New book: Mastering the Nikon D600

The just announced Mastering the Nikon D600 book is now available for pre-order on Amazon (pre-order options for international readers: UK, Germany, France, Canada and Japan). Book description:

Mastering the Nikon D600 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D600 camera. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion that often comes with complex and powerful professional camera equipment.

This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.

Darrell’s friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions, while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The learning experience for new D600 users goes beyond just the camera itself and covers basic photography technique.

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  • Spy Black

    There’s a whole chapter on cleaning the sensor…

    • Spy White

      As there is a full chapter on preventing a light leak via viewfinder, in Canon 5D MK III book.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        LOL! Good one!

      • Richard Paterson

        …or a crumbling rubber grip on their latest Rebel DSLR 🙂

      • Not to sound like a canon defender, but the D600 *does* include a “DK-5 viewfinder eyepiece cap” in the box with the camera to prevent light from leaking into the camera through the viewfinder during live view.

        • Peter Sloane

          Most of the DSLRs come with the eyepiece blanking cap.

          The Canon 5D MK III however came with a light leak issue as part of manufacturing process. It was aknowledged by Canon and affected a wide range of cameras with high serial number values.

  • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

    A whole book about how to clean your sensor? Oh nice, were do I preorder?

    • Pablo Ricasso

      It would probably be wasted on you, anyway…stick with your DX camera and call it a day.

      • zoetmb

        If you think owning a DX camera makes someone an inferior photographer, then YOU know nothing about photography. I bet you use your FX camera on Automatic.

  • Jason

    There was a book announced for the D4 in 2011

    David Busch’s Nikon D4

    The date just keeps getting pushed forwards. There is not one book currently available for the D4. This is very frustrating as its quite a complicated camera and I don’t feel I’m getting the most from it.

    It used to be that the books would come out before the cameras.

    • rkas

      … the D4 is really not that different from any other Nikon camera. And most of it is just trial and error anyway.

    • Neopulse

      Speak of the devil….

  • nikkor guy

    I guess none of the ppl here posting about the sensor cleaning actually own a D600.

    I actually own one and the dust issue disappears after few 100 shots.

    As for the Book, I personally believe those are only for amateurs hoping to learn some magic tricks that reading a standard camera manual would not teach them. Also for publishers to feed of naive noobs.

    • Jimmy P.


      Standard camera user guide/manual, plus a book like ‘Understanding Exposure’ by Bryan Peterson or similar, will be more then enough for most new D600 owners to sink their teeth into, weather they’re upgrading from DX or starting afresh in FX world.

      I bet these ‘Mastering XYZ camera’ books end up as paperweights on most readers desks.

  • I bought his books about the d5000 and d7000, and learned a lot from them. Although I read both caneras’ manuals extensively, the author’s direct yet complete approach pleased me much more. And he actually answered an email regarding a small type error I’ve found.
    Would buy if I had a D600, but I intend to stay in the DX world. Love the d7000, maybe time for a d400, Nikon?

    • neversink

      How much did he pay you to write that… His books are a waste of money. He just talks about basic photography. Refers you constantly to read different pages in the manual. He basically spits out the manual and then a little bit on Photo 101….. Don’t waste you moolah…

  • catfish252

    I actually bought the D300/D300s book and I found it to be over-priced and lacking in substance. The book is a little easier to understand than the Nikon User’s Manual, but as was mentioned before there are no golden nuggets of knowledge to be gleaned from it. Someone with any writing ability could do the same job just by reading the product announcements and certain well known photography blogs. You can spend your money more wisely by enrolling at Kelby Training or Sorry Darrell.

  • downloaded thom hogan’s book on the d800 … felt i got my money’s worth, that guy has an intensely detailed mind, and i learned a lot

    • desmo

      all you have to do
      is remember it all

  • Alan

    Years ago there used to be a
    lens cleaning paste called cat crap [can’t remember if spelled with c or k]. Any
    one know what became of it. It was pink goo in a small plastic tub, you smeared
    it on then wiped it clear. It also gave anti misting properties for a while.

  • RamesesThe2nd

    Learn ISO, aperture and shutter speed and you are 90% there. Use your camera a few times and read the manual and you are 100% there. I don’t understand the logic behind camera specific guides. Do you go get a driving course every time you buy a new car?

  • neversink

    Don’t buy these books. He just refers you to the manual a million times anyway. So sad

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  • ericnl

    does it tell you how to set your shutter speed to 50fps in video mode without going ALL manual?

  • Gly

    They should rename the book to “Mastering the Nikon D600 with All Its Flaws”.

  • Danonino

    Hm.. interesting.. All I ever needed to know is how to change, iso, shutterspeed and aperture..Photography is something strange these days..


    En que se parecen una Nikon D600 y una harley davidson?

    en que no pierden aceite, marcan su territorio.


    Pierdes más aceite que … Pierdes más aceite que un 1500 subiendo el puerto Pajares.

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