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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide Paperback – January 24, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1933952895 ISBN-10: 193395289X Edition: 1st

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Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a retired research scientist who has worked for 30 years recording his experiments with a wide range of film and digital cameras. From 1992 to 2009, he served as Director of the Integrated Microscopy Facility, a unit administered by the Neuroscience Research Institute and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This facility provides instruction and support for projects that require advanced imaging. In addition to the two books he has written for Rocky Nook, Dr. Matsumoto has published several articles and has had his photographs published in a number of periodicals. He is experienced in the technical aspects of photography and has taught courses on recording scientific experiments.

Carol F. Roullard has been an avid photographer since high school, where she first experimented with black and white artistic composition. She has continued photographing (mainly nature and architecture) throughout the years. Carol has used a variety of cameras covering a wide range of makes and models, from simple point-and-shoot cameras to complex professional cameras. She has been using the latest Panasonic G series models for the past several years. Carol is a Project Management Quality and Compliance engineer by trade and has spent a number of years developing procedural and quality control methodology for IT projects. In addition, Carol has developed and conducted training sessions covering best practices for procedural and quality control, breaking down complex subjects into easy-to-use approaches to learning.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193395289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952895
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The write up is very clear and concise and it is very easy to follow.
Florida Joe
Overall I think this is an excellent replacement for the Panasonic manual for still shooters who think the Panasonic manual is hard to read and understand.
T. Wills
The book does not go into much detail regarding firmware upgrades or 3rd party "hacks", but this information is readily available on-line.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Wills on February 3, 2012
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This book is very well written and it includes high quality screenshots and images. The book is about 250 pages long so it covers a lot more detail than the GH2 manual does. It also has commentary in the authors own words that describes how to use the camera in words everyone can understand.

The book is excellent for users who only shoot still photos. For the most part it accurately depicts how to get the most out of your camera. However, it had a few glaring mistakes. For instance it says that in "M" manual still mode the camera's display screen will "show a constantly bright view;" when you adjust the exposure. They also state that they "do not recommend M Mode for general photography" because of this. This would be true if you leave the "Constant Preview"(Menu/CTools) setting on its default value of off.

If you turn on the constant preview setting it will also show you exactly what the actual exposure will look like on the LCD screen. This setting only works on the "M" manual stills dial mode. It is probably one of the least understood settings on the camera. That may be why the authors didn't know how to use it.

Their recommendations on what telescopes to use are a little bit too pessimistic. They show an excellent picture of the moon and tell you that you need to buy a $500-$1500 telescope in order to achieve it. It actually can be done with a $300 or less telescope or even a simple used $30 400mm Canon FD lens. Yes astrophotography can get very expensive. However, you can match the results from some of the $5,000 setups with a GH2 and a less than $1000 setup.

This book is not for anyone shooting videos.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By texas99 on February 7, 2012
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So as we all know the GH2 manual that comes with the camera is pretty bad. And this is a fairly complex camera. So I was very happy to see this new book and waited a month for it.

But what a disappointment.

1. The publisher wanted to make a few pennies more profit by going cheap on the printing. This book is small - about 5x7 inches. And the average picture in this book is literally about the size of a box of matches. Inside each picture may be 20 tiny icons and they do not show the icon in the text or point out the icon in the picture. Good luck guessing which icon does the function. Sometimes I look at a picture and I cant even tell why the picture is there and what I am supposed to be seeing. Additionally there are no larger demonstration photos showing the effects of various photo adjustments - just matchbox sized LCD screen images. There are only a handful of matchbox sized demonstration photos, including one of a cat showing how he squints his eyes if you don't bounce the flash. Seriously.
2. Bad layout designer: It is badly laid out. At times it will talk about some control or screen and the small picture is not even on the same page! Or there is no picture at all. Sometimes there are pictures that add nothing to the text.
3. Not enough advanced stuff: The book doesn't deeply cover advanced topics such as video. This camera is not generally a beginners camera. It is bought by many mainly because of its great video capabilities! You can figure out the basic stuff from the manual, this book needed to give more coverage to the more advanced topics.
4. It tells you to look at appendix D for a list of the many menu commands - but there is no Appendix D in the book. There is a footnote telling you to go to a website to see it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Braun on February 5, 2012
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This is a well written, colorful and well illustrated addition or even replacement for the GH2 manual. It is what Panasonic should have produced for a camera of this level. However, there are three areas that disappointed me and that is why I gave it four stars. The three weak areas are the discussion of the video features, barely mentioning an external flash, and I just can't figure out why they did not include the 31 pages of detailed command descriptions that are offered on their web site but not in the manual.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tangible on March 11, 2012
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Reading the Panasonic manual for the GH2 is like studying Talmud, the Bhagavad Gita, or the Tao Te Ching: After 40 years of practice you may begin to understand the true meaning.

For those of us who are less contemplative, it's great to have a clearly-written replacement manual written by people who have actually used the camera, and who have useful opinions about it. There are literally millions of permutations resulting from the dozens of settings this camera offers, and this guide provides some nice pathways through that jungle.

I do agree that the video discussion is a once-over-lightly. Nevertheless, the book is well worth reading for the still photography sections that make up 95% of it.

The one thing I had hoped to understand and still can't: How does the 2X tele extension provide twice the zoom with no loss of quality? After reading what they had to say about it, this "free lunch" still doesn't make sense to me. Anybody?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cesar on August 11, 2012
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

Is a good complement of the manual operation of the Panasonic Lumix GH2. Help a lot to learn how to use this camera in a friendly way.
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