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OUTstanding! Even though I have a G20
on March 5, 2013
First, let me say I have the Kindle version, which I read mostly on my iPhone. It plays pretty well there, as well as on my iPad. I mention this because a few books I've tried are complete disasters when switched to Kindle; this is not. I really like having it on my iPhone, because I know I'll have it there for reference when I'm out on a shoot.
The Canon manual is a joke, as usual--it tells you what the buttons do, but not why or how. Bass covers every switch and function but he does add info on how to use the various functions, what's best, and so forth. Very helpful. At times he makes suggestions I've found very useful--for example, in low light: forget the zoom, put the camera to wide-angle and f/1.8, and zoom with your feet, which is fairly safe since image-stabilizing works best in wide-angle. Or, when there's not enough light for accurate focusing, set the camera to manual focus at rely on the large depth-of-field to keep you in focus. Works great shooting bands in dark bars. I'm coming from a stills background, with only a little experience shooting video on a 5D3. Bass speaks my language; he compares gain to ISO, discusses lens structure, 35mm equivalents, and so forth.
I also appreciate that he's not afraid to voice an opinion--for example, that the Canon shotgun mic isn't of professional quality, or how to integrate the G10 with DSLRs, or which lights, tripods and other gear to buy. Since he teaches this stuff at Temple, I'm inclined to believe him. This isn't just a book on the camera; it's an education in shooting better videos. And lastly--I've been through most of the book twice, and so far I haven't found anything that doesn't work the same on my G20. If there's a difference somewhere, it's minor and it shouldn't prevent you from buying this book now rather than hoping for an update.
Overall, I can't recommend this enough for a newbie video shooter.