Not Aimed at the Experienced Photographer. Too Much Basic Photography
Reviewed in the United States on 1 February 2019
Edit: The review below this paragraph represented my initial thoughts. They remain valid, but since then I bought Thom Hogan's guide [from his website], which is superior in most respects, not the least of which is a more conversational style that makes reading long passages much easier. Costs more, but as with all of Hogan's books [this is my fourth] it is worth a few extra bucks.
Maybe it's my advanced age trying to use an electronic version of a lengthy text on photography, but I didn't find the book that useful. I am looking for information I don't already know, not a Winter read for days it is too cold to go outside to shoot. I am writing this as I am 20% of the way into the book, having read every word so far, and I don't think I have learned more than 2 things about the Z7 - things I could have easily found in the manual. I am an experienced photographer, moving from a D850, have bought a number of such books over the years, and own several Thom Hogan manual-substitutes for various digital cameras; I don't need basic lessons about photography, which is what this offers in abundance. Pages explaining the use of gray cards and how meters read an image? More than I need on that subject.
If I were coming from Canon or Sony, I might want more explanation about the why Nikon's Matrix meeting might differ from those brands, for example, but none of that so far.
I can't imagine anyone spending $4,000 to buy a Z7 and lens that needs the level of instruction Busch offers here. Maybe the Z6 buyer [although one book for both "Z" bodies might be more appropriate], but not one of the 2 or 3 top Nikon [or Canon, Sony] cameras. [Note: The comment on the Z6 is not intended to downplay its usefulness for experienced users, only the difference in the cost of investment that might lead the casual or inexperienced user to buy one over the Z7] I've long known why cameras can't easily distinguish between a white owl in the snow and a black cat in a coal mine, yet that is the level of much of what the book offers, so far; I didn't buy a Z7 to learn that.
I don't have time to read a 540 page photo tutorial, biased in favor of one body. I have a electronic version of the manual for that, and although this book is seems easier to read than the usual manufacture's effort, the manual does seem more detailed in some respects.
I don't need pages teaching me the relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, or why one might want to use spot metering over a weighted average, for example. I learned that many cameras ago. I wished there would be more information explaining the differences between the D8xx series, D4 or D5, and the Z7, so I could easily adapt to the changes - so far, nothing. When I get to the chapters on focusing, I may find something new but I'm not there yet.
I was looking to find out what happened to the bracket button [there isn't one, without comment], why Nikon changed the way bracketing operated, and how to work around it. So far, not much there.
I was surprise to learn from the book that Nikon makes a battery pack add-on and the model number, although no such product has been announced as of this post; makes me wonder what other errors might be there.
If you are the proverbial "dentist" who wants the latest, greatest, and most expensive camera available, but rarely uses it, or are upgrading from a point and shoot, the book does have a lot to offer. For the experienced shooter, not so much. If, after a few hundred more pages, I change my mind, I will amend the review.
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