Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System: Testimonials

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This eBook is about image sharpness; it only starts with the Nikon Autofocus System. And it covers that system comprehensively: all the CAM hardware, buttons, menus, displays and options for virtually all current Nikon DSLRs. The last half of the book covers all the other aspects of optimal image sharpness: correct use of lens vibration reduction (VR), handheld and tripod techniques, autofocus fine-tuning, hyperfocal distance and focus stacking. He includes the same real world techniques he uses for landscape, macro and wildlife photography, and an important chapter for the 'tough' situations when autofocus might not work as expected. A deep subject, well covered, in an eBook written in a conversational and humorous tone that makes the technical stuff easy to understand.
- Bob
Steve An outstanding job!!! Excellent I am going to recommend the book to all my Nikon Friends. The book answered for me a number of question that I had especially with the new D500. I have started to incorporate changes into my camera and cannot wait to try them out om my next outing Thanks Again and Regards, Myer
Steve, I rarely write to someone regarding publications or postings on the internet but I have to tell you that your latest text is phenomenal! Not only is the technical content super, but your manner of explaining things and the peppering of great humor along with it makes the book thoroughly enjoyable. It's as good a read as a well written novel! Thanks so much of sharing your expertise, insights, and humor. It is greatly appreciated! Of course, I also enjoyed Secrets to Stunning Wildlife!\ Photography! ~Gary
Congratulations! You did it again! Even better a topic which is not covered anywhere I have found in such detail and examples for understanding. I am really enjoying secrets of auto focus. Looking forward to your next text. Cheers! Ken
Loved the new book, lots of great tips. Can't wait to get out in the field to try some of them out. Best $14.99 I've spent since the $14.99 I spent on your last book. Bill
Hi Steve, As a landscape photographer who is relatively new to wildlife photography, I just wanted to say thanks for your new AF book. I'm in an airport headed to the Texas coast to do shorebird photography and your book arrived at the perfect time. I'm reading it on the plane and have already learned a lot. Even though I am familiar with my camera and lens manuals, there is material in your book that I haven't found anywhere else. Your presentation is really clear which helps for quick learning and I'm sure that it will be easier to remember when in the field. Thanks, Mike
Hi Steve, I wanted to let you know that your new Nikon AF book is the best discussion I've seen anywhere on the subject. I just upgraded to the Nikon D810, and know that I need to learn more about it's AF capabilities. I literally just downloaded the book and within 5 minutes can confidently say that it is exactly what I was looking for. Definitely the most intuitive, easy to read, and informative reference on the subject that I've seen anywhere, and I've been doing a LOT of research! Thank you! -Bob
Steve, Really enjoyed your Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System. I found the information very helpful and well delivered. Best money I have spent on my photographic education. I am anxious to get out and practice. Have always been a slow methodic shooter. Time to try active shooting! Outstanding work!! ~Pete
Hi Steve, Hope you are having a good day. Thank you for the writing such and awesome book. I really loved the book. I just finished reading the book. I would says its one of the best book out there. I recommended it to all my friends already. Krishna

Like so many other enthusiastic amateur shooters, I think you've absolutely nailed it with this book. Getting to grips with the sophistication and complexity of Nikon's AF systems may be the single-most useful skill learned to get more kept shots. Bought the first day, scanned through the whole thing and now reading cover to cover. Kudos and thanks.

Dear Steve, Secrets to Wildlife Photography is a book I constantly return to when patiently applying your lessons in the field. An excellent book with tremendous value for amateur and pro photographers alike. It is no surprise then that as soon as I received your initial announcement the new book was an instant buy for me. I briefly get through this AF secrets galore and have to say - this is a bloody brilliant stuff mate! 🙂 Thank you for your hard work and commitment to share your wisdom and experience with the rest of the world. All the best, Radek
Steve just wanted to say your new book is fantastic. I am about half way trough it and am amazed at how much I have learned after being a Nikon user for over 30 years.
I'm obsessed with this stuff! So much more information than I imagined. Most importantly, is the fact that I've had more than one "Ah-Ha" moment and I've just gotten started. Thanks Steve, your experiences are so important to this learning process. $15 Bucks (Green Backs not deer), is incredible.
Hi Steve,
I bought and love it! Great work!
Even as s fairly experienced (D810) shooter, there's always still something to learn.
Let's hope Nikon soon comes up with some competitive ML cameras so they can compete with the Sonys, Fujis, et al. and you'll have more stuff to cover 😉

Hi mate. Downloaded your new Ebook yesterday and just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying it. The information is, as always, written in such a way it's like you're standing next to me and explaining every detail. Loving it. Excellent. Kind regards, Graham Dennis
Hi Steve

It’s no wonder you have sold so many copies, its brilliant, my head is so full of new idea’s I can honestly say it’s the most comprehensive guide I have ever seen or read.

You should be so proud of yourself for the work, time and effort you have obviously put into this book and your others, no doubt like many many other fans, we all wish you could supply the book in paper form so we can take it with us wherever we go and find the dog eared pages when we need to.

Thanks again Steve, the best $14.97 I have ever spent.

Love it Steve, you have the best technical information that is easy to understand and goes a long way to helping improve my photography.

Morning Steve, my wife has already purchased this book for me and I absolutely love it. I congratulate you Steve on your excellent work.

Regards Mike
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I really love the way you simplify techniques and equipment settings. I probably read my camera body manual cover to cover and I'm sure I learned more from your book. You certainly have a way of explaining things in an easy to understand fashion. I can't wait to try some of your suggestions for improvement of my photography.

Steve's Ebook on AF is a hit in my mind. Not only does it cover everything very well, provide excellent graphics to highlight camera settings, and makes the technical stuff sound simple to understand, but Steve writes with a style that is upbeat, comical and just plain great. Paul
Hi Steve: Thank you for producing such an awesome book about the Nikon focusing and its workings. Since I bought it last night, I've already learned such a great deal about it so far, and I"m just in the early parts of the book, so THANK YOU! I'm eyeing your photographing wildlife book next and will get that too 🙂 Ken
Thanks for a great book Steve which I have read over the last couple of days. The humour in US writing in this type of book is different from that in the UK but that said I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The style is that of an in depth discussion regarding how to use and the pros and cons of the various elements of the system. I think this approach is different and really works well. Keep up the good work, your two books are my 'go to's for the subjects they cover amongst the many photography books I possess. Best wishes, Jim
Hi Steve, I'm a big fan of the Nikon Autofocus system but no matter how good a system is, it is much better if you understand it and learn how to 'drive' it to get the highest number of technically excellent photographs ( almost half-way there to getting a great photograph). Thank you for your well written book which contributed greatly to my understanding of the Nikon AF system. The camera is a machine and the photographer is its operator, the better the operator understands his/her machine the better the results. Thank you for contributing your experience to my knowledge base. Tom
Steve, I just wanted to "thank you" for sending a "heads up" email regarding your new eBook. I am only 34 pages into it and can tell you that this eBook is an invaluable source for us Nikonians! Concise, accurate information for those wishing to master their Nikon AF system. Two for two on the books, my friend. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge and wisdom! Take care!! With Great Respect, Tal
Steve, I just finished reading your book "Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus System". It is educational, entertaining and useful. I believe you have another winner! Thank you for taking the time to help others get the most out of their Nikon cameras. Regards. Joe
Great read Steve. Been using a D300s and now a D7100 and thought I was pretty much up with the play, but your book illustrates how naive I really am when it comes to the Nikon system. Well done. ~Tony
I just finish reading the recent book and I congratulate you for useful and easy to understand information. thanks AG
Hi Steve. I bought your eBook on the Nikon AF System. I have been shooting birds for about 4 years with my D7000 and Nikon 80-400. I have gotten some good results, good enough for greeting cards and calendars (for friends and family only). Lately I have felt that I am at a crossroads with my photography. Then I upgraded to the D500 with a Nikon 200-500 lens. Taking a "go big or go home" kinda approach.... Next stop was your eBook on the AF system. I'm kind of an old dog but I am open to new tricks. Although I was a bit concerned about learning new techniques I gave your advice on BBAF a try. Well damn! Zero learning curve and the results are terrific. The ergonomics of the D500 body make using BBAF a snap. I have also learned a lot of great things about the AF system that I did not know. I almost feel that I have been lucky to get the results I have gotten thus far without knowing some of your great tips. Thanks! I'm not finished the eBook and I totally expect to learn a bunch of other things that will help me with my wildlife photography. Yukon and Alaska trip coming up this summer and I know that what I learned from you will help me come back with a ton of keepers. Thanks Steve! Barry
Steve, I have been enjoying reading your Secrets to Stunning Wildlife Photography and am delighted now to own your Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus System book.

Nikon's AF system has been a major conundrum for me so I am truly grateful for your considerable efforts in attempting to shine a bright light on this mysterious subject!

I am already getting many more sharp focus shots thanks to you!

Keep up the good work - your books are both informative, easy to understand and delightful to read!

Best regards,

I thought I understood the Nikon auto focus system, due to being a long time Nikon user, but as I continue to read the auto focus guide I realized I did not know enough. I have not finished the book but I have already seen the number of “keeper” with birds in flight, sports, auto racing and other action photography increase with just a few of the tips in the first chapters of the guide. Looking forward to finishing the guide and having total understanding of the auto focus system on my Nikon cameras. Thanks for writing the guide.~James
Hi Steve I just finished your book on Nikon AF and I am surprised at how much I didn't know about it. I have been shooting Nikon for many years and I used most of the features you cover but never understood just how they worked and why I get some results that are less than spectacular. I have been a student of yours ever since you first put out the video on BBAF. I cannot imagine not using that now. Thanks again for a very well written and entertaining book that also covers all the technical stuff. Your images are inspirational in themselves and worth the price of the book. Hugh
Excellent learning and reference tool which is of great value to both wildlife and landscape photographers. This eBook runneth over with knowledge, practical solutions and hands on experience to satisfy the needs from beginners to ardent professionals. It is more than just autofocus! It is about ramping up the quality, success rate and satisfaction of the reader's overall photography. Great contribution to the broader photography community! Well done! Cameron - Photography Enthusiast Calgary, Canada
Hi Steve, Just a note to express my gratitude for you latest book! It has helped me to significantly achieve more performance from my 810's autofocus ~Larry
Hi Steve I found your book very informative and really enjoyed reading it . As you say "get out and practice" so that's what I will be doing Many thanks Paul
Hi Steve Now finished the new Autofocus E Book. Must say you should call everything you thought you knew but don't. Very well written and easy to follow. Thank you. ~Gary
Hi Steve:

I thank you again for writing the book "Secrets to Nikon Autofocus System" - I can't put this ebook down! Well, this has been by far the most useful book I've referenced in understanding and getting the most of the Nikon AF system. Thank you again! Ken
Hi Steve, I purchased your e-book on Back Button Focusing and I must say that it is the best purchase I have ever made on any camera subject. I am 75 years old and have been shooting since I was 12, using my fathers hand me down 35mm film cameras. I use a NikonD600 now which I love. I thought I knew everything about using Back Button Focusing, however, I was so wrong. Your explanation is so good it only took me a few minutes to get up to speed. I have been following you for some time now and will continue to do so. Keep up the good work. Cheers, Bob, Australia
I purchased both of you books within the last 2 weeks, and I think they are great. There is a wealth of information in both books and I am enjoying reading them. I have no doubt that my Photography is going to improve a lot as a result of using the information I am learning. Thank you for writing them and if you write another in the future, you can be certain I will check it out. I am recommending both of your books to all of my friends and family that are involved in photography. ~James
I learned more, in detail, from your book than several readings of [name redacted] books on the D300 and D750. I think your wildlife book is great and am equally pleased with this one. Looking forward to your next book. Latham
Thanks for the awesome Nikon autofocus book. The most useful I've ever read. Keep up the good work. I enjoy the Youtube videos too! ~Steven
I am working my way through your new ebook and put the information to good use. Spent the afternoon with some Colorado Bighorn Sheep and started applying some of the focusing ideas for Nikons. Worked great. Tom
Hi Steve, I bought your two e books on line over the last couple of weeks, I just couldn't leave the Wildlife book out of my hands. Its a fantastic book with super tips and information. I'm getting through the Nikon Auto focus book now and am loving the way you reference back to the Nikon D5/D500. Thanks you so much as the Nikon D500 is going to be my next camera buy. Look forward to what ever you are doing for the next release. Thanks again with kindest regards, Pam.
Hi Steve, I bought [author’s name redacted] Nikon AF book when it came out, and when I heard about your book I wasn't sure I needed another book on AF. Because it was $15 I thought I would learn something about AF or it would refresh my memory about some aspect of AF. I'm also thinking about upgrading from my D7000 to a D500, so I thought the book would help me make that decision. I'm very, very glad that I bought the book. You really did a great job explaining the different AF topics, and I learned much more than I expected. Gary
Great book Steve! The information is presented in a way that is easy to understand. A “Must Read” for anyone wanting to improve their number of keepers. Thank You. Gilles
Steve - In a word....That's a great read. Ok, that's 4 words (five if you count That's as two), but you get the gist. I literally couldn't put the book (in this case my iPad) down. You're writing style, thoroughness, use of examples and humor are perfect. I can't tell you how many times I've read Nikon's explanation for the various focus features via the manual and their website. It was like reading Latin while dodging bees at a honey festival. Your book covered everything I need to know to best utilize the tools Nikon is giving us. Until I read your book, I was a Spot Focus, Manual Metering kinda guy. Oh, I'd infrequently step over to Aperture priority or Matrix metering now and then, but that was pretty much the extent of it. All because Nikon made it so confusing and scary. Now, thanks to you, I can (with minimal trepidation) go boldly where I've never gone before. Back Button Focus, Group Focus, Dynamic Area Focus etc. I can do it now...Thanks to you. You Da Man!!! I especially enjoyed your writing style. It was like you were in the room telling me how to do stuff. No weird jargon to jumble up my already limited brain capacity. Thanks again. Eric
Hi Steve Just purchased your book. It's fun to read and it's written amazingly. It's 2:00 AM here in Israel and I can't stop reading it 🙂 It causes insomnia! Keep up the great stuff. I am going to read your other book just after this one. Sharon
Hi Steve Many Thanks for producing yet another amazing e-book, I purchased Secrets to Stunning Wildlife Photography and found it extremely informative to read and very simple to understand.To repeat that process with your latest e-book is an indication of the talent you clearly have to convey to others in a clear and comprehensive manner both the techniques used in wildlife photography and how the camera works to help you successfully apply those techniques. To anyone considering purchasing either book, do yourself a big favour and buy both, I certainly was not disappointed. Many Thanks again Steve

Jim (from Ireland)
Hi Steve: I just finished reading your e-book, Secrets to the Nikon AF System. I truly enjoyed it, and learned a lot. Manuals may tell you the purpose of all of the buttons and functions, but they don't tell you when ,or why, to use them. In my profession (Dentistry), we reserve the term "Master" for someone who is not only very good at what they do.... but can also teach it. Steve, you truly are a Master of your profession. Thanks so much for doing what you do, and sharing your knowledge. John
Hi Steve, Just a quick note to say thank you for producing such a wonderful ebook! This would have to be the most comprehensive and easy to read book covering all aspects of the Nikon AF system. I'm a professional photographer based in New Zealand and work with Nikon as an ambassador for our region. I'll definitely be recommending your book for anyone wanting a better understanding of the Nikon AF system...really enjoy your YouTube channel too! Keep up the great work. Let me know if you ever make down this way, would love to share some of our beautiful country with you. Kind regards, Mike.
Hi Steve, I have finished to read your e-book "Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System" and it's very very helpfull. Thanks a lot. And I love your humor, so also many thanks for all these good moments! From France, Maurice
Steve, The Nikon AF e-book is outstanding! I haven't finished it yet but already it has clarified a lot of former mysteries. Thank you. I was telling a friend, a biologist and accomplished photog, about the book and he immediately asked if there is anything comparable for Canon shooters. He liked the practical and thorough approach. Thanks, Dick
I've been a Nikon shooter for many years and thought I had the Nikon AF system nailed. Well, knowing that I can't know everything, I downloaded your book and all I can say are two words: WOW and THANKS ! I'm not going to give a long list of what I learned. I'm only going to say again, THANKS. Your Nikon AF book is the BEST & I've read a ton of books and articles on the subject. I don't want to use this sophisticated camera (Nikon D750) with all of its wonderful electronics and not know how to use all of them, or, at the very least, to be aware of their existence. Well, thanks to you, now I do. Also, I learned so much from your Wildlife Photography book too. BTW, at our recent camera club meeting, I showed your YouTube on back button focus. The crowd loved it. I pitched both of your e-books too. Lyle
Hi, Steve-- Thanks so much for writing "Secrets To Nikon's Autofocus System." I've owned a D800 since 2012 and a D3100 since 2013, and have read the manuals of each numerous times. Your e-book was a hundred times clearer, more helpful, and more entertaining to read than any of these. And your photos are breathtaking! All the best, Greg
Steve Thanks for offering this publication. I have read the first half and have learned so much! (Ohhhh, to have do-overs! ) After taking thousands of photos, I never realized how much of the Nikon Quality I was wasting! Your info has opened up a whole new era of my photographing experiences! Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you! Steve H.
Steve, I bought your Nikon Autofocus book and have to tell you it's the best single photography book I've ever purchased. I've learned so much in the first reading but know I'm going to have to go back, re-read and make sure that I'm able to apply the knowledge. Your explanations are very easy to follow and the advice works! Moreover, this book is chock full of actual things to do not just a lot of theory and generalities but very specific how to's. I highly recommend this book to everyone wanting to sharpen their focus! Thank you. -Marc
When I purchased my D4, I could not bring myself to wade through the 400 page owners guide, so I used another source for some autofocusing tips. What I learned this spring trying to focus on bald eagles in flight at Lake Jennings here in San Diego County is that I really did not understand my autofocus system. After reading your book and making the adjustments that you showed us to photograph Peregrine Falcons in flight, it was like watching the sun break through on one our May grey days (maybe a little hyperbole, but it really did help). Thanks for writing such a thorough and easily understandable book. - Daniel
I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed your book "Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus System." In some ways focus is a Kindergarten subject, but I have always felt that there was a lot more to it than holding the shutter release half way down and recomposing. I now feel like I understand how to use most of that fancy stuff I paid for and can actually get some benefit from it. THANKS! - Dale
Firstly., this is Awesome !! Though I know few things about Auto Focus, this book gave all the extra information I am missing and TONS of new information. The best part I like in this book is with the little humour in it. Through out the book I had a little smile (and sometimes a big laugh) on my face which I deeply enjoyed. Steve... all I can say to you is..... THANKS 🙂 ~Sai
Dear Steve I currently have a d800 upgraded from a 700 and 200. I came across your videos by accident. I am so glad I did. I have now got your eBook. I have always understood how to get into a focus mode, but until a came across your work I never really understood why perhaps you should not use a particular mode. ( I will always remember your picture of the focus point on the wingtip not the eye) And when you know what mode not to use, choosing what to use becomes so much easier. After all these years I am trying back button focus for the first time. Thank you again for helping get the most of what is after all a expensive camera. David
Steve I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the book. I've been shooting Nikon since 1973 ( a Nikon rep back then told me that autofocus was probably economically impossible). I'm not a professional though so I have not shot nearly as much as a pro. Most of the book was a refresher but I still really got a lot out of it. Discovering Back Button Focus years ago was a game changer for me. You really explained it well. - Craig
Dear Steve, Many thanks for your ebook on the Nikon autofocus system. I have learnt more from reading it for an hour or two than i have from sifting through the Nikon manuals of their cameras from the D70 to the D810, a total of 10+ different cameras. - David

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