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Magic Lantern Guides®: Nikon Coolpix P7000 Paperback – June 14, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Magic Lantern Guides®
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pixiq; 1 edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454701358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454701354
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jordean on June 18, 2011
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This manual is definitely an improvement on the booklet supplied with the P7000. The OEM manual is printed in tiny font, in a light type, is basically an elaborate checklist of features, and is practically impossible to read.
The MLG is an improvement. However, that being said, there is too much discussion of basic photography techniques, which MLG was specifically not supposed to be. The tone is rather chatty, and a bit silly at times. An anecdote here and there is okay, but it seems almost every topic rates a personal observation of the author's past experiences. Some readers may enjoy this and find it whimsical.
As an experienced film photographer, I don't really need to know about depth of field, etc., other than how to adjust to get the effect. I'm about 1/5th of the way through the book and there hasn't yet been an examination of features that are really unique to digital cameras (which I suppose I could get somewhere else).
Comparing the OEM manual to the MLG, I'm wondering how the author is going to pack all that information into the remaining pages of the book.
I don't mean to grouse. It is easier to use than the supplied manual, and it is informative. I just would have preferred a more systematic examination of the features of the P7000. That being said, it's worth your money to add to the library if you have a new Coolpix.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. on August 1, 2011
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Very good content in the book overall. Spends a lot of time on photography basics, definitions, etc. Wish more was devoted on the using the P7000 instead. Worth the money though. One negative about the book, they used a VERY small type font which is hard to read, must be 6 point type, if that. Unless you have perfect eyesight, order a page magnifier when you order this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Always Learning on July 4, 2011
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I bought the book precisely because the previous reviewer described the first half of the book as too basic for professionals. Sounded just right for my level of knowledge! However, if your experience is limited to point-and shoot cameras, that won't be your problem - just the opposite in fact.

First, the order of information is illogical, putting the most basic information at the end. It also intersperses basic information with very complicated details. For example, in the first chapter, "Camera Basics", right next to an explanation of how to take a picture (press the button, hold for focus and then click!) is "Using the Zoom". "Using the Zoom" spends two pages explaining that you should turn the digital zoom to Off or Crop and then manipulate the image size followed by a long explanation of how the sensor works and then all the modes it does or doesn't work in. That's basic???? But it doesn't tell you how to get to the settings, how to change image size, what PSAM means, etc. I was constantly flipping between the book and the Owners Manual which was actually more logical to me.

I also found it almost illegible - the font is about a size 4?5?6? and the glossy paper creates a glare which combined gave me a headache in about 10 minutes, no exaggeration. It's slightly better than the faint print of the manual but not by much.

To sum up, don't bother. If the print is too fine on the Owners Manual, download the PDF from Nikon in a more legible font.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sjs on August 4, 2011
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Very readable and usable guide. Better than many I have read because the author offers her opinion for what works best and why. Nice size and heft to fit easily in camera bag or backpack. Very glad I purchased it since the manual that came with the camera is unreadable without a large magnifying glass!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl A. Utrecht on July 19, 2011
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this is a very well written book, one that I hope to get to in detail before too long... a great reference book. And, tho it was listed as a "used" bool, it hardly seemed opened. Arrived on time, in great shape, a wonderful addition to my library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walkaboutbob on July 22, 2011
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I learned more in an afternoon of reading the Magic Lantern Guide for the Nikon Coolpix P7000 than I have in months of worrying the covers off of the factory user's guide. Order the guide when you order your camera.
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By grant dinsmore on April 5, 2013
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Books like this exist and thrive because the average manual that accompanies excellent cameras often seems like an afterthought and does not serve it's purpose. The manuals that were supplied with both my Nikon P7000 and Sony 850 suffered from serious
deficiencies in organization, clarity and proper English syntax. [Can foreign companies find no one who can accomplish a coherent edit for Western markets??] Hence, the niche for such independent manuals which (cheerfully) and helpfully reorganize
the relevant information into immediately useful form. These manuals fill out the often very spare information provided by the manufacturer and help the owner to gain full use of the many and complex features provided in todays very competitive cameras.
Sort of like the difference between a surly salesclerk and a happy, helpful one. This volume remedies Nikon's inertia in supporting an excellent camera. Buy it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Bozzo on September 14, 2011
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This book is not really necessary if you have the manual. It is not very much better, nor does it go directly to the point. There is a lot on general stuff, not really necessary in order to handle this camera in particular. Not especially practical or in very much of a logical order, but one thing is overpowering: COLOR. This makes everything easier to view and understand.

Since it is cheap and you bought an expensive and sophisticated camera, you could as well buy it.
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