David Busch’s “Nikon D7000 Guide to Digital SLR Photography” – Book Review

Nikon D7000 Guide, David Busch, Book Review, Cover, FrontWhether to purchase “Nikon D7000 Guide to Digital SLR Photography” by David Busch was for me a very conscious decision to more deeply appreciating nuanced complexities in my Nikon D7000 DSLR.

The excellent “Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography,” also by David Busch, (see review by clicking here) was for me an invaluable resource to using my old trusty and now retired Nikon D90 DX format DSLR.

Today, I shoot a couple of D7000 bodies.

While the D7000‘s and D90‘s are indeed quite similar, there are several significant new features and expanded capabilities in the D7000.

I love David Busch’s guides.

David’s writing style and excellent indexing makes his guides invaluable references to their particular cameras.

Appreciating his style as I do, if I had not had the “Nikon D90 Guide”, I would have immediately purchased the “Nikon D7000 Guide”.

David Busch's Nikon D90 Guide to Digital SLR Photography Front CoverStill, due to the camera body similarities, my experience with the D90 and my existing “D90 Guide” I held off for several months my new guide purchase.

Something else too held me back initially.

The Nikon OEM factory “D7000 User’s Manual” is actually quite good, yay!

By contrast, Nikon’s original factory ” D90 User’s Manual” is written sparsely and cryptically.  Not a big fan of the factory “D90 User’s Manual”.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Nikon’s D7000 Manual is written clearly, concisely, with much more and easier to understand and use details than its D90 efforts.

Still, on browsing the “Nikon D7000 Guide,” it became immediately clear that this volume offers additional insights to the D7000, which “Nikon D90 Guide” and the D7000 Manual lack.

So, I happily purchased Busch’s “Nikon D7000 Guide” and recommend it to any who own the camera and would like to know how to use it better.

I have written quite extensively about the “Nikon D90 Guide” in a prior review (click here to see review).

The “Nikon D90 Guide” was under 400 pages.   Busch’s “Nikon D7000 Guide” is over 500 pages.

While there is repetition, there are also new key knowledge specific to the D7000.

David Busch’s guides I find to be the most useful of any number of guides which I have perused.  Most other guides are often less useful retellings of the manufacturers manuals.   These other camera guides often seem more like intro to photography guides than useful/clear guides to using my specific camera and its particular features.

Even with my prior experience the”Nikon D90 Guide” did not quite cover the level of details and understanding I prefer having of my D7000.

I need the additional depth, clarity and illustration that “Nikon D7000 Guide to Digital SLR Photography” provides.

For instance, I like having learned that in a somewhat similar fashion to the Sony a77 DSLR, the mirror in the D7000 is semi silvered…  That is, the flip-up mirror is somewhat transparent…   It reflects some light up into the view finder housing, and a bit down behind the mirror to the focusing sensors located on the ‘floor’ of the mirror box…

Who knew?

Areas where it has been specifically helpful to me recently is in understanding more about High ISO and Long Exposure Noise Reduction Modes.

Did you know for instance the D7000 camera takes two (2) photos in Long Exposure Noise Reduction Mode?

Did you know it works for exposures over 8 seconds only?

Well, I did not.  This means that in any dynamic scenes, like with star trails, or people moving

… Long Exposure Noise Reduction Mode could be a bit of a handy cap.

Thanks David Busch.

Nikon D7000, Comact, Field, Guide, David, Busch, CoverTo peruse “Nikon D7000 Guide to Digital SLR Photography” on Amazon, interior previews of the book’s contents are available or it can be purchased new or used, click here.

At over 530 pages, this is a very substantial book.  Even though it is paperback, at 9″ x 7.5″ x 1.5″, this thing is huge.

With some reader requests for a condensed version, David has also written a carry along 192 page version of this guide which he calls:   “David Busch’s Compact Field Guide for the Nikon D7000.”  This slimmed down verions was edited down from the “Nikon D7000 Guide” by trimming information which David feels one may not need to have along on a trip, in favor of the reduced weight and size benefits.

At about half the size, weight and cost, David Busch’s Compact Field Guide for the Nikon D7000 might be a better choice for the camera bag.

Interior and content previews to David Busch’s Compact Field Guide for the Nikon D7000 are also available on Amazon by clicking here.


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