Configuring and Using the Nikon Zf

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Please make sure you're ordering the correct book. Nikon has both a Zf and a Zfc model, and the books for each are different! The above link is for the Zf (full frame) camera.

Price: US$39.99 download only
24MB download file. Yes the green, above, to start the ordering process; free updates are provided for the ebook version, when made. This book is in ePub format. Windows users will need an ePub Reader (many are available for free), while Apple (Mac, iPad, iPhone), Kindle, and most others probably already have an ePub Reader installed.

This book is different than my Complete Guides in that it only tackles the primary problems that most users have with a new camera: how the heck do you get it configured to work the way you want it to work, and how do you then use it?

Thus, you'll find that this isn't a do-all, tell-all, expose-all tome like my Complete Guides have been. Nope, this book is a get-out-your-camera and read along to get the Nikon Zf camera set exactly right for your photography. I tackle this in some clear steps:

  • Fix some defaults
  • Make all your one-time settings
  • Customize the camera controls
  • Settle into your basic shooting options (look, focus, and more)
  • Get hooked up to your mobile device
  • Use your Zf for various tasks (includes the split personality of using traditional dials versus modern dials)
  • Save your settings for later convenient retrieval

Along the way I deal with things like how Nikon's organized the menu system and how to navigate it quickly, how to set up back button focus (and some supporting focus button options. as well as picking your initial preferred AF-Area mode), how to set up the camera to evaluate exposure, and much, much more. Yes, I do discuss when to use higher ISO values and some of the other major settings, but I don't go into the detailed level I do in my Complete Guides

The Zf has some unique things that need more explaining, such as HEIF, and Pixel shift shooting. Those, too, are covered in the book, as are the new Picture Controls the Zf added. The book also tackles how to charge your battery (the camera doesn't come with a charger), what cards to use in the camera, and everything you need to know about the new autofocus system. Thom offers a number of customization settings if you're not sure how to best set up the camera for your use, and he explains how to set up the ML-L7 wireless remote as well as SnapBridge.

Because this book takes a far simpler approach than my Complete Guides, we're able to use the ePub format to publish it as a download, which makes it perfect for any reader device, big or small. It's been optimized for Apple Books (macOS, iOS, and iPadOS), but it works with other e-readers, as well, including Kindle devices (which now use ePub instead of Amazon's proprietary format). 

What do readers think of Configuring and Using the Zf?

  • "Great book. I have enjoyed reading it and the knowledge I am gaining from it." —jg
  • "Very concise, high quality information" —ah

Current version 1.11 (covers firmware C1.10 version of the camera)

  • ePub format, approximately 414 pages (usable on iOS and Android devices, desktop readers). The downloadable product is only available from this Web site. Download revisions are only sent to valid purchasers who acknowledge the License Agreement at purchase. Please don't support or encourage piracy and illegal copying.
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