Has anyone here purchased Thom Hogans D7000 guide?
At $80.00 this is not an insignificant investment, especially for a printed book that contains black and white photos. I've been a fan of Thom's site for a couple of years, but have severe sticker shock when it comes to this book.
If anyone has owned one of the nikonians press books before could they please offer up some kind of comparison?
Thu 31-Mar-11 10:29 AM | edited Thu 31-Mar-11 10:30 AM by Gamecocks
Welcome to the community. I ordered from Thom's site and it was $39.99 plus shipping. There are a lot of "filler" pages that takes the neophyte through the stages of what a dslr is, etc. but overall it is a very good guide. The small "field guide" is easy to take with you and covers everything you probably need. I like it and have already used some of his suggestions.
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>Has anyone here purchased Thom Hogans D7000 guide? > >At $80.00 this is not an insignificant investment, especially >for a printed book that contains black and white photos. I've >been a fan of Thom's site for a couple of years, but have >severe sticker shock when it comes to this book. > >If anyone has owned one of the nikonians press books before >could they please offer up some kind of comparison?
I own both Thom's D90 Guide and Young's Mastering the D90.
Both are excellent.
The Mastering the DXX(XX) guides cover all the basics very well, contains some great tips and have some advanced information. If you are not looking to understand, in any depth, the inner workings of your camera and just want to learn how the settings impact your photos it is a great book, and better than similar books on the market (I liked it better than the Magic Lantern book and the D90 Field Guide) . It would be my go to book to replace the manual that comes with the camera, which is less than user friendly sometimes.
Thom's Guides are photographic tombs of information. You get everything in the Mastering the DXX(XX) guide plus a lot of information about the inner workings of your camera and generally more detail. Thom's Guide is where I would go if I want to learn not only how to set up my camera and take photos but why my camera behaves the way it does in certain circumstances, i.e. what is actually happening inside the camera. You also get a very good primer on Nikon's software.
I would likely end up recommending the Mastering DXX(XX) guide to a beginner and Thom's Guide to someone who has a little more experience, but admittedly that is a generalization. Beginners could get something out of both books (Thom's is just a much bigger commitment to read, absorb and understand) and people with experience can still get a refresher and learn a few new things from the Mastering series.
I will end up buying both again for my d7000, I am a photography book junkie.
p.s. As for the price of Thom's Guide, you do get value for your money, in addition to the large bound Guide you get the smaller spiral bound Go To Guide that just covers the camera settings summarily and some other extras.
I have yet encountered a problem that I couldn't find answers on the manual and online forums. I can understand that people who are new to DSLR may want do some reading to understand the concepts. But for those who used DSLR for a while, there are not many new stuff, $80? Come on. No.
I bought the $40 version of the book - small printed, and large PDF (800+ pages). Admittedly I am a photo book junkie but this is the first time since my Rolleiflex that I bought a book about the innards of the camera I just purchased.
I am awed by the material in the book - to a level of detail any engineer would love. This is a very comprehensive presentation of everything you ever wanted to know about the D7000. This sounds stupid but I could hardly put the book down. You will learn considerably more about the camera and about the why did they do that, than you will with any other book.
I pre-ordered it from Thom's website based on accolades from others on this forum re: his other books. I paid the $40 for the PDF + printed book to fit in my camera bag. I read the PDF on my iPad or on my computer.
I am very pleased with the 800+ pages. There is a lot of detail. When I read the manual I am left very hungry and empty without feeling I know what I need to know to properly choose my settings. With Thom's book, I get a lot of explanation that is excellent.
The book, DVD, and extra quick-check book are definitely worth the money. He writes very well with enormous detail, but in a down-to-earth style. There are parts which I skip over when it all gets too technical and I think "Do I really need to know this?" I've so far discovered that the D7000 is way more complex than I ever dreamed and that it's a miracle, knowing how little I do, that I ever achieve a good shot:-) However, it's exciting to discover just how much there is to learn and I now have the ultimate guide. Buy it! http://annbaldwin.zenfolio.com/
I ordered Thom's guide for my D200 several years ago, when a hard copy of the book was not available, only a CD. I went to considerable time and expense to copy the pages, front and back, and have them spiral bound into a book. I have also had his guide for the D300. I haven't found any guide better in terms of the amount of information and I look forward to receiving the one I ordered for my D7000. Thankfully I've come to like having the info on my laptop and tablet, so I no longer need to spend the money for the actual book. However, I do believe if you want the book...the price he charges is very reasonable.
I agree with you on the price of printing the book as there are a lot of pages. I recently had a friend @ the local university print out a similar book but with only 390 pages and it was about half of Thom's printed book. Since you have access to the camera and monitor, the CD was the way for me to go; especially since he includes the "field guide" which is very helpful.
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I spent the extra money on getting the printed copy. But I am now wondering about cancelling my order. I order the boot in the middle of last month and still don't have it. I was emailed that it would ship on 3/31.
So Monday and again today emailed to get a status on my order. The response was "Orders will resume shipping on 4/13." You would think an email would go out to those folks who expected it to ship on 3/31.
Waiting a month or more for a book seems ridiculous especially since my payment was made via PayPal at the time of order.
I understand your frustration, but since this is almost certainly the best book out there for the D7000, why not just wait it out? Mine took 3 weeks, but it was well worth the wait. Maybe you're in a hurry for some other reason.
It's not just the book, it's also a CD with the PDF of the book and a smaller 148-page printed Go-To spiral-bound guide you can put in your camera bag. If you want the CD and Go-To guide only, the price is around $40.
I chose option 2 and feel it was money well spent.
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I ordered the CD option and received it in about 3 weeks. I wasn't familiar with the author, except for what I read on the website, which I liked but wasn't sure what his books would be like. Now after reading through the PDF file, I wished I had spent the extra and gotten the printed manual. I seem to get more out of things when they are on the printed page. You know, notes in the margin, underlining, etc. That said, I really like the ability to search that the PDF format gives you. I agree with others that I couldn't stop reading it, except to pick up the D7000 and try some of the things I read about. Some of these things I don't think you would be able to find out on your own, without a lot of research time spent. I haven't seen any of the other books on the D7000, but I have read a lot of books and manuals on other cameras, and this is hands down the best I have ever seen. Hmm, wonder if I can buy just the book now? That would be nice.
I just received my CD and to go guide yesterday. It took about 2 weeks to be delivered. Not too bad- I was expecting a longer wait. After 24 hours of flipping through it, I can tell it's a great investment. My D7000 was a gift from my very generous wife and more camera than I need for my skill level. I'm already learning from the Thoms guide. I put the PDF on my Ipad, so it's almost always with me. It's definately a good buy.
I think this might be more useful under the computers forum. The only connection to the D7000 is Thom's book. I have all of the Nikon manuals for my equipment on a USB drive and loaded onto my Nook. Now if Nikon would add bookmarks, link the TOC to content, number the displayed pages to match the number shown on the page, etc to make the PDF's more user friendly.
I've been meaning to get FileApp or GoodReader for the longest time for my camera manuals, Thom Hogan, and Jason Odell PDFs. But with this new iTunes method, or Epub what are the ad/disadvantages? Sorry I am not clear what is the best product?
I received my copy (CD version) after about 3 weeks. I converted the pdf to kindle format using Mobipocket Creator and have been reading it on my desktop PC using Amazon's Kindle for PC (a great software combination, and 100% free). I have read the first quarter of the book. Here are my impressions so far.
The book is 800 pages long because it tries to be all things to all people: a book for the first time DSLR user as well as the experienced DSLR user. The first 227 pages are basically a synopsis of everything Thom has written about digital camera internals (sensors and other hardware/software), with an emphasis the D7000 and how it differs from (and often improves upon) other Nikon cameras. I found the information highly uneven in its level of detail, perhaps because it may have been assembled by cutting and pasting from other material Thom has published. Thom advises DSLR beginners to read this section and experienced users to skip it. My advice would be just the opposite. I can imagine a beginner finding much of this material fairly opaque and ultimately discouraging. If you are new to DSLR's, your money would be better spent on an intro book or an online "intro to digital photography" course.
As far as the pocket guide is concerned, can it really improve on Nikon's official user manual? If anyone has used Thom's Guide in the field, I'd be interested in your comments. The Nikon manual is phenomenal. It has a great index, tabbed sections, and is extensively cross-referenced. You can find what you're looking for in seconds.
I got both, and — from what I've learned — it's really worth the price. He self-publishes, so don't expect Amazon response times. Thom also teaches workshops, and travels to long-distance shoots; so he has other irons in the fire.
What you're getting with Thom is really thorough in-depth discussion and suggestions. For instance, how you might increase (or maximize) dynamic range on the D7k. This alone for me is worth the price. This is a complex subject, and it takes a while to wrap your head around it, and Thom does (for me at least) a great job of explaining it.
The eBook/PDF version, which I moved to my iPad, provides really indepth information, that frankly I haven't seen in similar books. The eBook is 820 pages on my iPad, so there is considerably more depth on the technical aspects of the camera and how they work.
Take a look at his website/blog, bythom.com — you can get a flavor of his writing there, and see if it resonates for you. It did for me.
I don't have a D7k yet but I do have Thom's guides (on my computer) for the D200, D2x, D300, D700 and D3s. I highly recommend them and personally find them indispensable. When I first get one I read it cover to cover then go back with the camera and go over each important item. When I am through I am ready to confidently use the camera.
Ok, after reading all the comments I only have one questions as I am a newbie. How do I order Tom's book . I just purchased my D7000 Saturday. I was lucky to get one as the local photo store I always buy my stuff from only had 4 left with no new orders till at least the end of August. I have been reading through the manual, and starting to set things up. Plane on just getting the CD and the field guide. Can load the PDF on my Kindle and can carry both around.
Thanks for the help and I am sure I will be back for more advice John
> >If anyone has owned one of the nikonians press books before >could they please offer up some kind of comparison?
Totally worth it: his discussion of white balance alone is worth the price of admission. I purchased Young's manual for the D90 and it was very well written - I'm sure his manual for the D7K will be very good. However, Thom's book is exhaustive. Costs more, but you get everything you paid for.
Many camera books are more of a reference book than a text book, so you need to adjust the way you read the book. The same applies to the Nikon user manual supplied with your camera, but Thom is a better writer than the Nikon staff and management.
Thom writes for the many skill levels of the user, so there will be some very basic and very complex techniques.
Setting the camera up and initializing it is pretty straight forward, but there are always something that changes, so it is always a good idea to skim over the setup sections and see if anything changes.
If you read, listen, or study how the most respected photographers set up shoots, you will soon realize how complex and subtle the setup can be. I just saw a video by Joe McNally about setting up a one light portrait. Just shifting the Speedlight 6 inches can make a big difference the final result.
The cost of the book should be considered in the light of how much you want to pursue photography. If you want vacation and family snapshots using a name brand camera, then Thom's book and Darrel's books might not be worth your while and that is fine. But if you want to capture stunning photographic images, then the books are well worth the cost. There are always new techniques and understanding of how the lens, light and recording media interact as these items are changed over time.
With the advent of portable eReaders and eBooks, it is now possible for serious photographers to have there user manual and many reference manuals and charts in their field kit and available as needed in almost any location. Adding an eBook does not increase the weight of the eReader one ounce or gram.
Photography is life long learning hobby and you have the choice upon how much you want to learn and spend.
I don't have a D7000, but even with 28 years of experience as a Nikon owner (and 9 Nikon bodies, including 4 DSLRs), I buy Thom Hogan's guide for every camera when I buy the camera. Whenever I get a D4 or D400 (or whatever) I'll be buying his guide as soon as it becomes available. I think it's fair to say that I have a reasonable background but I *always* learn a lot from each new book.
I don't do paper books for stuff like this - like the others, the electronic copy is on my traveling electronics. (In my case, a laptop and a phone with a reader.) Admittedly I have less need to read it cover to cover than some others do, making the use as an electronic field reference more practical.
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Disclaimer: My personal opinion only. I did proof-read the N80 Field Guide years ago, but I have no financial interest in flogging his books.
TH's guides have two differentials that make them stand out against the crowd:
1. He breaks down the menus and tells you what you need to manipulate and what you can set once and forget it forever.
2. The real meat and potatoes is in his field setup and usage - for example - custom settings have become a monster in the latest camera models but he walks you through how you can set it up for different scenarios and gain efficiencies.