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Great book for people with XSi as their first DSLR,
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This review is from: The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion (Paperback)
I would like to de-emphasize the "travel companion" focus of the original review; this is a great book that teaches one how to hold the camera, basic concepts of photography and of course all the features of XSi. Missing stuff includes remote shooting, Bulb mode, and Live View - all of which get very little - even just a one liner - coverage. I also feel that the book could have provided some appendix on the XSI's bundled software - especially the raw file processing tool.
Other errors that i noticed were referring to JPEG image as 24 bit vs. RAW as 14 bits and claiming hence RAW is superior. Author should really refer to JPEG as being 8-bit per primary color per pixel vs. RAW as being 14-bit per sensor element per pixel (i believe there are 4 sensor elements per pixel)
Nevertheless, its a great book and been very helpful to me in capturing great photos.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I ordered this book even though there were no customer reviews for it based upon its description and reviews of other XSi books categorizing them as "glorified manuals". This seemed more useful from description and it turned out to be more than just manual. It is compact and can be carried along and has good advice from holding your camera right to using all the modes of XSi. It is filled with color photos and is written in an easy to read manner. The only downside of this book that i have noticed is that at times it asks the reader to perform certain tasks without telling them how - that ultimately is explained in a later chapter. E.g. the first chapter tell you to insert a CF card and install the battery but it is only in chapter 2 that it shows you the location of these objects and where they go in your camera. It is really nit-picking but to an absolute beginner who has never used a digital camera, it might confuse them. My advice: read the Nomenclature chapter first and then come back to chapter one.
By no means it is a comprehensive tutorial on photography but as a compact traveling companion on SLR photography and reference for XSi, this is almost perfect.
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Initial post: Dec 15, 2008 1:23:22 AM PST
L. Franklin says:
The XSi uses SD cards not CF cards.
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