Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7

Currently in its Second Edition!

2nd Edition iPad

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Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 2nd Edition helps you understand and master the use of the Nikon Z6 or Z7 camera. Both are covered in this 1074 page eBook (the Second Edition added over 60 pages).

(The current 2nd Edition covers up through firmware 2.x. Yes, there will be a 3rd Edition. As is my current policy, Edition updates have a US$5 voluntary update fee when they're made available to previous owners, which helps cover the costs of maintaining the mailing list and the extra bandwidth necessary to deliver the update. Thus, there's no real drawback to just ordering the 2nd Edition now. There would be a 3rd Edition already except that Nikon has been closed for awhile now and I can't get my Z6 or Z7 updated to support ProRes RAW and document that. Once NikonUSA re-opens its service facilities, I'll work to complete the work necessary.)

You may think that you're well versed on Nikon cameras at this point, but in putting together this book I found dozens of small changes and differences that are important for you to know. Nikon's also introduced new features, such as Mid-range Sharpening and Diffraction Compensation, a host of new Creative Picture Controls, and many nuances to lots of DSLR-type features. Did you know, for instance, that Highlight-Weighted metering works differently on the Z6/Z7 than it does on the D5/D850?

This book covers everything (thus the name). I'll walk you through why the new lens mount is significant, what older lenses you can use with the FTZ Adapter, and how the Z focus system actually is put together and works. Pretty much everything that's known about the Z system is in this book, including why Nikon doesn't want you physically touching the sensor to clean it (that's in a footnote, but it's there). Moreover, the 2nd Edition is current with the 2.00 firmware update that Nikon shipped in May (which caused me to revisit the autofocus section).

You'll find deep-yet-understandable explanations with more examples and suggestions than in other guides you can buy, all in the no-nonsense and understandable writing style for which Thom Hogan has become famous. No matter how well you think you know the Nikon Z cameras, you'll find things in this work that you didn't know about the Z6 and Z7. That's why it's called a "complete guide." 

  • Organized to help you learn. Strongly organized, with distinct sections for what you need to know before using the camera (background and setup), while using the camera (shooting features), and after using the camera (what to do with your images). I've taken the time to re-organize many sections from my previous books, as Nikon's own organization in the menus and options has changed.
  • A complete instruction manual and an introduction to relevant digital issues in one book. Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Z6 and Z7 2nd Edition manages to not only fully describe every feature of the Nikon Z6 and Z7 running firmware 1.x or 2.x in clear, easy-to-understand language, but also provides you rich, technical background for many of the critical issues that confront digital camera users. First time digital camera users will get information about how digital cameras work. Digital veterans will get insights into how to set their Nikon Z bodies for the best results. Video users get information on how to use the video functions on the Z6 and Z7, including shooting 10-bit N-Log to an external recorder.
  • Z autofocus modes explained in plain English! Nikon loves inventing acronyms and cryptic terms. Can't figure out tracking autofocus, what the autofocus area modes actually do, and how to best configure you camera for focusing? Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 2nd Edition explains these terms and accompanying techniques in the same simple, no-nonsense language that made his original Nikon Field Guide a best seller. And yes, the eye detection and the small changes to Wide-area AF that came with Nikon's 2.0 firmware update are dealt with.
  • Video, Focus Stacking, and more are covered in detail. Nikon didn't spend a lot of time in their documentation outlining how everything works. Some of their descriptions are almost as simple as "press this button and turn this dial." Thom's book covers what the camera is actually doing and how that might impact your results. Since the Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras actually allow manual control of video, you'll learn how to do that, too.
  • All the ways you can connect to mobile/computers are dealt with. SnapBridge? Yes. Tablet direct connections? Yes. Wi-Fi to your computer? Still yes. 

The PDF eBook file has been checked and runs on Kindle, Nook, and iPad readers (we suggest the low-cost Goodreader app on the iPad to get the very best reading and annotating experience, but iBooks works quite well). Don't have an eReader? No problem, the eBook also works using Adobe Reader on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems. Technically, it works on iPhones and Android phones, too, but the screens on those devices are bit small to read comprehensive text and tables like those in this book. 

The Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 2nd Edition is a must-own for any Nikon Z6 or Z7 user. There simply isn't any other work out there that comes close to touching the detail, usefulness, or completeness of this work. 

What do readers say?

  • "Excellent, informative" —LB
  • "Really enjoying the depth and work you put into the eBook" —KW
  • "My reference for the Z6. Happy to recommend this book" —VR
  • "Incredibly thorough" —FS
  • "Great book!" —JH
  • "Money well spent." —JK
  • "A wealth of knowledge." —MP

Current Version: 2.01, 1074 pages, eBook (PDF file supplied) available immediately*

Everyone that bought the first edition of the book should have received an email about how to get the second edition (check your Junk/Spam folder, as it comes from an automated system). As per the decade-old byThom update policy for edition changes, those that ordered the 1st Edition on May 1st, 2019 or later should get an email that offers them a free update. Those that bought the 1st Edition prior to that date should have received an email offering them an upgrade to the 2nd Edition (with a voluntary US$5 charge that covers my extra emailing and downloading fees associated with the update). There are over 60 new pages of material in the second edition, and the entire book has been re-edited from stem to stern to make it the most accurate and complete product available for the Z6/Z7. As noted above, a third edition will be offered once I can have my cameras serviced by Nikon to support ProRes RAW and document that.

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