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Canon EOS 20D (Magic Lantern Guides) Paperback – 2005
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I had a very nice 35mm SLR about 20 years ago (I'm 37 as of this review). I long since sold it and have not held anything other than some form of point-and-shoot for nearly two decades. But now I am getting back into photography again. I did a LOT of research and ended up on the EOS 20D.
After reading the instruction manual that came with the book I realized I had more questions than answers. The instruction manual reads as though you already know everything it's mentioning. It's a large reference guide, but hardly a well-written instruction book for the EOS 20D.
So, despite the reviews, I bought the book. And am VERY happy I did. I suspect the negative reviews are written by people who didn't really need to read this book in the first place. But if you're like me, and you're fairly green to all of this and are a virgin to the digial SLR world, then this book is a must for you if you have a 20D.
The book is NOT an instruction book on how to take better photos. But it explains in very plain English how every single feature works, what it might be used for, and in a few cases, how to utilize some of the camera's features.
I personally found this book to be invaluable. And without it I would have remained lost. Trying to decipher the hard-to-read instruction booklet that comes with the camera.
After reading the book front to back I was confident in adjusting the camera's settings, using the 20D's onboard menus and screen-controlled settings.
The book is written as though you're completely new to the 20D. And in the case of some professionals I can see how this almost might be condescending. But if you use the book for it's intended purpose (a more easily understood instruction manual) instead of what it isn't (How to get the best results from your 20D) then you'll be happy with the book.
Hope this helps. I see 1-star bashes about this book and I am left to assume it's from people who never needed to read it in the first place.
The good points of this book, it does explain camera actions well, and it's small, so you can pop it in the bag to go with you.
I do, however, recommend the larger book, "The Short Course 20D" book instead, which is a faster paced complete instructional of the camera.
I would also like to add that the book comes with a nice pocket guide to some settings of the 20D camera.