I will take two cameras with different lenses attached to cover a wider range of shooting opportunities without having to change lenses.
Hope you are enjoying your photography as much as I am.
>Thom just changed his delivery time to "Please allow 4 >weeks for delivery". No I didn't. It's been stated that way for a long time due to FTC regulations. That and the fact that delivery to some countries--Italy and South Africa to name two--has lately been taking an enormous amount of time. Last SA delivery took five weeks to arrive despite clearing US customs in two days.
I still ship once a week, on Wednesdays. In the US, that usually means that you receive your order on Friday or Saturday.
Thom Hogan author, Nikon Field Guide and Nikon Flash Guide author, Complete Guide to the N65, N75, N80, F100, F5, F6, D40/D40x, D50, D70/D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D700, D1 series, D2h/D2hs, D2x/D2xs, D3 (phew!) www.bythom.com
Update: I received my eBook a couple days after I ordered it . I'm a very happy customer. Your books always go into the depth that I want - though it sometimes takes a while for me to wade through them. - Scott D700/D2Hs/D80/D70(IR)/2 Models who won't pose for me
Jim: TX for the advice WRT keeping the D200. I have the 18-200VR which, with the D200, makes a good travel kit; sounds like a plan. I do some bird and sports photography and have the 200-400VR as well; can't wait to try it out in FX format. Do you miss the crop factor a DX format offers for telephoto work?
I've had Thom's D700 eBook for a week or so and am truly impressed (even though I also have his D300 and F6 books and so know that they are of quite high quality). One item does pop up, and that is the contraditory settings for various parameters such as sharpening in the tables (at least two I see), as well as what is presented in the text. Anyone have info as to which data set is appropriate/correct or should I use my own judgement with respect to what I'm shooting?...since Thom has posted, maybe he can be of help
f/8 and be there?...but I'm moving as fast as I can...I'm up to f/4 already!
I do miss the crop factor but the low light capability offsets that in at least some situations, especially shooting birds in the very early morning. I have to keep a close eye on the weather so I can decide whether to take my D2x or my D700. Problems of abundance.
Took about a week to get my copy. It is money well spent since I am new to the digital world. Thought the D80 was "fun" to learn, don't think I could learn how to use the D700 properly without Thom's book. Ordered the camera today and will try to get a couple of readings of the "To Go" book before the camera comes in. -------------------
"On no account allow a Vogon to read poetry at you." - The Hitchhikers Guide
I got my copy a little over a week ago, in fact I arrived the day before I left for a weeks vacation. I had debated getting the guide as I had the D200 guide and figured there can't be that much difference. After getting it in my hands though I agree that it is money well spent. Though the second section on 'shooting' will likely prove to be the most useful the geek in me loved the first section where Thom covers the technology behind the D700.
I had ordered my copy the first day it was for sale on Thom's site. Unfortunately, my 3-year old daugther Susi lost it somewhere before I had a chance to read it or to copy it onto my notebook. I don't know if it went into the trash or if she hid it somewhere in our house. That's her favorite game. So I emailed Thom to see if I could get a discounted replacement CD (still have the hardcopy book), otherwise I will need to order another one! Susi had previously lost my Nikon charger as well, and I had to order a 2nd one from B+H quickly before my batteries ran out...
I just ordered my version of the D700 manual about 3 minutes ago online, and I am severely disappointed that it has not arrived yet (LOL!).
I wish there was an online PDF version that he could send us so that we could start reading before it arrived.
Sincerely, I would order Thom's eBook just based on the quality of the content, but last year when I ordered my D200 eBook from Thom, he was gentleman enough to send it to me *before* my payment info cleared. Had he done as was his right was and waited, he could have gone on his sabbatical and sent it to me after he returned a month later, but he sent it on blind faith and I got it a week later instead of over a month later.
Thom is not only knowledgeable, but a class act... and this is the kind of person that I will support every chance I get. :~)
_________________________________________________________________ Just your average enthusiastic Nikonian from Montreal, Quebec, Canada!
I ordered mine this week. have previously bough Tom's D70 and D200 ebooks both of which are superb. One was lost in shipping and after one email to Tom I received a copy rapidly. I absolutely agree Thom is a class act and an excellent writer. These books are probably one of the best accesories for the camera. Ray