Complete Guide to the Nikon Z5

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Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon Z5 helps you understand and master the use of the Nikon Z5 camera, including information that Nikon themselves doesn't have in their manual.

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 Z5 is in this book. 

You might think this is just a rehash of my Complete Guide to the Nikon Z6/Z7. Nope. While a lot of the information will appear the same (because it is in the cameras in question), you're going to find that quite a bit of this book is entirely new. Moreover, I've taken the time to completely restructure the book, so that it reads better from front to back, and so that there's a better ordering to how things are presented (the high-level structure is in the Table of Contents you'll find at the end of this page; scroll down to see it).

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 cameras, you'll find things in this work that you didn't know about the Z5. That's why it's called a "complete guide." 

  • Organized to help you learn. This book has been completely re-organized from past Complete Guides (with the exception of the recent D780 one), with distinct sections for what you need to know before using the camera (background and setup), while using the camera for still photography or video, and after using the camera (what you can do with your images). 
  • A complete instruction manual and an introduction to relevant digital issues in one book. Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Z5 manages to not only fully describe every feature of the Nikon Z5 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 Z5 for the best results. Video users get information on how to use the video functions on the Z5, including shooting with 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 Z5 explains these terms and accompanying techniques in the same simple, no-nonsense language that made his original Nikon Field Guide a best seller. 
  • 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 Z5 allows 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 Apple Books works quite well, as 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 Z5 is a must-own for any Nikon Z5 user. There simply isn't any other work out there that comes close to touching the detail, usefulness, or completeness of this work. 

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Please note that this is the high-level TOC. Any item with a > before it opens up into expanded sections. The full TOC runs 11 pages long!


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