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Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5: Getting the Most from Panasonic's Advanced Digital Camera Paperback – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: White Knight Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964987597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964987593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Value is pushing a purchase to its limits. "Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5: Getting to Most From Panasonic's Advanced Digital Camera" is a guide to using this compact camera to above and beyond what most people will ever use it for. Detailing the camera's lesser known abilities dealing with motion, advanced techniques, and much more, Alexander White does well in educating readers with this resource. "Photographer's Guide to Panasonic Lumix LX5" is something to have on hand for any Lumix enthusiast. --Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch, January 2011

About the Author

Alexander S. White is the author of two previous books in a series of guides to photography with advanced compact digital cameras, Photographer's Guide to the Leica D-Lux 4 and Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX3. He lives near Richmond, Virginia, with his family.

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My opinion is that the LX5 is a great camera with a nearly useless manual.
L. Farwell
It is a very easy to understand book that described the many features of the LX5, it clearly describes the features as well as when and how to use them.
MB
If you own an LX5 you really should get the book - it will raise your horizons on knowing just what great things the LX5 can do.
D. Eilenberger

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Clare on November 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I appreciate the fact that there is finally a guide written in plain English for photographers of all levels. While the focus is mostly for newbies, seasoned veterans will find many useful tips and techniques that will only be found by accident or extensive playtesting of this camera. The Panasonic LX5 is simply one of the most complete pocket cameras I've ever had the pleasure of owning. It exceeds the LX3, its predecessor, and the Canon S90 in so many ways. Unfortunately, Panasonic cheaped out by not including a printed manual. The electronic version on the CD is basically the same sterile manual as the LX3's manual with all of the updates. Alex White's book has all the missing pictures and information that Panasonic didn't think to include in their manuals, stuff like using 3rd party gadgets, explaining all of the exposure modes, and even creating 3D pictures. Buy a copy because you won't be disappointed.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By MB on November 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I reviewed this book just after it was written. It is a very easy to understand book that described the many features of the LX5, it clearly describes the features as well as when and how to use them. This would be a very appropriate book for anyone stepping up to the LX5 from a simple point and shoot camera and really needs to learn how to use the advanced features. You can teach yourself the same things using the owners manual and a lot of practice, but this makes it much easier. If you spend $500 on your camera, why not an extra $20 on learning how to use it well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Gregg on November 30, 2010
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I am a new owner of a Lumix LX5 and fortunately I purchased a copy of Alexander White's guide to have on hand as I familiarized myself with my new camera, from initial set-up and basic operation to experimenting with more advanced capabilities. I am not an experienced photographer, but am an eager student. I am impressed with the detail of this guide and plan to return to it on a regularly. This is exactly the kind of detailed, step-by-step manual I was hoping for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Farwell on January 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Panasonic supplies a manual in a PDF file on one of the disks that comes with the LX5 camera. The manual is difficult to use since very little of it is a narrative description of the camera's features. Most of the features are explained in the manual by lists and charts and does not have an index. I didn't find it of much use in learning how to use the camera. My opinion is that the LX5 is a great camera with a nearly useless manual. So what to do?

I discovered "Photographer's Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5", by Alexander S. White. It has a narrative description of the camera's features. The author does a good job of covering everything you need to know in 269 pages, and has an excellent index at the end of the book. It can by purchased from Amazon, either as a paperback edition or as a kindle edition. It is also available from the publisher; whiteknightpress.com, as a PDF file.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Guy_P on November 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
The contents is a very thorough coverage of the controls and the use of the LX5 written in an easy to understand way. Quite unlike the hard to read Panasonic manual.

It is primarily aimed at the beginner and intermediate user and not so much at the experienced user. They however may find it good to use as a reminder of features they have forgotten about or never found in the official literature.

I see it as a very useful book and is recommended for new users.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Eilenberger on January 24, 2011
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This book should be packed with every LX5. It makes clear the somewhat daunting at first menu system of the DX5, and explains not only what each menu choice does - but what it can be used for and why it's valuable.

It's easy reading - and I suggest reading it with the camera hanging on it's strap around your neck so you can follow along with the examples of menu use in the book. This is a how-to-use-it book, not how to take photos, so if you're looking for general photographic theory, look elsewhere. If you own an LX5 you really should get the book - it will raise your horizons on knowing just what great things the LX5 can do.

Only suggestion - while the "Quick Menu" is covered - it should be covered in a bit more depth - perhaps with examples of how to use it for some of the buried menu selections if you use the standard menu.. the Quick Menu makes it much easier to make the adjustments you need to make for everyday use. The in-depth menu is one I wander into when I want to preset something in the camera, or change a more obscure setting.

Good book - should be shipped with the camera!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RonAnnArbor on February 1, 2011
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This is a very thorough guidebook to using the Lumix LX5 -- it really is what should be included with the camera but is not. Panasonic's users guides have become almost useless at this point. This, by contrast, walks you through every feature, provides handy tips, and is the reference guide you will use over and over until you know this camera by heart. A great guide. I purchased the Kindle Edition so that I could have this on my iPad and take it with me wherever I went for reference.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Reader VINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
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I pay the rent by sitting in front of a computer for many hours a day, yet I am not a power user or even a very knowledgeable user. My employer forces me to frequently use new software, or a new version, with no training provided at all--just do it or get out.

In this situation the "Missing Manual" series and the "For Dummies" series have enabled me to keep my job.

This Photographer's Guide for the Lumix LX5 is almost as basic as those books and alot better. It assumes you know something about basic photography,(if you don't have this knowledge, you wasted alot of money when a cheaper camera would do the job for you, or you need to spend alot of time at a local community college taaking courses in photography) and then explains the operations and possibilities of this camera to get the pictures you want. It does it in a logical format with illustrations that are understandable

I really wish there were similar, cover the basics, books for Photoshop.
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