Tuesday, June 10, 2008

D300 Digital Field Guide corrections

As with the first printing of most books, there are some minor errors, this is nothing out of the ordinary and all of the errors will be fixed for the second printing. Writing a book is an intensive project and during writing process and the editorial process sometimes things get overlooked. So there are a few items from the first printing of the Nikon D300 Digital Field Guide that need to be addressed. I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion that these oversights may have caused.

On page 7 Figure QT.4 is labeled incorrectly. Center weighted mode is labeled as 3D Color Matrix II, and Matrix metering is labeled as center weighted mode.

On page 18 I mention that you press the WB button and rotate the Main Command dial to change the white balance (WB) setting. In all WB settings with the exception of K or PRE, you can rotate the sub-command dial to fine-tune the setting. Rotating the sub-command dial to the right allows you to add blue to the image making it cooler while rotating the dial to the left adds amber, which warms up the image. You can dial in up to 6 steps of blue or amber. When the WB is set to K, rotating the sub-command dial allows you to set a specific color temperature. When set to PRE rotating the dial enables you to choose from d-0 to d-4, each of which can be used to save a pre-set WB setting.

On page 27 when describing the electronic analog exposure display, I state, "When the bars are to the left you are underexposed; when the bars are to the right, you are overexposing your image." This is the opposite of the default camera setting. This was a technical error on my part. In CSM f10 you can reverse the indicators and I have my personal camera set this way, as it’s more intuitive to my way of thinking.

On page 28 in the explanation of changing exposure compensation value, "When pressing the Exposure Compensation button and rotating the Sub-command dial, the EV compensation is displayed." This should read, “Pressing the Exposure Compensation button displays the EV compensation setting, pressing the button and rotating the Main Command dial allows you to change the EV compensation setting.”

On page 43 in the description of Bracketing I should mention that unlike Exposure Bracketing, when set to White Balance Bracketing the camera only takes on shot, but simultaneously records multiple images with different WB settings.

On page 84 in my description of CSM e4 – Modeling flash, I forgot to mention that this feature also works with the built-in flash.

Once again, these errors only appear in the first printing and your edition may not have these specific errors.


Anonymous said...

Ivory soap advetizes that it is 99.44% pure soap - so is or Book on the D300 - Great job.

A 99.44% correct book timely published works for me. Besides all of the perfect people that I have met have never produced any but verbal house dung

I only found your web-site by Google"Dead Sailor Publications" Now thay I have fouind it, I will stay up-to-date.

FYI the 24mm PC-E T/S lens is not 100% compatable with the D300. When rotated 180° one of the knobs will hit the built-in flash projection.

The SB-900 flash is now available ($460 street vs $280 for SB-800).. Will you be commenting on the merits of paying 60% more for the SB-900
on your web-site?

An e-mail with your SB-900 obsevations would be appreciated.

Terence O'Neill PE

Jinho said...


First wanted to start off by saying I love your D300 companion guide... caught all 6 or so of those issues that you listed. Some really confused the daylights out of me as I moved up from a D70s with similar features and what you wrote was counter to what I knew from the D70s. A quick reference back to the user manual and asking around fixed that... Also on page 5, under self timer it says, "The delay can bet set to 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds." Was "bet" supposed to be "be"?

Anyways, like the other poster I would love to see a write up on the SB-900...as I've recently picked up that flash as well, and will continue to use my SB-800 as a backup or slave unit. Many thanks!!!

J. Dennis Thomas said...

I guess the copy editor missed the "bet" It should be "be". I'll let the publisher know. Thanks...

I did a quick review of the SB-900 here on my blog. Check the latest post.

I'm finishing up the D90 Digital Field Guide right now and as soon as that's done I'll be updating the Nikon Creative Lighting System Digital Field Guide. It will include the SB-900 and the SB-400