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Magic Lantern Guides: Pentax K10D Paperback – July 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Magic Lantern Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600591853
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Burian is a Toronto-based freelance stock photographer specializing in outdoor, travel, nature and active lifestyle images as well as photo/text packages. He markets his images through www.peterkburian.com and through Corbis, Alamy and The Stock Connection.

He is a Contributing Editor with several magazines, writing illustrated test reports of photo equipment and articles on photo technique for HERE'S HOW, Australian Photography, PHOTO LIFE & PHOTO SOLUTION, and Marketnews. (In the past he contributed to Shutterbug for 13 years, and was Editor of Shutterbug's Outdoor & Nature Photography magazine).

Peter K. Burian is also an instructor with BetterPhoto.com, teaching two on-line courses re: digital photography (equipment and techniques).

Co-author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide, he has written many Magic Lantern Guide books: to Sony and Pentax DSLRs & to the Powershot G12. In 2011, he co-authored the David Busch's Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P7100, and is currently co-authoring the P7700 Guide to be published in 2013.





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I would highly recommend it to anyone that owns this camera!
T. E. Walker
The Pentax K10D guide by Magic Lantern explains, in very practical terms, how to use the features of the camera to adjust white balance, and even fine tune it.
James K. Bashkin
This is an exellent book to have when you buy your new camera.
Christina M. Davis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rudy on July 26, 2007
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Mr Burian - who also wrote the Sony Alpha manual in this series - truly is a hands-on professional who obviously has used the camera extensively. He shares his knowledge and experience in crisp clear language and doesn't hesitate to offer advice on important settings. Properly, he devotes more than adequate time to RAW (digital negative) photography. After more than half a year of camera ownership, I still learned a great deal - some of it quite revealing.

To keep costs down, illustrations are black & white; some quite stunning and nearly everyone making a photographic point. Some line art would have been helpful - the photo of the 4-way navigation control (p. 40) barely reveals the all-important directional arrows, and stating that 'the menu has four tabs' hardly takes the place of a line drawing as shown in the Operating Manual. Not to worry though, as the balance of the figures is sharp, detailed and very much to the point.

Complete newcomers may wish to pick up the point-and-shoot basics from the unusually well-done Pentax K10D User Manual before moving up to this book. Moreover, the author assumes you have the latest automatic lenses - ignoring the fact that many users retain Pentax loyalty because of consistent backward lens compatibility. My old manual f4 80-200mm zoom is sharp as a tack, but learning how to properly meter exposure using the manual aperture ring would be appreciated by many readers (hint: use the 'green button').

These minor detractions aside, the sections on exposure adjustment and flash photography alone are worth the very modest price. Well Done!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Levy on July 17, 2007
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Peter K. Burian has used the K10D and it shows. Unlike the manual, which shows you the options available on the K10D, this guide makes recommendations and gives reasoned, logical substantiation for the choices. He's changed how I use the DSLR for the better. That's the highest praise I can give.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James K. Bashkin on December 8, 2007
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I can hardly believe how great this book is. I'm used to so many product guides that are disappointing and little more than recapitulations of the manual plus pictures of available accessories.

THIS guide is absolutely outstanding.

The guide has taught me a lot that I didn't know I was unaware of about digital photography, and it gives real advice on which features to use, when to use them and how to use them.

The camera itself has a huge range of features. Without this guide, I'd be confused about many of them and using far fewer than I am today.

I do need to keep reading the guide because I'm old and forgetful, but the organization is excellent, so I never have trouble finding what I need.

Even if you know digital photography like a pro, I can't imagine how this guide for the K10 wouldn't help you.

If you are making a switch from a simpler camera, or have a background in film-based photography, this guide will explain where film and CCD diverge, especially with regard to linearity of response to light at different wavelengths (or nonlinearity, in the case of film). If this seems too esoteric to be of interest, trust me, it isn't: you don't have to understand the details, but you do want to know how to get the correct white balance under different shooting conditions.

The Pentax K10D guide by Magic Lantern explains, in very practical terms, how to use the features of the camera to adjust white balance, and even fine tune it. Also made clear are the slow and fast flash synch options, including setting the flash to fire at the end of the exposure rather than the beginning. Example pictures are given to explain why and when to use these modes.

This book is worth its weight in gold (maybe more!).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eliad Culcea on December 30, 2007
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This book is an excelent addition to the camera. It gives you enough infomation to know what those settings are and what they do. The user manual that comes with the camera is not very useful because it doesn't give even a short explanation of what the settings mean.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eugene A. Ladniak on August 14, 2007
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Burian, does a great job of taking the mystery out of adjustible, digital slr cameras. A logical, progressive, step-by-step approach, leading to a non-intimidating familiarity,with a highly sophisticated device. This is surely the best manual-assist books I have ever read in my 37 year passion with photography. Well done! I wish you would write one about the operating manual for the software as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex M. on January 23, 2008
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The manual that come with the camera is, well, a detailed manual... It is helpful in clarifying what each and every button or option does, but doesn't help you make choices on what mode or option to use in various lighting conditions, etc. The Magic Lantern book does give you advice on how to use the various features, and what are reasonable choices given the type of shot, available light, is subject in motion, etc. It also gives an updated view of the camera, covering recent firmware upgrades (most notably v1.10), the manual doesn't even mention new features available. I'm a DSLR newbie, so this book continues to be a useful reference. As you use your camera, you'll run into situations like low light or flash photography where the book won't have all the answers, but that's understandable. At that point you're on your way to exploring photography with the K10D, a great tool, so the book achieved it's purpose!
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