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David Busch's Compact Field Guide for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) Spiral-bound – August 9, 2013

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Just the essentials for your Canon EOS 5D Mark III

When a command card doesn't provide enough information, and a small camera guide has too much padding, pull this Compact Field Guide out of your camera bag and get the advice and recommendations you need quickly.

I don't believe you can have too much of a good thing, but readers who have been using my 400-page in-depth guides (individually tailored for each camera) to master their cameras have asked me to distill the most essential information into a portable field guide for on-the-go reference. In the approximately 150 pages of this lay-flat, spiral-bound book, you'll find in-depth descriptions of every control, menu option, and capability of your camera.  Each choice is accompanied by my recommendations and a description of when you should or should not use a particular setting.  There are seven no-nonsense chapters:
  1. Quick Setup Guide.  You -- or someone you loan your camera to -- can set up the key exposure, autofocus, and other settings in minutes with the step-by-step instructions in this chapter.
  2. Streetsmart Roadmap. Can't recall what a particular button or dial does, or don't remember how to access bracketing or another feature you seldom use?  This chapter has photos of every control and a description of how to use it.
  3. Menu Settings (Part 1). Command cards and cheat sheets provide a menu listing and a recap of each of the menu  options.  This chapter explains how to use them, too.
  4. Menu Settings (Part 2.) Learn how to use the set-up options for your camera to configure it to operate the way you want.
  5. Using Flash. Reference guide to working with internal flash, and external units.
  6. Shooting Movies. I've managed to squeeze in instructions on using the camera's advanced movie-making capabilities, along with tips on shooting better movies in the field.
  7. Shooting Tips. Pages and pages of tables listing settings recommendations for a variety of situations, such as stage performances, long exposures, landscapes, and portraits.
I know many 5D Mark III owners are buying both my "big book" for their particular camera and this Compact Field Guide, which summarizes the operations of both, so they're equipped with the information they need whether at home or on-the-go. Sit down with me, and we can explore these great cameras together.  It's an exhilarating ride!

About the Author

With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides
  • Spiral-bound: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (August 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1285422732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285422732
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With more than 2 million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Compact Field Guides, David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography, and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides.

Most of his hugely successful books for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. His advice has been featured on NPR's "All Tech Considered."

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he has illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photographs and articles have been published in magazines as diverse as PhotoGraphic, Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed digital cameras for CNet Networks and Computer Shopper.

As a writer, photographer, and contributing editor for ten magazines, he has more than 130 books and 2500 articles to his credit. A PR consultant for Eastman Kodak Company's photography divisions for nearly 20 years, Busch has published photography articles under his by-line in Popular Photography & Imaging, PhotoGraphic, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer and other photo magazines. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

The graduate of Kent State University operated his own photo studio and was a principal in CCS/PR, Inc., one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles. In addition to Kodak, CCS photography clients included Hewlett-Packard. He sold his interest in CCS in 1992 to become a full-time author, photographer, and reporter.

Since then, Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors in the United States. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Amazon.com Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of About.com named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. Several of his digital imaging books have sold in excess of 50,000 copies.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show in 2005, was the keynote speaker at the Dayton Computerfest, and has been a call-in guest for 22 different radio shows nationally and in major markets, including WTOP-AM (Washington), KYW-AM (Philadelphia), USA Network (Daybreak USA), WPHM-AM (Detroit), KMJE-FM (Sacramento), CJAD-AM (Montreal), WBIX-AM (Boston), ABC Radio Network (Jonathan & Mary Show).

His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. his web site is http://www.dbusch.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Damian on August 21, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
This is the perfect complement for Dave's Complete Guide to the Canon 5D Mark III. This field guide fits perfectly in my camera bag and as a new user to the 5D,Mark III, I find myself referring to it often. I highly recomment this book to all 5D,Mark III users.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DickH on August 30, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
Whenever I purchase a new camera I make sure to order David Busch's guide concerning it. After reading guides by others, I've concluded that he has a unique talent for having his reader clearly "see" what he is talking about. Out of a complex maize of information, the functions of the camera and how to make them function comes into focus in a simple, clear manner. The information is well illustrated, organized, and given in a manner that is easy to remember when out snapping pictures. It also has a personal touch that leaves you feeling more like you've been talking with a friend than wading through a manual. I had to wait for over a year for his Canon D5 Mark iii guide to come out, and again discovered it was well worth the wait.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward V. Velez on October 27, 2013
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My first time buying one of Dave's books and I couldn't be more happier. It is packed with everything you need to know about operating the 5D3 and fits nicely in my camera bag when I go on the road. Another nice feature is the wirebound so you can be a little more rough with it and not have to worry about any glue coming loose and losing pages. The pages are high quality paper and all pictures are in color. Daves comedic insight also helps for easy reading and is nothing like the manual that comes with the camera. Dave goes into more detail than the Canon manual could ever give.
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The Compact Field Guide for the Canon 5D Mark 3 is a well thought out reference manual. The book is spiral bound and will lay flat on a table, leaving your hands free to make camera adjustments. It is full color, well illustrated, larger and more durable than the Canon supplied manual. It is however; not so large that it will be out of place in a standard camera bag. This manual is a good example why books of this sort sell so well. The information in the manual is easy to find and many people seem to learn about the advanced features more effectively when using third party instruction manuals. David Busch Field Guide is written and organized so that it is not necessary to begin reading on page one. You may open the book to any page and learn something useful. The expanded focus point features of the Canon 5D III are powerful and they are important to master for good picture taking. David Busch explains how to use the 5DIII focus point features with good, large print, full color details. Customizing the camera's buttons and changes to the basic camera operation are also explained with the appropriate attention for the novice and seasoned photographer. There are some useful short cuts to bypass the menus and quickly get right to the changes you need. The Compact Field Guide should be the camera reference manual to include in your photog kit. Another benefit is your original Canon documents can stay at home, out of the elements and remain in good condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Keith on April 17, 2014
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David Busch is awesome at taking complexity and making it easy to understand. I've learned to put my ego in check and be willing to ask any question that can help me be a better photographer and use this awesome camera more effectively - this book answers most questions I've had! The book is well laid out and meets the needs of both experienced and relatively inexperienced photographers alike. He put the basics in the back of the book and each chapter is complete so you can study just the areas you need to learn or brush up on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stitch on August 22, 2014
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It's a good guide but the cover is not very robust. I have covered it in clear contact plastic with the hope it lasts a bit longer in the humid area I kive in. The book is spiral bound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ibsork on January 12, 2014
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I've never seen such a well done camera guide.
It's beautifully written, clear & concise but thorough, knowledgeable, & tremendously useful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jn Ash on March 12, 2014
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This book is very helpful in setting the menu option for this camera. It is laid out well and easy to use.
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