I haven't gotten it yet, but expect it to be up to his usual high and exacting standards!
I just received my D800E before I left for a family trip (didn't take it with me for a number of reasons) and am anxious to play once I return ... I look forward to also getting Thom Hogan's book once I return.
Much as I like Thom, you owe it to your self to check out DD's book. You can always buy both as I often do. Not that Thom isn't a good writer and excellent photographer, but DD's book comes with less spin.
I have bought DD's books in the past. I have also already read Thom's D800 book. I find that Thom goes into much more detail in areas that are of interest to me than other writers including Busch. He does not just re-write the Nikon D800 manual.
I really like Thom's discussions re auto focus alternatives and his own experience with the D800 so far. He also plans to update the eBook with reader feedback...something few other writers have done so far.
Not sure what you mean by spin. He gives a fair discussion of the few non-Nikon products he mentions. He does mention his own other works at times.
I just downloaded two copies last night: one for the iPad (to take to the field) and one for the laptop. With 8xx pages, I'm curious what the hardcopy will sell for. I always find it easier to scan as a hardcopy, but it won't be as small and light as the iPad is.
I like buying self-published online content when the author stands to get more of the proceeds. PDF is also a good format since it is generally DRM free. As such, I was happy to take chance on Thom's book.
I purchased my last dead tree publication several years ago. I can't imagine buying any others in the future. I'm just not interested. I didn't even break the seal on my D800 manuals. I found the online PDF version that I can read it on any device, find related content, and search when the spirit moves me.
But really: I think a 'user manual' like Thom's should have an option to demonstrate functions and show video examples directly on a camera via WiFi - but let's walk before we run. I am happy to at least get PDF
Thom's eBook is excellent indeed. When using the GoodReader app Thom mentions, you can find back sentences you want to pay more attention to by highlighting them. The highlighted text appears as well in the PDF as (partly) in annotations. When you click on an annotation it acts as a bookmark.
After downloading the eBook to your desktop/laptop, it is fairly easy to copy the eBook into GoodReader (the how to is included in the mail you get from Thom). I just want to add that after syncing your iPad, you need to click on the iPad device (in iTunes on the desktop/laptop), to see the Apps tab Thom mentions. Then as he explains the second half of the page shows File Sharing. Click GoodReader and add the PDF you want to transfer.
Waiting for Darell's eBook. The articles on his website, his posts, and the positive comments I read on this forum about his former books, make me very curious about his approach of how to deal with the D800/D800E.
>I also bought the book (PDF) and it is outstanding. >BTW: Is Thom part of Nikonians? >------------- >Please visit my galleries: >Reza Gorji Photography
Thom has an account here. Unfortunately, he's only posted enough times to defend any potential infringements upon his Guides. He was interviewed on the Image Doctors podcast Episode 73a. Worth checking out.
On page 267 Thom describes "Focus on exposure" related to the camera relying upon the exposure value of what's under the focus sensor(s) used. He suggests an experiment I just did: five pictures of a test chart (white to black ramp). I kept the frame exactly the same under the same lighting conditions, but moved the focus point from the brightest to the darkest. Each time I took a picture at f/4. The shutter speeds were respectively 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125. Most interesting.
Thom has a lot of information in his book that I have never seen anywhere else. I was one of the reviewers of the book before it was published. I went back and re-read many sections after reading for grammar stuff...just to understand what he was saying.
I did not always agree with what he said, but I understood why he said it (i.e, AF and 3D tracking). There were places where I thought he could have added more information (i.e., use of software for AF Fine Tuning)...but..hey, the book is 851 pages as is. Maybe he will write an additional "in depth" version. Can you imagine what would be in it?
I intend to now go back and read it from cover to cover just to be sure I take advantage of all I can that he provides. That may take me a while!
I can't imagine writing a 800++ book is the short time the D800 has been out, is most of the book original content or does it have a lot of those pages used for charts and figures used in past book? I do like his writing style, but I prefer paper books to screens. That might change now that I have the new iPAD with the great Retina display and a way to display the book. My personal use of it has been limited to displaying photos and its map functions. I got a few of them for the office to use an app I wrote for checking in clients when they disembark from their cruise ship, to go on a multi-day tour.
Thom says he took a lot of the content of the D800 book from his D700, D3 and D4 books. However, he did fine tune it for the D800 and added good examples of "how to" with it. Apparently, he took it with him just about everywhere he went while he was working on the book. He describes how he used 3D tracking while shooting a basketball game.
If you have read his D3 and D700 books, you have probably read a lot of what he has in this D800 book...I am guessing. I have not read either of them, so the D800 book had a lot of stuff I had not seen before.
However, I still have unanswered questions after reading Thom's book. I post those questions here.
Yes, that is why I like Thom's eBook too. The only problem is the vast amount of interesting information hiding out somewhere. Okay you can find back something with a keyword - if you know the keyword . And you can highlight, or underscore. And you can use the page index or the chapter index. Or make annotations, bookmarks, keywords. Start dream session. Or if you could eliminate (temporarily) things you (think) you master or are not interested in for the time being. For example, everything related to JPEG (or RAW), or everything related to how to set menu items, just to name a few. But that would require another book structure, a kind of (possibly co-authored) Wiki-D800 instead of eBooks. Or the 123DI-idea of being able to make a choice as starter, essential, or advanced reader. Or Thom duplicating himself to provide us with in-depth add-on articles like you mention. Stop dream session. There are still a lot of options for authors to be creative in how to present information in a way making it even more accessible and better structured.
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I've updated the D800 Guide with hundreds of corrections, wording changes, and small additions (one big change is in the Autofocus Sensor section). I'm providing a free update to the new version (v1.03).
That's because in the last version of the book some pages (including text) were rendered as images. The latest version appears to correctly render all text as text, and not images. That results in a smaller file and actually better quality.
I like the additional AF information Thom has added...specifically how the sensor points change with aperture. Unfortunately, he still does not mention nor discuss the use of software (i.e., FoCal) to do AF Fine Tuning. Maybe in the next edition.
I had an email discussion with Thom about FoCal a couple of days ago. He is aware of it and I sent him my thoughts, for what they are worth! He mentioned he understood that some people found a difference in results when using LensAlign and FoCal - My expeience indicates quite small differences.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. - Ansel Adams
I mentioned FoCal to Thom when I was reviewing the book before publication. He did not respond to my suggestion that he cover it.
I used to write books, and I understand the issue of relevance, impact and timing. Until FoCal becomes mainstream, it my not be considered relevant. Until people understand how fast and accurately you can calibrate a series of lenses, its potential impact on D800 users may be underestimated. Finally, there are always new products coming out. By the time you get a book finished, it is already going out of date. Fortunately, with a eBook, Thom can add more content as he feels it is relevant. Authors of hard copy books will not be able to go with the flow.
I agree with Gary -- I bought both the ebook and hardcover version of Thom's D700 guide. I've been through every remotely useful to me page of the printed version, and consulted sections of it many times. I've only had the ebook open once or twice in 2 years. Maybe I'm just old, but I find ebooks just are not as useful or handy...
For those still leaning toward hardcopy books: I recently bought Thom Hogan's D800 Guide. I like ebooks more than hardcopy for several reasons, but another just came in my inbox. Hogan's email gives me a link to an updated version, which (his words):
"I've updated the D800 Guide with hundreds of corrections, wording changes, and small additions (one big change is in the Autofocus Sensor section). I'm providing a free update to the new version (v1.03)."
I bet you won't get an updated hardcopy from anyone...
Yes, if that was my concern I would get an eBook ... but you missed my point. I spend enough time looking at a screen for every gadget I own.
I want book I can read under the shade of a pine tree here in Colorado . . . that I can read cover to cover and just relax and absorb. Fine if you like eBooks .. I am just looking for a good paperback recommendation to get as familiar as possible with a camera that I don't yet have in my hand. I will take knowledge from the book and do my own updates based on my style and experience ....
Just ordered: David Busch's Nikon D800/D800E Guide to Digital SLR Photography
To each his own... I just received an update to Thom's ebook. No paperback can do that. And that GoodReader app for my iPad is really good, too. This is my preferred way, and a lot less trees got used in the process (I think). To each his own...
Some of Thom's other books he granted permission for printing. If you asked his permission he might provide permission to do so. Then you hit a local print shop and have your printed edition, bound the way you want!
I too prefer the written hardcopy but, unfortunately, today the print is so small in many of the books that it's a bear to read, exhausting and frustrating. The thing I like most about E-books is that you can enlarge the print!
Thom's book was quite enlightening on many fronts - at least it was to me...