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Product Details

  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: White Knight Press (November 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937986209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937986209
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Family Physician on February 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
"Photographer's Guide to the Fujifilm X100S" by Alexander S White does not live up to the raves some of the 4 and 5 star reviewers have given it. To its credit, the book does an adequate job of going through the menus and clarifying the various functions of the Fuji X100S. It is perhaps better than Fuji's owner's manual, but falls far short of what it could be.

[Update: Two other guides to the X100S are now available: "The Complete Guide to Fujifilm's X100s Camera (B&W Edition)," actually titled "Fujifilm's X100S Camera: Professional Insights for Experienced Shooters," by Tony Phillips, and "Fujifilm X100S: From Snapshots to Great Shots," by Kevin Mullins. I have reviewed those books as well, and this is the least successful of the three. For details, see my reviews of the other guides by clicking the links above.]

I have some sympathy for the authors of camera guides. These books have to keep everyone engaged. One can't assume much knowledge about photographic basics or the novice will be lost. Yet on the other hand, one can't spend too much time on the basics or the more advanced readers will be bored. With this guide, once the author gets past explaining the basic concepts and describing the X100s controls, menus and functions, very little time is spent on how to use this great camera to create beautiful images. Only part of Chapter 9 and one brief appendix contain information of much use for users above the novice level.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Budin on December 12, 2013
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Excellent guide, written in clear language, that covers almost every facet of camera operation. Before receiving the x100s I read through the online manual and took notes for all the important sections. Still, it was not enough. After receiving the camera I had no idea why Program mode failed to display program choices or why aperture and shutter speed sometimes, but not always, displayed in the OVF before a half press of the shutter. Thanks to this book, much was cleared up. Both beginners and advanced photographers can benefit. Unlike the manual, reading through the book is painless. Many clear photographs of camera settings and camera shots illustrate the author's points.
Shooting and Setup menus of the camera are discussed in surprising depth, but a few quirks on focusing were omitted: The technique of "mashing the shutter" while in autofocus is very useful in fast street photography. The larger the focus frame size the faster the camera focuses, although a larger box will be less accurate and may cause the camera to back focus.
The Fuji x110s is a classic, and this book really helps one to get a clear handle on operations.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Franklin Miller on December 14, 2013
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I have both Michael Diechtierow book and Alexander White's book, but I must confess, I enjoy White's the most. Not only is updated, with quality information on the Fujifilm x100s, but it is much richer in content and has greater explanations throughout. I contacted both authors when I got my x100s and they both said they did not intend to update their earlier books. I was disappointed with both of them for not recognizing the difference between the two cameras and not updating their books with the wealth of changes the new camera presented. I am so glad White took my advise, it is much more than I expected. To be honest, I thought it would just be a rehash of the old book on the x100 with a few add-ons addressing the new x100s - but I was wrong - so wrong! Fuji should have hired him to write their manual. The only down side, and a small on at that, is the quality of the printing. It is not as nice as Diechierow's, which is a glossy mat with hires photos. If White went the extra mile and made a higher quality book, I'd score it 10/10. But, I'd rather have quality content any day that a fancy pretty book, so I'll score White's 9/10 and ignore the lower quality. Now it's time for Diechtierow to step up his game, read White's book, and try to produce something that exceeds White's book while making the readers the winners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. MCCANN on April 11, 2014
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One of the things that would make reviews more helpful is information about the intended audience for a book, so here goes. I am a reasonably knowledgeable amateur photographer. I have been photographing for 10 years on and off in both in film and digital. I understand most of the concepts in photography but I am new to the X100S.

This book has been a huge help. Not only does it cover all of the controls and menu settings in great detail, but very importantly it tells you when and why you should use a particular feature. The text is very well written. As a technical author myself, I am impressed by the clarity of writing. I haven't yet had to read a sentence twice.

Other reviews have mentioned that the book can be repetitive. This is true but in a good way; for example when discussing a menu setting, the author might mention that a physical control (knob, switch, etc) can be used in conjunction with that setting. Then when discussing the physical control, the author might mention the effect of some menu settings. This has served to consolidate my knowledge; at all times the repetition has been necessary and helpful.

If you are a professional photographer then you will not need this book; you can almost certainly figure it all out for yourself. If you are anywhere below that standard then this book is 100% necessary. I thoroughly recommend this book. Having spent nearly NZ$2000 on the camera I am determined to make full use of it.

Full marks to Alexander White. I wish all instruction manuals were written as clearly as this one.
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