I have Darrel Young's book on the D800 and David Busch's book on the D7100. Both are excellent, but I prefer Darrel's book. In the future I will buy Darrel's because I prefer his straightforward style.
Not sure if there is any real difference in quality of info.
>Firstly, I see there is a thread on Darrell Young's book so I >hope this isn't an inappropriate question if there's an >affiliation with this forum! > >I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with both >books and if there are any differences between the two >approaches? Which did you prefer for your style?
I have both and Darrell's is my preferred reference. His presentation is precise and to the point. You learn well as you go through the book, which covers everything about the D7100 camera system.
Two authors, have two ways of presenting the facts, tips and insight on using the camera system.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Einstein ------------------------------------------------------> Nikon F, F2, F3, F4, F5 & F100 Nikon D300 D7100
Darrel Young is also a Nikonian, he uses with permission of course, members images in his books. By purchasing his book, there is a code that saves you money on gold membership or platimum, so you are actually getting two great resources.
Darrell's writing style is more succinct in many technical respects and for that reason some people find it easier to grasp some of the more complex subjects in the books. Darrell's writing style is also quite friendly - low-key.
David's writing style is more personal - somewhat more overtly enthusiastic - but just as clearly explanatory. So it remains for you to choose the book written in the style you prefer.
Darrell's book includes a lot of ancillary information including the settings and uses for Speedlight flashes, flash photography and many other things. Darrell does not range too far from the D7100 itself; his books always stick to the main topic for the most part.
David's book also includes a lot of ancillary information about flash photography with Speedlights and many other things. David also gets into all sorts of accurate information about Nikkor lenses, which ranges well away from the point of the book as a D7100 guide. David's books always include information well off-topic, but generally related.
Darrell's index is very good. I personally really like a robust index. Helps me find stuff fast. Very important, IMO.
David's index is good, but not up to Darrell's IMO.
Both books are well printed and well bound and well written.
The two books are priced within a few dollars of each other, so that's not a decision factor.
If Amazon offers a sample chapter and an index reference for each book, have a look at them and maybe make your choice on that basis?
Thanks very much for your detailed and considered response, agitater! Some food for thought and I'll definitely check and see if that's the case on Amazon re: previews.
Darrell's book was almost twice the price on Amazon.co.uk at first glance, but then I noticed the marketplace price was much more in line with David's. To be honest this was the main reason I was humming and hawing over it - Darrell's was my preferred choice from the info I'd read but was it worth double the price.
Yikes! Just checked amazon.co.uk. Fifteen pounds more for Darrell's book. It looks like David's publisher has a special price going for Amazon in the UK, so he's seriously undercutting Darrell. Mind you, the RRP listed on Amazon for David's book is also much lower than the RRP for Darrell's book.
If the difference was just a few quid, I'd say go for Darrell's book easy. But fifteen pounds? That's a lot of price difference between two books which compete head to head so well.
The OP may also want to consider David Busch's Compact Field Guide for the D7100. It's a no-nonsense just-the-facts manual that tells you what you need to know to set up and operate the camera. Very different from Darrell's folksy style.
Sun 02-Feb-14 02:49 PM | edited Sun 02-Feb-14 03:36 PM by Bravozulu
I prefer the User Guide that came in the box with the camera. The Young book sort of pointed me in the direction of Menu Surfing. My impression was that Darryl's methodology was too cerebral. Too much in the head,
Whereas I was a DSLR beginner (the D7000) with my first digital. I shot film for 30+ years as a journalist. And whereas I think that the first learning task is to familiarize the hands and fingers with the buttons and the dials. In other words, get people shooting before anything else. I think the priorities are somewhat misplaced in the Young book — at least as far as first learning. The official User Manual has you shooting within the first dozen pages.
I agree, the owners manual for Nikon really are good compared to most consumer products. I often recommend books for fundamentals since a good grounding is much more important there then operating instructions. Once someone knows a bit about light, dark, color and time relating to exposure, the only thing an operator manual needs to cover is details of where things are and menu hierarchy. So the investment in time is better used if studying the fundamentals that are involved with every camera, every image and every type medium. Good books on exposure, composition and color will get someone further along the path than a camera oriented book. Once the basics are familiar, picking up any camera, film or digital, entry level or pro style really only differ in control locations and features not directly related to photography. Almost all the image related problems and questions posted on the forums are solved by resolving fundamentals that could have been any camera. Stan St Petersburg Russia