Thom Hogan's
Complete Guide to the Nikon D40 and D40x

This eBook is the definitive D40 and D40x instruction guide.
Now in an expanded Second Edition, with Printed Version option

Thom Hogan's D40 Guide Cover

This eBook helps you master the use of the Nikon D40 or D40x digital SLR, with a complete description of all the camera features, plus lots of useful tips and background information. This is the work that should have been the manual!

This eBook is a must-read for any D40 or D40x user, with over 600 pages of information about everything about how SLRs work, to how to use the camera and the software that accompanies it. This eBook is supplied on CD-ROM for US$29.95 plus shipping and handling, and can only be purchased from this site. You can also get a professionally printed copy of the work for an additional US$29.95 plus any extra shipping and handling (must be ordered at same time as eBook).

For more information about the eBook and purchaser comments, keep order it, see the top of the right-hand column.

  • Organized to help you learn. The eBook is presented in 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 you can do in the camera with an image that has already been taken). Want a more concise carry-it-with-you guide? Just print the middle section and have it bound to take with you.
  • A complete instruction manual and an introduction to relevant digital issues in one book. Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D40 and D40x manages to not only fully describe every feature of the D40 series in clear, easy-to-understand language, but gives you rich, technical background for many of the critical issues that confront digital camera users. First time DSLR users will get information about how DSLRs work. DSLR veterans will get insights into how to set their D40 and D40x for the best results.
  • Nikon flash and autofocus modes explained in plain English! Wonder how the I-TTL flash works? Can't figure out the autofocus or metering systems and why they do what they do? Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D40 and D40x explains these terms and accompanying techniques in the same simple, no-nonsense language that made his Nikon Field Guide a best seller.
  • Includes useful Photoshop Actions and Depth of Field spreadsheet. On the disc is Thom's Excel spreadsheet, which allows you to calculate depth of field and hyperfocal distance for any Nikon lens used with the D40 series (note that depth of field on a digital body like the D40 or D40x is not the same as it is for 35mm film). But that's not all! You'll also get Excel workbooks for macro and flash (know how to calculate the GN of multiple flashes or the effective GN when bouncing? You will if buy this book!).
  • Includes an introduction to Nikon's software. Includes a separate 180+ page eBook that describes all of Nikon's software (Transfer, ViewNX, Capture NX2, and Camera Control Pro) in detail.
  • Complete means complete. Unlike many of the other books that have popped up about this camera, you'll find much more information here, and no aspect of the camera is left uncovered or glossed over. Find out why so many Nikon users think that Thom's Complete Guides offer the best, most accurate, and understandable descriptions of the Nikon DSLRs.

What others said about the first edition of this eBook:

I have never come across better written instruction. --A Helmle

Wow, what a nicely put together guide. -- G Scafe

I am very impressed by your depth of knowledge and the ability to present it to the less accomplished photographer. -- D Boys

600+ pages, eBook (Macintosh and Windows CD-ROM supplied; uses Acrobat Reader).
All orders: $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. A professional printed copy of the work is available for an additional US$29.95 plus any additional shipping and handling necessary if ordered along with the eBook. Published by byThom Press.

The eBook is mailed to you in CD-ROM form (Priority Mail in the US, airmail outside the US), and is in Adobe Acrobat format (requires free Acrobat Reader 6.x or later). If you order the professionally printed option, you'll also get a perfect bound, black and white version of the eBook in paperback size. The eBook is cross referenced with bookmarks for the complete Table of Contents. You may print a copy of the eBook you purchase for your own personal use.

This eBook is only available from this Web site.


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My review of the D40 and D40x

Errata Page for the Complete Guide to the D40 and D40x




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Table of Contents (still 1st ed)

What's new in the Second Edition? Here's the quick rundown of what's new:

  • The section on lenses has been updated to up to date on current AF-S, HSM, and NII choices that work on the D40 and D40x.
  • The flash section has been expanded to include the SB-400 and SB-900.
  • Things that previous readers found unclear or needed further explanation have been revised.
  • All known errata and style mismatches have been fixed.
  • The Introduction to Nikon Software has been updated. | Nikon | Gadgets | Writing | imho | Travel | Privacy statement | contact Thom at

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